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Geology-Physics/Mathematics

Geophysics involves the application of physics and mathematics to the study of processes that operate on and within the Earth and other planets, over short and long timescales. The AB degree requires a total of 14 courses, including 6 geoscience courses, 3 physics or engineering courses, and 3 math and applied math courses. The ScB degree requires a total of 20 courses, including 8 geoscience courses, 4 physics or engineering courses, and 3 math and applied courses; students can choose courses from both solid Earth geophysics and climate science themes. Geoscience courses emphasize an analytical and process-oriented approach, with hands-on experiences in labs and on field trips. Active and collaborative learning is encouraged, as is practice in written and oral communication. There are many opportunities for students to engage in research (typically in paid positions) during the academic year or in the summer, in areas such as analysis of seismic waves in subduction zones, theoretical modeling of convection in the Earth’s mantle, modeling the effects of the warming climate in the oceans and atmosphere, and remote sensing of how climate change affects vegetation.

Standard program for the A.B. degree

Recommended for students seeking a liberal education and interested in applying physical and mathematical principles toward an understanding of the processes affecting planets, Earth, and the environment and how they are modeled.  Some course requirements may be flexible based on consultation with concentration advisor.

Five supporting science courses:
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
A course involving mechanics such as:1
Foundations of Mechanics
Analytical Mechanics
Dynamics and Vibrations
or equivalent
Three courses in APMA or MATH, one of which must be APMA 0330, APMA 0350, or equivalent3
Nine concentration courses:
EEPS 0220Earth Processes1
EEPS 0230Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes1
or EEPS 0240 Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet
EEPS 0250Computational Approaches to Modelling and Quantitative Analysis in Natural Sciences: An Introduction1
or EEPS 0350 Mathematical Methods of Fluid
EEPS 1430Principles of Planetary Climate1
or EEPS 1610 Solid Earth Geophysics
Two upper level courses from: 2
Weather and Climate
Global Water Cycle
Mineralogy
Petrology
Principles of Planetary Climate
Structural Geology
Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
Ocean Circulation and Climate
Solid Earth Geophysics
Continuum Physics of the Solid Earth
One additional EEPS course such as:1
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
Global Environmental Remote Sensing
Global Tectonics
Earthquake Seismology
Physics of Planetary Evolution
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Rotating, Stratified Turbulence Edition
Individual Study of Geologic Problems
a field or sea course
or any EEPS course listed above
Two courses in physics or engineering such as:2
Foundations of Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
Electricity and Magnetism
Advanced Classical Mechanics
Computational Physics
Mechanics of Solids and Structures
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
Electricity and Magnetism
Fluid Mechanics
Advanced Engineering Mechanics
Total Credits14

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree

This program is recommended for students interested in graduate study and careers in geophysics, climate science and related fields.  Students will be prepared to understand and use models, make measurements, and use theories of the processes studied in these fields.  Some course requirements may be flexible based on consultation with concentration advisor.

Five supporting science courses:
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
A course involving mechanics such as: 1
Foundations of Mechanics
Analytical Mechanics
Dynamics and Vibrations
or equivalent
Three courses in APMA or MATH, one of which must be APMA 0330, APMA 0350, or equivalent3
Fourteen Concentration Courses:
EEPS 0220Earth Processes1
EEPS 0230Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes1
or EEPS 0240 Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet
EEPS 0250Computational Approaches to Modelling and Quantitative Analysis in Natural Sciences: An Introduction1
or EEPS 0350 Mathematical Methods of Fluid
EEPS 1430Principles of Planetary Climate1
EEPS 1610Solid Earth Geophysics1
Three upper level EEPS courses from: 3
Global Water Cycle
Mineralogy
Petrology
Structural Geology
Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
Ocean Circulation and Climate
Continuum Physics of the Solid Earth
One additional EEPS course such as: 1
Weather and Climate
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
Global Environmental Remote Sensing
Global Tectonics
Earthquake Seismology
Physics of Planetary Evolution
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Rotating, Stratified Turbulence Edition
a field or sea course
or any EEPS course listed above
Three courses in physics or engineering such as: 3
Foundations of Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
Electricity and Magnetism
Advanced Classical Mechanics
Computational Physics
Mechanics of Solids and Structures
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
Electricity and Magnetism
Fluid Mechanics
Advanced Engineering Mechanics
One additional upper-level science or math course with approval from the concentration advisor1
EEPS 1970Individual Study of Geologic Problems1
Total Credits19