School of Environment


Geophysics courses

The BSc major in Geophysics is run jointly by the School of Environment and the Department of Physics. It combines courses in Earth Science, Physics or Mathematics, as well as advanced courses in Geophysics. Three advanced, Stage III Geophysics courses are available. Students majoring in Geophysics must take at least two of these.

GEOPHYS 330: Physics of the Earth


This course covers the physics of the earth from the surface to the core. Specifically, this includes the gravitational field (with the rotation and figure of the earth), seismology and the seismic boundaries in the subsurface, the earth's internal heat budget, and the geomagnetic field.

This course is taught in: Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C).

Format: two 1-hour lectures and 2-hours of laboratories per week
Points:
15
Assessment:
10% coursework, 40% practical, 50% final examination
Prerequisite:
EARTHSCI 103 or GEOLOGY 103, and PHYSICS 213 and MATHS 208 or equivalent courses
Course Coordinator:
Kasper van Wijk and Ludmila Adam

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GEOPHYS 331: Physics of the Atmosphere and Oceans


The application of fluid dynamics to the motion of the atmosphere and oceans. Marine topics include ocean structure, oceanic circulation, underwater acoustics, tides and waves. Atmospheric topics include boundary layer meteorology and the microphysics of clouds and precipitation. A weekend field trip is a component of the course.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C).

Format: three 1-hour lectures per week
Points:
15
Assessment:
30% tests/assignments, 70% final examination
Prerequisite:
PHYSICS 230 or 231, and one of PHYSICS 211, MATHS 253, ENGSCI 211. PHYSICS 213 is recommended preparation
Course Coordinator:
Gilles Bellon and Roger Davies

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GEOPHYS 361: Fundamentals and Applications of Geophysical Exploration


The fundamentals of geophysical exploration methods and their application. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of seismic techniques, geophysical borehole methods, and an introduction to gravity, electric, magnetic, electromagnetic, and radar techniques. Applications of these will be considered including hydrocarbon, mineral and geothermal exploration. Geophysical data will be acquired and analysed through field and laboratory work.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C).

Format: two 1-hour lectures and 2 hours of laboratories per week
Points:
15
Assessment:
60% coursework (laboratories and field experiment), 40% final examination
Prerequisite:
EARTHSCI 103 or GEOLOGY 103, and PHYSICS 213 and MATHS 208 or equivalent courses
Restriction:
EARTHSCI 361, GEOLOGY 361
Course coordinator:
Ingo Pecher

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