Discovering Earth

Securing Energy

Sustaining The Environment

Department of Geophysics

We are explorers, revealing the dynamics of earth, securing energy, and sustaining the environment.

Discovering the Earth

Department Research

Securing Energy

Humanitarian Geophysics

Humanitarian Geophysics, flood victims

Sustaining the Environment

Careers in Geophysics


The world of geophysics is enormous and fascinating. Many are attracted to geophysics because of their fascination with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other natural hazards. Others are drawn by their interest in hot topics such as climate change, carbon management and geothermal energy. Still others love the process of discovery associated with exploration – petroleum exploration, mineral exploration, exploration for water, or planetary exploration.

The Department of Geophysics offers the B.S. degree in geophysical engineering and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both geophysics and geophysical engineering. Our academic programs encompass many interesting fields of study, including physics, mathematics, geology, computer science, signal processing, and much, much more. Students interested in engineering are hired by groundwater, environmental, and subsurface construction firms. Students who are more interested in applied science pursue academic positions or employment by government agencies such as the United States Geological Survey or NASA, or take jobs in industries such as petroleum, mining, or renewable energy.

We invite you to come join us in the excitement of exploring our planet and beyond!


Department of Geophysics

The Department of Geophysics at Colorado School of Mines has an international reputation for excellence in applied geophysics, is the oldest and broadest program of applied geophysics in North America, was one of the first U.S. universities to offer a bachelor’s degree in geophysical engineering and is evenly balanced between undergraduate and graduate students and between research and teaching.