Discover The Earth

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Sustaining The Environment

Department of Geophysics

We are explorers discovering the earth, securing energy, and sustaining the environment.

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.


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!

Serving Colorado, the Nation, the World

Geophysics, along with other geoscience and engineering disciplines, is relevant to solving important problems locally and globally.


  • Space resources program approved for fall 2018 launch
      A first-of-its-kind graduate program in space resources will officially lift off at Colorado School of Mines this fall.   Post-baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees will …
  • Outstanding fall graduates honored at commencement
    Colorado School of Mines celebrated its midyear commencement Dec. 15, conferring a total of 239 bachelor’s, 175 master’s and 63 doctoral degrees during undergraduate and graduate ceremonies.   At the …
  • Software to assess CO2 storage risk wins award
    A Colorado School of Mines professor is part of a partnership that has been recognized for developing a computer software package to assess the environmental risk of geologic carbon dioxide storage si …
  • Faculty honored by Society of Exploration Geophysicists
    Two Colorado School of Mines professors were among those honored at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ annual meeting, held Sept. 24-29 in Houston. Petroleum Engineering Professor Manika Prasad …

CERSE Vision: A world where earth, energy and environment are wisely managed.

CERSE Mission: To improve lives through vibrant and creative science and engineering education, research and global engagement focused on earth’s resources and societal needs