Welcome to Geophysics
Proudly celebrating 100 years!
The Department of Geophysics has an international reputation for excellence in applied geophysics. It 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. In 2026, we will be 100 years old, and we are already celebrating. Learn more.
Humanitarian Geophysics Paper named Best 2022 SEG Paper
Congratulations to Jeffrey Shragge, Richard Krahenbuhl, and John Bradford, along with colleagues Dana Sirota, Andrei Swidinsky, and Nicaise Yalo. This group's paper received the 2022 Best Paper Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. The paper focuses on...
What is Geophysics?
Geophysics is a multidisciplinary science, integrating physics, geology, mathematics, computing and instrumentation. Its mission is to advance science and technology for characterizing structures and physical processes on Earth and other Solar System bodies.
Prepare to be a leader in geophysics. Our BS degree in geophysical engineering allows you to specialize in one of six areas by choosing a track of courses in the following:
Geophysical Engineering Bachelor's Degree
Graduate Programs and Research
Prepare for advanced work in applied geophysics with a master’s or PhD in Geophysics or Geophysical Engineering. Build technical skills with a graduate certificate in Petroleum Engineering.
In the News
- Mines in Top 10 for Geophysics, Geology, Petroleum Engineering grad programs: U.S. News & World Report
- Colorado School of Mines and Carbon America awarded $32.6M from U.S. Department of Energy CarbonSAFE Initiative
- Mines faculty recognized for excellence in teaching, research and mentorship
- First-ever layered lake-sediment sample extracted from subglacial Antarctica