Welcome to Geophysics
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 the first U.S. university 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.
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
- USGS, Colorado School of Mines establish joint industry program to explore potential of geologic hydrogen
- Mines to receive $1.5M in federal funding to explore potential of geologic hydrogen
- USGS, Mines break ground on new facility focused on energy and minerals research
- Tasha Snow receives 2023 AGU Open Science Recognition Prize