Minerals Geophysics


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What is Minerals Geophysics?

  • Minerals Geophysics generates detailed, high-resolution images of the Earth’s interior to access critical minerals necessary to sustain society’s current and future technological and energy needs.








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Mining is probably the most important industry throughout human history. It lays the foundation of our daily life. From the clay pot cooking hot soup to the giant container vessels shipping cargo around the world, or even the mighty spaceships shuttling through galaxies, the mining industry provides all sorts of material to make them. Learning and developing geophysical techniques that aim to assist the mining industry brings me great joy and a sense of satisfaction, because I know that my work will benefit billions of people and make their lives better.

Zhou Liu

PhD Student, Mines Geophysics

Explore the Work

Minerals Geophysicists map subsurface mineral deposits and support their characterization and efficient exploration. (Photo: SkyTem)

Minerals Geophysicists aid mineral exploration to reduce its environmental impact and facilitate sustainable resource development. (Image: Mira Geoscience)

Minerals Geophysicists identify space minerals in preparation for in-situ resource utilization and human habitation. (Image: NASA)

Minerals Geophysicists identify and map seabed minerals needed for technological development with a low environmental footprint. (Image: NOAA)

Components of the Track

Geophysics Courses

  • GPGN 411 Gravity and Magnetics Methods
  • GPGN 420 Electrical and Electromagnetics Methods
  • GPGN 461 Seismic Processing
  • GPGN 470 Remote Sensing
  • GPGN 547 Rock Physics

Geology and Geological Engineering

  • GEOL 310 Earth Minerals
  • GEOL 311 Mining Geology
  • GEGN 401 Mineral Deposits
  • GEGN 432 Geological Data Analysis


  • MATH 432 Spatial Statistics

Economics and Business

  • EBGN 201 Principles of Economics
  • EBGN 310 Environmental and Resource Economics
  • EBGN 340 Energy and Environmental Policy

Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

  • HASS 360 Research, Values Communication

Mining Engineering

  • MNGN 210 Introductory Mining

Petroleum Engineering

  • PEGN 419 Well Log Analysis