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Geophysics is the study of the Earth's physical properties and of the physical processes acting upon, above, and within the Earth.

A geophysicist studies the Earth using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods.  Geophysicists use these methods to find oil, iron, copper, and many other minerals.  They also evaluate earth properties for environmental hazards and evaluate areas for dams or construction sites.  Research geophysicists study the internal structure and evolution of the Earth, earthquakes, the ocean, and other physical features using these methods.

The Department of Geological Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics with broad range of specialties.  The University of South Carolina is one of two institutions in the Southeast that offers a Geophysics undergraduate degree.  Classes are small.

All of our professors have research labs where students work together on research projects sponsored by federal, state, or private agencies.  Many summer internships are available with state and federal agencies and environmental firms.

There are excellent job opportunities for geophysicists in the oil and gas industry, mining, consulting, academia, and government.

For further information, contact:

Dr. Gwendolyn Geidel, Undergraduate Director, Geology and Geophysics, 803-777-7171,

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