Like rocks and exploring our planet? Then you might consider Geophysics as a career.
Jesse chats to Geophysicist, Barrett, to find out what is Geophysics, what characteristics are required and the pathway to take to get into the career.
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The Department of Exploration Geophysics at Curtin University provides a dedicated, comprehensive range of internationally recognised, specialist geophysics degree level courses ranging from a Bachelor of Science (Geophysics) undergraduate degree to a Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysics) research degree.
We offer training in the latest methods in exploration geophysics using current and emerging technologies relating to geophysical data acquisition, instrumentation, data processing, interpretation, and software modelling. Our academic staff and postgraduate students are continuously involved in frontier scientific research in this field.
Bachelor of Science (Geophysics)
Applied Geology and Geophysics Double Degree
Master of Science (Geophysics)
Master of Philosophy (Geophysics)
Bachelor of Science (Geophysics) - BSc(Curtin) - MJRU-GEOPH
Science and Engineering
Geophysicists study the subsurface of the Earth and explore for natural resources such as oil, minerals and groundwater, and help solve environmental problems from natural hazards to pollution monitoring and civil engineering.
Geophysicists use technology to collect, display and interpret data, and apply physics, computing and maths in practical ways on commercial and environmental projects.
What the course involves
In your first year you will complete a physical sciences foundation year that provides the necessary knowledge to pursue your interest in the physical disciplines of science. You will examine different forms of energy and matter, and the physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds. This foundation year provides a pathway to your second year studies in chemistry, geophysics or physics.
In the geophysics major you will gain knowledge in areas of physics and mathematics and be introduced to:
- geophysical processes
- electronic measurement
- experiment and survey design
- scientific computing and data processing
- methods of analysing and imaging the Earth.
- You will explore geophysical methods such as seismic, magnetics, gravity, electrical and electromagnetic methods and undertake field trips.
You will gain a thorough knowledge and practical skills in geophysical techniques used in oil and gas, minerals and groundwater exploration industries.
To enrol in the geophysics major, you must apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science) and satisfy the necessary geophysics prerequisites.