Geophysics Track

Geophysics uses quantitative methods to explain the static and dynamical properties of our planet (Earth), and recently, other planets of our solar system (for instance Mars), and also exo-planets that circle other suns.  The geophysics track is designed for students who do not plan to go on to physics graduate school, but wish to explore how physics is used to gain a better understanding of the rocky planets of our own and other solar systems. 

The following is the specification of required courses for completing the physics major following the geophysics track.

Physics Core: 

The following is the required list of courses for completing the physics core:
PHYS 113, 116, 213, 214, 316, 324

Physics Labs: 

Required are: PHYS342 (Experimental Optics) and PHYS345 (Electronics Lab). One of these two labs may be substituted by either one of the following three options:

  1. Computational Physics (PHYS340);
  2. A thesis tutorial with a physics faculty;
  3. A 1.0 credit research tutorial (which may be taken as two 0.5 credit research tutorials) with a physics faculty


Four courses from the following menu; typically, two of these courses can come from outside the physics department, with the approval of the departmental advisor:
PHYS 215/219 (considered a single course; both need to be taken if one is taken)
PHYS 313, 315, 358
E&ES 213,220,223,246, 270, 317, 385.