Undergraduate Major: Geophysics

Geophysics uses physical principles and quantitative methods to explore and understand the structures and dynamics of the Earth or other planets. This major provides a solid background of basic math, physics, and geology and advanced coursework specialized in geophysics. The classes include principles of geophysics, earthquake physics, seismology, fault mechanics, and seismic exploration with state-of-art quantitative tools.

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Sample 4 Year Course Plan

FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER Total units
Course Units Course Units Course Units Course Units  
Math 31A (QR) 4 (GE) 5 Math 32A 4      
EPS 1 (GE) 5 Math 31B (GE) 4 GE/Writing II 5      
ELWR 5 Writing I 5 Physics 1A 5      
Fiat Lux 1 Fiat Lux 1 Fiat Lux 1      
Total Units 15   15   15   0 45
FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER Total units
Course Units Course Units Course Units Course Units  
EPS 51 4 Math 33A 4 Physics 4AL 2      
EPS 61 4 Physics 1B 5 GE 4      
EPS 71 4 EPS 136A 4 Physics 1C 5      
Math 32B 4     Math 33B 4      
Total Units 16   13   15   0 44
FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER Total units
Course Units Course Units Course Units Course Units  
EPS 171 4 EPS M140 4 Physics 105B 4      
Physics 4BL 2 Physics 105A 4 Physics 110A 4      
EPS 150 series crs. 4 GE 4 GE 5      
Physics 131 4              
Total Units 14   12   13   0 39
FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER Total units
Course Units Course Units Course Units Course Units  
EPS Area course#1 4 GE 5 For. Language 4      
Physics 110B 4 EPS Area course#2 4 EPS Area course#3 4      
UD Elect/Diversity 4 For. Language 4 GE 5      
For. Language 4 UD elect 4 EPS 136C* 6      
Total Units 16   17   19   0 52

NOTES

  • This is a sample program plan. Your program plan will differ depending on previous credit received, your course schedule, and available offerings.
  • Students are strongly advised to work with an academic counselor to determine a personal program plan.
  • Students may choose to complete a GE Cluster to satisfy 5 requirements (4 GEs and Writing II) with 3 classes. GE Clusters also carry Honors credit.
  • Many required and elective EPS courses are only offered once a year. Please consult departmental counselor to ensure your program plan will be viable.
  • EPS 136C is offered every other year. Please consult departmental counselor to ensure your program plan will be viable.

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