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BS in Geophysics


What will I learn?

Similar to Geology, Geophysics emphasizes the development of sound scientific skills and the application of these skills to the study of rocks, minerals, fossils, structures, landforms, and other geologic phenomena. The first two years of the B.S. program in Geophysics are identical to the B.S. in Geology, providing students with the basics of geology and geophysics and the allied fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science. Upper level coursework focuses on two tracks and includes advanced study in either environmental geophysics or petroleum geophysics.

The Environmental Geophysics track focuses the geophysics degree on traditional and emerging methods used for hydrogeological, structural and stratigraphic characterization of the uppermost 100 meters, with applications to shallow resource and groundwater assessment and the solution of environmental and engineering problems. Students completing the Environmental track of the BS in Geophysics are prepared for graduate school, or for employment in the environmental industry. Environmental geophysicists typically work as independent environmental consultants or with industrial corporation or government agencies.

The Petroleum Geophysics track prepares students for eventual employment in the petroleum industry, in which reflection seismology is the primary subsurface exploration tool. Students in this track will supplement their background in seismic theory and with electives that focus on subsurface structures and processes and industry techniques. The petroleum geophysics track is intended to prepare students for graduate study, as well as provide training for those who may be interested in service jobs in the oil and gas industry between their undergraduate and graduate education.

What do you want to do with Geophysics?

Career ideas for Geophysics majors

Consultant, Drilling Engineer, Geological Engineer, Geologist, Geophysicist, Hydrologists, Oil and Gas Exploration and Recovery, Petroleum Geophysicist, Seismologist, Teacher K-12, and more

Which department am I in?

College of Geosciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$40,896.00 per year
The above fee is for 2022-2023 College Station Undergraduate Fall and Spring (Amounts are based on 15 credit hours per semester); 2022 College Station Undergraduate Summer: USD $7,984 (Amounts are based on 6 credit hours per semester)
Application deadline

Expected August 2023

Start date

17 January 2023


College of Geosciences

3148 TAMU,



77843, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL score of 600 (paper test); PTE Academic score of 68.

For international students

You are an international freshman if you:

are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or

are not graduating from a Texas high school after three years in residence in Texas and

are a student without college credit or

earned college credit prior to high school graduation (dual credit/early college high school)

English proficiency can also be demonstrated by:

Minimum TOEFL i-BT score of 80

Minimum TOEFL Essentials score of 8.5

Minimum IELTS Academic test score of 6.0 overall band (Texas A&M University does not accept the IELTS General test)

When to Apply: Spring: August 1; Fall: December 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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