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What will I learn?

Armed with an array of cutting-edge technologies and tactics, the University of Nevada, Reno geophysics program prides itself on bringing traditional classroom subjects, such as mathematics and physics, into the great outdoors. Hence its motto: "The earth is our laboratory."

Graduate-level study in geophysics explores the global properties of the earth (gravity, magnetic field, crustal motions, interior dynamics) and the determination of near-surface and interior properties through the use of seismology, electromagnetics, potential fields, remote sensing, geodesy and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Field studies are a natural area of emphasis for our programs – and not simply because the faculty is highly active in world-leading research. The University of Nevada, Reno is located near the boundary between the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada physiographic provinces and is near many world-class localities for fieldwork, ranging from the glaciated high country to high desert environments. Yosemite, Great Basin and Lassen Volcanic National Parks and Lake Tahoe are all within easy reach of Reno.

Potential areas of specialization within the program include:

  • Earthquakes and neotectonics
  • Geodesy
  • Geologic hazards
  • Geomorphology
  • Geophysical exploration
  • Global change
  • Igneous petrology and volcanology
  • Metamorphic geochemistry
  • Mineral exploration and ore genesis
  • Paleomagnetism
  • Paleoseismology
  • Planetary geology
  • Quaternary sciences
  • Regional geology
  • remote sensing
  • Seismology and seismic hazards

Course Work - 73 cr of graduate credits including:

  • 48 credits of coursework, (at least 30 credits at the 700 level); 5 of these 48 credits must be GEOL 790 (1 credit)
  • 1 credit graduate comprehensive exam (GEOL 795)
  • 24 dissertation credits (GEOL 799)

Which department am I in?

College of Science

Study options

Full Time (73 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,006.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Science

1664 N. Virginia Street,

RENO,

Nevada,

89557, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. Eligibility for admission with a 3-year bachelor's degree are determined on a case by case basis. Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale): 3.0 for a doctoral degree.

For international students

Student must have

  • Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Eligibility for admission with a 3-year bachelor's degree are determined on a case by case basis
  • Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale): 3.0 for a doctoral degree
  • Minimum score requirements: TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet), IELTS: 6.5 (academic version).

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

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