The Geophysics concentration combines a strong foundation in geology with additional depth in geophysics, physics, and mathematics, and in associated quantitative and computer skills. Students pursuing this concentration are well prepared both for employment opportunities in a wide variety of geological or geotechnical fields, and for subsequent graduate training in geophysics, including seismology, geodynamics, energy exploration, environmental geophysics, and resource management.

Effective Fall 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
GEOL 1501Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers 4
GEOL 154Historical and Analytical Geology 4
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
Arts and Humanities3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Elective 3
 Total Credits 29
Sophomore
 
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
GEOL 232Mineralogy 3
GEOL 250The Solid Earth 3
GEOL 364Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4B4
Select one from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 33
Junior
 
CS 155Introduction to Unix 1
CS 156Introduction to C Programming I 1
GEOL 344Stratigraphy and Sedimentology4A4
GEOL 372Structural Geology4B4
GEOL 376Geologic Field Methods4A,4C3
MATH 340Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
Select one from the following: 1
Introduction to C Programming II  
Mathematical Algorithms in C  
Mathematical Algorithms in Matlab I  
Select one from the following: 3
Linear Algebra I  
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists  
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 32
Summer 
GEOL 436Geology Summer Field Course4C6
 Total Credits 6
Senior
 
Geology electives2 6
Select 9 credits from the Directed Technical electives list 9
Applied Geophysics  
Plate Tectonics  
Global Seismology  
Partial Differential Equations  
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I  
Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers  
Mechanics  
Electricity and Magnetism  
Optics and Waves  
Electives3 5
 Total Credits 20
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

GEOL 120, GEOL 122 or GEOL 124 in combination with GEOL 121 may be substituted for GEOL 150.

2

Select two upper-division geology courses of three or more credits each.

3

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
GEOL 150Physical Geology for Scientists and EngineersX  4
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 154Historical and Analytical GeologyX  4
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B4
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Elective   3
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   14
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry II   3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II   1
GEOL 232MineralogyX  3
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)  1B4
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
 Total Credits   17
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 250The Solid Earth X 3
GEOL 364Igneous and Metamorphic PetrologyX 4B4
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III   4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)X 3A5
CHEM 113 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 344Stratigraphy and SedimentologyX 4A4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1) X3A5
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists    
Linear Algebra I    
Arts and Humanities  3B3
MATH 261 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CS 155Introduction to Unix   1
CS 156Introduction to C Programming I   1
Select one course from the following:   1
Introduction to C Programming II    
Mathematical Algorithms in C    
Mathematical Algorithms in Matlab I    
GEOL 372Structural GeologyX 4B4
GEOL 376Geologic Field MethodsX 4A,4C3
MATH 340Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations X 4
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   17
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 436Geology Summer Field CourseX 4C6
 Total Credits   6
Senior
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Geology Elective   3
Directed Technical Electives (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   4
Electives   5
STAT 301, STAT 315, or MATH 369 must be completed by the end of Semester 8.X   
 Total Credits   12
Semester 9CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Geology ElectiveX  3
Directed Technical Electives (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  5
The benchmark courses for the 9th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   8
 Program Total Credits:   120