geophysical engineering

Geophysics

At Montana Tech, our Geophysics majors use some of the most cutting-edge technology. Montana Tech is one of only two ABET-accredited geophysical engineering programs in the country. Our students have access to PCs and Linux-configured workstations, ground-penetrating radar, resistivity and electromagnetic systems, seismic recording instruments, gravimeters, magnetometers, and high-tech software packages.

You’ll learn from a dedicated geophysics faculty. They have multiple years of field, research, and teaching experience. These expert scholars help you receive an education that will prepare you for a successful geophysics career.

What is Geophysics?

The study of geophysics embodies the exploration and appraisal of Earth’s interior. A combination of mathematics, physics, geology, chemistry, and computer science trains a student as a geophysicist. Students earning their bachelor’s degree in geophysics are trained in the three main areas of applied geophysical methods: gravity and magnetics, electrical and electromagnetic methods, and seismic methods.

Why Study Geophysics at Montana Tech?

Montana Tech is one of only two ABET-accredited geophysical engineering programs in the United States. As a geophysics major here, you’ll also benefit from a 10:1 faculty to student ratio, meaning you’ll get to know your professors and even work one-on-one with them on research projects.

World-class Geophysics Lab

You have plenty of hands-on learning opportunities at Montana Tech. With access to state-of-the-art and fully equipped laboratories, you’ll get the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to operate sophisticated instruments and equipment. In your geophysics lab courses, you’ll have opportunities to assist your professions on innovative research projects too.

Geophysics Internships

Outside of the classroom, you’ll have even more hands-on experience through geophysics internships. Each year, through Career Services events, you’ll have access to more than 100 companies that come to campus to recruit Montana Tech students for geophysics summer internships.

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Fantastic Location

By choosing Montana Tech for your geophysics degree, you’ll enjoy our location in Butte, Montana. You can and tour local operations and pursue internships in Butte as well as in nearby cities such as Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula. You’ll also have unparalleled opportunities to enjoy Montana’s great outdoors.

2 Specializations: Engineering Geophysics & Exploration Geophysics
2 Specializations: Engineering Geophysics & Exploration Geophysics
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Be Ready for a Career in Geophysics

Montana Tech will go beyond just giving you the knowledge and skills you need for geophysics degree jobs. At Tech, we make sure you have the communication and interpersonal skills you need to be part of a team in a real-world environment. From engaged geophysics faculty to Montana Tech’s outstanding Career Services, you’ll have the resources, support, and connections to geophysics internships and jobs.

Study geophysics and have fun too

Study Geophysics and Have Fun Too

Get involved in various clubs and organizations on campus. Take a break from your geophysics studies to have fun skiing, fishing, hiking, and enjoying other outdoor adventures in Butte, Montana.

What Types of Skills Do You Need?

  • Interest in geology, physics, and electronics
  • Affinity for programming
  • Skilled in mathematics
  • Curiosity - you want to know about the unknown
  • Fascinated by cutting-edge technology

What Can You Do With Your Degree?

The scope and importance of geophysics cannot be overstated. The oil and gas and mining industries employ geophysicists for their ability to locate deeply-hidden resources beneath Earth’s surface. Geophysicists are also employed in the engineering and environmental fields to locate groundwater, track pollution, locate utilities, and search for buried artifacts. Geophysics professionals are employed worldwide.

After receiving their bachelor’s degree in geophysics, students can also obtain their master’s with one extra year of study.

What Kind of Jobs do Geophysicists do?

Montana Tech geophysics graduates follow a variety of important career paths. The oil, gas, and mining industries employ geophysicists for their ability to locate deeply-hidden resources beneath Earth’s surface. Geophysicists are also employed in the engineering and environmental fields to located groundwater, track pollution, locate utilities, and search for buried artifacts.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in geophysics, Montana Tech students can also acquire their master’s degree with one extra year of study.

Degrees, Options, and Specializations

geophysical engineering at Montana Tech

Bachelor of Science, Geophysics

Students may choose to specialize in either of the following.

  • Engineering Geophysics: Study subsurface information that may also be required for the placement of large engineered structures, such as dams and bridges or the characterization of sites affected by environmental degradation.
  • Exploration Geophysics: Conduct geophysical measurements which are essential for the detection, delineation and development of oil, gas, and mineral deposits as well as groundwater resources.
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Master of Science, Geosciences
with an option in Geophysical Engineering

Graduate students pursuing an MS in Geosciences with the Geophysics option currently have three choices: thesis, publishable paper in lieu of thesis, and non-thesis. All graduate students, regardless of choice, are encouraged to begin participation in a variety of research and field exploration projects early in the program.

Career Outlook for the Geophysics Degree

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Geophysics Starting Salary

According to salary.com, the average Geophysicist salary in the United States is $75,609 as of May 28, 2020, but the range typically falls between $69,488 and $90,624. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

speak with a geophysics advisor

Speak with an Advisor

Contact the geophysics department head Marvin Speece.

mspeece@mtech.edu

406-496-4188

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Transfer to Montana Tech

To transfer to Montana Tech, you must be a high school graduate and have earned more than 12 college credits.

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Your Montana Tech courses will give you a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, and engineering fundamentals.

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