geophysical engineering

Geophysical Engineering

Measure, map and image the physical properties of the Earth’s crust just as the medical profession uses a variety of techniques to measure and image the human body’s interior. Prepare maps, cross sections and images of physical properties of the Earth for economic, engineering, safety and environmental reasons.

Degrees, Options, and Specializations

Geophysical Engineering is offered as an undergraduate Bachelor of Science and is also offered in a Master's Degree in Geoscience with an option in Geophysical Engineering.

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.

Catalog Information


The bachelor of science in Geophysical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The mission of the of the Geophysical Engineering program at Montana Tech is "to provide graduates of the program with a sound understanding of the theory and practice of geophysical methods based in geology and prepare them for successful careers at the professional level.


Graduates of the Geophysical Engineering program are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to apply engineering and scientific principles and techniques towards the practical application of geophysical methods.
  2. Demonstrate the skills necessary to enter industry or academia, contribute at the professional level and be successful throughout their careers.

Graduates of the Geophysical Engineering Program will have demonstrated:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Montana Tech's Geophysical Engineering program consistently boasts a 100% placement rate with high starting salaries.

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Geophysical Engineering students have the opportunity to join one or more of the following professional societies, all of which can help them in their careers both as students and as professionals:

  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
  • Billings Geophysical Society
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
  • Montana Geological Society