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Explore the major sciences behind Earth’s hidden depths and mysteries. Learn geophysics with online courses delivered through edX.

What is geophysics?

Geophysics is a multifaceted science that explores Earth's physical properties and phenomena. This cross-disciplinary field examines physics, astronomy, planetary science, geology, environmental science, oceanography, and meteorology to reveal Earth's hidden mysteries. It enhances humans’ understanding of the world beneath their feet, and allows them to address critical issues like resource management and disaster mitigation. As the planet evolves, geophysics remains essential for navigating its complexities, making it a vital field of study.

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Geophysics course curriculum

Geophysics incorporates a wide range of specialized fields of study. Some of the topics that you can cover in a geophysics course include:

  • Geophysical methods: Methods used in exploration and research, including seismic surveys, gravity and magnetic surveys, electrical resistivity methods, and ground-penetrating radar.

  • Plate tectonics: The movement and interaction of Earth’s tectonic plates.

  • Seismology: The study of earthquake mechanics and seismic wave propagation.

  • Environmental geophysics: Environmental studies, including groundwater exploration, pollution monitoring, and soil characterization.

  • Planetary geophysics: The study of the solar system and other solar systems, including asteroids, moons, and planets. 

Geophysics courses can also foster critical thinking, communication, and research skills that can benefit your career. Are you ready to expand your knowledge? Explore the range of educational opportunities offered through edX. From accelerated boot camps to full programs that can lead to a bachelor's degree or, for more advanced learners, a master's degree, there are many different learning formats available depending on the subject. Busy professionals can also benefit from executive education programs.

Explore careers in geophysics

If you have a thirst for knowledge about Earth, exciting professional opportunities await you in the geophysics field. Potential professional roles in this sector include:

  • Seismologist: Studies earthquakes and seismic waves to understand Earth's internal structure, fault systems, and earthquake prediction. 

  • Exploration geophysicist: Uses geophysical methods to locate and assess natural resources like oil, gas, minerals, and water. 

  • Environmental geophysicist: Applies geophysical techniques to assess environmental issues such as groundwater contamination, soil quality, and pollution. 

  • Geophysical engineer: Designs and implements geophysical surveys for various purposes, including civil engineering projects, environmental assessments, and mineral exploration.

  • Geodetic surveyor: Uses geophysical methods to precisely measure and monitor changes in the Earth's surface, including tectonic plate movements and land deformation. 

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