Geophysics at KU

In this internationally recognized program, faculty and students are engaged in pioneering research in

  • near-surface seismology
  • 3-D shallow reflection seismology
  • ground-penetrating radar
  • hydrogeophysics
  • structure and dynamics of active orogens
  • applications of GIS technology to geological
  • problems

Students may earn an M.S. or Ph.D degree with emphasis in geophysics. Successful students gain an advanced theoretical and applied geophysics education, both in the classroom and in the field, built on a strong geology and physics foundation.

Most incoming students have undergraduate degrees in geology, physics, or geophysics, but we encourage students with backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, or engineering also to apply.

The department has extensive state-of-the-art geophysical field instrumentation and computer facilities.

"The Geology/Geophysics graduate program offers maximum student-faculty interaction in dynamic teaching and research."


Internationally recognized programs
Millions in grants and contracts for research
Generous financial support for students
Research projects that stretch to Antarctica, Greenland, and numerous points in between
Birthplace and home of Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology
A thriving field program that sends undergraduate and graduate students throughout the world
Industry recruiters who visit annually to hire KU Geology's graduating students
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