The goal of research in this area is to advance understanding of Earth structure and evolution through the application of physical principles. Activities include experimental, theoretical, computational, and field studies applied to fundamental research, and to the economic development and environmental protection of our planet.

The wide variety of research in Geophysics at the University of Alberta includes both fundamental and more applied geophysical science projects. Current research focuses on the field of geophysical data processing, theoretical and applied seismology, earthquake studies, geodynamics, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, magnetotellurics, environmental geophysics, geothermal energy, climatology and planetary geophysics.

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Our undergraduate programs lead to the designation of Professional Geophysicist and our graduate programs offer world-leading research opportunities and prepare students for careers in the field.

Geophysics Courses

A full list of undergraduate- and graduate-level Geophysics courses is available in  the University of Alberta's academic calendar.