Geology and Geophysics

College of Science

Within the geology and geophysics major, students can select elective courses to focus their study on areas such as basin analysis, biogeochemistry, engineering geology, geochemistry, geomechanics, geomorphology, geophysics, hydrogeology, paleontology, planetary science, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics. The Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Department has a low faculty-to-student ratio, which allows students to have a lot of one-on-one interaction with their professors. All undergraduates are encouraged to take part in research.

Geology and Geophysics Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Additional Requirements: Completion of at least one semester of college-level calculus equivalent to MA 16100 or MA 16500 with a grade of C or higher.


Contact Information

Recruiting Coordinator
Phone: 765-494-1771


Graduates have job choices at places such as NASA during planning of space missions or gas and oil companies locating and planning new fields. They work as scientists, researchers, engineers, educators, environmental regulators, and often with the government. In addition, many students go to graduate school for advanced study.

Related Career Interests

Environment and Ecology

Science and Research