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Geology and Geophysics

Purdue University in West Lafayette

Geology and Geophysics majors study the internal structure, chemical and physical processes, materials, and biological and physical history of the earth.

Students of geology study a broad scope of science because geology involves applying principles of physics, mathematics, biology, and chemistry as well as aspects of engineering and environmental sciences.

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.

Plan of Study

Geology and Geophysics Webpage

Transfer to Geology and Geophysics

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

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

Director of Recruiting, College of Science
(765) 494-1990

College of Science

Careers in Geology and Geophysics

Students completing the bachelor of science curriculum are prepared to pursue graduate studies for an advanced degree or step into careers. Graduates often work in environmental consulting, the oil industry, non-profit organizations, or a government agency, such as United States Geological Survey or National Park Service.

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