Undergraduate study in Geophysics

Learn about your undergraduate study options for Geophysics.

What can you study in Geophysics?

You can study Geophysics as a major in the Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Geophysics is the study of the Earth and environment using physics and mathematics. It spans from the deep interior of the Earth to its surface, oceans and atmosphere. Geophysicists aim to explain the physical phenomena we observe today to discover their past history and to model their future behaviour.

As a Geophysics student you’ll learn how to apply your knowledge of mathematics and physics to the study of the following topics:

  • Plate tectonics
  • Natural hazards
  • Natural resources
  • Oceans
  • Atmosphere
  • Climate

Structuring your programme in Geophysics

If you began your degree prior to 2019 we recommend you seek advice to make sure you are taking the correct courses. Contact the Science Student Centre at scifac@auckland.ac.nz.

Where can undergraduate study in Geophysics take you?

Geophysicists are trained in a variety of disciplines during their studies. These include mathematical modelling, statistics, physics and computer science, and can lead to a variety of career paths.

Jobs related to Geophysics

  • Atmospheric scientist
  • Energy industry career (hydrocarbon, geothermal)
  • Geohazard research
  • Ground water exploration, monitoring companies, consultancies
  • Meteorological service
  • Mineral exploration
  • Oceanographer
  • Research at Crown Institutes, eg, GNS, NIWA

Further study options

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.physics.auckland.ac.nz