DEPARTMENT OF AND PLANETARY GEOPHYSICS MAJOR Geophysics seeks to understand the vast and complicated body that is the earth. Because most of the earth's interior is inaccessible to direct observation, the geophysicist uses the basic principles of to devise indirect methods of exploring those parts of the earth that cannot be reached by shovel or drill bit. Looking deep into our earth, we are confronted with basic, profound, and intricate questions: How did the earth evolve? How does it compare with the and other planets? What causes to move, mountains to form, and volcanoes to erupt? Why do occur and how can their effects be mitigated? What accounts for the heat that seeps out of the earth and what causes its ? What happens to a mineral when it encounters the high pressures and temperatures found deep within the earth? These questions require an interdisciplinary approach that links the disciplines of mathematics, physics, , and chemistry. Moreover, your study here will encompass theoretical and experimental science as well as fieldwork to study geodynamic processes and the structure of the Earth and other planets. The broad scope of the geophysics track opens up a wide variety of employment opportunities. Petroleum companies, mining and quarrying companies, geotechnical firms, environmental firms, and construction firms are among the potential employers in private industry. Government at the federal, state, and local levels employs geophysicists for a variety of tasks, ranging from the administration of regulations to the monitoring of earth data to the performance of original research. Colleges and universities, non-profit research institutions, and museums also hire geophysicists. With the entire earth as the subject of study, it is not unusual for many geophysical jobs to involve travel to the far corners of the globe. Lower Division Required Courses: EPS 50 The Planet Earth (4) Upper Division Required Courses: Chemistry 1A+1AL General Chemistry (3+1) EPS 102 History and Evolution of Planet Earth (4)(SP) or Chemistry 4A General Chemistry and Math 121A Mathematical Tools for the Physical Quant. Analysis (4) (4) Math 1A+1B Calculus (4 units each) or EPS 104 Mathematical Methods in Math 53 Multivariable Calculus (4) Geophysics (4) (SP Odd years) Math 54 Linear Algebra & Differential Equations (4) EPS 122 Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors or Physics 89 Introduction to Mathematical (3)(SP) Effective 10-19-15 for new majors Physics (4) EPS 150 Case Studies in Earth Systems (2) Physics 7A+7B+7C Physics for and (4 units each) or Physics 5A+5B+5C (3 units each)

PLUS 11 units of upper division electives approved by your faculty advisor. If suggested courses below are not offered, talk to faculty adviser about a substitution:

EPS 100A Minerals: Their Constitution and Origin EPS 116 and Tectonics (3)(SP) (4)(FA) EPS 117 (4)(FA) EPS 100B Genesis and Interpretation of Rocks (4)(SP) EPS 125 Stable (4)(SP even years) EPS 101 Field Geology and (4) (FA) EPS 130 Strong Motion (3)(SP) EPS 103 Introduction to Aquatic and Marine EPS C162 Planetary (4)(FA) Geochemistry (4)(SP) EPS C178 Applied Geophysics (3)(FA) EPS 108 (4)(FA) Physics 105 Analytic (4) EPS 109 Computer Simulations in EPS (4)(FA) Physics 110A and (4)

For more detailed information about this specialization, please contact: Nadine Spingola-Hutton 305 McCone Hall (510) 643-4068 tinyurl.com/epsadvisor Prof. Doug Dreger 281 McCone Hall [email protected] Be sure and ask about the Ramsden Scholarships for EPS declared majors.



Name: SID #: Expected Degree Date: Email: Phone: Last updated: Lower Division Requirements Class Term Units Grade Comments EPS 50 4

Math 1A 4

Math 1B 4

Math 53 4


Upper Division Requirements Class Term Units Grade Comments EPS 102 History and Evolution of Planet Sp 4 Earth 4 EPS 122 Physics of the Earth & Planetary Sp 3 Interiors EPS 150 Case Studies 2 For seniors only

Elective Course: Minimum of 11 units—Faculty Advisor approval needed Class Term Units Grade Comments