The Master of Science in Geophysics degree requires 30 total credits distributed as follows: 12 graduate geophysics course credits, 12 credits in approved science or engineering courses, and at least 6 thesis research credits leading to an approved thesis. The overall goal of the graduate geophysics program is to provide a balanced education in the following areas:
- geophysical theory and methods including the quantification of error and resolution;
- problem definition, characteristics of an acceptable Scientific solution, and an understanding of the effort required to reach an acceptable solution;
- the interrelationship of geophysics with other Scientific and engineering disciplines;
- oral and written technical communication;
- project management and teamwork;
- an introduction to the geoscience profession beyond the classroom including the establishment of professional contacts.
Achievement of these educational objectives requires that a graduate student be exposed to classroom and laboratory instruction, thesis research, seminars, field trips, preparation of proposals and papers, presentations at professional meetings, short-term work assignments on sponsored projects, and interaction with a wide variety of faculty, research staff, students, and off-campus scientists and engineers. Current research emphases at Boise State include the following:
- applications of surface and borehole geophysical methods to hydrogeological, environmental, and engineering problems;
- geophysical measurement of the engineering properties of earth materials;
- determination of the relationship between geophysical and hydrological parameters;
- use of marine sedimentology and borehole geophysics to study the interaction between the oceans and continental climate;
- investigation of physical process dynamics during cold season flooding.
The geophysics program is well equipped with modern digital field instrumentation and computational facilities.
The Boise State University Master of Science program in geophysics interacts cooperatively with Idaho State University (ISU) in that up to 12 credits earned in approved courses at ISU can be applied to a Master of Science in Geophysics at BSU or ISU. In addition, faculty at BSU and ISU may form joint supervisory committees when expertise from outside of the student’s resident institution is judged to be beneficial. These cooperative efforts by BSU and ISU add flexibility and geographic accessibility to graduate education in geophysics within Idaho.
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A prospective student may apply at any time and should follow the general graduate application procedure for degree-seeking students (see Graduate Admissions Policies). Admission to the program is based on:
- Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
- Applicants are required to have earned at least a baccalaureate degree in geophysics, geosciences, hydrology, physics, chemistry, mathematics or engineering from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions office.
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (based on a 4-point scale) computed for all credits from the applicant’s most recent degree.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
- A letter of intent outlining background, preparation, interests, career goals and plans, and 1-3 potential faculty members to study under.
- A current résumé.
- A TOEFL score of 587 or higher for the written exam or 95 internet-based test (iBT) for students whose native language is not English.
- A writing sample (publication, technical document, scientific abstract, or prior coursework).
- Completion of a Department of Geosciences College Course Summary for Prospective Student form.
- A copy of a report resulting from a previous university course, professional position, or research experience as evidence of applicant’s ability to complete a significant project and write an acceptable scientific report.
- Three letters of recommendation from academic references.
|Master of Science in Geophysics|
|Course Number and Title||Credits|
The Boise State University Master of Science in Geophysics requires 30 semester credits distributed as follows:
|GEOPH 501 Properties and Processes in Geophysics I||4|
|GEOPH 502 Properties and Processes in Geophysics II||4|
|GEOPH 601 Introduction to Research Program Development|
Mandatory for the first year on campus for all students
|GEOS 598 Graduate Seminar |
Enrollment in Graduate Seminar is required each semester of all graduate students on campus; one credit may be applied towards graduation.
|Elective courses approved by the supervisory committee and by the Coordinator of the geophysics graduate program. (at least 6 credits must be at the GEOPH 500-level or GEOPH 600-level)||14|
|GEOPH 593 Thesis||6|
Graduate Assistantships, Teaching and Research Fellowships
Graduate assistantships and fellowships including tuition and fee waivers are funded from three sources: appropriated state funds, endowments, and research grants and contracts. Applicants to the MS Geophysics program who submit all documents required by the admission procedure by February 1 of any given year will be considered for a state appropriated or endowed graduate assistantships and fellowships to start the following fall semester; notification of successful applicants will be during February and March. Information on graduate fellowships funded by research grants and contracts is available from the Coordinator of the geophysics graduate program.
Phone: (208) 426-2902
Environmental Research Building 1160, MS1535
Dr. Dylan Mikesell
Environmental Research Building
1910 University Dr., Boise, ID 83725-1536
For additional information visit the Geophysics website.
In order to be considered for the Geophysics program, the Graduate application, official transcripts, and all related admission materials and requirements must be turned in by:
Priority/Funding: December 15
Priority: September 15