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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