Engineering geophysics is a new field that applies geophysics to engineering with reference to a broad spectrum of societal, industrial, environmental, and resource needs. Students take selected courses from graduate programs in engineering, geological sciences, and oceanography in conjunction with their M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The certificate program offers students in engineering and the geological and oceanographic sciences a chance to broaden and strengthen their backgrounds, with the emphasis on environmental and resource applications.
The program encompasses multidisciplinary field, laboratory, and modeling studies using state-of-the-art geophysical, engineering, and oceanographic practice and theory. A comprehensive suite of research facilities is available for these studies, including geophysical, engineering, and marine field and laboratory instrumentation. For students of engineering, the program provides training in geophysical methods and an Earth and ocean context for engineering applications. For students of geological, oceanographic, and environmental sciences, the program provides reciprocal training and training in engineering subjects that enhance their capabilities. This crossover between disciplines and multidisciplinary training can provide a competitive edge in research and in the job market.