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Academic Programs

At Stanford, geophysics students work closely with the faculty to discover new methods for understanding quantifiable observations of Earth’s physical properties. As you might expect, Stanford attracts some of the best and brightest students from around the world. Each year the geophysics department welcomes about 10 new graduate students. In 2008/09, our students came more than 25 different countries and over 40% were women. Our diversity, breadth of research and teaching provide a collegial, supportive, and nurturing environment for all. Moreover, we’re always seeking new ways to improve and be more inclusive of under-represented groups. If you would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to call or visit us.

Graduate Education

Graduate studies in the Department of Geophysics involve academic course work and independent research. Our programs grant Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. Course programs are tailored to the student's needs and interests with the aid of his or her research adviser. Students are encouraged to include in their program courses offered in other departments in the School of Earth Sciences as well as in other departments in the University. Many geophysics research projects offer fieldwork or internship opportunities for collecting geophysical data or partnering with industry and international partners.

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Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate students interested in Geophysics as a major, a minor, or a concentration can find an exciting learning environment in the Department of Geophysics. The Geophysics curriculum provides exciting classes, engaging research opportunities, and excellent preparation for graduate school and careers in academia, industry, and government. Our department aims to teach you powerful skills not only in geophysics, but also in mathematical applications, analytical reasoning, computational problem solving, and communications.

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