geophysical engineering

Geophysical Engineering

Measure, map and image the physical properties of the Earth’s crust just as the medical profession uses a variety of techniques to measure and image the human body’s interior. Prepare maps, cross sections and images of physical properties of the Earth for economic, engineering, safety and environmental reasons.

Degrees, Options, and Specializations

Geophysical Engineering is offered as an undergraduate Bachelor of Science and is also offered in a Master's Degree in Geoscience with an option in Geophysical Engineering.

Students may choose to specialize in either:

  • Engineering Geophysics: Study subsurface information that may also be required for the placement of large engineered structures, such as dams and bridges or the characterization of sites affected by environmental degradation.
  • Exploration Geophysics: Conduct geophysical measurements which are essential for the detection, delineation and development of oil, gas, and mineral deposits as well as groundwater resources.

Catalog Information


Montana Tech's Geophysical Engineering program consistently boasts a 100% placement rate with high starting salaries.


Geophysical Engineering students have the opportunity to join one or more of the following professional societies, all of which can help them in their careers both as students and as professionals:

  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
  • Billings Geophysical Society
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
  • Montana Geological Society