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Geophysics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #30 (BCR) Vancouver, Canada
Geophysics is an interdisciplinary physical science of the planets and their environments, in particular the Earth. Geophysics applies the knowledge and techniques of physics, mathematics, and chemistry to understand planetary structure, dynamic behaviour, and evolution through time. You can study the program at University of British Columbia.
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Overview

Geophysics is an interdisciplinary physical science that applies the knowledge and techniques of physics, mathematics, and chemistry to understanding the structure, subsurface, and dynamic behaviour of the earth and its environment. Science electives are normally selected from Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, and Chemistry courses. An honours program in Geophysics is suited to students seeking to do research in the field.

As Geophysicists typically work in teams, this specialization helps prepare you for future employment through seminars and student projects designed to help you perfect your communication skills and ability to work in groups.

Your future

The Geophysics specialization from University of British Columbia qualifies graduates for work in a wide range of earth sciences disciplines. The program equips you with strong critical thinking, analytical problem solving, communication, statistical, computational and research skills, and the ability to work effectively in teams. These skills are highly sought after and are transferable to many workplaces.

The specialization can be tailored to qualify you for registration as a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Differential Calculus with Applications to Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Integral Calculus with Applications to Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Enriched Physics 
  • Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Organic Chemistry
  • Fields and Fluxes
  • Topics in the Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Thermal Physics 
  • Elementary Differential Equations 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Mathematics, excluding IB Math Studies
  • IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry
  • Grade 11/junior-level Physics (may be waived with grades of 5 in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9516 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38051 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1344 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5399 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Vancouver

  • 1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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