Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, & Resources - Geophysics
Faculty of Engineering

Program description

Geophysicists use the principles of physics and mathematics to study the Earth’s surface, internal structure and composition, atmosphere and magnetosphere. The many overlapping fields in Geophysics include: Earthquake Seismology, Exploration Seismology, Electromagnetic Geophysics, Gravity and Magnetic Geophysics, Geodesy, Geomagnetism as well as Geodynamics and High-Pressure Geophysics.

Program options

Degree options

B.Sc. G.Sc. (Major) Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences Geophysics (Major) – 4 years
B.Sc. G.Sc. (Hons.) Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences Geophysics (Honours) – 4 years

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Introductory Geophysics
  • Introductory Mineralogy with Essential of Mineral Optics
  • Applied Geophysics Field Course
  • Geophysics Field Course

Professional opportunities

Most graduates of Geophysics work in the resource industry with mining or petroleum companies or associated service industries. An increasing number of graduates are being hired by environmental industries and consulting firms. Geologists and geophysics are among a select group of professionals whose skills are in demand worldwide. At present, prospects for employment are excellent, both in terms of gaining relevant summer work while a student and finding permanent work upon graduation.

The professional practice of geoscience in Canada is governed by provincial/territorial law and is regulated by professional geoscience associations. In Manitoba, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGM) regulates professional practice. The requirements for professional registration are acceptable academic preparation and a subsequent period of acceptable geoscience experience. Students considering professional registration should take the B.Sc. Geological Sciences Honours or Major degree and make appropriate course selections, particularly in the basic sciences. Students should consult with the Department of Geological Sciences. Graduates who do not meet the academic requirements may be required by the professional association to take additional courses or examinations. Current registration information for APEGM is available in the department or from the association's web site:

Admission Requirements

Visit the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.


What is unique about this program at the U of M?



David Toni (Honours Geophysics) claimed the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysics (CSEG) award for best geophysical presentation, as well as the award for best overall presentation at the conference. David’s talk was entitled “Investigating anisotropy in the upper mantle using shear wave splitting from the Manitoba teleseismic array”.

Important links

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Department of Geological Sciences
Geophysics Honours and Major
Graduate Studies in Geological Sciences