An internationally recognized program, KU Geophysics’ faculty and students are engaged in pioneering research in near-surface seismology, exploration geophysics, ground-penetrating radar, hydrogeophysics, structure and dynamics of active orogens, and applications of GIS technology to geological problems. Working in Greenland and Antarctica on environmental issues, monitoring aquifers in the United States or engaging in exploration geophysics and the quest to understand hydrocarbon reservoirs throughout the world, KU Geophysics’ students graduate to multiple job offers. The program has a long track record of graduates with successful careers in industry, government and academia.

Students may earn a MS or PhD degree with emphasis in geophysics. Successful students gain an advanced theoretical and applied geophysics education, both in the classroom and in the field, built on a strong geology and physics foundation. Most incoming students have undergraduate degrees in geology, physics, or geophysics, but we encourage students with backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, or engineering also to apply.

Financial Support

Backed by generous alumni and a university foundation with more than $1 billion in assets, KU Geophysics provides financial support for research, travel and other expenses. These scholarships and fellowships are in addition to the financial aid that is provided by KU.


KU Geophysics offers a variety of course, including classes in exploration geophysics, data processing and analysis, and geophysical data interpretation. Fieldwork and an extensive research program are also emphasized.

Kansas Geological Survey

Based at KU, The Kansas Geological Survey expands KU Geophysics’ expertise, facilities and provides greater access to field equipment. The Survey and its Exploration Services section develops innovative methods of high-resolution shallow seismic imaging of the subsurface. The section also monitors changes and identifies regional trends in the High Plains, Dakota and alluvial aquifers.

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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
Complete the online form to be considered for the scholarship award.