Master’s studies

Syllabus for Applied and Environmental Geophysics

Tillämpad och miljöinriktad geofysik

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GE017
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G2F, Earth Science G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2008-11-04
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 36, 2009
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits in mathematics and physics, or 60 credits in earth science and 15 credits in mathematics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course the student should:
• Understand the physical principles governing the propagation of seismic waves.
• Know the principles of seismic data acquisition and have a broad understanding of the instruments used in the field.
• Interpret a seismic section and identify different seismic phases.
• Describe the basic processing steps of reflection seismic data.
• Derive a model of the subsurface based on refraction seismic data.
• Be able to make gravity measurements and calculate Free-air and Bouguer anomalies.
• Describe the common types of magnetisation and understand how a Proton and a Cesium Vapour magnetometer works.
• Compute model responses and interpret gravity and magnetic data.
• Describe the different electrical and electromagnetic methods and how they relate to electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity.
• Understand the physical limitations of the geophysical methods.
• Compare different geophysical methods, describe their weaknesses, strengths, and applicability to different problems and geological environments.


• The seismic reflection method.
• The seismic refraction method.
• Gravity measurements.
• Magnetisation and magnetic measurements.
• Electrical methods.
• Electromagnetic methods including ground penetrating radar.
• Radiometric methods.
• Geophysical field techniques.
• Geophysical modelling and interpretation.
• Field course.


The course consists of lectures, seminars, exercises and a compulsory short field course.


Written examination. The written examination corresponds to 7 ECTS and the compulsory part 3 ECTS.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.