Applied and Environmental Geophysics

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1GE017

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science G2F, Physics G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 8 February 2024
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

60 credits in mathematics and physics, or 60 credits in earth science and 15 credits in mathematics.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

* 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.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

1GE017 and 1GE073 cannot be included in the same degree.