School of Physics - Universiti Sains Malaysia



Geophysics Programme Goal

The geophysics programme's primary goal is to produce a Geophysicist with competent knowledge and scientific instruments to foresee physical properties beneath the Earth's surface associated with hazards, monitor process and mineral resources, image the Earth's structure, and estimate/predict the processes that occur.


The objectives of the programme :
Geophysics PEO  
At the end of the course, students are able to:
Geophysics PLO
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Programme Stucture for Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours Degree Programme – Geophysics
Core Courses
ZCA 101/4 Physics I (Mechanics)
ZCA 102/4 Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism)
ZCT 103/3 Physics III (Vibrations, Waves and Optics)
ZCT 104/3 Physics IV (Modern Physics)
*ZCA 110/4 Mathematical Methods I
ZCT 112/3 Mathematical Methods II
ZGT 161/3 Geology I
ZGT 162/3 Geology II
ZGT 190/2 Geology Practical
ZCT 191/2 Physics Practical I
ZCT 210/4 Complex Analysis and Differential Equations
ZGT 271/3 Geophysical Data Analysis
ZGT 265/3 Meteorology I
ZGT 266/3 Solid Earth Geophysics I
ZGT 267/3 Solid Earth Geophysics II
ZGT 268/3 Exploration Geophysics I
ZGT 269/3 Exploration Geophysics II
ZGT 295/4 Geophysics Practical (two semesters)
ZGT 372/3 Introduction to Oceanography
ZGT 374/4 Remote Sensing
ZGT 395/8 Geophysics Project (two semesters)
Total: 72 units (21 courses)
*The course content of ZCA 110/4 overlaps with Mathematics courses MAA 101/4
Calculus and MAA 111/4 Linear Algebra. Students can only register either ZCA 110/4 or MAA 101/4 and MAA 111/4 .
Students must select 30 units; at least 26 units from the group of courses below and the remaining units may be selected from other Science or Applied Science programmes, not from School of Physics.
ZCE 111/4 Computational Approach in Physics Learning
ZGE 277/4 Structure of the Universe
ZCE 341/4 Energy Studies
ZGE 364/3 Tropical Meteorology and Forecasting
ZGE 370/3 Meteorology II
ZGE 460/3 Synoptic Meteorology
ZGE 461/3 Advanced Geology
ZGE 471/3 Potential Field Interpretation
ZGE 473/4 Seismic Data Processing
ZGE 475/3 Engineering and Environmental Geophysics
ZGE 477/3 Physics Oceanography
ZGE 479/3 Geological Oceanography
ZCE 499/9 Industrial Training
Introduction Video
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The Dean, School of Physics,
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
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Penang, Malaysia

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