Humanitarian Engineering & Science: Geophysics

This track applies the principles of geophysics to improve the lives of communities and the natural environments in which they exist

Humanitarian Geophysics spans a wide range of topics including:

  • Locating new groundwater resources
  • Groundwater/aquifer management
  • Environmental remediation and monitoring
  • Natural hazards posed by earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides
  • Agriculture development, management and optimization
  • Securing cultural heritage

Geophysics advisor:
Richard Krahenbuhl,

Required Courses

Regardless of track, all HES graduate students take the required core EDNS courses.
*See those on homepage

Geophysics Professional Degree Requirements:

  • GPGN 577 Humanitarian Geoscience
  • 4 additional courses of GPGN 500 or above – see current list here
  • EDNS 580: HES Capstone Practicum

Geophysics Thesis Degree Requirements:

  • GPGN 577 Humanitarian Geoscience
  • 3 additional courses of GPGN 500 or above – see current list here
  • 6 thesis research credits
    Application Requirements
    • Degree candidates should have an undergraduate degree in geophysics, physics, quantitative earth sciences and engineering, or equivalent coursework. In addition, candidates will need to complete necessary prerequisite courses for the graduate courses, also found in the Mines graduate catalog.
    • Statement of purpose, updated curriculum vitae or resume and transcripts for post-secondary degrees are required for all students.
    • Three letters of recommendation are required for students pursuing the MS thesis option.
    • Non-native English speakers must prove language proficiency. Please review requirements provided by the graduate admissions office.
    • Mines undergraduate students may include up to 6 credits from their undergraduate program counted toward a combined BS/MS degree. External applicants may transfer graduate credit from elsewhere with written permission from the HES program director.
    • Applications are directed through the graduate admissions office.

    Check out the work and findings of an incoming HES geophysics student’s research with one of our Humanitarian Geophysics faculty members!

    Bolivia Fieldwork