Abstract

The problem of organizing an adequate, balanced training program for a career in geophysics has been the subject of several studies and investigations, the most comprehensive being that conducted by the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers' special committee on Geophysical Education in collaboration with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the American Geophysical Union. The results of such studies have invariably indicated that the ideal geophysics curriculum should stress the fundamentals of physics, mathematics, and geology with a minimum amount of work in geophysics as such for coordinating the more basic sciences. The ideal undergraduate curriculum would include course coverage along the following lines: (a) basic geology with advanced work in stratigraphy, structural geology, mineral deposits and petrology, (b) basic physics with advanced work in electricity and magnetism, optics, light and sound, and instrumentation techniques, and (c) basic mathematics with advanced work in calculus, differential equations, potential theory, and vector analysis.

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