The Subsurface Geoscience program is geared for students who would like to become proficient in applying geological knowledge and geophysical methods to find and develop reserves of oil and natural gas, and/or hone their skills in manipulating and managing energy-related data.
The core requirements for the degree are strong courses in geophysical exploration methods, management and policy courses, communication skills, and include an industrial internship or work experience. Students select a group of elective courses from a focus area (see below), or from a variety of other courses related to their interest.
- The Geology focus area prepares students to be “explorationists,” with strong skills in using seismic and other geophysical methods along with geological principles to find oil and natural gas.
- The Geophysics focus area prepares students to become technical experts in aspects of exploration seismology.
- The Energy Data Management focus area prepares students to understand exploration and production as a data-driven business, to become data enabled geoscientists to match demands in the energy industry.