Geophysics (GEO130)

The course gives a general introduction to the theory and practice of geophysical exploration, with a focus on the physical principles, methodology, interpretational procedures, and fields of application of various methods.

Course description for study year 2023-2024


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The methods covered include surface methods such as reflection seismic (emphasized), refraction seismic, gravity, magnetic, electric, and electromagnetic methods. Furthermore, the course also covers borehole geophysical methods used in Formation evaluation, such as resistivity, sonic and radioactive methods. Data from these methods will be used to determine lithology, porosity, water saturation, permeability, and hydrocarbon volumes.

Programming languages, such as python and Matlab, are used to help model different geological scenarios and visualize the different methods and data.

Learning outcome

After completing this course the student should be able to:

  • Identify how the various geophysical methods used in petroleum exploration, development, and production, including seismic, gravity, magnetic, electric, and electromagnetic methods can be used to obtain geological information about the subsurface.
  • Explain how geophysical data is acquired in the field.
  • Process and analyze geophysical data using the Python programming language.
  • Perform a petrophysical evaluation of lithology, porosity, water saturation, net to gross, permeability, and segmentation using well logs and core measurements.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS100 Mechanics, GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades Approved, basic calculator

Coursework requirements

Up to 7 obligatory assignments must be approved before the student can take the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Wiktor Waldemar Weibull

Study Program Director:

Lisa Jean Watson

Study Adviser:

Karina Sanni

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Geophysics and Well Logging (PET110_1) 10
Geophysical methods applied to petroleum (BPG150_1) 5
Well logging (BIP210_1) 5

Open for

Energy and Petroleum Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Geosciences and Energy Resources - Bachelor in Engineering Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto