Geophysics is a discipline investigating the structure of the Earth, its temporal variations and related forces. Its area of interest covers innermost part of the Earth  reaching thousands of degree Celcius of temperature and 1.500.000 atm pressure, with the irregularities of the upper crust, oceanic basins, and finally uppermost layers of the atmosphere. The aim of geophysical research is to make observations on the Earth, and determine the laws explaining the physical and chemical relations based on these observations using numerical solutions and approximations in order to be able to derive the extremely complex structure of the Earth. In this sense, Geophysics is a interdisciplinary science.

Geophysics department at Boğaziçi University, Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute gives the highest priority to original research with the aim of promoting young researchers and scientists reflecting the mobility of the modern science and the fast progress in technology within their research, together with the essential human qualities such as environmental awareness and preservation of the nature, while identifying and providing solutions in the part of the world we are living.

The core elements of the MSc and PhD curriculum at our department provides necessary mathematics and physics background and aiming at educating young researchers in the field seismology with a wide range of topics, such as elastic wave propagation, earthquake source mechanisms, signal processing, strong ground motion and instrumentation.

Investigation of earth’s crust using seismic, electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic methods, engineering seismology, geo-magnetism, paleo-magnetism and archeomagnetism applications are among the main fields of study in our department.

Identification of active faults and understanding related lithosperic forces, seismicity, seismic hazard and risk; landslide and avalanche studies; industrial raw material; mine, underground water, oil and natural gas prospection studies; soil investigations for various sizes of engineering structures; the composition of the Earth’s interior and crust and their physical properties are among the department’s  fields of interest.