Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 43, Dec. 1999, pp. 161 – 167
School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM Penang, Malaysia
Abstract: Universiti Sains Malaysia is the only Malaysian university offering a full-fledged programme in geophysics at the undergraduate level. Since its inception in 1972/73 the Geophysics Programme in USM has proven itself to be popular and relevant to the country‘s trained manpower needs. Its graduates are in demand in industry especially in the petroleum and geophysical sectors. The Programme is essentially a broad-based package which is, by design, multidisciplinary in nature. It has evolved over the years to meet changing needs. Practical training and fieldwork are essential components of the curriculum. An optional industrial training programme has become one of its most attractive features. The Geophysics Programme provides a firm foundation in the basics. Industry conducts its own intensive training programmes to develop more specific skills relevant to particular jobs. Close links have been established and maintained with industry from which the Programme draws considerable support. To date, more than 300 geophysics graduates have been produced. The majority of them work in the oil and geophysical industries. The employment prospects for geophysicists in this region are excellent in the long term.