The Department of the Geophysical Methods for Search and Survey of Mineral Deposits was formed in 1966 in structure of Geology Faculty. The first head of the Chair was selected Assistant of Professor H. Vancyan.

Geophysics is a field that integrates geology, mathematics, and physics in order to understand how the Earth works. Geophysicists study Earth processes through a combination of laboratory experiments, computational and theoretical modeling, remote imaging, and direct observation.

Much, though not all, of the research we are engaged in can be grouped in three broad research themes: Search and Survey of Mineral Deposits, i.e. Exploration Geophysics, Environment (Engineering Geophysics), and Hazards. Among the research topics pursued by faculty and graduate students are: measuring crustal deformation; high resolution imaging of the shallow crust using active source seismology; earthquake source studies and hazard analysis; rock physics for environmental remediation; state of stress and mechanical behavior of the crust; passive imaging of the crust and upper mantle; and regional tectonics and continental evolution.

In the structure of the Chair of Geophysics has been included the laboratories of investigation of physical-mechanical properties of minerals, exploration seismology, electrometrical, magnetometrical and radiometrical studies, were fulfilled educational and research works. In parallel with lectures and practical works also have been done different research works with students. In particular, there has been carried out complex researches of Earth deep structure studies; determination of different geological structures in geophysical fields; search and survey of mineral deposits using geophysical various methods. There have been done also works in the field of geodynamics: lithosphere movement studies and their possible influence in preparation of strong earthquakes. A huge work has been done in the field of determination of physicomechanical properties of rocks in all territory of Armenia.

A significant place takes an engineering geophysics both in educational and research activity. In particular, engineering geophysics application in hydrogeology- search and survey of underground water resources, determination of their spatial distribution and allocation and the solution of their effective utilization problems; in engineering geology- research and study of hazardous geological processes and phenomena's such as landslides, karsts, floods est., forecasting of these processes and appropriate engineering actions, safety exploration of hydrotechnical structures, seismic hazard assessment and microzonation, archeological and geoecological studies.

Practical research in the specified areas has been carried out in the territory of Armenia and adjacent regions.

Since 2001 the chair was renamed to the Chair of Geophysics. Now the head of the chair is Dr. Prof . R Minasyan.

People: The investigation and mapping of deep structures of the crust in the territory of Armenia using geophysical methods was done by Dr. E. Hadgimamudov and Dr. L. Tadevosyan. They have compiled the gravimetric field map for the territory of Armenia in 1:500000 and 1: 200000 scales.

The investigation and study of dynamical processes and forecasting of landslide in the territory of Armenia are a part of the research activities in the chair. These studies are carried out by Dr. M. Grigoryan, who is the dean of the faculty of Geology.

The investigations in the field of radiometrical studies also are very important research in the chair and the leading specialist in this field is Dr. A. Sardaryan.

A huge study is carried out in the field of electrical exploration by Dr. Prof. R. Minasyan and Dr. Prof. V Vardanyan.

The other stage of research activity in the chair was done by Prof. Avchyan. He was the head of the laboratory of physical properties of minerals, has carry out a huge studies of physicomechanical properties of rocks in the territory of Armenia. Later his assistant Dr. G. Markosyan continues this work.

The problems of seismology and seismic hazard assessment also have the basic role in the studies of the chair, which are carried out by Dr. V. Balassanyan.

In the chair of Geophysics in parallel with lectures also the practical work fulfill by Dr. M. Mkrtchyan, Dr. L. Mirzoyan, Dr. A. Melqonayn.

The department is an exciting and dynamic place. It has approximately 10 regular and affiliated faculty members and research scientists, 6 PhD students, and approximately 30 students. Each year, we host visiting faculty and visiting scholars from adjacent regions (Iran, Syria est.). Graduate studies in the Department of Geophysics involve academic course work and independent research. During this year 4 PhD students get degree in Geology: L. Mirzoyan-supervizor Dr. Proff. S. Nazaretyan, L. Sargsyan, and 2 PhD students from Syria A. Idris and S. Zejzafun- prof. Dr. Proff. R. Minasyan.