The Geophysics Graduate Program was the first strict sense graduate program at the Federal University of Pará and the second Graduate Program in Applied Geophysics in Brazil. Currently, it is the only one in the Geophysics area of the northern region.
Created in 1972, with an ordinance dated February 27, 1973, the Program started with the name " Geophysics Graduate Course - CPGf" with master's and doctorate courses. In 1975, Geophysics joined the Geochemistry group at UFPA and created the Postgraduate Program in Geophysical and Geological Sciences, with a master's and doctorate in Geophysics and Geochemistry, becoming part of the Center for Geophysical and Geological Sciences - NCGG.
The first three dissertations at the NCGG are from August 1976 all in Geophysics under the guidance of prof. Dr. José de Seixas Loureço. In 1977, the Graduate Program also started offering master's and doctoral courses in Geology and then started to cover the areas of Geophysics, Geochemistry and Geology. The Program's first doctorate is in the area of Geophysics and dates from 1983. In 1985, the Geophysical and Geological Sciences Program changes its name to the Geophysics Graduate Program. In 1991, the Geosciences Graduate Program took place in the current Geology and Geochemistry Graduate Program-PPGGf and the Geophysics Graduate Program-CPGf, the acronym CPGf was maintained due to its historicity.
Many of the CPGf graduates are now professors and researchers at various universities and research centers in the area in the country such as LNCC, ON, USP, UFBA, UFRJ, UFRN, UFOPA and UFPA. In addition, CPGf is also responsible for training several Geophysics professionals who work in national and international companies, such as PETROBRAS, ANP, CPRM, CGG-VERITAS, SCHLUMBERGER. This presence shows the multiplicative effect of the CPGf in these 45 years of existence, and its importance in the formation of human resources in Geophysics in Brazil.
Through the development of relevant works in the field of applied Geophysics, CPGf researchers have worked in agreements and partnerships with other higher education institutions (UnB, IAG-USP, UFRN, UNICAMP, UFBA) and also with geophysical prospecting companies in Brazil and abroad (Pearson, Ridder and Johnson, Inc., AeroGeoPhysica Latinoamerica, Fugro, Schlumberger).
A unique feature of our Program so far is that all the main methods of geophysical prospecting are covered in its lines of research. The concentration areas themselves for a long time were defined according to the different methods applied in prospecting.