Undergraduate study in Earth Sciences

What can you study in Earth Sciences?

You can study Earth Sciences as a major in the Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Courses in the Earth Sciences major cover some of the following topics:

  • Earth’s origin and evolution
  • Earth’s surface and subsurface processes
  • Sustainable resource exploration
  • Past life, climates and environments
  • Plate tectonics
  • Engineering geology

Studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Earth Sciences

The Earth Sciences major explores the processes that have shaped Earth, from its deepest interior to its surface, and into neighbouring space. It investigates the complexity and interactions of Earth’s systems, and addresses the impact of natural processes on society, and vice versa.

As part of your Earth Sciences major you’ll complete the Earth Sciences capstone course, EARTHSCI 399 – where you will carry out research or practice in Earth Sciences using the skills and knowledge you’ve gained throughout your studies.

From 2019 you can choose to keep your Earth Sciences major general, or you can follow either the Climate pathway, the Earth Surface Processes pathway, or the Geology pathway, in order to focus your studies further.

  • Climate: Explore the atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial interactions that create our climate. Investigate the evolution of climate over time.
  • Earth Surface Processes: Examine how coasts, rivers and hillslopes are shaped by surface processes and influenced by the underlying geology.
  • Geology: Explore the solid Earth and the processes that have shaped its evolution, spanning the early solar system and origins of life, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes and natural resources.

Structuring your programme in Earth Sciences

If you began your degree prior to 2019 we recommend you seek advice to make sure you are taking the correct courses. Contact the Science Student Centre at scifac@auckland.ac.nz.

Where can undergraduate study in Earth Sciences take you?

Earth Science graduates are in demand globally, mainly as geologists. From meeting challenges associated with sustaining energy supplies and new infrastructure development, to developing low-carbon economies, and understanding and mitigating against changing climates, there are many exciting opportunities available.

Earth Science graduates have a unique breadth of understanding across both the geology and physical geography disciplines. They are therefore suited to broad range of careers.

Where our Earth Science graduates work

  • Natural hazards monitoring, management and mitigation
  • Land development, engineering geological ground investigations
  • Environmental management
  • Sustainable mineral exploration and extraction
  • Groundwater management

Further study options

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.env.auckland.ac.nz