Earth Sciences (Geology)


The scientific study of our earth is crucial to the life of our planet. The Earth Sciences major enables you to gain practical and theoretical knowledge that is critical to understanding Earth and the environment we live in.

Areas of study

Some of the skills you will learn include: Exercising critical and innovative spatial and temporal thinking; undertaking field observations and laboratory analyses to interpret geological and earth surface processes; and using quantitative techniques, including statistics and simple numerical models, and applying principles of experimental and sampling design.

You can study Earth Sciences (Geology) in the following programmes:

What you will learn

The Earth Sciences major consists of a core framework of required courses at Stage I and II, with the opportunity for you to select your Stage III courses to fit your desired pathway. This framework allows you to explore a range of disciplinary approaches to resolving questions about earth systems. A distinctive element of the major is an emphasis on field skills with dedicated field courses at Stage II and field components incorporated into relevant third year courses. Exploring ideas in a field setting is an excellent way of bringing to life concepts discussed in lectures and laboratories.

Career opportunities

Trained Earth Scientists find employment locally and internationally, working for environmental consultancies, geological and exploration companies, engineering companies, territorial local authorities or the central government.
Areas of work will include: geological surveys and mapping, geochemical and geophysical exploration, petroleum and natural gas location and assessment, coal field development, rock and mineral resources survey, mineral processing and mining, assessing natural hazards (volcanoes, earthquakes), environmental impact audits, engineering site investigations, land stability studies, oceanography and education.

More information

For more information see Earth Sciences.