A Geology major will provide a breadth of training for students entering careers or research in any area in which an understanding of how the planet functions is required. This includes fundamental research into geological processes, including palaeoclimate change, geodynamics, ore deposit formation, and the environment.
Careers in geology can be wide-ranging and include environmental consulting, environmental management, government, minerals exploration and the energy industry. Graduates will be prepared for these pathways by having developed skills in the acquisition and interpretation of geological information. Such skills are crucial to make contributions in laboratories, in consulting
roles in industry, or in policy/decision making in management.
This major will integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines from field-based studies to more theoretical aspects of rocks, minerals and their behaviour during Earth processes. Students will complete a sequence of specialist subjects as well as integrated subjects in which they develop an understanding of how these may be applied to solve outstanding questions about how the Earth works, including the competing problems of resource consumption (water, minerals, energy) and the environment. The Geology major capstone subject, Earth’s Resources for a Sustainable Future, is an advanced synthesis of a broad range of sustainability issues that impact on society and its relationship with the finite resources provided by our planet.
Students will gain experience preparing them for the workplace by participating in hands-on project work that requires careful time management and the clear communication of results
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this major, students should be able to:
- Apply knowledge from a range of core disciplines in geology including structural geology, tectonics, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary petrology, field geology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, mineralogy, geodynamics and palaeontology as developed from a sequence of specialist and integrated subjects
- Use petrology, geological mapping, geological modelling, and the critical evaluation of scientific literature, in order to make contributions in research, education or in the minerals, mining, petroleum or environmental industries
- Value the role of the cultures in science that are practiced in the investigation of geology, and specifically the role of observations, analysis, and experimental design, models of various types, theory, and mathematics
- Synthesize geological knowledge from a wide variety of sources and data types
- Apply knowledge and skills in order to develop an understanding of Earth history and climate change, at time scales ranging from decadal to billions of years as well as expertise relevant to finite natural resources like oil, gas, minerals and groundwater
- Work effectively in a team environment with an appreciation of cultural and discipline diversity that comes from a diverse of student cohort in group learning experiences and challenging field situations
- Communicate effectively with other scientists and with non-scientists.
Last updated: 12 November 2022