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Earth Scientists study the nature and evolution of the structure of our planet, covering everything from natural crystals and fossils to the powerful forces that drive earthquakes and volcanoes and move continents across the globe. Almost everything we do involves the Earth in some way. Tuition covers environmental geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology and groundwater contamination, mineral and petroleum exploration and resources, palaeontology, remote sensing and much more. Field work in different regions of New South Wales is an essential part of geology courses.
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Minimum Units of Credit


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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 78 UOC.

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Recommended Electives

The following courses are not required for this major, but are recommended as good complementary courses when students are selecting electives.

Level 1
GEOS1701 Environ Systems. & Processes (6 UOC)
CHEM1011 Chemistry A or CHEM1031 Higher Chemistry A (6 UOC)
CHEM1021 Chemistry B or CHEM1041 Higher Chemistry B (6 UOC)

Additional Information


  1. The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences maintain enrolment guides for many sub-disciplines of Earth Science: these are available from the BSB Office (G27 BioScience Building).


Students seeking to enrol into Honours in Earth Science should refer to program 4500 - Science (Honours) and the plan page for Geology (Honours) in this Handbook.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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