Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Year 1
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science
ERTH1000 Planet Earth: The Big Picture
MATH1050 Mathematical Foundations1 & 2
Please refer to course list
2 [ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data5
OR
STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data5 ]

SCIE1200 Introduction to Science Research
Please refer to course list

1. MATH1050 is not available for students with a High Achievement or higher in Senior Maths C or equivalent. 
2. Available in Semester 1 and 2.
5. Students who intend to major in Mathematics should take STAT1301.  Other students with an interest in advanced mathematics and at least a high achievement in Maths C or a 6 in MATH1050 are encouraged to take STAT1301.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Year 2
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 ERTH2020 Introduction to Geophysics
ERTH2050 Field Geology2
ERTH2003 Sedimentary Petrology & Stratigraphy
ERTH2005 Mineralogy
2 ERTH2004 Structural Geology
ERTH2006 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology
Please refer to course list

2. Available in Semester 1 and 2.

Year 3
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 ERTH3001 Ore Deposits & Exploration Geology
ERTH3104 Tectonics and Crustal Evolution

Choose at least 8 units from:

[ ERTH3103 Sedimentary Environments4
ERTH3110 Marine Geoscience and Palaeoceanography
ERTH3203 Energy Resources
ERTH3205 Geochemistry and Geochronology
PHYS3071 Computational Physics

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2

ERTH3021 Exploration & Mining Geophysics
ERTH3050 Field Geology: Mapping in the Outback3
ERTH3060 Advanced Structural Geology
ERTH3212 Geology for Coral Reefs
ERTH3250 Hydrogeology
ERTH3301 Ore Body Modelling ]


SCIE3230 Introduction to Research in Geological Sciences3
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3. Field trip course, conducted during the July inter-semester break. Students may obtain permission to enrol in semester 2.‚Äč
4. ERTH3103 is offered in odd years only.

Year 4 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Year 4
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 ERTH6501 Geology Honours Thesis6 
ERTH6701 Geology Literature Review and Research Proposal5
Please refer to course list
2 ERTH6501 Geology Honours Thesis6 -

6. This is a full year course. Those that start in semester 2 enrol into ERTH6502 Geology Honours Thesis

What will I study?

Geologists and geophysicists may work in field investigation, collecting data from instruments probing below the Earth's surface and from satellites hundreds of kilometres above the surface. They may work in data processing using some of the world's most powerful computer systems. They may be involved in drilling of wells thousands of metres deep, in the production of resources, or in R&D to invent new technologies.

The long-range employment forecast for geoscientists is very strong, particularly due to the buoyant nature of the worldwide resource sector. Exploration for energy resources (including alternatives such as geothermal and coal seam methane), minerals and water, environmental planning, engineering, and the disposal of hazardous waste are just a few of the challenging areas which will require the skills of trained geoscientists for many years to come.

A large component of the education of a geoscience student involves laboratory and practical activities, and field work. There will be ample opportunities for vacation work in the mining industry in your second and third years, and this will immensely enrich your university education and your personal experience. Our school has a very strong research record and links with industry, and our multicultural staff have strong collaborations with the best geoscience institutions across the five continents. Students interested in a research career will have access to some of the most advanced research laboratories in the country.