Study Planner Information

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.

1st to 4th Year Study Planners

The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to assist in planning your program. BAdvSc(Hons) students will complete #64 units in total, comprising:

  • #6 for Part A (either STAT1201 or STAT1301 plus SCIE1100 and SCIE1200)
  • #16 (science or non-science) electives
  • #6 from the BAdvSc(Hons) or BSc course list
  • #36 for the requirements for a major as per the course list (including #28 level 3 or above).

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.

How do I use the Study Plans?

  1. Take all Compulsory Courses in each semester.
  2. Select required number of units in Key Courses for each year level.
  3. Fill any gaps in each semester with Key Courses or electives to meet the BAdvSc(Hons) requirements and rules.

What do the different columns mean?

  • Compulsory for the Program – All student must complete these courses as part of the program requirements.
  • Prerequisites for Major – First year prerequisites for the major
  • Compulsory for the Major – All student must complete these courses as part of the major requirements.
  • Key Courses – Electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended Electives – Courses that complement the major but can be substituted for another elective.

Choose a study plan

  • 1st Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Prerequisites for Major Recommended Electives
    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
    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.


  • 2nd Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory For the Major Key Courses Recommended Electives
    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.

  • 3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    At least #8 from late year courses
    Recommended Electives
    1 ERTH3001 Ore Deposits & Exploration Geology

    ERTH3104 Tectonics and Crustal Evolution
    ERTH3103 Sedimentary Environments4

    ERTH3110 Marine Geoscience and Palaeoceanography

    ERTH3203 Energy Resources

    ERTH3205 Geochemistry and Geochronology

    PHYS3071 Computational Physics
    2 SCIE3230 Introduction to Research in Geological Sciences3 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

    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.

  • 4th Year Study Planner
    Year 4 Compulsory for the Major Key Courses Recommended Electives
    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



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