Bachelor of

Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – other science course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective – an elective course from the course list, or as permitted by the program rules
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Compulsory
ERTH1000 Planet Earth: The Big Picture2 Prerequisite for major
PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics I3 Recommended
ERTH1501 Earth Processes & Geological Materials for Engineers4 Recommended
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory
GEOM1000 Geographical Information and Data Analysis Prerequisite for Major
CHEM1200 Chemistry 25 Recommended
MATH1050 Mathematical Foundations1, 2 Recommended
  1. MATH1050 is not available for students with a High Achievement or higher in Senior Maths C.

  2. Available in Semester 1 and 2.

  3. Students who have not completed high school physics should take PHYS1171 instead

  4. ERTH1501 will be credited as a non-BSc elective towards the program. Students in a dual degree cannot enrol into this course for credit.

  5. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.

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

Choose a study plan

Year 2
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 ERTH2003 Sedimentary, Stratigraphy & Palaeoenvironments

Choose at least 2 units from:

[ ERTH2005 Mineralogy
ERTH2020 Introduction to Geophysics
ERTH2050 Field Geology
GEOM2000 Introduction to Earth Observation Sciences (EOS)
GEOS2110 Tectonics & Geomorphology of Active Plate Boundaries (not offered in 2018)

CHEM2050 Organic & Inorganic Chemistry

ERTH2002 Palaeobiology
ERTH2006 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology ]

ERTH2004 Structural Geology
Year 3
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 Choose at least 8 units from:

[ ERTH3001 Ore Deposits & Exploration Geology
ERTH3104 Tectonics and Crustal Evolution
ERTH3050 Field Geology: Mapping in Outback
ERTH3103 Sedimentary Environments2
ERTH3110 Marine Geoscience & Palaeoceanography
ERTH3203 Energy Resources3
ERTH3205 Geochemistry & Geochronology
PHYS3071 Computational Physics
SCIE3230 Introduction to Research in Geological Sciences1

Choose electives from ERTH courses or other BSccourses

ERTH3002 Advanced Field Experience
ERTH3003 Geomicrobiology
ERTH3021 Exploration Geophysics & Mining (not offered in 2018)
ERTH3060 Advanced Structural Geology3
ERTH3212 Geology of Coral Reefs
ERTH3250 Hydrogeology
ERTH3301 Ore Body Modelling
GEOM3001 Advanced Earth Observation Sciences (EOS)
SCIE3231 Research Project II in Geological Sciences ]

Choose electives from ERTH courses or other BSc courses

1. Available in semester 1 and 2.

2. Offered in odd years only.

3. Offered in even years only.

What will I study?

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. The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences has a very strong research record and excellent links with industry. The School's 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.
There are three recommended study plans in the BSc Geological Sciences Major:

Minerals and Energy

This area provides excellent undergraduate training for the professional geologist in the exploration and mining industries, and for students who wish to pursue further postgraduate education. The BSc Honours program in geology is a professionally recognised qualification.

Environment and Marine

This field provides a broad training for students interested in aspects of  Earth systems science, such as environmental geosciences, marine geology, climate change, hydrogeology, and geochemistry. Students will acquire the ability to look at the big picture. Given the importance of water resources and of the marine environment for Australia’s future, particular emphasis will be placed on marine geology and on coastal processes.

Exploration Geophysics

The exploration geophysics plan is intended primarily for students who wish to pursue careers as professional geophysicists, working for major resource and engineering companies, international geophysical contractors, and government or research organisations. Geophysics is a dynamic and challenging profession, integrating diverse skills including mathematics, geology, physics, computing and instrumentation. It suits people who enjoy intellectual variety, problem solving, quantitative analysis, and the outdoors. The plan given here allows students to combine Geological Sciences with Mathematics and is recommended as the ideal undergraduate plan for capable students intending to become exploration geophysicists. For a professionally recognised qualification, this undergraduate plan would normally be followed by BSc Hons (Exploration Geophysics) or MMinRes (Exploration). Students are encouraged to contact the co-ordinator, Dr Steve Hearn, ( for advice and further information.

Geological Sciences is available as a single or extended major.