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The Geological Sciences include Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Economic Geology, Environmental Geology and Petroleum Geology.
Geology is the study of the Earth. It includes studies of tectonic processes leading to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and the generation of mineral, petroleum and water deposits in the Earth's crust. By combining studies in Geology with other science majors it is possible to broaden one's job horizons and to become involved in some exciting areas of geoscience.
A combination of physics and geology leads into geophysics, which uses the physical properties of the crust to study the structure, composition and location of mineral, water, oil and gas deposits. Combining chemistry and geology leads to geochemistry, while combining geography and geology leads into geomorphology and environmental geology. Economic Geology is a combination of geology, physics and chemistry in the study of the formation and exploration of mineral deposits.
There are six recommended streams of study in the Geological Sciences which lead to a career as a professional geoscientist:
Graduates from the School of Earth Sciences have pursued a wide range of well paid, satisfying careers in the mining, energy (oil, gas and coal) and environmental industries. Careers in Environmental geoscience, including hydrogeology (the search for and maintenance of water resources), have continued to grow steadily whilst demand for geoscientists in resource areas is very high at present.
Geology graduates with a good all-round science background (including maths, computing, physics and chemistry) are expected to be in demand. Honours graduates in geophysics are in strong demand from all industry areas. The School of Earth Sciences' 4 year honours courses in Economic Geology (BSc(Hons) Economic Geology), Geophysics (BSc(Hons) Geophysics) and Geochemistry (BSc(Hons) Geochemistry) are recognised by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
All units taught by the School of Earth Sciences are in the
Sustainable Primary Production theme area. Majors and courses offered in this theme include the Geology major in the BSc; four year BSc specimen course in Economic Geology; BSc Honours fields in geochemistry, geology, geophysics and economic geology; the Master of Economic Geology; Master of Science (Exploration Geoscience); and Master of Science Studies (Geology).
Stream 1: General Geology
For students wishing to obtain a broad education in geology; suitable for a career in a government geological survey, the petroleum industry, teaching geology or academic research.
Stream 2: Environmental Geology
For students with an interest in the environment, resource management and the key issues of conservation and development in geoscience.
Stream 3: Geophysics
A combination of physics, geology and computing, for students looking for a career in mineral geophysics, petroleum geophysics, or geophysical research.
Stream 4: Geochemistry
A combination of geology with chemistry, for students looking for wider career opportunities in mineral exploration geochemistry, isotope geochemistry or hydrothermal geochemistry research.
Stream 5: Petroleum Geology
For students intending to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry.
Stream 6: Economic Geology
For students wishing to learn about the Earth's mineral resources and processes leading to their formation and discovery; designed for students intending a career in mineral exploration, mining geology, mineral economics, resource management or research in ore deposit genesis.