Faculty of Science


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Photo: Jenni Hopkins, Ngauruhoe volcano,Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.


Earthquakes, mountain building, volcanic eruptions, dinosaurs, climate change, and the origin and evolution of life: all in a day's work for the geologist. Wellington is a natural laboratory for geologists. You can study tectonic plate shifts in a city that is built between two active faults on a major plate boundary.

Antarctica, the conservation and use of natural resources, the evaluation of natural hazards, and the social and environmental effects of global change can also be studied as part of this Bachelor of Science (BSc) major. Both science and non-science students will find value in the 100-level Earth Sciences (ESCI) courses.

Geology at Victoria is about the fundamentals of our world. Graduates gather the techniques and the problem-solving abilities, the confidence and the leadership skills to embark upon careers in a diverse range of industries.

Many Geology courses are labelled as Earth Sciences. See the List of Courses below for more information.

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Undergraduate information

BSc major requirements

  1. GEOG/ESCI 111, ESCI 112; in addition to the BSc numeracy requirements 15 further 100-level points from (MATH 141–177, PHYS 114 and 115, CHEM (not CHEM 191), STAT 193)
  2. ESCI 202, 203, 204, 241
  3. ESCI 301, 302, 341, 342; ESCI 303 or 305

First-year courses

All first-year Earth Sciences (ESCI) courses are suitable for science and non-science students alike, and require no previous knowledge of the subject. They take advantage of the excellent examples of geological processes in the NZ region, with its active natural processes including volcanic activity, the rise of the Southern Alps, earthquakes, glaciation, coastal erosion, and river flooding.

Postgraduate information

Please visit our postgraduate study pages for information about postgraduate qualifications in Geology.

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Geology courses are taught within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Cotton Building, blocks A and B.

A/Prof Brent Alloway
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Major in Geology
Phone: +64 4 463 5844

School Office
Phone: +64 4 463 6108

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

Environmental Studies

Crown Research Institutes
Mineral exploration
Resource manager
Resource planner
Risk manager

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List of courses

Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Geology courses.