School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Geology

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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

Overview

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 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: 04 463 5844
Email:
julie.vry@vuw.ac.nz

School Office
Phone: 04 463 6108
Email:
geo-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

Chemistry
Environmental Studies
Geography
Geophysics
Physics
Statistics

Conservation
Crown Research Institutes
Government
Mineral exploration
Researcher
Resource manager
Resource planner
Risk manager
Seismologist
Volcanologist

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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.


100 Level Courses

ESCI 111 – The Earth System: An Introduction to Physical Geography and Earth Sciences

ESCI 112 – Fundamentals of Geology

ESCI 132 – Antarctica: Unfreezing the Continent


200 Level Courses

ESCI 201 – Climate Change and New Zealand's Future

ESCI 202 – Sedimentology and Palaeontology

ESCI 203 – Earth Structures and Deformation

ESCI 204 – Petrology and Microscopy

ESCI 241 – Introductory Field Geology


300 Level Courses

ESCI 301 – Global Change: Earth Processes and History

ESCI 302 – Tectonics and Structural Geology

ESCI 303 – Petrology and Geochemistry

ESCI 304 – Petroleum Geology

ESCI 305 – Exploration Geophysics

ESCI 306 – Special Topic

ESCI 341 – Sedimentary Field Geology

ESCI 342 – Structural Field Geology

ESCI 343 – Volcanic Field Geology

ESCI 344 – Field Geophysics

ESCI 349 – Earth Sciences – International Field Course