Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.
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- Undergraduate information
- Postgraduate information
- How to find out more
- Related subjects and careers
- List of courses
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.
Geology at Victoria is about the fundamentals of our world. As part of this Bachelor of Science (BSc) major you can study Antarctica, the conservation and use of natural resources, the evaluation of natural hazards and the social and environmental effects of global change.
Geology 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.
Geology major requirements
- GEOG/ESCI 111, ESCI 112; at least 15 MATH/PHYS/QUAN/STAT points; 15 further 100-level points from (MATH 141–177, PHYS 114 and 115, CHEM (not CHEM 191), STAT 193)
- ESCI 202, 203, 204, 241
- ESCI 301, 302, 341, 342; ESCI 303 or 305
Many Geology courses are labelled as Earth Sciences (ESCI). See the List of Courses below for more information.
Both science and non-science students will find value in the 100-level ESCI courses, and require no previous knowledge of the subject.
They take advantage of the excellent examples of geological processes in the New Zealand region, with its active natural processes including volcanic activity, the rise of the Southern Alps, earthquakes, glaciation, coastal erosion, and river flooding.
Visit postgraduate study for information about postgraduate qualifications in Geology.
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A/Prof Brent Alloway
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Major in Geology
Phone: +64 4 463 5844
Phone: +64 4 463 6108
Geology courses are taught within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Cotton Building.
Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Geology courses.
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|100 Level Courses|
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