Geology major

Geology is an applied science that aims to understand all aspects of our planet, ranging from the Earth's surface to the deep interior. It strives to discover how the Earth system has evolved during the past 4.4 billion years including the origin of continents, oceans, atmosphere and life itself. Geology students learn about how applying knowledge of the Earth's processes and time scales is fundamental to locating resources such as groundwater, petroleum and minerals, and understanding climate and other environmental changes. As most of Australia's mineral and petroleum resources are in Western Australia, UWA is the ideal place to study Geology. It is envisaged that there will be up to four overnight field trips (there will be a cost of up to $1100 per student, to cover the cost of food and accommodation for around 22 nights).

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of key geological concepts and major geological processes operating at local to global scales; (2) demonstrate relevant practical skills to solve geological problems with emphasis on fundamental field work skills; (3) demonstrate developed skills in interpretation and integration of geoscience data to solve geoscience problems; and (4) demonstrate developed skills in communicating knowledge and interpretations.

Degree-specific major

Geology can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Geology is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • two Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 EART1104 Discovering Earth
Incompatibility:
CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
S1 EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
Incompatibility:
CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
ATAR Mathemematics Applications;WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathemetics Applications; WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrollment in SCIE1104 after you have enrolled in MATH 1720
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed Maths Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrolment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH1720.
Incompatibility:
SCIE1103 Science, Society and Communication

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 EART2231 Earth Materials
Prerequisites:
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
S2 EART2234 Earth Processes
Prerequisites:
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
NS EART2232 Field Geology
Prerequisites:
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
Co-requisites:
EART2231 Earth Materials
Complementary units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 EART2204 Coastal Processes
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
Incompatibility:
EART3337 Coastal Environments; GEOG3307 Coastal Environments
S2 ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
or
GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 EART3342 Geochemistry and Petrology
Prerequisites:
EART2231 Earth Materials
and
EART2234 Earth Processes
NS EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics
Prerequisites:
EART2232 Field Geology
and
EART2231 Earth Materials
and
EART2234 Earth Processes
Incompatibility:
EART8348 Geological Mapping Part 1/EART8349 Geological Mapping Part 2; EART3348 Geological Mapping Part 1/EART3349 Geological Mapping Part 2; EART3347 Field Methods for Earth Scientists
S2 EART3344 Basin Analysis
Prerequisites:
EART2231 Earth Materials
and
EART2234 Earth Processes
S2 EART3353 Geological Mapping
Prerequisites:
EART2232 Field Geology
and
EART2231 Earth Materials
and
EART2234 Earth Processes

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Geology degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-GEOGY

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Geology degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-GEOGY-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Geology can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Geology can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Geology second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • one Level 2 additional unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 EART1104 Discovering Earth
Incompatibility:
CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
S1 EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
Incompatibility:
CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 EART2231 Earth Materials
Prerequisites:
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
S2 EART2234 Earth Processes
Prerequisites:
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
Second major units
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Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
NS EART2232 Field Geology
Prerequisites:
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
Co-requisites:
EART2231 Earth Materials

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 EART3342 Geochemistry and Petrology
Prerequisites:
EART2231 Earth Materials
and
EART2234 Earth Processes
NS EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics
Prerequisites:
EART2232 Field Geology
and
EART2231 Earth Materials
and
EART2234 Earth Processes
Incompatibility:
EART8348 Geological Mapping Part 1/EART8349 Geological Mapping Part 2; EART3348 Geological Mapping Part 1/EART3349 Geological Mapping Part 2; EART3347 Field Methods for Earth Scientists
S2 EART3344 Basin Analysis
Prerequisites:
EART2231 Earth Materials
and
EART2234 Earth Processes
S2 EART3353 Geological Mapping
Prerequisites:
EART2232 Field Geology
and
EART2231 Earth Materials
and
EART2234 Earth Processes

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Geology can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-GEOGY

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Geology can also be taken as a degree-specific major.