Honours in Geophysics

Note: this honours specialisation is not available for new enrolments in 2018.

Honours in Geophysics will provide you with an understanding of the frontiers of modern geophysics. You will learn and apply key concepts in seismology, wave propagation, three-dimensional and time-lapse (four-dimensional) imaging of the subsurface, computational geophysics data modelling and inversion, as well as gain exposure to non-seismic methods such as gravity, electromagnetics (EM), and ground penetrating radar (GPR).

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) understand and apply core principles of 3D and time-lapse exploration seismology and near-surface geophysics to solve real-world geophysical, geological and geotechnical problems; (2) code basic geophysical and other scientific applications in C and/or Fortran and use these programs to help solve questions in geoscience disciplines; and (3) use their developed skill set to solve an individual geophysical research problem using field data.

Entry requirements: a weighted average mark of at least 75 per cent in Level 3 units of the Physics, Engineering or Geophysics major; or equivalent, as recognised by UWA.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
N/AGEOP4001Exploration Seismology
Prerequisites:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers (
or
equivalent)
and
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (
or
equivalent)
NSGEOP4002Near-surface and Environmental Geophysics
S1GEOP4011Honours Research Project in Geophysics Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geophysics
Co-requisites:
GEOP4012 Honours Research Project in Geophysics Part 2
Incompatibility:
SCIE4501/SCIE4502/SCIE4503/SCIE4504 Science Research Dissertation Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4
S1GEOP4012Honours Research Project in Geophysics Part 2
Co-requisites:
GEOP4011 Honours Research Project in Geophysics Part 1
Incompatibility:
SCIE4501/SCIE4502/SCIE4503/SCIE4504 Science Research Dissertation Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4
S2GEOP4013Honours Research Project in Geophysics Part 3
Prerequisites:
GEOP4011/GEOP4012 Honours Research Project in Geophysics Part 1/Part 2
Co-requisites:
GEOP4014 Honours Research Project in Geophysics Part 4
Incompatibility:
SCIE4501/SCIE4502/SCIE4503/SCIE4504 Science Research Dissertation Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4
S2GEOP4014Honours Research Project in Geophysics Part 4
Co-requisites:
GEOP4013 Honours Research Project in Geophysics Part 3
Incompatibility:
SCIE4501/SCIE4502/SCIE4503/SCIE4504 Science Research Dissertation Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4
S1SHPC4001Principles of Scientific Computation
Prerequisites:
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 (
or
equivalent);
and
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (
or
equivalent)
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
NSGEOS5503Advanced Petroleum Geoscience
Prerequisites:
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems
or
equivalent,
or
approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
GEOS4416 Petroleum Resources
N/AOGEG5804Petroleum Geology and Geophysics
S2SHPC4002High Performance Computing
Prerequisites:
SHPC4001 Principles of Scientific Computation
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
CITS3402 High Performance Computing