Field Geology (GEOS3008)


This unit is considered an essential component all Geology and Geophysics majors. All students will undertake a range of exercises, but concentrate on aspects that emphasise their chosen major: (1) field mapping and the analysis of geological objects in the field, in weakly to complexly deformed sedimentary and volcanic sequences; and (2) field investigations of mineral deposits and their relationships to host rocks. The field course complements other subject areas in Geology & Geophysics and will give students experience in the field identification of rocks and minerals, regional geology, stratigraphy, structure and rock relationships. Students will be required to pay the cost of hostel-style accommodation during field work, which may involve camping.

Further unit of study information


(Weeks 1-7): 14 days of field work


The field work will be assessed by written reports (up to 10 pages in total), field exercises and practical tests (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

GEOS2124 or GEOS2924



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.