Geology and Geophysics

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Geology and Geophysics

For a major in Geology and Geophysics, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from Senior units listed in this subject area, which must include GEOS3008/3908 and GEOS3101/3801.
Please refer to the Science Faculty website for details of the major, http://sydney.edu.au/science/
Junior units of study
GEOS1001
Earth, Environment and Society
6    N GEOS1901 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or ENSY1001
Semester 1
GEOS1901
Earth, Environment and Society Advanced
6    A (ATAR 90 or above) or equivalent
N GEOS1001 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or ENSY1001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
GEOS1003
Introduction to Geology
6    N GEOS1903 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501
Semester 2
Summer Main
GEOS1903
Introduction to Geology (Advanced)
6    A (ATAR 90 or above) or equivalent
N GEOS1003 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
Intermediate units of study
GEOS2111
Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach
6    P 6 credit points of Junior Geosciences units
N GEOS2911
Semester 1
GEOS2911
Natural Hazards: A GIS Approach (Adv)
6    P A mark of 75 in a 6 credit point Junior Geosciences unit of study
N GEOS2111
Semester 1
GEOS2114
Volcanoes, Hot Rocks and Minerals
6    P A minimum of one unit of study from the following (GEOG1001, GEOL1001, GEOL1002, GEOS1003, GEOS1903, ENVI1002, GEOL1902, GEOL1501), and 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study.
N GEOL2111 or GEOL2911 or GEOS2914


An optional volcano field study trip to New Zealand's North Island in February is available for up to 20 students. Extra costs apply.
Semester 1
GEOS2914
Volcanoes, Hot Rocks and Minerals Adv
6    P 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study and Distinction in (GEOL1002 or GEOS1002 or ENVI1002 or GEOL1501 or GEOL1902 or GEOS1902 or GEOS1003 or GEOS1903).
N GEOS2114 or GEOL2001


An optional volcano field study trip to New Zealand's North Island in February is available for up to 20 students. Extra costs apply.
Semester 1
GEOS2115
Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change
6    A GEOG1001 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOS1003 or GEOS1903 or ENVI1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501
P 48 credit points from Junior Units of Study
N GEOS2915 or MARS2006
Semester 1
GEOS2915
Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change (Adv)
6    A GEOG1001 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOS1003 or GEOS1903 or ENVI1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501
P Distinction average in 48 credit points from Junior units of study.
N GEOS2115 or MARS2006
Semester 1
GEOS2121
Environmental and Resource Management
6    P 6 credit points of first year Geosciences units or ECOP1001 or ECOP1002
N GEOS2921
Semester 2
GEOS2921
Environmental and Resource Management (Adv)
6    P A mark of 75 in a 6 credit point Junior Geosciences unit of study or a mark of 75 in ECOP1001 or ECOP1002
N GEOS2121
Semester 2
GEOS2124
Fossils and Tectonics
6    P 24 credit points of Junior units of study, and must include (GEOS1003 or GEOS1903 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501)
N GEOL2123 or GEOL2124 or GEOS2924
Semester 2
GEOS2924
Fossils and Tectonics (Advanced)
6    P Distinction in GEOS1003 or Distinction average in 12 credit points of Junior Geoscience units
N GEOL2123 or GEOL2124 or GEOS2124
Semester 2
Senior core units of study
Students must complete both GEOS3008/3908 and GEOS3101/3801.
GEOS3008
Field Geology
6    P GEOS2124 or GEOS2924
N GEOL3103 or GEOS3908

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive July
GEOS3908
Field Geology (Adv)
6    P Credit or greater in (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924)
N GEOS3008

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive July
GEOS3101
Earth's Structure and Evolution
6    A GEOS2114 and GEOS2124
P (GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924); or 24 credit points of Intermediate Science units of study and GEOS1003 or GEOS1903
N GEOS3801 or GEOS3003 or GEOS3903 or GEOS3004 or GEOS3904 or GEOS3006 or GEOS3906 or GEOS3017 or GEOS3917
Semester 1
GEOS3801
Earth's Structure and Evolutions (Adv)
6    A GEOS2114 and GEOS2124
P Distinctions in (GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924)
N GEOS3101 or GEOS3003 or GEOS3903 or GEOS3004 or GEOS3904 or GEOS3006 or GEOS3906 or GEOS3017 or GEOS3917


Prerequisites: Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with the permission of the Head of School
Semester 1
Senior elective units of study
GEOS3102
Global Energy and Resources
6    A GEOS2114 and GEOS2124
P (GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924); or 24 credit points of Intermediate Science units of study and GEOS1003 and GEOS1903
N GEOS3802 or GEOS3003 or GEOS3004 or GEOS3904 or GEOS3006 or GEOS3906 or GEOS3017 or GEOS3917 or GEOS3903
Semester 1
GEOS3802
Global Energy and Resources (Adv)
6    P Distinction in (GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924)
N GEOS3102 or GEOS3003 or GEOS3004 or GEOS3904 or GEOS3006 or GEOS3906 or GEOS3017 or GEOS3917 or GEOS3903


Prerequisites: Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with the permission of the Head of School.
Semester 1
GEOS3103
Environmental and Sedimentary Geology
6    A (GEOS1003 or GEOS1903) and GEOS2124
P ((GEOS2124 or GEOS2924) and (GEOS2111 or GEOS2911 or GEOS2114 or GEOS2914 or GEOS2113 or GEOS2913)), or ((GEOS1003 or GEOS1903) and 24 credit points of Intermediate Science units of study)
N GEOS3803
Semester 2
GEOS3803
Environmental and Sedimentary Geology(Adv)
6    A (GEOS1003 or GEOS1903) and GEOS2124
P Distinctions in (GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924)
N GEOS3103


Prerequisites: Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with permission of the Head of School.
Semester 2
GEOS3104
Geophysical Methods
6    P 24 credit points of Intermediate Science units of study or ((GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924))
N GEOS3804 or GEOS3003 or GEOS3006 or GEOS3016 or GEOS3017 or GEOS3903 or GEOS3906 or GEOS3916 or GEOS3917 or GEOS3004
Semester 2
GEOS3804
Geophysical Methods (Advanced)
6    P Distinction in (GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924)
N GEOS3104 or GEOS3003 or GEOS3006 or GEOS3016 or GEOS3017 or GEOS3903 or GEOS3906 or GEOS3916 or GEOS3917


Prerequisites: Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with the permission of the Head of School
Semester 2