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 ENSY1001, GEOS1901, GEOL1001, GEOG1001, GEOG1002, GEOL1002, GEOL1902
Semester 1
GEOS1901
Earth, Environment and Society Advanced
6    P An ATAR above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
N GEOG1002, GEOL1002, ENSY1001, GEOL1001, GEOL1902, GEOS1001, GEOG1001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
GEOS1003
Introduction to Geology
6    N GEOS1903, GEOL1501, GEOL1002, GEOL1902
Semester 2
Summer Late
GEOS1903
Introduction to Geology (Advanced)
6    P A UAI (or ATAR equivalent) above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
N GEOL1902, GEOS1003, GEOL1002

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
Intermediate units of study
GEOS2111
Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach
6    P 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study, including 6 credit points of first year Geosciences units
N GEOS2911, GEOG2411
Semester 1
GEOS2911
Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach Advanced
6    P 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study, including 6 credit points of first year Geosciences units
N GEOS2111, GEOG2411
Semester 1
GEOS2114
Volcanoes, Hot Rocks and Minerals
6    P One of (GEOG1001, GEOL1001, GEOL1002, GEOS1003, GEOS1903, ENVI1002, GEOL1902, GEOL1501) and 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study.
N GEOL2911, GEOL2111, 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 one of GEOL1002 or GEOS1002 or ENVI1002 or GEOL1501 or GEOL1902 or GEOS1902 or GEOS1003 or GEOS1903.This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
N GEOL2001, GEOS2114


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 At least one of (GEOG1001, GEOL1001, GEOL1002, GEOS1003, GEOS1903, ENVI1002, GEOL1902, GEOL1501)
P 48 credit points from Junior Units of Study
N MARS2006, GEOS2915
Semester 1
GEOS2915
Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change (Adv)
6    A (GEOG1001, GEOL1001, GEOL1002, GEOS1003, GEOS1903, ENVI1002, GEOL1902, GEOL1501)
P Distinction average in 48 credit points from Junior units of study.
N GEOS2115, MARS2006
Semester 1
GEOS2121
Environmental and Resource Management
6    P 24 credit points of Junior units of study, including 6 credit points of Junior Geoscience or ECOP1001 or ECOP1002
N GEOG2421, GEOS2921, GEOL2202
Semester 2
GEOS2921
Environmental & Resource Management Adv
6    P 6 credit points from Level 1 minimum Distinction (Geography, Geology, ECOP1001, ECOP1002, Geophysics)
N GEOL2202, GEOG2421, 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 GEOL2124, GEOS2924, GEOL2123
Semester 2
GEOS2924
Fossils and Tectonics (Advanced)
6    P Distinction in GEOS1003 or Distinction average in 12 credit points of Junior Geoscience units (Geoscience is the disciplines of Geography, Geology and Geophysics)
N GEOL2123, GEOS2124, GEOL2124
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 GEOS3908
Semester 2a
GEOS3908
Field Geology (Adv)
6    P GEOS2124 or GEOS2924 with a mark of 65% or greater
N GEOS3008

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2a
GEOS3101
Earth's Structure and Evolution
6    A GEOS2114, GEOS2124
P (GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924); or 24 credit points of Intermediate Science units of study and GEOS1003 or GEOS1903 with permission of the Head of School
N GEOS3903, GEOS3904, GEOS3006, GEOS3017, GEOS3906, GEOS3917, GEOS3004, GEOS3801, GEOS3003
Semester 1
GEOS3801
Earth's Structure and Evolutions (Adv)
6    A GEOS2114, GEOS2124
P Distinctions in (GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924); Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with the permission of the Head of School
N GEOS3904, GEOS3917, GEOS3906, GEOS3006, GEOS3101, GEOS3017, GEOS3004, GEOS3003, GEOS3903
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 with permission of the Head of School
N GEOS3003, GEOS3904, GEOS3006, GEOS3017, GEOS3917, GEOS3004, GEOS3906, GEOS3802, GEOS3903
Semester 1
GEOS3802
Global Energy and Resources (Adv)
6    P Distinction in (GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924); Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with the permission of the Head of School.
N GEOS3917, GEOS3906, GEOS3006, GEOS3903, GEOS3904, GEOS3017, GEOS3004, GEOS3102, GEOS3003
Semester 1
GEOS3103
Environmental and Sedimentary Geology
6    A GEOS1003, 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 with permission of the Head of School.
N GEOS3803
Semester 2
GEOS3803
Environmental & Sedimentary Geology(Adv)
6    A GEOS1003, GEOS2124
P Distinctions in (GEOS2114 or (GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or (GEOS2924); Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with permission of the Head of School.
N GEOS3103
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 GEOS3906, GEOS3804, GEOS3917, GEOS3003, GEOS3004, GEOS3006, GEOS3916, GEOS3903, GEOS3017, GEOS3016
Semester 2
GEOS3804
Geophysical Methods (Advanced)
6    P Distinction in GEOS2114 or GEOS2914 and GEOS2124 or GEOS2924; Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with the permission of the Head of School
N GEOS3006, GEOS3104, GEOS3016, GEOS3917, GEOS3903, GEOS3017, GEOS3916, GEOS3003, GEOS3906
Semester 2