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

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    N GEOS1901 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or ENSY1001
Semester 1
GEOS1901
Earth, Environment and Society Advanced - Departmental permission is required for this unit

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    N GEOS1001 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or ENSY1001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Prerequisites: An ATAR above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
Semester 1
GEOS1003
Introduction to Geology
6    N GEOS1903 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501, GEOS1903 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501, GEOS1903 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501
Semester 2
Semester 2
Summer Late
Summer Main
GEOS1903
Introduction to Geology (Advanced)
6    N GEOS1003 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902, GEOS1003 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902, GEOS1003 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2
Prerequisites: 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.
Semester 2
Semester 2
Intermediate units of study
GEOS2111
Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study, including 6 credit points of first year Geosciences units
N GEOG2411 or GEOS2911
Semester 1
GEOS2911
Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach Advanced

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study, including 6 credit points of first year Geosciences units
N GEOS2111 or GEOG2411
Semester 1
GEOS2114
Volcanoes, Hot Rocks and Minerals

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

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

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

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

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

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)

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

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 24 credit points of Junior units of study, including (6 credit points of Junior Geoscience or ECOP1001 or ECOP1002)
N GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2921, GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2921, GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2921
Semester 2
Semester 2
GEOS2921
Environmental and Resource Management Adv
6    P 24 credit points of Junior units of study, including a distinction in (6 credit points of Junior Geoscience or in ECOP1001 or ECOP1002)
N GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2121, GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2121, GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2121
Semester 2
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, GEOL2123 or GEOL2124 or GEOS2924, GEOL2123 or GEOL2124 or GEOS2924
Semester 2
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, GEOL2123 or GEOL2124 or GEOS2124, GEOL2123 or GEOL2124 or GEOS2124
Semester 2
Semester 2
Senior core units of study
Students must complete both GEOS3008/3908 and GEOS3101/3801.
GEOS3008
Field Geology - Departmental permission is required for this unit

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P GEOS2124 or GEOS2924
N GEOS3908
Semester 2a
GEOS3908
Field Geology (Adv) - Departmental permission is required for this unit

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P Credit or greater in (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924)
N GEOS3008

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2a
GEOS3101
Earth's Structure and Evolution

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

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)

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

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

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

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)

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

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, GEOS3803, GEOS3803
Semester 2
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, GEOS3103, 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
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, GEOS3804 or GEOS3003 or GEOS3006 or GEOS3016 or GEOS3017 or GEOS3903 or GEOS3906 or GEOS3916 or GEOS3917 or GEOS3004, GEOS3804 or GEOS3003 or GEOS3006 or GEOS3016 or GEOS3017 or GEOS3903 or GEOS3906 or GEOS3916 or GEOS3917 or GEOS3004
Semester 2
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, GEOS3104 or GEOS3003 or GEOS3006 or GEOS3016 or GEOS3017 or GEOS3903 or GEOS3906 or GEOS3916 or GEOS3917, 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
Semester 2