• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Geology
  • Specialisation code GEGE-SPEC
Geophysics and Geology Specialisation

Co-requisite majors: Earth Science (EART-MAJ) or Water Science (WASC-MAJ)

Geophysics studies Earth’s physical processes and properties, from its surface to its deep interior, using a quantitative, data-driven approach. Geology focuses upon the rocks that make up the solid Earth, their structure and composition, and the processes by which they change over time. The combination of Geology and Geophysics, through this specialisation, therefore, provides a unique, inter-disciplinary pathway to the study of Earth’s structure, dynamics and evolution. A key goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the geological past in order to better prepare for an uncertain future on a dynamic planet with a changing climate, perpetual natural hazards, and limited natural resources. This specialisation will unite how we observe, analyse and interpret Earth’s physical processes across a range of scales, from local to global, from past to present, linking the surface to the centre of the Earth.

Learning Outcomes

  1. relate geophysical observables to Earth’s physical processes and internal dynamics
  2. identify and justify appropriate geophysical methods for various geological problems  
  3. analyse and interpret geophysical data sets
  4. conduct geophysical imaging and modeling for Earth exploration

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

EMSC3033 Applied Geophysics

EMSC3034 Dynamic Earth: Plates, Plumes and Mantle Convection

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

EMSC2022 Global Geophysics

EMSC3001 Field Geology

EMSC3002 Structural Geology and Tectonics

EMSC3014 Global Stratigraphy

EMSC3050 Special Topics

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