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

Co-requisite majors: Earth Science (EART-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;
  5. Comprehend geophysical data and relate this to different tectonic settings, geological features and ore bodies.

Other Information

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? EMSC1006, EMSC1008, CHEM1101,and either MATH1003, MATH1013 or MATH1115 depending on the requirements and pathway chosen through the co-requisite major.

A Geophysics and Geology specialisation must be taken with an Earth Science Major and will broaden the skills and knowledge in dealing with complex systems.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Geophysics and Geology specialisation.

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This specialisation must be taken in conjunction with an Earth Science major

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

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of the following courses:

EMSC3002 Structure and Tectonic Evolution of the Australian Plate (6 units)

EMSC3007 Economic Geology (6 units)

EMSC3033 Applied Geophysics (6 units)

EMSC3034 Dynamic Earth: Plates, Plumes and Mantle Convection (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units can come from completion of courses from the following list:

EMSC2022 Introduction to Global Geophysics (6 units)

EMSC3025 Remote Sensing of Water Resources (6 units)

EMSC3050 Special Topics (6 units)

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