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

Corequisite majors: Earth Science

The formation and evolution of our planet and its dynamics manifested by plate tectonics is tightly linked to deep Earth processes such as magmatism and metamorphism. The specialisation in Geochemistry and Petrology will provide an understanding how the chemical building blocks combine to form minerals and rocks and how they change as a function of changing conditions within the Earth. Special emphasis will be placed on interactions of rocks with fluids and melts and how this contributes to chemical differentiation of Earth and ore body formation. Students will learn the sophisticated analytical tools and theoretical concepts that Geochemists and Petrologists use to read rocks, investigate complex systems and determine the duration of processes. Field studies are integrated in the offered courses and are an important component of this specialisation.

The specialisation in Geochemistry and Petrology, taken in conjunction with a major in Earth Science will provide students with a pathway to higher degree research at Australian or overseas universities and prepares them for work in the mining and minerals industries, government agencies and science education.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe geological processes by using information from the field, rock and mineral specimens and thin sections.
  2. Comprehend magmatic and metamorphic processes and link them to different tectonic settings.
  3. Evaluate the results from a wide range of analytical, experimental and theoretical tools used to constrain deep Earth processes.
  4. Relate chemical differentiation of the Earth to element enrichment within distinct reservoirs and ore body formation.
  5. Combine their own observations with theory on case studies that are elaborated individually or in small groups and defend resulting working hypotheses in class.
  6. Present research outcomes in scientific reports and seminars to inform expert and non-expert audiences on deep Earth processes.

Other Information

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? EMSC1006 and EMSC1008 and CHEM1101 .

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

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Geochemistry and Petrology 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:

6 units must come from completion of the following compulsory course:

EMSC2024 Geochemical Cycles (6 units)

18 units must come from completion of 3000-level EMSC courses from the following list:

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

EMSC3007 Economic Geology (6 units)

EMSC3024 Magmatism and Metamorphism (6 units)

EMSC3050 Special Topics (6 units)

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