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Study Geology at Otago

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Overview

Geology, the science of the Earth, is concerned with understanding:

  • The Earth's internal structure and composition, its dynamic character (earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics), and the processes that occur within it
  • The processes that shape the surface of the Earth, and the materials that constitute its surface layers
  • The origin, occurrence, extraction and conservation of the Earth's natural resources - minerals, fossil fuels, soils, water
  • The place of the Earth within the Solar System
  • The history of life on Earth.

An understanding of Geology/Earth Science has direct relevance for students majoring in disciplines such as Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Physics, Surveying, and Zoology (as well as those who intend to major in Geology).

Increasingly, understanding of geological principles and processes is essential for those concerned with awareness of natural hazards, civil engineering problems, impacts of global change, the responsible utilisation of Earth's natural resources, pollution and waste disposal, and environmental and resource planning and monitoring.

The study of Geology at Otago highlights the exciting and dynamic geological history of New Zealand, and the origin of the New Zealand fauna and flora.

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Contact details

Email geology@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/geology

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Geology (GEOL) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Geology

Level Papers Points
100-level

EAOS 111 Earth and Ocean Science

GEOL 112  Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective

MATH 160 Mathematics 1

18 points from BIOL, BTNY, CELS, CHEM, ECOL, or PHSI papers

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200-level

GEOL 251  Minerals and Rocks

GEOL 252  Field Studies and New Zealand Geology

One of GEOL 221, GEOL 261, GEOL 262, GEOL 263, GEOL 264, GEOL 265, GEOL 272, GEOL 273, GEOL 274, GEOL 275

One of GEOL 221, GEOL 261, GEOL 262, GEOL 263, GEOL 264, GEOL 272, GEOL 273, GEOL 274, GEOL 275, CHEM 201, GEOG 282, GEOG 284, GEOG 288, GEOG 289, GEOG 298, OCEN 201, SURV 208

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300-level

GEOL 344  Advanced Field Studies

GEOL 353  Tectonics

One of GEOL 321, GEOL 341, GEOL 361, GEOL 362, GEOL 363, GEOL 364, GEOL 365, GEOL 372, GEOL 373, GEOL 374, GEOL 375

One of GEOL 321, GEOL 341, GEOL 361, GEOL 362, GEOL 363, GEOL 364, GEOL 372, GEOL 373, GEOL 374, GEOL 375, CHEM 304, GEOG 388, GEOG 390, GEOG 394, GEOG 395, GEOG 398, OCEN 323

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18

Plus

144 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

144
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Geology

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Geology

Papers

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Master of Science (MSc) in Geology

Papers and Thesis
  • GEOL 401  Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience

  • GEOL 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Three other 400-level GEOL papers

  • Thesis: GEOL 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Geology as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

EAOS 111  Earth and Ocean Science

GEOL 112  Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective

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18

200-level

GEOL 251  Minerals and Rocks

GEOL 252  Field Studies and New Zealand Geology

18

18

300-level

One 300-level GEOL paper

18
Total   90

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