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Qualifications available in the Department of Geology

Important: New regulations for geology undergraduate degrees

From 2015 onwards all new geology students are required to follow the new regulations for BSc and BAppSc. Those students that began their geology degree in 2014 or earlier can choose to follow the new regulations or the old regulations.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Geology – New regulations

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, PHSI, ZOOL

18

18

18

18

200-level

GEOL 251  Minerals and Rocks

GEOL 252  Field Studies and New Zealand Geology

One further 200-level GEOL paper

One further paper from 200-level GEOL or CHEM 204, GEOG 282, 283, 284, 288, 289, 298, OCEN 201, SURV 208 (i.e., a 200-level paper with a substantial geology component from another department.)

18

18

18

300-level

GEOL 344  Advanced Field Studies

GEOL 353  Tectonics  (note that under the new regulations, MATH 160 is a prerequisite for GEOL 353)

One further 300-level GEOL (excluding GEOL 302)

One further paper from 300-level GEOL (excluding GEOL 302) or CHEM 304, GEOG 388, 389, 390, 394, 395, 398, OCEN 323 (i.e., a 300-level paper with a substantial geology component from another department.)

18

18

18

18

 

144 further points (usually 8 papers); must include 36 points (usually two papers) at 200-level or above.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

144
Total   360

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Applied Geology - New regulations

Year Papers Points
100-level

EAOS 111  Earth and Ocean Science

GEOL 112  Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

18

18

18

200-level

GEOL 251  Minerals and Rocks

GEOL 252  Field Studies and New Zealand Geology

One further 200-level GEOL paper

One further paper from 200-level GEOL or CHEM 204, GEOG 282, 283, 284, 288, 289, 298, OCEN 201, SURV 208 (i.e., a 200-level paper with a substantial geology component from another department.)

18

18

18

18

300-level

GEOL 302  Independent Field Studies

GEOL 344  Advanced Field Studies

GEOL 353  Tectonics

One further 300-level GEOL paper

One further paper from 300-level GEOL or CHEM 304, GEOG 388, 389, 390, 394, 395, 398, OCEN 323 (i.e., a 300-level paper with a substantial geology component from another department.)

18

18

18

18

18

 

144 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers

144

Total   360

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Geology - Old regulations

Level Papers Points
100-level

EAOS 111 Earth and Ocean Science

GEOL 112  Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective

18

18

200-level

GEOL 251  Minerals and Rocks

GEOL 252  Field Studies and New Zealand Geology

One further 200-level GEOL paper

18

18

18

300-level

GEOL 344  Advanced Field Studies

GEOL 353  Tectonics

Two further 300-level GEOL papers

18

18

36

Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

Students majoring in Geology must pass papers worth at least 72 points from BIOL, BSNS 102, BSNS 106, BTNY, CHEM, COMP, COSC, ECOL, INFO, MATH, PHSI, STAT, SURV 102, SURV 202, SURV 208, SURV 309, ZOOL

198
Total   360

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Applied Geology - Old regulations

Year Papers Points
100-level

EAOS 111  Earth and Ocean Science

GEOL 112  Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective

18

18

200-level

GEOL 251  Minerals and Rocks

GEOL 252  Field Studies and New Zealand Geology

At least two of GEOL 221, GEOL 261, GEOL 262, GEOL 263, GEOL 264, GEOL 272, GEOL 273, GEOL 274, GEOL 275

18

18

36

300-level

GEOL 302  Independent Field Studies

GEOL 344  Advanced Field Studies

GEOL 353  Tectonics

At least one of GEOL 321, GEOL 341, GEOL 361, GEOL 362, GEOL 363, GEOL 364, GEOL 372, GEOL 373, GEOL 374, GEOL 375

18

18

18

18

 

180 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers

180

Total   360

Minor Subject requirements for Geology

Geology as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) or Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

EAOS 111  Earth and Ocean Science

GEOL 112  Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective

18

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

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Geology

Papers

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (PGDipAppSc) in Applied Geology

Papers

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

Papers

Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons)) in Applied Geology

Papers

Master of Science (MSc) in Geology

An MSc is usually a two year degree with an initial “papers” year followed by a year of research. It is possible to undertake a one-year MSc by thesis alone if the student already has the equivalent of an Honours degree or PGDipSci in the same (or related) field.

YearPapers
1st Year
2nd YearThesis: GEOL 5.

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

Master of Science (MSc) in Geophysics

An MSc is usually a two year degree with an initial “papers” year followed by a year of research. It is possible to undertake a one-year MSc by thesis alone if the student already has the equivalent of an Honours degree or PGDipSci in the same (or related) field.

YearPapers
1st year
  • GEOL 401 Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience;

  • GEOL 495 Master's Thesis Preparation;

  • Three other 400-level papers from GEOL, MATH, PHSI, or SURV;

2nd Year
  • Thesis: GEPX 5.

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

Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Applied Geology

Papers
  • GEOL 401 Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience;
  • Three other 400-level GEOL papers;
  • Three further approved papers at 400-level;
  • APPS 597 Supervised Independent Study.

Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)

The Diploma for Graduates is an academically integrated course of study, designed for graduates and others with equivalent qualifications or experience, who require additional training or training in another discipline, without the necessity to undertake another full degree course; or who wish to extend their knowledge of an area of study or bring it up to date; or who wish to satisfy the requirements for a second major subject additional to the one included in the first degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Candidates for this degree must have qualified with the degree of Master of Science, or with the degree of Bachelor of Science with First or Second Class Honours, or with the Postgraduate Diploma in Science with Credit (i.e. at the standard of First or Second Class Honours) or, in the case of graduates of other universities, have reached a standard deemed to be equivalent to one of these qualifications. Candidates for PhD are required to pursue a course of full-time advanced study and research for at least two and a half years, or part-time work (combined perhaps with demonstrator duties) for a rather longer time period. In practice, candidates in geology seldom complete in less than three years.