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 Study Applied Geology at Otago

Our societies and environments are experiencing unprecedented change.

Decisions that are made by geologists, working together with communities and industries, will inform and guide future solutions that address global challenges.

Applied Geology focuses on taking theory and research in to the real world, and working together with engineers, planners, environmental managers and research scientists to better connect communities and enrich people’s lives.

Use your passion for science and people to build a rewarding career that makes a difference.

Apply for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Why study Applied Geology?

Applied Geology provides unique opportunities to combine theory and practice with real-world experience to make a tangible contribution to local and global challenges.

By using New Zealand as your laboratory, you can tailor your undergraduate degree to any number of future opportunities and career pathways.

You can choose to combine your applied science major with other subjects in the arts, business and sciences, and position yourself for a successful and valuable career that makes a difference to the Earth, the environment and our communities.

Background required

Most of all you need enthusiasm, motivation, curiosity and a desire to contribute to global challenges. First-year papers provide a broad foundation and assume no previous study of Geology. Fundamental sciences are an integral part of the BAppSc qualification, and it will be beneficial if you have some background in science subjects from secondary school.

Career opportunities

A BAppSc in Applied Geology provides all the technical and practical skills you need to thrive in a wide range of careers. Knowledge of real-world issues and experience working with industry partners and datasets make our graduates internationally competitive in:

  • environmental management and sustainability
  • transition to low-carbon economy
  • waste disposal solutions and best practices
  • geo-hazards and infrastructure
  • geothermal sector
  • mineral and energy resources
  • water and soil management
  • spatial data analysis and management
  • councils and communities
  • science policy and advocacy
  • teaching and mentoring

Can I combine my Applied Geology study with other subjects?

Yes, that’s exactly what the Bachelor of Applied Science is about!

You get the chance to follow your passions or extend your skill-set. You could choose a minor in Geographical Information Systems or Tourism, or a second major in Environmental Management.

In a world where change is the only constant, having a broad background is your key to enjoying a flexible and rewarding career.

What is the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc)?

The Applied Science programme is an individually designed and approved course that is best suited to you – now and in the future. It is a three- to four-year undergraduate degree with open entry. It is built around a science major with an additional minor or second major that helps you gain complementary knowledge and skills.

The additional subject area can be selected from the sciences, arts, business, or even a customised combination of papers that makes the most sense for you.

How will I study?

New Zealand is one of the best places worldwide to study dynamic processes and global change.

Applied Geology takes advantage of our natural laboratory, together with world-class research and teaching opportunities, to prepare you to tackle the theoretical, practical and real-world challenges you will face as a geologist.

Emphasis on fieldwork, hands-on practical experience and real-life case studies will provide a seamless transition to the workplace.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to apply geology in the best interests of communities, the environment and future research.

You will develop a comprehensive understanding of fundamental science, and learn how to apply your knowledge to address human issues on local and global scales.

Opportunities to work with industry partners and datasets will provide the building blocks to transfer your university learning to the workplace.

What about further study?

Postgraduate opportunities are tailored to your interests at honours, master’s and PhD level, and many of our students work closely with industry partners to gain real-world experience.

Our graduates leave with high-level technical and generic skills that are directly transferable to the workplace or to further study at institutions around the world. Students with Otago postgraduate qualifications are highly regarded and find employment and research opportunities all over the world.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

*It is a requirement that every Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) normally includes an approved minor subject or an approved second major subject. Usually such a minor or second major subject must be selected from the approved combinations of major subjects with minor or second major subjects. Some exceptions may apply. For details see:

Full list of available approved minor and second major subject areas

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Applied Geology

Level Papers Points
100-level

EAOS 111 Earth and Ocean Science

GEOL 112  Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective

One of
MATH 151  General Mathematics
MATH 160  Mathematics 1
MATH 170  Mathematics 2
COMO 101  Modelling and Computation
STAT 110  Statistical Methods
STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

18

18

18   

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, GEOL 276

One of GEOL 221, GEOL 261, GEOL 262, GEOL 263, GEOL 264, GEOL 265, GEOL 272, GEOL 273, GEOL 274, GEOL 275, GEOL 276, EMAN 204, GEOG 282, GEOG 283, GEOG 284, GEOG 288, GEOG 289, GEOG 298, OCEN 201, PHSI 243, SURV 208

18

18

18

 

18

300-level

GEOL 302  Independent Field Studies  or  GEOL 304  Accelerated Independent Project

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 365, GEOL 372, GEOL 373, GEOL 374, GEOL 375, GEOL 376, CHEM 304, GEOG 388, GEOG 389, GEOG 390, GEOG 394, GEOG 395, GEOG 398, OCEN 323

18

18

18

18 

Plus

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

162
Total   360

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

Papers

Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Applied Geology

Papers

Either

  • GEOL 401 Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience

  • Six further 400-level GEOL papers

  • Three further approved papers at 400-level

  • APPS 597 Supervised Independent Study

or

  • GEOL 402  Advanced Research Methods in Geoscience 1

  • GEOL 403  Advanced Research Methods in Geoscience 2

  • Six further 400-level GEOL papers

  • Three further approved papers at 400-level

  • APPS 597 Supervised Independent Study

Minor subject requirements

Applied Geology as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc 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), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) 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 GEOL 302  Independent Field Studies, or GEOL 344  Advanced Field Studies, or GEOL 353  Tectonics

18

Total   90

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
EAOS121 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
GEOL112 2021 Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective 18 points Semester 2
GEOL221 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
GEOL251 2021 Minerals and Rocks 18 points Semester 1
GEOL252 2021 Field Studies and New Zealand Geology 18 points Semester 1
GEOL261 2021 Geophysics of the Earth 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEOL262 2021 Geochemistry 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEOL263 2021 Fossils, Strata and Hydrocarbon Basins 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEOL264 2021 Igneous Petrology and Volcanology 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEOL265 2021 Natural Hazards of New Zealand and Beyond 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEOL272 2021 Evolution of New Zealand Biota 18 points Semester 1
GEOL273 2021 Sedimentary Processes and Materials 18 points Semester 2
GEOL274 2021 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Mineralisation 18 points Semester 2
GEOL275 2021 Rock Deformation 18 points Semester 2
GEOL276 2021 Geological Resources for a Sustainable New Zealand 18 points Semester 1
GEOL302 2021 Independent Project 18 points Full Year
GEOL304 2021 Accelerated Independent Project 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
GEOL321 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
GEOL341 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
GEOL344 2021 Advanced Field Studies 18 points Semester 1
GEOL353 2021 Tectonics 18 points Semester 1
GEOL361 2021 Geophysics of the Earth 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEOL362 2021 Geochemistry 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEOL363 2021 Fossils, Strata and Hydrocarbon Basins 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEOL364 2021 Igneous Petrology and Volcanology 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEOL365 2021 Natural Hazards of New Zealand and Beyond 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEOL372 2021 Evolution of New Zealand Biota 18 points Semester 1
GEOL373 2021 Sedimentary Processes and Materials 18 points Semester 2
GEOL374 2021 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Mineralisation 18 points Semester 2
GEOL375 2021 Rock Deformation 18 points Semester 2
GEOL376 2021 Geological Resources for a Sustainable New Zealand 18 points Semester 1
GEOL401 2021 Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience 20 points Full Year
GEOL402 2021 Advanced Research Methods in Geoscience 1 10 points Semester 2
GEOL403 2021 Advanced Research Methods in Geoscience 2 10 points Semester 1
GEOL450 2021 Special Topic 1 10 points Not offered in 2021
GEOL451 2021 Special Topic 2 10 points Not offered in 2021
GEOL461 2021 Advanced Topics in Geophysics 1 10 points Semester 1
GEOL462 2021 Advanced Topics in Geochemistry 10 points Semester 1
GEOL463 2021 Advanced Topics in Paleobiology and Evolution 10 points Semester 1
GEOL464 2021 Advanced Topics in Igneous Processes 10 points Semester 1
GEOL465 2021 Advanced Topics in Structural Geology 10 points Semester 1
GEOL471 2021 Advanced Topics in Geophysics 2 10 points Semester 2
GEOL472 2021 Advanced Topics in Environmental Geochemistry 10 points Semester 2
GEOL473 2021 Advanced Topics in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 10 points Semester 2
GEOL474 2021 Advanced Topics in Metamorphism and Mineralisation 10 points Semester 2
GEOL475 2021 Advanced Topics in Rock Deformation 10 points Semester 2
GEOL480 2021 Research Project 40 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period
GEOL490 2021 Dissertation 60 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period
GEOL495 2021 Master's Thesis Preparation 40 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period

Key information for future students

Contact us

Associate Professor Andrew Gorman
Department of Geology
Tel +64 3 479 7519
Email andrew.gorman@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/geology
Web otago.ac.nz/sciences/applied-science