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Study Geology at Otago

Overview

Geology, the science of the Earth, is concerned with understanding geological principles and processes. This understanding is increasingly essential for those concerned with natural hazards, civil engineering problems, impacts of global change, the responsible use of Earth’s natural resources, pollution and waste disposal, and environmental and resource planning and monitoring.

Geology at the University of Otago highlights the exciting and dynamic geological history of New Zealand and the origin of New Zealand’s fauna and flora. Geology/Earth Science combines well with Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Physics, Surveying and Zoology.

Career opportunities

Graduates work in the assessment of natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods); site investigations for engineering projects; environmental planning and monitoring; conservation and management of soil and groundwater resources; exploration for energy and mineral resources; research into Earth processes and history; Antarctic geology; oceanography and climate change. They work in the private sector (e.g. earth science or engineering consultancies, mineral exploration or mining companies, oil companies), regional councils or government agencies (e.g. GNS Science, NIWA) and teaching.

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Contact details

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

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Qualifications

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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

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 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, 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

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300-level

GEOL 344  Advanced Field Studies

GEOL 353  Tectonics

One of GEOL 302, GEOL 321, GEOL 341, GEOL 361, GEOL 362, GEOL 363, GEOL 364, GEOL 365, GEOL 372, GEOL 373, GEOL 374, GEOL 375, GEOL 376

One of GEOL 302, 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

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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
  • GEOL 480  Research Project

  • GEOL 401  Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience or (GEOL 402 Advanced Research Methods in Geoscience 1 and GEOL 403 Advanced Research Methods in Geoscience 2)

  • Six further 400-level GEOL papers

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Master of Science (MSc) in Geology

Papers and Thesis
  • GEOL 401  Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience or (GEOL 402 Advanced Research Methods in Geoscience 1 and GEOL 403 Advanced Research Methods in Geoscience 2)

  • GEOL 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Six further 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

18

18

200-level

GEOL 251  Minerals and Rocks

GEOL 252  Field Studies and New Zealand Geology

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18

300-level

One 300-level GEOL paper

18
Total   90

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