Welcome from the Head of School
Welcome to the School of Geosciences, a dynamic and varied group of disciplines made up of Geology, Geography and Geophysics. Ranked 16th in the world in the 2012 QS World University Rankings in Earth and Marine Sciences, the School also provides primary parts of the interdisciplinary programs at the University in Marine Science and Environmental Studies. Recent political debate has forced unprecedented attention of governments and industry onto scientific issues in which Geosciences plays a central role; global issues such as these will touch each of you in an appreciable way over the coming years. Subject majors in our discipline areas can be included within various degree programs across the University, including Science, Arts, Liberal Studies, Land and Water Science, Economics and Social Sciences. These studies will reward you with valuable skills to launch a professional career often involving international travel, out-of-doors work in exotic locations, and the ability to contribute to better environmental futures.
The Three GEOs... the disciplines in geoscience form a broad spectrum of knowledge about the Earth:
Geography is the study of Earth as the home of people. It addresses human - environmental relations, the resulting spatial organisation of human activity, as well as interactions with the physical environment, its resources and their geological determinants. Geology & Geophysics investigates these determinants, from the Earth’s origins and earliest evolution, through its four and a half billion-year history, to the dynamics of how it is currently evolving. Marine Science is co-taught with the School of Biological Sciences and investigates the largest domain on the planet-the oceans, seabed and surrounding coast, including their physical, biological and dynamic attributes. Environmental Studies spans disciplines covered by several Schools at the University of Sydney, and addresses how various sciences and the environment are related, and how science can be employed to effectively manage and solve our wide range of environmental issues. Study in these disciplines can be combined with many other branches of science, engineering, economics, social sciences and humanities.
Please explore our website to find information concerning our programs of study, the facilities we have to offer, and outlines of the requirements expected of you as a student. By virtue of its commitment to providing professional training and enjoyable courses, fieldwork constitutes an integral part of training in the Geosciences. The School takes great pride in the fact that it is a pleasant and friendly place to learn and students are encouraged to enhance their training by taking Units of Study in all the disciplines that we offer.
Your future prospects will be enhanced because your training will be linked closely to the exciting, cutting-edge research of lecturing staff recognised both nationally and internationally as being among leaders in their areas of expertise. The teaching staff, technical staff and postgraduate students are all there to help you and to share their enthusiasm. Don’t hesitate to talk to them and to make your interests known. In addition to the lecturers and teaching assistants for specific courses, there is an academic coordinator for each year of the undergraduate program.
Professor Jonathan Aitchison
Head of School and Edgeworth David Chair