The School of Geosciences offers Units of Study in the discipline areas of Geography and Geology and Geophysics. Students may take a major in either of these disciplines, and many of the Geoscience units also form key components of the Environmental Studies and Marine Science majors. All students interested in the natural sciences are advised to enrol in the Junior units that provide a comprehensive introduction to the disciplines. A major in Geography, Geology & Geophysics, Environmental studies or Marine Sciences can be included within various degree programs across the University, including Science, Arts, Liberal Studies, Economics and Social Sciences.

For information on courses and majors, please visit the following links:
Faculty of Science.
Science Undergraduate Handbook


Majoring in Geography
Geography is the study of earth as the home of people. As the need to find solutions to issues of environmental sustainability, population change and globalisation have become more challenging, the skills and knowledge of geographers have come to the forefront. Students of Geography are interested in their world, and are taught to think critically about the relationships between people, environments and places. More information on the Geography major can be found in the Science Undergraduate Handbook.


Majoring in Geology and Geophysics
Geology and Geophysics provides a unifying context for understanding the workings of the earth system and the dynamic structural and ecosystem relationships between the continents and the oceans. Global climate change and shrinking resources have heightened our sense of dependence on Earth as a complex system. Geology and Geophysics provides students with an understanding of change on Earth, its origin, plate tectonics, surface processes, evolution of life and geologic time. More information on the Geology & Geophysics major can be found in the Science Undergraduate Handbook.


Majoring in Marine Sciences
Marine studies draw together every aspect of science applicable to the understanding and management of the whole maritime environment. These areas include oceanography, biology, ecology, geography and geology and aspects of physics, chemistry and mathematics. In undertaking a marine oriented major, you will scientifically study the coast, oceans and seas in all their aspects. More information on the Marine Science Major can be found in the Science Undergraduate Handbook.


Majoring in Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies is the examination of the social, economic and regulatory contexts that surround the management and monitoring of environmental and ecosystem health. This major incorporates the study of both social and bio-physical phenomena within their regulatory and policy frameworks, and is therefore inherently multi-disciplinary. The Environmental Studies major will provide you with an understanding of the governance framework in which your professional career in the environment sector will operate, including the fundamental aspects of sustainability, environmental assessment, law, ethics, development, energy use, economics and politics. More information on the Environmental Studies Major can be found in the Science Undergraduate Handbook.