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Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Science

Offered by

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Coordinator

Ms Marion Anderson (Level one); Associate Professor Jeffrey Stilwell (Level two); Associate Professor Jeffrey Stilwell (Level three); Dr Laurent Ailleres (Honours)

Location

Clayton

Geosciences is a multidisciplinary science that seeks to understand the Earth's dynamic systems and its physical environment. Major processes on the Earth such as plate tectonics, volcanism, and earthquakes shape our environment, including the atmosphere, biosphere, the Earth's surface and its oceans. Geosciences provides an insight into both present-day processes and how the Earth has changed over geological time which is essential for assessing anthropogenic impacts such as climate change and pollution. Geoscience also provides an understanding of our major resources including mineral deposits, oil and gas, and water.

Geosciences at Monash covers a broad range of topics including geology, geophysics, and environmental geosciences. Careers in geosciences are varied and include mining and mineral exploration, petroleum exploration, marine science, teaching, geological engineering and geotechnical surveys, environmental consulting, and geological survey work. Additionally, transferable skills are developed which are in wide demand within the science and non-science sectors of the economy. Our teaching labs are state of the art and our units combine theory, practical work, and field experiences.

Availability

Geosciences is listed in S2000 Bachelor of Science, S3001 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) and S3002 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours) at Clayton as a major, extended major or minor.

Outcomes

In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major or extended major will be able to:

  • explain the main geological processes that have controlled the evolution of the Earth and the timescales over which they operate
  • demonstrate detailed technical field- and/or lab-based skills and understanding in several fields of geoscience
  • integrate and apply geoscientific data to analyse challenges and to develop effective solutions in professional contexts.

Units

Minor requirements (24 points)

12 points at level 1 and 12 points at level 2.

Students complete:

(a.) The following units (12 points):

  • EAE1011 Earth, atmosphere and environment 1
  • EAE1022 Earth, atmosphere and environment 2

(b.) Two level 2 or level 3 units (12 points) chosen from the Elective list below.

Major requirements (48 points)

12 points at each of level 1 and level 2 and 24 points at level 3.

Students complete:

(a.) The requirements for the minor in Geosciences (24 points)

(b.) Four additional units (24 points) from the Elective list below.

Extended major requirements (72 points)

12 points at each of level 1 and level 2, and 48 points at level 3.

Students complete:

(a.) The requirements for the major in Geosciences (48 points)

(b.) Four additional units (24 points) selected from the remaining level 3 units in the Elective list.

Elective list

  • ESC2111 The dynamic Earth I: Mountain belts and basins
  • ESC2122 The dynamic Earth II: Global processes
  • EAE3000 Earth, atmosphere and environment research project
  • ESC3162 Ore deposit geology and global metallogeny
  • ESC3180 Field mapping
  • ESC3190 Hydrogeology and environmental geoscience
  • ESC3201 Deformation of the crust
  • ESC3232 The dynamic biosphere: Changing fauna and flora through geological time
  • ESC3311 Geophysics: Regional mapping
  • ESC3332 Global dynamics and crustal evolution
  • ESC3340 Geophysics: Special topics
  • ESC3421 Igneous and metamorphic processes and geochemistry
  • ESC3900 Dynamic earth

Requirements for progressing to honours

The School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment offers honours projects in a range of sub disciplines, including Geosciences. 24 points of level 3 units within the major are required to progress to honours studies.

Refer to S3701 Bachelor of Science (Honours) for full details.

Relevant courses

Bachelors

Single degrees

Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*

  • S2000 Bachelor of Science
  • S3001 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)
  • S3002 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours)

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Science component in the following double degrees:*

  • B2023 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
  • B2016 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Science
  • D3005 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • E3007 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • C2003 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Science
  • L3007 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2007 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • S2004 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • S2003 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • S2005 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music

* Students cannot complete a minor, major or extended major in the same area of study.