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Undergraduate subject


Mātai Aronuku

03 October 2023
Geologists are directly involved in the monitoring, prediction, and assessment of hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis.




Geology explores the earth building processes of our planet, so that we can best use natural resources, plan land developments and infrastructure, and monitor natural hazards such as volcanoes and earthquakes.

With over 500 million years of geological history, Aotearoa is a rich and unique place to study this earth science.


What will my study involve?

  • Focus on climate change, natural disasters, and other earth systems affecting geological processes.
  • Learn from our experts on earthquake research, with opportunities to take part in real disaster response and observation.
  • Complete practical lab and fieldwork in various stations across Te Waipounamu South Island visiting real geological phenomena, such as earthquake faultlines and volcanoes.



For the major in the Bachelor of Science, complete the following courses:



GEOL241 Field Studies B – Field Techniques is also recommended.


If you are interested in postgraduate studies in Geology, you will also need to take one additional 300-level GEOL course, and four 100-level courses chosen from Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics.

Geology minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:



Career opportunities

Study in Geology offers a wide range of work environments and employment opportunities across the globe, particularly in areas of science and engineering informing on old and new earth developments.

Career pathways can include:

  • energy, mining, and petroleum industries
  • government and geotechnical planning
  • conservation
  • research and exploration.

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