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School of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Herston, St Lucia

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View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Geological Sciences single major.


Australian/domestic students

Faculty of Science


Phone: 07 3365 1888

International students

International Student Advisor


Phone: Outside Australia: + 61 3 8676 7004
Within Australia (Free Call): 1800 671 980

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Why study Geological Sciences?

Geology is the study of the interacting systems of the solid Earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere as they evolve through time. Geologists discover, develop, and responsibly manage minerals, energy, and other Earth resources. Geological knowledge underpins our capacity to ensure a sustainable supply of natural resources and the use of these resources responsibly, and it is essential for solving environmental challenges such as global climate change.

More information about what can be studied in the Geological Sciences Major.

What you can study

UQ offers a wide range of core courses in geology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, which provide a foundation for the study of fundamental geologic methods and problems, both in the laboratory and in the field. You may specialise in economic geology, mining geology, energy resources, geophysics, environmental geology, geochemistry, palaeobiology, marine geology, surficial processes and landscape evolution, tectonics, and remote sensing.

Most students complete advanced courses in field geology, culminating with a trip to the Mt. Isa region. Field and laboratory based projects during your honours year solidify your geologic skills and provide essential training for independent research.

Geological Sciences is also available as an extended major.


View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Geological Sciences single major.

Employment opportunities

Geoscientists find excellent employment positions in industry, both within Australia and overseas, in the areas of mineral and fossil fuels exploration and production, mining geology, and mineral processing, as well as in natural resource and environmental management and protection.

Your excellent quantitative and problem-solving skills, global perspective and excellent interpersonal skills will also open the door to a wide range of interesting jobs beyond the traditional scientific sector, such as management consulting, investment banking, and government.

Many geological sciences graduates also take advanced degrees and go on to research positions in universities, the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Geoscience Australia (GA), and private companies. More information about exciting career paths is available at

What it costs

Please view the Bachelor of Science for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please view the Bachelor of Science for information on key dates and how to apply.