Bachelor of Science - major in Geology
Geology is the study of the materials that make up the Earth, the processes that mould its surface, and the interaction of people with the physical environment. Geologists are vital for understanding the development of mineral resources and long-term maintenance of the environment. With the rapidly increasing global population, geologists will be needed to maintain resource output and minimise damage to the environment. They are employed in a wide range of workplaces.
In this Geology major you'll gain the basic professional training needed to work as a geologist, and a base for Postgraduate geological studies. This major prepares you for a challenging career that can take you around the world to work on the continents or in the oceans, and even to take part in studies of other planets.
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Bachelor of Science – major in Geophysics
A Geophysicist is a scientist who applies the principles of physics to the study of the Earth. Geophysics involves the study of the inaccessible Earth using physical measurements and the interpretation of these measurements in terms of subsurface structures and phenomena.
Graduates can work in the resource and environmental industries, where most geophysicists are employed. Geophysics is often seen as a distinct discipline, particularly in the mining and exploration industries. Graduates who are clearly Geophysicists have an advantage when seeking work with such companies.
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Awards and prizes
Macquarie University has awards and prizes available for undergraduate students which include:
- Alpha Geoscience Environmental Geophysics Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS305 Environmental and Groundwater Geophysics.
- AWE Exploration Geophysics Prize: awarded for proficiency in 300-level Geophysics units.
- Coffey International Exploration Engineering & Environmental Geophysics Prize: awarded for outstanding performance in the Geophysics Major.
- Crozcare Field Geology Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS226 Introduction to Field Geology.
- Geological Society of Australia (NSW Division Prize): awarded for best performance in 300-level Earth Science units in the areas of Geology, Geology and Geophysics or Palaeobiology.
- Geology Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS125 Earth Dynamics.
- Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS309: Sediments, Liquid Fuels and Energy Security.
- Preston Geology Prize: awarded for best performance in 300-level geology units.
- Prospectors Earth Sciences Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS344 Structural and Metamorphic Geology.
- The Oil Search Geophysics Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS205 Introduction to Geophysics.