Interested in understanding the evolution of our planet? Ever wondered how the earth works?

Geology concerns the solid Earth, in particular the rocks and their constituent minerals and fossils. The geological record of rocks, formed over much of the Earth's 4500-million-year-old history, are the raw materials of geology. The study and interpretation of the geological record is of paramount importance in the search for natural resources like gold, coal, oil, groundwater and rock material used for construction work.

This major will integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines from field-based studies to more theoretical aspects of rocks, minerals and their behaviour during Earth processes.

Rebecca White

“I have always been fascinated in life on Earth and how we got to be where we are today. Undertaking a Geology major has allowed me to have a deeper understanding of how Chemistry, Biology and Physics have worked together to form the world around us. It's exhilarating to visit an ecosystem and be able to unpack its evolution.”


  • Career Outcomes

    There is always strong demand for our Geology major graduates in the petroleum, mineral and environmental industries. As the need for resources grows, it is likely that this demand will increase, providing geologists with very good job prospects.

    A Geology major can be your springboard to enter an employment or research in areas where an understanding of how the planet functions is required. This includes fundamental research into geological processes such as ore deposit formation and the environment.

    Employment for Geologists is expected to remain steady to 2019. Geologists have a high proportion of full-time jobs, wages are high and unemployment is average.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a Geology major are very well-prepared for further study in the areas of earth systems, geodynamics and petroleum, geodynamics and ore bodies. You will also be well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

    Jamie Rodden

    “My MSc research project involves the study of ancient organisms that built marine reefs around 700 million years ago. I’m inspired by the huge time scales I have to consider every day, and by the people who are just as amazed by the natural world as I am.”

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Geology

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective