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Macqarie LogoMacquarie University is a dynamic, flexible and engaged university committed to excellence in research, teaching and global citizenship.


Macquarie's 126 hectare park-like campus is an ideal setting in which to discover and learn. Our location within the high-technology corridor of Sydney's north-west enables us to establish close relationships with some of the world's most successful companies, many of whom are located in the University's research park, and allows a collaborative approach to research and teaching to ensure Macquarie graduates are highly sought-after and command high starting salaries. It also provides our students with first class internship opportunities with world leading companies from a range of industries.

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

MQ ImageThe department of Earth and Planetary Sciences within the Faculty of Science offers study in the disciplines of Geology and Geophysics. If you are interested in the way the earth works, environment issues, volcanoes, natural hazards, searching for future resources, fossils or minerals and enjoy field excursions then Earth and Planetary Sciences has many course options that will interest you.

Earth and Planetary Sciences studies at Macquarie can be integrated with other disciplines, leading to many specialisation's. Combining Earth and Planetary Science units with biology, archaeology, history, chemistry, maths and physics, economics or law can lead to specialisations in:

  • MQ Image 2Deep Earth Studies
  • Ecostratigraphy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geochemistry
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications
  • Geomagnetism
  • Law and Mineral Economics
  • Marine Science
  • Museum Studies
  • Palaeobiology
  • Science Teaching
  • Seismology
  • Stock Market Analysis
  • Bachelor of Science (Major in Environmental Geology)

MQ Image 3Environmental geology deals with the interaction of people and the geological environment, including problems due to people's occupation and exploitation of the Earth, and hazards that impact on society. This major provides the student with an understanding of surface materials and processes, soils, rock masses and their structure, the flow of water and pollutants through the Earth’s surface materials, and geologic hazards. The major combines subjects in geology and physical geography to produce graduates who can find employment in the fields of environmental geology, geotechnical engineering and hazard assessment. These fields are rapidly growing as people exploit the earth and occupy more hazardous regions, and graduates in environmental geology are in demand. This major is quite distinct from the geology and geophysics majors in that it focuses on the near-surface environment and incorporates units from a variety of disciplines.

Bachelor of Science (Major in Geology)

MQ Image 4Geology is the study of the materials that make up the Earth, processes that mould its surface, and the interaction of people with the physical environment. Geology is therefore a multifaceted science that ultimately aims to understand how the physical earth works. This major is structured to provide the basic professional training required for students to enter the workforce as geologists and a base on which they can further specialise. Geologists are employed in a wide range of fields. Most find employment in the mining and minerals exploration industries but many are also employed in the petroleum industry, as environmental geologists, as geotechnical engineers and by government geological surveys. Geologists are in demand in all of these industries.

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 by means of physical measurements and the interpretation of the measurements in terms of subsurface structures and phenomena. This major is structured to produce geophysicists who are able to provide such capabilities to the resource and environmental industries, where the vast majority of geophysicists are employed. Particularly, in the Exploration and Mining industries, geophysics is a distinct discipline and graduates who are clearly identifiable as “geophysicists” have an advantage when seeking employment with such companies. The major is structured such that geophysicists who have a geological or a mathematical background are able to complete the major.

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