Enquiry for Major/Minor/Programme Requirements

Major Title Major in Geology (Intensive)
Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in 2019-2020

To provide an education in Geology which meets the current minimum requirements of the Geological Society of London for accreditation.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
PLO 1 :

describe and apply key concepts in the conventional areas of the geosciences, covering the areas of physical geology, historical geology, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, structural geology, tectonics and petrogenesis, and earth resources (by means of coursework, laboratory-based, tutorial classes and project-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 2 :

have acquired the ability to make observation, description, measurement and analysis of common geological features in the field, conduct geological mapping as well as undertake independent geological study, and appraise the related ethical issues (by means of both local and overseas residential field learning experience)

PLO 3 :

communicate scientific concepts and critically discuss aspects of contemporary issues pertaining to earth sciences, environments and resources (by means of capstone, project-based learning and presentation opportunities in the curriculum)

PLO 4 :

have gained some insight to the real-life industrial environment and developed connections within the geosciences profession (by means of internship opportunities in the curriculum)

PLO 5 :

work with others in an effective manner and have learned to accept and appreciate different cultures (by means of group project learning, field learning experience in the curriculum)

Impermissible Combination:

Major in Geology
Minor in Earth Sciences

Required courses (150 credits)
1. Introductory level courses (54 to 66 credits) (Note 1)
Disciplinary Core Courses: Science Foundation Courses (12 credits)
SCNC1111 Scientific method and reasoning (6) (Note 1)
SCNC1112 Fundamentals of modern science (6) (Note 1)
Disciplinary Core Courses (42 credits)
EASC1401 Blue Planet (6)
EASC1402 Principles of geology (6) (Note 1)
EASC2401 Fluid/solid interactions in earth processes (6) (Note 1)
EASC2402 Field and laboratory methods (6) (Note 1)
EASC2406 Geochemistry (6) (Note 1)
EASC2407 Mineralogy (6) (Note 1)
EASC2409 Regional field studies (6)
2. Advanced level courses (78 to 90 credits) (Note 1)
Disciplinary Core Courses (60 credits)
EASC3402 Petrology (6) (Note 1)
EASC3403 Sedimentary environments (6) (Note 1)
EASC3404 Structural geology (6) (Note 1)
EASC3408 Geophysics (6) (Note 1)
EASC3409 Igneous and metamorphic petrogenesis (6) (Note 1)
EASC3417 Earth through time (6)
EASC4406 Earth dynamics & global tectonics (6) (Note 1)
EASC4407 Regional geology (6)
EASC4999 Earth sciences project (12) (Note 2)
Disciplinary Electives (30 credits)
At least 30 credits selected from the following introductory and advanced level courses in List A and List B, among which at least 6 credits from List A:
List A
EASC3405 Environmental remote sensing (6)
EASC3413 Engineering geology (6)
List B
EASC2404 Introduction to atmosphere and hydrosphere (6)
EASC2408 Planetary geology (6)
EASC3020 Global change: anthropogenic impacts (6)
EASC3406 Reconstruction of past climate (6)
EASC3410 Hydrogeology (6)
EASC3412 Earth resources (6)
EASC3414 Soil and rock mechanics (6)
EASC3416 Advanced geochemistry and geochronology (6)
EASC3999 Directed studies in earth sciences (6)
ENVS3007 Natural hazards and mitigation (6)
ENVS3313 Environmental oceanography (6)
EASC4403 Biogeochemical cycles (6)
EASC4408 Special topics in earth sciences (6)
EASC4911 Earth system: contemporary issues (6)
EASC4966 Earth sciences internship (6)
3. Capstone requirement (6 credits)
EASC4955 Integrated field studies (6) (Note 1)

1. These are core courses in the regular Geology Major (96 credits) curriculum.

2. Requires approval to qualify for accredited pathway.  EASC4999 Earth sciences project must have a significant 3D geological evolutionary component to meet Accredited Pathway requirements, as specified during our 2016 re-accreditation.  Therefore, each EASC4999 project intended to qualify for the Accredited Pathway must be approved by the Geology major coordinator as satisfying this requirement. This policy is effective for all projects starting in 2017 and after.

3. In the list of disciplinary elective courses, two of them are introductory level courses while the others are advanced level courses. If students take all advanced level courses in the list, the total number of introductory level courses is 54 credits while that of advanced level courses is 90 credits. If students take 2 introductory level courses in the list and 3 advanced level courses, the total number of introductory level courses is 66 credits and that of advanced level courses is 78 credits.


Important! Ultimate responsibility rests with students to ensure that the required pre-requisites and co-requisite of selected courses are fulfilled. Students must take and pass all required courses in the selected primary science major in order to satisfy the degree graduation requirements.

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