Study the earth science major at the University of Newcastle to specialise in geology or environmental geoscience depending on your desired career path.

Bachelor of Science

Earth sciences

Why study an earth science major at the University of Newcastle?

Skilled earth scientists are in high demand as the population of the earth expands and its resources decrease.

The unique blend of the traditional fields of physical geography, geology, oceanography, climatology and soil science makes earth sciences so interesting. You will be able to specialise in either geology or environmental geoscience depending on the courses you choose and career path you want to pursue.

When you study a Bachelor of Science with an earth science major you will be learning about the science of the earth itself and the processes that have shaped our landscapes and environment.

In your first year you will be introduced to the Earth's dynamic systems before specialising in certain topics throughout second and third year depending on your area of interest, such as climatology and soils through to geology of fuels and coastal dynamics.

The earth science major also incorporates fieldwork and laboratory components. You may be able to go on field trips to a variety of destinations throughout the state to gain real-world experience.

Our earth sciences discipline received above world rankings for both of the majors offered at the University of Newcastle in 2012. These outstanding teaching and research results mean you will be learning from academics who are leaders in their fields.

A Bachelor of Science degree in the earth sciences can open up a wide range of career opportunities both in Australia and overseas. As a graduate, you may go on to find employment in areas such as:

  • Energy resources
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Government agencies
  • Mineral exploration and mining
  • Schools and universities
  • Scientific agencies

The earth science major within the Bachelor of Science is only available at our Newcastle (Callaghan) campus.