Geoscience Future Students

What is geoscience?

Geoscience is the branch of science involved with all aspects of understanding the Earth. It is a dynamic, interdisciplinary science that studies the processes that have built mountains, cause earthquakes, make volcanoes erupt, and affect the Earth's atmosphere, surface and interior. Geoscience uses all other areas of science in order to better understand how the Earth got to be the way it is today, and what will happen to it in the future.

It involves chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, computing and physical geography – all combined to further our knowledge of the Earth and the other planets in our solar system. A university level knowledge of Geosciences is essential to understanding how to find and safely use our planet’s resources, and protect the environment.


Geophysics students using electrodes to map

What do geoscientists do?

Geoscientists travel the world, visiting some of the most remote and amazing places to study how they formed, and what is happening to them today.

 They combine fieldwork with laboratory studies and computing and imaging techniques. The information they gather is essential to our understanding of the past, present and future processes that shape the Earth, form its resources, and control its environment. This understanding helps to predict and minimise the effects of natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, landslides), find and develop mineral and energy resources, and understand climate and environmental change.


What sort of things do we study and research?

Geoscience is a multidisciplinary science that seeks to understand the Earth's dynamic systems. The geosciences program provides students with an insight into both present-day processes and how the Earth has changed over geological time, including an understanding of how it’s chemical, physical and biological systems.

How can I find out more?