Earth Sciences offers a broad understanding of Earth's landscape features and processes and includes a range of branches of the subject, including soil science, hydrology, geomorphology, physical geography, volcanology, sedimentary geology, coastal marine studies, engineering geology and environmental science.

Earth Sciences is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Climate Change (BCC), Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech)). Earth Sciences may also be taken as a second major in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Earth Sciences as a single major for the BCC, BSc and the BSc(Tech), students must gain 135 points, including EARTH101, EARTH102, 60 points from EARTH211, EARTH221, EARTH231, EARTH241, EARTH251, and at least 45 points from 300-level Earth Sciences papers.

To complete Earth Sciences as part of a double major for the BCC, BSc, BSc(Tech) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points, including EARTH101, EARTH102, 60 points from EARTH211, EARTH221, EARTH231, EARTH241, EARTH251, and at least 30 points from 300-level Earth Sciences papers.

Students with a special interest in physical geography should consult with the subject convenor before selecting their papers. The majority of papers in Earth Sciences include both laboratory practical and field work.

Further information regarding papers, staff and research details can be found in brochures available from the School of Science office or website.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

Earth Sciences papers

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Code and paper title Points
EARTH101 Introduction to Earth System Sciences - Pūtaiao Pūnaha Whenua right arrow

A lecture and laboratory paper that explores the interacting processes that affect the surface of the Earth, producing landforms and resources, with...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
EARTH102 Discovering Planet Earth - Tūhuratia Papatūānuku right arrow

This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock...

15 24B (Hamilton)
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EARTH211 Earth Resources and Materials right arrow

An introduction to the nature, composition and origin of Earth materials and resources. Topics covered include mineral properties and their uses...

15 24A (Hamilton)
EARTH221 Soil Science right arrow

An introduction to the nature, formation, and classification of soils, their physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties, and issues...

15 24B (Hamilton)
EARTH231 Water Resources, Weather and Climate right arrow

Introduction to atmospheric and hydrological processes affecting weather and climate in Aotearoa, including the distribution of water in space and...

15 24A (Hamilton)
EARTH241 Oceanography right arrow

This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
EARTH251 Applied Earth Sciences right arrow

A field-based paper involving data collection and spatial analysis across several Earth Science sub-disciplines to determine the processes operating...

15 24A (Hamilton)
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EARTH311 Volcanology right arrow

A study of pyroclastic rocks, physical volcanology, volcanic hazards, the origin of magmas, crystallisation of rock-forming minerals and phase...

15 24A (Hamilton)
EARTH312 Sedimentary Geology right arrow

This paper explores the links between sedimentary rocks and past environments through two major strands: reconstructing depositional environments and...

15 24B (Hamilton)
EARTH313 Engineering Geology right arrow

Engineering Geology is the application of the principles of Earth Sciences to ensure hazards associated with landslides or unfavourable soil and rock...

15 24A (Hamilton)
EARTH322 Soil and Water Management right arrow

This paper integrates an understanding of land/soil and water processes that occur at paddock to catchment to national scales. A focus is on...

15 24A (Hamilton)
EARTH331 Hydrology right arrow

This paper examines aspects of the hydrological cycle at a regional scale, focussing on catchments in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand...

15 24B (Hamilton)
EARTH341 Coastal Oceanography right arrow

This paper focuses on the physical oceanography of the coastal zone. Topics include estuarine circulation, wind driven currents on the shelf...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
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EARTH501 Volcanic Techniques and Applications right arrow

This paper investigates geological techniques used to reconstruct eruption processes and histories, and their application to society, including...

15 24B (Hamilton)
EARTH503 Coastal Processes: Analysis and Prediction right arrow

This paper considers techniques to predict coastal processes for management and research, including assessment of which processes to observe, how to...

15 24A (Hamilton)
EARTH504 Geohazard Risk right arrow

This seminar paper evaluates the methodologies used to characterise risk associated with geohazards, and assesses the impact of strategies employed...

15 24B (Hamilton)
EARTH506 Sedimentary Geology right arrow

A paper that builds on the foundational knowledge of sedimentary geology established at the undergraduate level. It focuses on examining the...

15 24A (Hamilton)
EARTH592 Dissertation right arrow

A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.

60 24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
EARTH593 Earth Sciences Thesis right arrow

An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

90 No occurrences
EARTH594 Earth Sciences Thesis right arrow

An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

120 24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
ENVSC503 Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Land right arrow

Processes and factors controlling exchanges of water, carbon and greenhouse gases in natural or managed ecosystems, methodologies to quantify them...

15 24A (Hamilton)
SCIEN512 Data Analysis and Experimental Design right arrow

This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques.

15 24A (Hamilton)
SCIEN589 Directed Study right arrow

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) & 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) & 24C (Hamilton) & 24C (Tauranga)
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EARTH800 Earth Sciences MPhil Thesis right arrow

120 24I (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
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EARTH900 Earth Sciences PhD Thesis right arrow

120 24I (Hamilton) & 24J (Hamilton) & 24K (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
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2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 13 Jul 2024 01:00am