Modern society is very dependent on mineral and energy resources, including aggregates and cement for construction, metals for manufacturing, rare earths for electronics and batteries, and energy for operating equipment.


The Geology minor provides the basic knowledge and skills required to understand the distribution of these resources on the Earth, evaluate the potential resources, and develop methods to maximise the utilisation of these resources while minimising the impacts on the environment.

With New Zealand being a tectonically active country, the University of Waikato is conveniently located close to the Taupo Volcanic Zone, and the associated volcanoes and geothermal systems. Field trips to examine geothermal activity, the products of volcanic activity over the last few million years, and undertake the Tongariro Alpine Crossing are incorporated within the papers in the minor.

Students complete two specified fundamental knowledge and skill papers, before choosing two out of three options in the areas of volcanology, sedimentology and engineering geology.

This minor complements all the science majors, and a wide range of other majors across the University, including languages, law, planning, economics and geography.


As a Geology student at the University of Waikato, you will have access to the University's well-equipped laboratories, using the most up-to-date equipment and software required for geology related to surface materials.  You'll be working alongside, and learning from, well-respected researchers, industry professionals and academics.

Build a successful career

Studying Geology is beneficial for students looking for careers dealing with mineral and energy resource identification and extraction, infrastructure (engineering geologists), or resource management.

Past graduates have gone on to international careers in diverse sectors such as the mining industry (petroleum, gold, iron sand, coal, aggregates), regulatory authorities, consulting companies, and research institutions.

 Career opportunities

  • Environmental Geologist
  • Petroleum Geologist
  • Mining Geologist
  • Hazard and Risk Scientist
  • Geophysicist/Field Seismologist


Study Geology in any of these qualifications

Minor subject:

100 Level

Discovering Planet EarthEARTH10215.0 Points

200 Level

Earth Resources and MaterialsEARTH21115.0 Points

300 Level

VolcanologyEARTH31115.0 Points
Sedimentary and Petroleum GeologyEARTH31215.0 Points
Engineering GeologyEARTH31315.0 Points

Science Admission Fees Scholarship

For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) in the first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science(Technology) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and are performing well academically in their final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000.

Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00

Terry Healy Memorial Award

For students who are enrolled or are intending to enrol, part- or full-time in a masters or doctoral degree in Earth Sciences, and who are not receiving other awards providing significant funds or substantial financial assistance under a research contract. The value of the award will vary.

Closing Date: 2016-10-31 23:59:00


Faculty of Science & Engineering

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