Earth science

The study of Earth Science will develop your understanding of the earth's dynamic systems, including the atmosphere, biosphere, its surface and oceans. You will also learn about complex and fascinating earth processes – such as plate tectonics, volcanism and earthquakes – and how they shape our environment.

You'll gain an insight into how the earth has changed over deep geological time and which earth processes pose natural hazards to society today. Studies in this area are essential for understanding and assessing anthropogenic impacts such as climate change and pollution. You will also learn about the major resources – including mineral deposits, oil, gas and water – on which modern life depends.

Earth Science at Monash covers a broad range of topics, including geology, geophysics, and environmental Earth Science. You will learn about the main geological processes that have controlled the evolution of the earth and the timescales over which they operate, develop technical field- and lab-based skills for work in geoscience, and apply geoscientific data to analyse challenges and to develop effective solutions in professional contexts.

Our teaching labs are state of the art and our units combine theory, practical work, and field experiences. The lecturers are noted experts in their fields and make strong connections between research and teaching.

As a graduate, you will be equipped with transferable skills in wide demand within the science and non-science sectors of the economy. You may choose to apply your expertise to contribute in developing solutions to the challenges posed by natural disasters, or the environmental footprint left behind by the exploitation of the earth's resources. Your career path may lead you to the minerals industry, environmental consultancies or research organisations, to name just a few possibilities.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Meteorite Hunter

Through studying rocks from space as old as 4.5 billion years, Geologist Andrew Tomkins is uncovering clues to the origins of our solar system.

Deciphering the world

Decipher the world with Marion Anderson as we catch a glimpse into how the landscape around us can reveal clues into the past and the future.

Frozen in time

Palaeontologist Jeff Stilwell travels the length and breadth of the earth finding animal and plant fossils that shed light on earth’s history. The data he uncovers tell us more about bigger picture science such as climate change and extinction events.