Careers that rock: UQ students learn geology in the field

20 Nov 2015
Image of geology students in the field.
Our students and graduates are recognised by industry for having experience in the field.

Do you want to mix classroom study with hands-on experience in the field, giving you a head-start on a career as a geologist?

Fieldwork in Queensland

Queensland offers unique opportunities for geological field training. The state has a diverse range of natural landscapes:

  • barrier reefs and volcanic and sandy islands just offshore
  • mangroves and volcanic mountains draped by rainforests along the coast
  • rugged mountains and sandy deserts inland.

Queensland also offers a safe, secure environment – even in remote areas – where students and scientists can conduct their activities. Fieldwork in Queensland is also aided by favourable weather conditions, with 70% of sunny days in the Sunshine State.

Discovery in the field

We aim to equip our students with a solid, comprehensive and quantitative understanding of natural environments and the skills necessary to find and responsibly exploit natural resources.

Head of School Professor Paulo Vasconcelos said: “Through the years we realised that most students learn much more in a field situation than they do in a classroom.”

Professor Vasconcelos said the School has developed an innovative and engaging program to give students the skills and experience to have a successful career.

“Our students are very well trained. When they go into industry, they are recognised for their competence in the field.”

Watch our students and academics discussing geology in the field.

Watch students and lecturers on site discussing Geology in the Field (Vimeo, 2m:10s ).

What our students say

PhD student Derek Hoy said it was one thing to see theoretical experimental data and to look at scientific papers.

“But when you go to the field and actually see it, all those little pieces of information actually unlock the story,” he said.

“That’s what’s really cool about field geology.”

Bachelor of Science student Zacharie Turschwell said: “You’re actually seeing the rocks, getting this hands-on experience with taking the physical measurements and getting a good image of what’s happened here, geologically.”

UQ Commendation for our Field Geology Program

The School recently received a UQ commendation for the Field Geology Program, as an integrated set of courses designed to train undergraduate students in reading and interpreting the rock record. The program includes 5 to 17 day field trips to the central Queensland sedimentary basins and coal fields, the Mt Isa ore deposits, and Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

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