As part of your studies for some of our undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses you'll be required to go on overnight field trips.

These hands-on residential excursions allow you to put into practice the principals you'll study in lectures and tutorials, and they complement the analytical experience you'll gain in the laboratory.

Destinations for our trips include Moreton and North Stradbroke islands, the Sunshine Coast and Far North Queensland.

ERTH3001: Ore deposits and exploration geology


students in the field
Students map alterations associated with Au mineralisations in the field.

This trip is a compulsory component of the ERTH3001 Ore Deposits & Exploration Geology course. The course is a compulsory component of the Geological Sciences major.

You'll look at geological processes leading to ore genesis, geological controls and tectonic settings of ore deposits. You'll produce a geological map of the prospect and collect one sample of each major rock and ore type at the location.

Once you return to UQ, you'll prepare thin sections and examine them. You'll also be required to describe the sections, interpret geological and geophysical (if available) data from the location and write a report to evaluate the economic viability of the prospect.


Open to: third-year Geological Sciences students

Location: alternates between Ban Ban Springs, Crystal Mountain and various sites in Kilkivan

Duration: 3 days, in late April or early May

Coordinator: Professor Paulo Vasconcelos

Cost: tbc


ERTH3060: Advanced Structural Geology


You'll spend 4 days in Nambucca Heads. Image: Dr Ryan Petterson

This trip is a compulsory part of the elective course ERTH3060: Advanced Structural Geology.

It involves mapping multiply deformed low-grade metamorphic rocks at Nambucca Heads.

You'll learn how to map and interpret linear and planar structural fabric elements, and then use the data collected in the field for geometrical and kinematic analysis.

Course code: ERTH3060 Advanced Structural Geology

Units: 2

Open to: 3rd-year Geological Science undergraduates 

Location: Nambucca Heads, NSW

Duration: 4-day weekend in semester 2

Coordinator: Associate Professor Gideon Rosenbaum

Cost: minimum price is $200 per student. You'll be responsible for your own meals.


ERTH3103: Sedimentary Environments field trip to Carnavon Gorge


You'll learn to interpret different sedimentary environments. Image: Dr Ben Cohen

This trip is a compulsory component of the elective course ERTH3103 Sedimentary Environments.

On the trip, you'll develop the skills to interpret different sedimentary environments in outcrop, and piece together a story about the tectonic and sedimentary evolution of Queensland’s basins that host energy and water resources.  

In combination with practicals leading up to it, this trip forms the basis for the class assignment, which is a field guide to sedimentary environments in Queensland's premier basins.


Course code: ERTH3103 Sedimentary Environments

Units: 2

Open to: third-year Geological Science undergraduates 

Location: Carnarvon Gorge, Central Queensland. Stops include outcrops that record different sedimentary environments, from offshore marine to coastal and fluvial environments.

Duration: 5 days, semester 1 mid-semester break (every 2 years, next trip 2019)

Coordinator: Professor Joan Esterle

Cost: extra fees are payable, tbc


GEOG2001: Human Mobility and Migration


You'll spend 2 nights at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.

This trip is a compulsory component of the GEOG2001 Human Mobility and Migration course. You'll collect primary data on various types of human spatial behaviour using a variety of survey methods. These include capturing information on Noosa’s residential mobility and journey to work, and inviting tourists to partake in a GPS survey.


Prerequisite course: GEOG2001 Human Mobility and Migration (semester 2)

Open to: undergraduate students

Location: Noosa, Sunshine Coast

Duration: 2 nights (Week 8, 13th - 15th September)

Coordinator: Professor Jonathan Corcoran

Cost: an additional fee (approx $130) covers accommodation and transport to and from UQ. Meals are not included.

Course cap: 35 students

How to apply: fill in our online expression of interest form by Friday, 31st May 2019.


GEOS2103/GEOS7103: North Stradbroke Island field trip


You'll study environmental processes on North Stradbroke Island.

This trip is a compulsory component of the GEOS2103 / GEOS7103 Biogeography & Geomorphology course. During this course, you'll examine the physical processes and linkages operating within the biosphere (biogeography) and lithosphere (geomorphology), with a particular focus on the role that temporal and spatial scales impact environmental processes.

The course is also a foundation for advanced courses in environmental processes and management and has an emphasis on the environments of the Giant Sand Masses of South East Queensland.


Prerequisite course: GEOS2103 / GEOS7103 Biogeography & Geomorphology 

Open to: undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

Location: North Stradbroke Island

Duration: 1 night

Cost: extra costs are payable (to be confirmed)


MARS3012: Physical-biological Oceanography


This course will provide students with a clear understanding of the physical and biological processes in the ocean, and the influence of physical dynamics on biology - from open ocean to coral reefs, from phytoplankton to fisheries. Our changing climate is affecting the circulation and properties of our oceans, and the biology is responding. In order to understand the effects of climate change, we first need to understand how the ocean works.

This course will challenge students with understanding the functioning of our oceans, and how the patterns and distribution of life in the ocean are controlled by the physical oceanography. The course consists of integrated lectures on physical-biological oceanography and climate change effects to provide the interdisciplinary foundation increasingly required in the contemporary environmental sciences. It covers the influence of the oceans on human activities and the influence of human activities on the characteristics of the oceans. Practicals will focus on learning to acquire and work with satellite oceanography data and measurements collected by autonomous oceanographic platforms.


Prerequisite course:  GEOS2100 or MARS2014 or equivalent; STAT1201 or equivalent

Open to: domestic and International undergraduate students with an appropriate background and prerequisites or similar may apply.

Location: Moreton Bay Research Station

Duration: 14-16 August 2020 (TBC) (plus scheduled classes during Semester 2 2020). The field trip is a mandatory component of the course. Students unable to attend the field trip should not apply for entry into this course.

Cost: The final cost is still being determined, but it will be approximately $200 (in addition to course fees). Students will be notified as soon as it is finalised.

Course cap: The course is capped at 30 students. If interest exceeds this number, places will be awarded based on your year level, academic performance, and relevance to your study program.

How to apply: fill in our online expression of interest form by Monday, 29th June 2020.