Earth Sciences (2018)

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 major for the BSc and BSc(Tech) degrees. Earth Sciences may also be taken as a second major, subject to academic approval of the faculty or school of studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Earth Sciences as a single major, students must gain 135 points, including EARTH101, EARTH102, EARTH211, EARTH221, EARTH231 and EARTH241, and at least 45 points from 300-level Earth Sciences papers.

To complete Earth Sciences as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points, including EARTH101, EARTH102, EARTH211, EARTH221, EARTH231 and EARTH241, 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 is contained in brochures available from the School of Science office or website.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(EarthSc) and GradDip(EarthSc)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Earth Sciences at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the School of Science.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(EarthSc), PGDip(EarthSc), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc (Research) and MSc(Tech)

    Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Normally, only 30 points from ENVS coded paper may be taken as part of an Earth Sciences graduate qualification. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Graduate Convenor. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Convenor.

    To complete a BSc(Hons) in Earth Sciences, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Earth Sciences, of which at least 30 points must be of research (normally ERTH591).

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis that critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three syear research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis that critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences18A (Hamilton)
    A lecture and laboratory paper that explores the interacting processes that affect the surface of the Earth, producing landforms and resources, with a focus on physical processes. Topics covered include coastal processes and hazards; climate change; weathering; erosion and mass movement; soil formation; the hydrological cycle; rive...
    EARTH102Discovering Planet Earth18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock record and geologic maps; the geological time scale and fossils; plate tectonics; volcanism; earthquakes.
    ENVS101Environmental ScienceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH103Discovering Planet EarthThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH104Earth and Ocean EnvironmentsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CHEM200Analytical Tools for the Life and Environmental SciencesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    EARTH211Earth Resources and Materials18A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the nature, composition and origin of earth resources and materials. Topics covered include: minerals in society and their properties; origin of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; volcanological and sedimentary processes and the importance of earth materials as sources for resources used by society.
    EARTH221Soil Science18B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the nature, formation, and classification of soils, their physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties, and issues of soil quality, land degradation and sustainable management.
    EARTH231Water Resources, Weather and Climate18A (Hamilton)
    New Zealand's water resources are coming under increasing pressure for human use, while their management requires that they also provide for healthy freshwater ecosystems. This paper describes the key physical processes that influence the distribution of water in space and time from a New Zealand perspective. Topics covered include...
    EARTH241Oceanography18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of oceanography: particularly biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography
    EARTH251Spatial Analysis in Geosciences18A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to quantitative spatial analysis in the geosciences, including production of maps and cross-sections of geomorphology and Earth materials from field and aerial image interpretation, use of 3D models of Earth materials, and an appreciation of volumes and stresses in the Earth's crust.
    ERTH221Earth Materials and ProcessesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH222Stratigraphy, Structure and Field MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH233Soils in the LandscapeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH234Soil Properties and their ManagementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH242OceanographyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH245Weather and ClimateThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH246Introduction to HydrologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH251Engineering GeomorphologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH284Introduction to Environmental MonitoringThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SCIE279Preparation for the Professional WorkplaceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ERTH321Volcanology18A (Hamilton)
    A study of pyroclastic rocks, physical volcanology, volcanic hazards, the origin of magmas, crystallisation of rock-forming minerals and phase equilibria, petrology and trace element geochemistry of volcanic rocks, and geothermal and mineral resources.
    ERTH322Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology18B (Hamilton)
    A study of sedimentary processes, depositional environments, sedimentary basins and associated resources (petroleum and coal). Introduction to sequence stratigraphy, seismic reflection mapping and wireline logging as used in the petroleum exploration industry.
    ERTH333Pedology and Land Evaluation18B (Hamilton)
    Soil genesis and spatial variability, quantitative soil survey and soil-landscape modelling, soil taxonomy, and the interpretation of soil and land data in a form applicable to land-use planning and management.
    ERTH334Soil and Land Management18A (Hamilton)
    Analysis and interpretation of soil properties relating to land and environmental management. Soil fertility, soil water management, land treatment of wastes, soil degradation and remediation, soil nitrogen and phosphorus cycling.
    ERTH343Coastal Geomorphology and Management18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    A study of the geomorphic development of coastal features. Topics include qualitative and semi-quantitative assessments of coastal hazards, impacts of sea-level rise, dredge spoil disposal, stability of coasts, coastal protection and mitigation of hazards.
    ERTH344Coastal Oceanography and Engineering18A (Hamilton)
    A study of water movement in estuarine and shelf environments. Methodologies for quantifying processes and responses for coastal planning and management. Evaluation of design conditions for engineering purposes. Introduction to numerical modelling.
    ERTH345Catchment Hydrology18A (Hamilton)
    A study of the measurement, analysis and modelling of surface hydrological processes at the catchment scale, emphasising river flow, evaporation, interception loss and hillslope runoff processes.
    ERTH346Freshwater Resources and Hazards18B (Hamilton)
    Overview of freshwater resources and their analysis, with some emphasis on groundwater resources; introduction to hydrological hazards including flood hazard analysis and river contamination modelling.
    ERTH352Engineering Geology18A (Hamilton)
    Study of the nature and mechanics of soil instability, slope erosion processes and the physical properties of earth materials. Mitigation and avoidance of hazards resulting from slope instability and associated erosion processes.
    ERTH384Advanced Environmental MonitoringThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SCIE371Science Work Placement 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SCIE372Science Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
    This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
    SCIE373Science Work Placement 318C (Hamilton)
    This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
    SCIE374Science Work Placement 418C (Hamilton)
    This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
    SCIE379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
    This paper will encapsulate post-placement reflection and will focus on reflective learning from the placement experience, self-assessment outcomes initiated in the pre-workplace paper, portfolio completion, skill-gap revisited, career mentoring/direction, CV update, next placement selection process.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENVS524Environmental EvaluationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH512Special Topic18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
    Guided individual study on an aspect of Earth sciences.
    ERTH513Special Topic18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
    Guided individual study on an aspect of Earth sciences.
    ERTH524Volcanic Processes and Hazards18A (Hamilton)
    A study of volcanic landforms, physical characteristics of volcanic deposits, processes associated with eruption, transport and deposition of volcanic products, and volcanic hazards in active volcanic regions.
    ERTH525Hydrothermal Mineral and Energy Systems in New Zealand18A (Hamilton)
    A study of geochemical approaches and methods to solve various problems in the Earth Sciences including volcanic environments, with particular attention to hydrothermal systems, geothermal energy, and the formation of hydrothermal ore deposits.
    ERTH526Field Analysis of Sedimentary BasinsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH527Sedimentary and Petroleum GeologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH528Quaternary: Past Environments18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines environmental change during the Quaternary - the last 2.6 million years - and analyses some important methods and evidence used in reconstructing past environments using a stratigraphic framework and geochronology.
    ERTH533Soil and Greenhouse Gases18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the role that soils and their management play in the production and consumption of greenhouse gases, including a specific focus on the importance of solid carbon.
    ERTH535Land and Soil Evaluation18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines how soil and land may be evaluated to provide an improved understanding of sustainable land management, taking into account productivity and environmental goals.
    ERTH547Introduction to Hydrological Modelling18B (Hamilton)
    Optimal use of water resources is an essential part of national economic development. Hydrological science is considered with emphasis on techniques of water resource studies through hydrological model construction and simulations.
    ERTH548Ecohydrology18A (Hamilton)
    Ecohydrology is the interdisciplinary study of the interactions between water and ecosystems. It views water, carbon and energy as essential ingredients for living systems, and recognises that ecosystems may modify the hydrological systems of which they are a part. This paper bridges the gap between hydrological, soils, ecological ...
    ERTH552Rock Slope Engineering18B (Hamilton)
    This paper considers rock mechanics within engineering geology, including the strength of intact rocks and rock joints, engineering geological hazards, slope stability modelling, and an applied site investigation project.
    ERTH562Coastal Sedimentation18A (Hamilton)
    This paper addresses modern contentious issues of coastal sedimentation and sedimentary processes within a range of sedimentary environments. Both fundamentals and applied contexts are examined.
    ERTH563Coastal and Estuarine Processes18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an understanding of processes controlling movement of water in the ocean, including longwaves, baroclinic and barotropic circulation, wind-driven processes, surf-zone waves and currents, and nearbed currents in the coastal ocean.
    ERTH564Coastal and Freshwater Modelling: Physical Approaches18C (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the use of conceptual, empirical and numerical models of coastal systems.
    ERTH565Time Series Analysis for Environmental ScientistsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ERTH590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    ERTH591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    ERTH592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    ERTH593Earth Sciences Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    ERTH594Earth Sciences Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    ERTH595Earth Sciences Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences18B (Hamilton)
    This paper will enable students to develop the necessary communication skills and familiarity with research methods and practice to allow them to progress to the thesis component of a masters degree in the sciences, or to extend communication and research skills in those not taking a full research degree.
    SCIE502Introductory R Statistics for ScientistsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ERTH800Earth Sciences MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ERTH900Earth Sciences PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 19 July 2018 11:44am

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