Earth Science and The Environment 2A - Geology, Geochemistry and Geophysics EARTH2010

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will equip students with an integrated skill set of geological, geochemical, geophysical and petrographical methods leading to a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of the geology of the Earth.


4 x 1 hour lectures per week, 2 x 2 hour labs per week.  Local 1 day field class.

Requirements of Entry

Normally completion of Earth Science and the Environment 1A and Earth Science and the Environment 1B both at grade D3 or better.

Excluded Courses

EARTH2001 - Solid Earth

EARTH2003 - Sediments and Stratigraphy


50% - Written theory exam

10% - One-day local field class assessing field skills

40% - Laboratory based assessment on hand specimen and thin section interpretation, and geological integration

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

To provide students with an understanding of geological processes, from microscopic to global scales. Emphasis is placed on mineralogical, geochemical, geophysical and petrographic study to analyse and characterise igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, and the integration of these skills with tectonic and structural concepts for whole Earth understanding.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Explain key concepts in igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic petrology

■ Discuss the various geological, geochemical and geophysical techniques used to assess the internal structure and composition of the Earth

■ Explain the deformation of rocks and the structural features generated, and how these may be used to determine geological histories at a variety of scales

■ Explain the geological and geophysical characteristics of plate tectonic boundaries and discuss global tectonic processes

■ Describe, identify and interpret rocks and rock-forming minerals in hand specimen and thin section

■ Describe, identify and interpret rocks and geological structures in the field

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.