Geochemistry [BSc] Year 2

You will take a closer look at the nature, origin and distribution of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, begin to understand structural and global tectonic processes and undertake geophysical surveys, as well as geochemistry courses. Small group tutorials concentrate on transferable skills necessary for employment. You will take part in CV compilation, and oral presentations.

Field courses to: South of FranceNorth West Scotland, and Pembrokeshire

Year 2 Aims

In Year 2 we build on the broad introduction to Earth Sciences provided in Year 1 to supply an overall balanced coverage of the subject to intermediate level which will allow for specialisation at a more advanced level in Year 3. We aim to teach you to cope with a demanding work schedule and to be aware of the level of expectation and planning required for success in your final assessments.

Year 2 Learning Outcomes

By the end of Year 2 you will:

  • understand controls governing the nature, origin and distribution of sedimentary rocks;
  • understand global tectonic processes and the controls they exert on the evolution of sedimentary basins and the development of mountain belts;
  • be able to undertake geophysical surveys and process and interpret data;
  • have learned the techniques necessary to describe, interpret and make a geological map and to make a systematic record of other field data;
  • be able to demonstrate enhanced IT skills, for example in using a bibliographic database for efficient retrieval of information;
  • have produced a professional quality report which analyses and interprets a range of geological data;
  • have enhanced key skills through such activities as CV compilation, mock interviews, small group discussions, abstracting and making oral presentations;
  • be proficient in the use of the petrological microscope for the description, classification and interpretation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and ore minerals;
  • be able to describe and analyse the geometry of deformed rocks;
  • understand geochemical cycles and the fundamental controls on the chemistry of natural systems;
  • know the principles of organic chemistry required to understand many environmental issues.

You must do all of the mandatory course units and one of the optional course units:

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