Applied Geology Programme

Geology is the study of the history of our planet Earth and the processes that have acted upon it. Geologists are interested in the changes that the earth has undergone and how its physical, chemical, and biological systems have interacted during it’s 4.5 billion year history. Applied geologists utilise this historical records and knowledge to predict, find and recover materials that can be used profitably by humans, including fuels, ore minerals, and building materials.

The entire World economy is driven by energy (petroleum and uranium ores) and various metals derived from assorted mineral deposits. South Africa is endowed with numerous ore and fossil deposits, which will continue to need the attention of local geologists.

Degrees Offered

  • B.Sc. (Applied Geology)

APG 111

Undergraduate Programmes - Applied Geology Programme

APG111 Geology 111                                                                                   (15 credits) 

Main Content:

  •  The Earth in the Universe,

  • Structure of the Earth, Isostasy, Plate Tectonics,

  •  Rock Cycle, Earth Quakes, Geologic Time, Palaeomagnetism,

  • Introduction to minerals and rocks, classification of minerals and rocks.

Main Outcomes: Students should be able to:

  • Explain the basic Earth processes,
  • Identify major rocks and minerals as products associated with these processes.

APG 112

Undergraduate Programmes - Applied Geology Programme

APG112 Geology 112                                                                                   (15 credits)

Main Content: 

  •  Geology of Southern Africa; Earth dynamics and Earth resources
  •  Historical Geology of Southern Africa
  •  Introduction to structural Geology and mapping techniques
  • Introduction to the mineral, gas and petroleum deposits

Main Outcomes: Students should

  • Grasp basic concepts of stratigraphy and Earth dynamics and
  • Develop the ability to relate the underlying principles to the formation of mineral, gas and petroleum deposits


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