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 233

Undergraduate Programmes - Applied Geology Programme

APG233 Geology 233                                                                                (20 credits)

[Pre-requisite: APG111 and APG112 and APG231 and APG232 OR GEL131 and GEL234]

Main Content:

• Geological mapping techniques.

• Structural analysis of geological data

• Reporting geological data and report writing.

Main Outcomes: Student should:

• Become aware of, instinctively observe and vividly describe the occurrence and spatial arrangement of various types of rocks in the field.

• Be able to position themselves in the field and record information collected in the field in geological maps at various scales.

• Undertake geological measurements in the field.

• Write geological reports on field exercises.


APG 311

Undergraduate Programmes - Applied Geology Programme

APG311  Geology 311                                                                                                               (30 credits)

[Pre-requisites: GEL211 and GEL212 and GEL221 and GEL222 OR APG211 and APG212 and APG221 and APG222 ]


Main Content: 

  •  Database management, vector maps and raster maps,
  • Geological data and GIS,
  •  Application of GIS to geological industry,
  •  Basic elements in 2D and 3D geological models in geology,
  •  Introduction to computer modeling packages in applied geological industry,
  •  Construction of geological/geochemical/ maps and sections,
  •  Integration of geological maps and sections into 2D and 3D models related to element migration and hydrocarbon occurrence and flow dynamics.


Main Outcomes: Student should:

  •  Know the principles and applications of spatial and related techniques in geology,
  •  Develop skills for the construction of GIS raster and vector maps using geological data,
  •  Have a conceptual understanding of data management, data querying and spatial analysis,
  •  Understand principles of modeling geological processes and geological setting,
  •  Develop skills to integrate geological data into computer-based models; process and analyze and evaluate resulting images,
  •  Have a conceptual understanding of the application of geological models in the search for various Earth resources.

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