Bachelor of Science (BSc) Geology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Increasing global populations are placing unprecedented demands on limited earth resources, whilst extensive and often, uncontrolled development is exposing man to natural hazards that arise from the operation of various earth processes. The need for skilled geologists, especially in light of the current upswing of natural disaster related devastations is imperative for the continued survival of human and natural life. From detailed discussions of plate tectonics to the focus of natural resource exploration, students are educated into the intricacies of geology via lectures, laboratory practicals, tutorials, assignments and field trips.

Field trips are an integral part of the Geology Programme and all students will undertake a total of some four weeks of guided fieldwork, including geological mapping, at various sites in the country. Students will be trained to carry out independent research. They are required to submit a Project Report as a part of their undergraduate programme. This Project Report involving two Semesters of field or laboratory based geological studies.

This programme is a major in Geology. Upon graduation, candidates will be conferred with Bachelor of Science degree.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are available in the following:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment Companies
  • Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Geotechnical Engineering Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Institutes of Higher Education
  • Oil and Gas Industries
  • Mining Companies

Course Modules

Core Subjects:

  • Islamic Civilization and Asian Civilization (TITAS) I&II
  • Information Skills
  • Geostatistics
  • Origins and Philosophy of Science
  • Introduction to Earth
  • Earth Surface Processes
  • Geological Structures and Maps
  • Mineralogy
  • Introduction to Mineral, Rock and Fossil
  • Geochemistry I&II
  • Geology of Malaysia
  • Tectonics and Earth History
  • Mineral Deposits
  • Igneous Petrology I&II
  • Geophysics
  • Structural Geology I&II
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Paleontology I&II
  • Chemical Sedimentology
  • Igneous Petrology Practical I&II
  • Field Methods in Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Laboratory Analytical Techniques
  • Environmental Geology
  • Marine Geology
  • Gemmology
  • Geological Data Analysis
  • Micropaleontology
  • Economic Geology
  • Geology of South East Asia
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Hydrogeology Practical
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Organic Petrology

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Geology Department
Faculty of Science
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur,

Phone: +6(03)7967 4203
Fax: +6(03)7967 5149

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