MAJOR IN GEOLOGY
The geology curriculum is designed to produce graduates in geology encompassing both specific (geological) and transferrable (general academic) skills that can either, take up employment as a geologist, or enter a graduate course (M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.) at UWI or universities in Europe, North America and Japan (places our geology graduates have recently been accepted into). Student intake in geology is from across the UWI territories, and the curriculum has been developed to reflect this; furthermore, many geology graduates find employment in regions of the Caribbean other than their home territory (as well as elsewhere) and the UWI geology major prepares graduates for a career in geology regardless of where they may find employment.
The Caribbean region is particularly susceptible to climate change and increasing population density is straining natural resources. The curriculum is designed with an emphasis on these needs, particularly in regard to: finding and exploiting natural resources (metallic and non-metallic minerals, oil and gas exploration), water resources, natural disasters (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tropical cyclones) and infra-structural development (road construction, building.
The development of a geology programme based on 3 credit courses will enable students to acquire a broader basic grounding in geological science. The outcome will be students who have a better basic geological knowledge at Level II, and students that can develop specific career-specific skills at Level III.
The idealized UWI Geology B.Sc. graduate should: have a working knowledge of geology; be able to collect and interpret field and laboratory data; should have a range of linguistic, numerical and computer skills that allow them to analyze data and present their results in seminars, PowerPoint presentations and as written reports.
Level I: – four 3-credit courses
Minimum geology courses at Level II/III 39 credits
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