Petrology and Geochemistry

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Petrology and Geochemistry

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ESCI 204; 15 MATH, PHYS, QUAN or STAT pts or an approved equivalent; 15 further pts from (CHEM 113-115, MATH 141-177, PHYS 114-115, STAT 193)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The course introduces fundamental concepts, principles and methods in geochemistry and the application of geochemical tools to geochronology, igneous, metamorphic rocks and processes. The formation, classification and geochemical behaviour of elements, isotopes and anaylytical methods in geochemistry. The application of geochemical tools is examined and the principles of geochronology applied.

    Research Project- 25%
    Practical exam- 15%
    Labs- 10%
    Final Exam- 50%

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