Pacific Geoscience

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Pacific Geoscience

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Geography, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    In this course the dynamic nature of the Earth`s crust, responsible for earthquakes and volcanic activity, will be discussed with emphasis on how crustal movements affect Pacific Islands. The causes of island uplift and sinking in relation to changes in sea level will be outlined with respect to atolls, volcanic and limestone islands. The implications of the dynamic Earth for life, especially on Pacific Islands, will be debated and some attention given to human control of nature. A three-day field trip within Viti Levu will form an integral part of the course, which includes a practical exercise and oral presentation.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.