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Applied Geology

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth, Curtin University Malaysia


Learn about Earth’s fascinating geological processes that affect our environment, climate and resources.



Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Professional recognition

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Geologists study how the Earth works, including the natural planetary processes that directly affect people – such as the formation of mineral and petroleum resources, geological hazards, climate change and environmental protection.

In this course you will gain a thorough grounding in theoretical geology with a practical emphasis on mineral, petroleum and groundwater resources and their environmental management.

In your first year you will gain a foundation in geology, chemistry, physics, maths, scientific communication and computer skills. Your second year focuses on the theoretical, laboratory and field skills required to understand geological processes.

Your final year provides comprehensive coverage of one stream: Applied Geology, Mining Geology or Petroleum Geology.

The first two years of this course are based in Perth. The third-year Applied Geology stream is offered at Curtin’s Perth campus, Mining Geology is offered at our Kalgoorlie campus, and Petroleum Geology is offered at Curtin Malaysia.

Applied Geology

This stream comprehensively covers the breadth of applied geosciences, including mineral and petroleum exploration and extraction techniques, groundwater resources and environmental geosciences.

Mining Geology

This stream combines studies of resource and field geology with mining systems and resource estimation to effectively explore, evaluate and extract mineral resources.

Petroleum Geology

This stream combines studies of sedimentary basins and petroleum geology with aspects of geophysics and petroleum engineering related to the evaluation, development and exploitation of oil and gas resources.

This stream is offered at Curtin Malaysia only; transfer to Curtin Malaysia is dependent on successful application for exchange. (Additional costs may be incurred.)

The Petroleum Geology stream is not available to international students studying in Australia.

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • This comprehensive course qualifies graduates for a range of geology careers.
  • You can choose from a range of relevant double degree options that will improve your career options.
  • In the Mining Geology stream you'll have the opportunity to study at our Western Australian School of Mines, a leader in mining and geosciences education in Australia.

How this course will make you industry ready

This is a hands-on, practical course that reflects industry practices.

After two years of grounding in the fundamentals of geology, your final year will focus on its application in the work place. Depending on your stream, you'll study minerals, petroleum, groundwater and environmental industries; and complete practical exercises that mirror, as closely as possible, the activities of industry professionals.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Geological Society of Australia, International Association of Hydrogeologists, and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia.

Career information


  • Geologist
  • Geological engineer


  • Environmental geology
  • Groundwater extraction
  • Mineral and petroleum exploration
  • Mining
  • Natural hazards and risk analysis
  • Radioactive waste storage
  • Research and development

Further study

What you'll learn

  • apply fundamental geological principles and concepts in theoretical, practical and vocational situations
  • solve geological problems using logical scientific methods and creative thinking
  • synthesise geological data on a range of spatial and temporal scales to make interpretations that allow for scientific uncertainty
  • communicate geological information concisely and accurately using written, visual, and verbal means appropriate to the situation
  • employ new and established technologies to collect and interpret geological data, recognising their strengths and limitations
  • acquire geological knowledge and expertise from a range of sources in a variety of situations
  • appreciate international perspectives on geoscience and recognise the importance of global standards for collecting and reporting geological data
  • recognise the need for sustainable use of earth resources, and value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives on geological activities
  • work ethically and professionally alone and as part of a team, complying with applicable legislation and managing time and other resources efficiently and effectively

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2021 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites


Other requirements and notes for this course

Mid-year intake is not available for international students.

Domestic students commencing mid-year might need to study part time for one or more semesters and usually will not be able to complete the course in three years because availability of some units is limited to specific semesters.

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Application information

If applying for this major through Curtin, rather than through TISC, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science).



Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $750*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,600*
Total indicative course fee $111,900*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,000*

Fee year: 2022

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $750*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,600*
Total indicative course fee $112,900*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,000*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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  • Curtin course code: B-GEOL
  • CRICOS code: 003875B
  • Last updated on: January 19, 2021