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COURSE

Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology)

B-GEOL

TAUGHT BY: School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS)

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

3years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

600

About offering

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.

The first year gives you a foundation in geology, chemistry, physics, maths, scientific communication and computer skills. The second year focuses on the theoretical, laboratory and field skills required to understand geological processes. The final year provides comprehensive coverage of one chosen stream: Applied Geology, Mining Geology or Petroleum Geology.

The first two years of the program are based in Perth. The third year is offered in Perth for the Applied Geology stream, Kalgoorlie for Mining Geology and Malaysia for Petroleum Geology.

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 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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Geology

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

Why study Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology)

  • This is a hands-on, practical course with direct industry involvement
  • This comprehensive course qualifies graduates for many geology careers
  • We offer a range of relevant double degree options with enhanced career options
  • You will have the opportunity to study at Curtin's Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), a leader in mining and geosciences education in Australia.

How this course will make you industry ready

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

Student profile

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Professional recognition

This course is formally recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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

Career information

Careers

  • Geologist
  • Geological engineer

Industries

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

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

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:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Where to get further information

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  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: B-GEOL
  • CRICOS code: 003875B
  • This offering was last updated on: 18/08/2019