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International students

COURSE

Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology), Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology)

BB-GLGBIO

TAUGHT BY: School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)

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.

4years

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.

800

About offering

Geologists provide knowledge of geological and biological principles required for management of both living and non-living resources. You’ll develop introductory geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics and communication and computer skills. You’ll explore the fundamental skills of applied geology, such as mineral and petroleum exploration, hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry and engineering geology. You’ll develop fundamental skills with a detailed knowledge needed to understand geological processes and materials.

Environmental biology incorporates the study and conservation of the environment. The work of biologists often incorporates industries with potential for growth such as plant breeding, aquaculture and environment restoration.

In this double degree, you will be provided with the fundamental skills required to understand geological processes and materials with a central role in the search for and extraction of minerals. The environmental biology component has a broad and practical approach to biology. Your studies will have a strong practical emphasis, enabling you to undertake work with members of the wider community. 

The course contains practical and work-relevant components that include practical geological work similar to that conducted in resources and environmental industry settings. This includes hands-on computing and practical exercises with industry standard software and geology field trips to various sites.

What you'll learn

  • apply fundamental geological or biological principles and concepts in theoretical, practical and vocational situations; expand discipline knowledges through research where appropriate
  • solve discipline based problems applying scientific methods and creative thinking in a logical and rational way
  • access, evaluate and synthesise information and data from multiple sources using discipline skills and knowledge to analyse and present findings
  • communicate effectively and appropriately to varied audiences using a variety of communication methods
  • select and employ appropriate technologies to fulfil requirements of Biological and Applied Geological environments; recognising advantages and disadvantages of various technologies as required
  • develop an independent ability to acquire information as required and recognise the need to remain current to industry and discipline requirements
  • recognise and appreciate international perspectives and global standards as they impact upon collecting and reporting data and other relevant scientific pursuits
  • acknowledge the need for sustainable use of earth resources, and value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives on geological and geophysical activities
  • work ethically and professionally independently and as part of a team, complying with applicable legislation and managing time and other resources efficiently and effectively; develop employability and leadership skills as appropriate

Why study Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology), Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology)

  • Our future depends on us understanding the biological basis of our life-support systems. Although technologists and engineers will solve many of the problems that confront us, we need well-trained biologists to solve issues such as food production, population regulation, land care, pollution and conservation of our biodiversity.
  • Our biology students are well equipped for this task, as they gain a thorough understanding of biological principles and practices, obtained through a practical, hands-on approach involving plenty of fieldwork.
  • Our Environmental Biology department is highly regarded in the international environmental community and is renowned for its excellent teaching and research reputation, plus its friendly interaction with its students.
  • This is a hands-on, practical course with direct industry involvement.
  • This comprehensive course qualifies graduates for all major geology careers.
  • We offer a range of relevant double degree options with enhanced career options.

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 of the undergraduate degree in Applied Geology are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Geological Society of Australia. The degree has been accredited by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Graduates are also eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Institute of Biology and the Environment Institute of Australia. Full membership becomes possible for graduates with honours or pass degrees after three or four years of professional practice.

Career information

  • Geological Engineer
  • Forest Worker
  • Botanist
  • Zoologist
  • Geologist
  • Life Scientist (General)
  • Environmental Scientist

Admission criteria

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

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

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Completed your secondary education in Australia within the past two years? Learn how you can apply to Curtin.

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Have you studied a VET course? Find out how you can get into Curtin using these qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience

Spent time in the workforce, completed a pathway program or finished secondary education more than two years ago? See how you can apply to study at Curtin

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR and one ATAR science course, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry: Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR and one ATAR science course, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • the prerequisites.

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Applications ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
  • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

The Science prerequisite can be met with any of the following:

  • Animal Production Systems ATAR, Applied Information Technology ATAR, Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Computer Science ATAR, Earth and Environmental Science ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, Human Biology ATAR, Integrated Science ATAR, Marine and Maritime Studies ATAR, Physics ATAR, Plant Production Systems ATAR, or Psychology ATAR; or
  • BIOL1000 Functional Biology; or
  • BCCB1000 Cell Biology; or
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry; or
  • CHEM1001 Biological Chemistry; or
  • PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics; or
  • GEOL1005 Fundamentals of Geology 1.
Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Applications ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Applications ATAR; and
  • Science ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Science ATAR.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
    OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • satisfied the prerequisites: Maths Applications and one Science (from the following: Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Earth and Environment Science ATAR, Human Biology ATAR, Integrated Science ATAR, or Physics ATAR).

    The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

    • Maths Applications ATAR; or
    • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
    • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

    The Science prerequisite can be met with:

    • Biology ATAR/Chemistry ATAR/Earth and Environment Science ATAR/Human Biology ATAR/Integrated Science ATAR/Physics ATAR
    • BIOL1000 Functional Biology/BCCB1000 Cell Biology/CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry/CHEM1001 Biological Chemistry/PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics/GEOL1005 Fundamentals of Geology 1.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR and one ATAR science course, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry: Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR and one ATAR science course, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry: Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Minimum academic entry requirements

Please select a country above.

Course prerequisites

Minimum of mathematics and one science subject.

Other requirements for this course


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.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$9,020*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on [offering.credits] 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 do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $35,600*
Total indicative course fee $154,800*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $1,340 *

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

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Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: BB-GLGBIO
  • CRICOS code: 043265G
  • This offering was last updated on: August 17, 2018