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Applied Geology, Environmental Biology

Bachelor Double Degree

BB-GLGBIO

Course
Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology), Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800

Outline

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 skills.

Environmental Science

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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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • 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 BSc (Applied Geology) is recognised 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

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

Admission criteria

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)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

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

I recently attended high school

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
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

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

  • STAT entry : Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

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.

I have 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
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

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

  • STAT entry : Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

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

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

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 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 (pre-requisites)

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

  • STAT entry : Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

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

I’ve gone to university before

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 (pre-requisites)

    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 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.

Other requirements and notes 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

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

Fees & charges

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  • Curtin course code: BB-GLGBIO
  • CRICOS code: 043265G
  • Last updated on: February 12, 2021