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Applied Geology, Environmental Biology

Bachelor Double Degree


Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology), Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
4 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Geologists and environmental biologists provide knowledge for the management of Earth resources, including managing climate change and responsibly sourcing metals for renewable energy generation and storage.

Environmental Biology

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

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In this double degree you'll study fundamental geological and biological processes and apply them to mineral exploration and resource extraction and groundwater resources. You'll also learn how to manage ecosystems and rehabilitate landscapes impacted by salt degradation and resource extraction activity.

This combination of skill sets for extraction and environmental protection is increasingly important to the resources sector and to society.

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • Our future depends on us understanding the geological and biological basis of our life-support systems. We need well-trained professionals in fields related to geoscience and biology to solve issues such as resourcing metals for renewable energy technologies, managing groundwater resources and their dependent ecosystems, food production, population regulation, land care and restoration, pollution, and conservation of our biodiversity.
  • Our geoscience biology students are well equipped for this task, as they gain a thorough understanding of geological and biological principles and practices, obtained through a practical, hands-on approach involving plenty of fieldwork.
  • Our geology and environmental biology disciplines are highly regarded in the international geological/environmental communities, and are renowned for teaching, research and student engagement.
  • This is a hands-on course that reflects industry practices.
  • 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 Bachelor of Science (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. Graduates are also eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Institute of Biology and the Environment Institute of Australia, and can apply for full membership after three or four years of professional practice.

Career information

Graduates are well suited to employment within the private sector, including organisations involved in mineral exploration, resource extraction and post-extraction restoration, mine management, environmental consulting, ecotourism and environmental restoration.

Graduates are also equipped with skills aligned to the needs of government agencies involved in water resources, environmental regulation, environmental protection, transport, regional development and local government.

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

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

Minimum of mathematics and one science subject.

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

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $1,760*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,400*
Total indicative course fee $142,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $35,600*

Fee year: 2022

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $1,760*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,400*
Total indicative course fee $144,400*
Indicative year 1 fee $35,600*

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.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: BB-GLGBIO
  • CRICOS code: 043265G
  • Last updated on: January 19, 2021