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COURSE

Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology), Bachelor of Science (Geophysics)

BB-GLGGPH

TAUGHT BY: School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering (WASM-MECE)

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 play a central role in the search for and the extraction of minerals, petroleum and groundwater, and environment management.

You’ll develop introductory geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics and communication and computer skills. You’ll explore elements of applied geology, such as mineral and petroleum exploration, hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry and engineering geology.

Geophysics seeks to understand the Earth’s interior, an increasing area of importance, particularly in Australia. The geophysics component has a strong emphasis on understanding physical properties of matter, transmission and dissipation of energy. You’ll develop a detailed knowledge of the techniques of analysing and imaging the Earth, and explore geophysical methods such as seismic, magnetics, gravity, electrical and electromagnetic.

The integrated component of geology and geophysics prepares graduates to work around the world in oil and gas, gold and other minerals. You’ll undertake significant field experience in the operation of industry-standard equipment and computer software. Practical work in collaboration with industry and community partners will further cement your learning in applied geology and geophysics.

The course contains practical and work-relevant components that include practical geological work similar to that conducted in resources and environmental industry settings. Including- hands-on computing and practical exercises with industry standard software and geology field trips to various sites. In addition to practical exercises with industry standard geophysical software and equipment in addition to a week-long exploration geophysics field trip.


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Applied Geology

What you'll learn

  • Apply fundamental geological or geophysical 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 the Exploration Geophysics 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

Why study Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology), Bachelor of Science (Geophysics)

  • Hands-on, interactive approach.
  • Lecturers have real industry experience.
  • Excellent links to industry.
  • Excellent opportunities for work and graduate employment programs.
  • 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.

Career information

  • Geological Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

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: 75

    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)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry: Not accepted.

    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)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, 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:

  • attained an ATAR of 75; or
  • completed 100 credits within one semester, with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 60% or higher; and
  • met the prerequisites.

The Maths Methods prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Methods ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
  • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus (12.5 credits); and
  • MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus.

The Physics prerequisite can be met with:

  • Physics ATAR; or
  • PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics.
Higher education course switcher criteria

This course has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

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: 75

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
    OR
  • TAFE:

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry: Not accepted.

    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: 75

    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)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry: Not accepted.

    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) 7
HKDSE 17
IB 26
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 65
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 75
WAUFP (CPS) 56
India (CBSE) 65%
India (HSC) 68%
Sri Lanka 7

Minimum academic entry requirements

Please select a country above.

Course prerequisites

Mathematics (including calculus) and physics. Further mathematics is desirable.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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.

$9,060*

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 $17,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $34,100*
Total indicative course fee $147,600*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $2,030 *

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

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

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  • Curtin course code: BB-GLGGPH
  • CRICOS code: 052798D
  • This offering was last updated on: September 25, 2018