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Applied Geology, Geophysics

Bachelor Double Degree

BB-GLGGPH

Course
Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology), Bachelor of Science (Geophysics)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 75
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800

Outline

Geology is critical to the global economy. Geologists and geophysicists play a central role in the search for and the extraction of minerals, petroleum and groundwater, and environment management.

Applied Geology

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Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

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

This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2019. If you plan to commence study in 2020, please view the planned 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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • 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.

Professional recognition

The BSc (Applied Geology) is recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Career information

  • Geological Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist

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

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 : 75
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

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

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 : 75
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

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

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 : 75 OR
  • TAFE:

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

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

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

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)

    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.

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-GLGGPH
  • CRICOS code: 052798D
  • Last updated on: February 12, 2021