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Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences (Advanced)

Undergraduate Major

MJRH-ADESC

Major
Earth Sciences Major (BAdvSci) (Honours)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 95
Credit
800

Outline

The Earth Sciences major (BAdvSci) (Honours) provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying Earth sciences. You'll be able to explore the field through opportunities for immersive research experiences, industry placement and team-based projects.

Applied Geology

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Earth scientists are essential to the safe management of the environment, and to the discovery and sustainable extraction of mineral and energy resources. They use sophisticated instruments to determine the properties of Earth and planetary materials, and to help understand the evolution of the Earth and the controls and direction of its climate and biosphere.

This course provides a body of knowledge in Earth sciences and the skill sets for careers in a range of industries involved with Earth materials and planetary systems. These skills are gained in Curtin’s Earth sciences research groups and laboratories that are among the most highly ranked and best-equipped in Australia.

This course's flexible and personalised approach to learning enables you to explore the field of Earth sciences through opportunities for immersive research experiences, industry placement and team-based projects.

In your capstone experienceyou’ll have the opportunity to pursue Earth and planetary science projects ranging from pure research through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

This is a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) course, designed for high-performing science students. (If students do not maintain the academic standard required, they will be recommended to transition to the Bachelor of Science [Applied Geology]).

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

This course provides the knowledge and skill sets for a range of careers in the resources and environmental industries involved with Earth materials. Earth scientists are essential to these industries, using sophisticated instruments for materials analysis.

How this course will make you industry ready

You'll have opportunities for immersive research experiences, industry placement and team-based projects. Your capstone experience offers the opportunity to pursue an earth and planetary science research project.

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

Careers

  • Environmental geoscientist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Hydrogeologist

Industries

  • Environmental consultancy
  • Climate science
  • Geotechnical services
  • Mineral exploration and mining
  • Petroleum exploration
  • Research and development

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the nature of science, its methods and processes, and apply advanced scientific principles and concepts to contribute new knowledge in Earth Science
  • analyse challenging and multi-faceted problems in Earth Science using practical and theoretical methods to find solutions that integrate new and established knowledge
  • access and make judgements on the value and reliability of existing Earth Science data, and use them to plan, conduct and communicate their own research
  • communicate approaches, ideas, findings and solutions concisely and coherently to professional audiences
  • employ appropriate technologies to address complex research questions in Earth Science, recognising their strengths and limitations
  • demonstrate intellectual independence and take advantage of continuing education and professional training opportunities in Earth Science
  • consider Earth Science problems from a global perspective and demonstrate compliance with international ethical and professional standards
  • work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues from a range of backgrounds and recognise the cultural issues that impact research in Earth Science
  • work independently and in teams as a research leader or collaborator, 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)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

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 : 95
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR

  • STAT entry : STAT is not accepted for this course.

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 : 95
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR

  • STAT entry : STAT is not accepted for this course.

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 : 95 OR
  • TAFE:

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

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR

  • STAT entry : STAT is not accepted for this course.

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

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR

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 95; or
  • Completed 200 credits over one year, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 80% or higher; and
  • Met the prerequisites.

Maths Methods prerequisites can be met with:

  • Maths Methods ATAR or equivalent; or
  • MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus
  • MATH1015 Linear Algebra 1 with a final mark of at least 70; or
  • MATH1016 Calculus 1 or
  • MATH1017 Accelerated Mathematics 1

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • Chemistry ATAR or equivalent; or
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry and CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry.

Higher education course switcher criteria

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

This course is designed for high performing science students. As such students are expected to maintain a minimum academic standard. As such students are expected to maintain a minimum academic standard. If that standard is not reached students will be recommended to transition to the Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology).

Application information

To apply for this major, apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

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: MJRH-ADESC
  • Last updated on: November 30, 2020