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Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences (Advanced)

Undergraduate Major


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


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

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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.

Earth scientists 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 is a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) course, designed for high-performing students to pursue their interest in science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship.

It 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.

The course provides a flexible and personalised approach to learning. You’ll be able to explore the field of Earth sciences through opportunities for immersive research experiences, industry placement and team-based projects.

Your studies will culminate in a capstone experience in which you’ll have the opportunity to pursue Earth and planetary science projects ranging from pure research through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

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 explore the field through opportunities for immersive research experiences, industry placement and team-based projects, and undertake a capstone experience with 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


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


  • 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

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 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.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 14
IB 37
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 90
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 95
India (CBSE) 90%
India (HSC) 94%
Sri Lanka 14

Please select a country above.

Application information

To apply for this major, you will 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 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

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Fees & charges

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How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-ADESC
  • Last updated on: August 6, 2020