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MAJOR

Geophysics Major (BSc Science)

MJRU-GPHYS

TAUGHT BY: 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.

N/A

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.

600

About offering

Geophysicists study the interior of the Earth. They explore for natural resources such as minerals, oil, gas and groundwater, search for buried objects in archaeological and forensic investigations, and address environmental engineering matters, from natural hazards to underground carbon storage.

This highly comprehensive course is the only one of its kind in Western Australia, preparing you for a professional career in exploration geophysics and providing understanding and practical training in a wide range of geophysical exploration methods, including data acquisition, processing and interpretation.

As a geophysics graduate, you can work within a range of fields and industries, including groundwater monitoring and management, archaeological investigations, environmental investigations and planning, mining oil and gas, civil engineering site assessments, monitoring and detecting natural hazards like earthquakes and landslides, or assessing the feasibility of underground carbon storage. Alternatively, you may consider a career in teaching or research.

Units within this course comprise a comfortable mix of theoretical lectures and practical lab classes which feature authentic geophysical equipment.

The first year covers foundation knowledge of physics and mathematics. It also introduces you to geographic information systems, geoscientific communications, geology, scientific computing and data processing.

The second year introduces you to geophysical exploration methods, and looks at geology and the physical and mathematical principles behind geophysical processes. The course material is accompanied by practical sessions and strongly emphasises the physical properties of matter and the transmission and dissipation of energy.

The third year provides you with detailed knowledge of techniques used to analyse and image the Earth. Seismic, magnetics, gravity, electrical and electromagnetic methods are covered in detail and you will gain significant field experience in the operation of industry-standard equipment and computer software.

Within this third year, you take a core unit that’s entirely practical-based, consisting of a week-long field trip to a mine site, exploration tenement or equivalent field site where you can learn to plan and carry out geophysical surveying methods in a genuine field setting.

This course contains practical and work-relevant components that include weekly hands-on computing and practical exercises with industry standard geophysical software and equipment in addition to the week-long exploration geophysics field trip.

If you are a high achieving student, you may complete an additional honours year enabling you to undertake your own significant research project.

If you don’t meet the required level of high school mathematics and/or physics subjects, but meet the basic science entry requirements, there may be other ways to gain entry into the course, which are considered on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

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Geophysics

What you'll learn

  • apply geophysical principles and methods to exploration problems
  • apply logical and rational processes to analyse geophysical information
  • access, evaluate and process geophysical and related information from multiple sources
  • communicate in ways appropriate to the geophysics discipline
  • use and apply geophysical technologies recognising their advantages and limitations
  • demonstrate ability to independently acquire knowledge
  • consider issues from global perspectives and meet international standards
  • work in interdisciplinary groups within a global/international framework
  • work ethically and professionally, both within a team and independently

Why study Geophysics Major (BSc Science)

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

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

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Graduates are eligible for membership of:

Career information

This course can help you enter the following fields / industries:

  • archaeology
  • environmental
  • geophysicist
  • government geological surveys
  • mineral exploration
  • oil and gas
  • research
  • teaching.
  • Geophysicist

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

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 6.0

What kind of applicant are you?

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Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

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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

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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: 70

    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 met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • the prerequisite.

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

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Methods ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR; and
  • Physics ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Physics ATAR.

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: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
    OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • satisfied the prerequisites: Maths Methods and Physics.

    The Maths Methods prerequisite can be met with:

    • Maths Methods ATAR; or
    • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics or MATH1005 Pre-Calculus, and MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus.

    The Physics prerequisite can be met with:

    • Physics ATAR; or
    • PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics.
  • 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: 70

    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.

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Other requirements and notes for this course

July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

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 ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

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Next steps

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Please view the About offering tab for more information, including how to apply.

Curtin’s geophysics course provides students with both a strong theoretical knowledge of geophysical concepts and general understanding of principles, encouraging us to independently grow our own research skills. The geophysical processing laboratories are extremely challenging and useful to further understand concepts and practically apply and investigate processing techniques providing us with relevant processing skills that we can apply to industry projects. Field trips and practical surveys have taught me necessary skills on how to acquire geophysical data as well as process and interpret it. 

Aidan Shem

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-GPHYS
  • This offering was last updated on: December 7, 2018