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Undergraduate Major


Geophysics Major (BSc Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Study the Earth’s interior, find natural resources and identify environmental hazards.


Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Professional recognition

Professionally recognised by ASEG; SEG (US); EAGE, and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Geophysicists study the interior of the Earth. They explore for natural resources – including minerals, groundwater, and oil and gas – and address environmental engineering problems such as natural hazards and carbon storage.

This comprehensive course is the only course of its kind in Australia. It will prepare you for a professional career in exploration geophysics and provide you with understanding and practical training in a range of geophysical exploration methods, including data acquisition, processing and interpretation.

During your studies you’ll have hands-on experience using industry-standard equipment and software, while developing background knowledge in geology, mathematics and physics.

You’ll gain a thorough grounding in all non-invasive geophysical techniques used in exploration, including seismology, magnetics, gravity, radio-metrics, electrical, electromagnetics and ground-penetrating radar.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree.

See our handbook for more course information.

Why study

  • This course offers a hands-on, interactive approach.
  • Curtin has excellent links with industry, and our lecturers have real industry experience.
  • You will have excellent opportunities for work and graduate employment programs.

How this course will make you industry ready

This course provides you with a hands-on, interactive learning experience. During your studies you will use industry-standard equipment and software.

You will benefit from Curtin's recognised links with industry, and engagement with lecturers who have real industry experience.

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

This course is recognised by the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists; The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (United States); European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers; and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Geological Society of Australia, Australian Institute of Geoscientists, and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia.

Career information


  • Archaeologist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Government geological surveyor
  • Mineral exploration specialist
  • Researcher


  • Oil and mineral exploration
  • State and federal government

Further study

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

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 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

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.

Application information

If applying for this major through Curtin, rather than through TISC, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science).

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

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-GPHYS
  • Last updated on: October 26, 2020