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Geophysics

Geophysics

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-GPHYS

Major
Geophysics Major (BSc Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
600

Outline

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

Geophysics

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

Cutting-edge

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.

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

This highly comprehensive course is the only one of its kind in Australia.

It will prepare you for a professional career in exploration geophysics and will provide you with understanding and practical training in a range of geophysical exploration methods, including data acquisition, processing and interpretation.

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

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

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science).

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.

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

Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists; The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (United States); European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers; 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

Careers

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

Industries

  • Oil and mineral exploration
  • State and federal government

Further study

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Master of Science (Geophysics)
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Geophysicist

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

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 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.

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 : 70
  • 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 : 70
  • 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 : 70 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 (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 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.

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

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

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

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-GPHYS
  • Last updated on: December 10, 2019