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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, 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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

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

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Professional recognition

This course is recognised by 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
  • Geophysicist

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

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

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:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

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Next steps

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-GPHYS
  • This offering was last updated on: 14/08/2019