Applied Geology and Environmental Biology Double Degree
|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.|
|STAT entry||Written English, Verbal and Quantitative STAT entry - 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.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||4 years full time|
Geologists provide knowledge of geological and biological principles required for management of both living and non-living resources. You’ll develop introductory geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics and communication and computer skills. You’ll explore the fundamental skills of applied geology, such as mineral and petroleum exploration, hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry and engineering geology. You’ll develop fundamental skills with a detailed knowledge needed to understand geological processes and materials.
Environmental biology incorporates the study and conservation of the environment. The work of biologists often incorporates industries with potential for growth such as plant breeding, aquaculture and environment restoration.
In this double degree, you will be provided with the fundamental skills required to understand geological processes and materials with a central role in the search for and extraction of minerals. The environmental biology component has a broad and practical approach to biology. Your studies will have a strong practical emphasis, enabling you to undertake work with members of the wider community.
High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.
Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students
English language proficiency
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)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
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 page.
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 recent intake period.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- At least Mathematics: Applications ATAR and one ATAR science course, or equivalent.
STAT applicants may be required to meet entry prerequisites by completing enabling units. This may extend the duration of your studies.
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.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Graduates of the undergraduate degree in Applied Geology are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Geological Society of Australia. The degree has been accredited by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Graduates are also eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Institute of Biology and the Environment Institute of Australia. Full membership becomes possible for graduates with honours or pass degrees after three or four years of professional practice.
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.
This course can help you become a:
- Environmental Scientist
- Geological Engineer
- Forest Worker
- Life Scientist
- Our future depends on us understanding the biological basis of our life-support systems. Although technologists and engineers will solve many of the problems that confront us, we need well-trained biologists to solve issues such as food production, population regulation, land care, pollution and conservation of our biodiversity.
- Our biology students are well equipped for this task, as they gain a thorough understanding of biological principles and practices, obtained through a practical, hands-on approach involving plenty of fieldwork.
- Our Environmental Biology department is highly regarded in the international environmental community and is renowned for its excellent teaching and research reputation, plus its friendly interaction with its students.
- This is a hands-on, practical course with direct industry involvement.
- This comprehensive course qualifies graduates for all major geology careers.
- We offer a range of relevant double degree options with enhanced career options.
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.
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