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Applied Geology

Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology) - BSc(Curtin) - B-GEOL

Science and Engineering

Geologists are concerned with how the Earth works, and the natural planetary processes and issues directly affecting people, such as:

 

  • availability of resources
  • geological hazards
  • climate change
  • environmental protection.

 

They may be involved in exploring for the physical resources we need, such as petroleum, coal, minerals, water and building materials. They may work in collaboration with engineers, planners, environmental managers to solve serious geo-environmental problems, and a broad education is beneficial.

What the course involves

In this course you will receive a thorough grounding in theoretical and practical geology together with technical and commercial skills.

Your first year gives you a basic foundation in chemistry, physics, maths, scientific communication and computer skills, and an introduction to geology.

Your second year focuses on the theoretical, laboratory and field skills required to understand geological processes.

In your final year you will study applied disciplines of geology, including mineral and petroleum exploration techniques and extraction, groundwater resources and environmental geoscience.

You can study this as part of a double degree:

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:


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Professional recognition

This course is formally recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy as training for the mining industry, and graduates are eligible for membership of this institute and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Geological Society of Australia, the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia and the International Association of Hydrogeologists.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering to discuss eligibility for recognition of prior learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

How this course will make you industry ready

After two years of grounding in the fundamentals of geology, your final year will focus on its application in the work place. You'll study minerals, petroleum, groundwater and environmental industries and complete practical exercises that mirror as closely as possible the activities undertaken by industry professionals.

Units

Current students: Please refer to the Handbook's full course structure when enrolling.

Credits needed to graduate: 600

Core units Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
Calculus and Linear Algebra 4.0 25.0
Foundations of Physics 5.0 25.0
Fundamentals of Geology 1 5.0 25.0
Geoscience Communication 4.0 25.0
Pre and Introductory Calculus 4.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
Evolving Earth Systems and Palaeontology 5.0 25.0
Fundamentals of Geology 2 6.0 25.0
Geoscience, Environment and Society 4.0 25.0
Introduction to Chemistry 6.0 25.0
Principles and Processes in Chemistry 6.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 1
Field Geology Techniques 2.0 25.0
Mineralogy and Geochemistry 5.0 25.0
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 5.0 25.0
Structural Geology 5.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
Geological Field Mapping 3.0 25.0
Geophysics for Mineral Exploration 4.0 25.0
Igneous Petrology 5.0 25.0
Metamorphic Petrology 5.0 25.0

See Courses Handbook for full course structure

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 70
STAT entry*: Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

Indicative TER (ATAR)

This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

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.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

  • At least Mathematics 2C/2D
  • At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

Where:

Bentley or Sarawak
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees (indicative first year only):

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.
The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

 

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2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Mathematics is desirable.

Where:

Bentley or Sarawak
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees for 2014:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

2015 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Mathematics is desirable.

Where:

Bentley or Sarawak
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees for 2015:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

CRICOS: 003875B
This page was last updated on 25 August 2014

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