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Applied Geology

Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology) - BSc(Curtin) - B-GEOL Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 70 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.
Location Bentley or Sarawak This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

Geologists study how the Earth works, including the natural planetary processes and issues directly affecting people, such as viability of resources, geological hazards, climate change and environmental protection.

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

The first year gives you a basic foundation in chemistry, physics, maths, scientific communication and computer skills, as well as an introduction to geology. The second year focuses on the theoretical, laboratory and field skills required to understand geological processes. The final year provides comprehensive coverage of all applied disciplines of geology.

Many geologists are involved in exploring for the physical resources we need, such as petroleum, coal, minerals, water and building materials.

Career Opportunities

The Earth is a laboratory for geologists, as growing populations require more resources and humans become more concerned about their impact on the planet. Many graduates work in the mineral and petroleum industries, with some working in groundwater and environmental geology.

You will also be well placed to work in applied geology roles around the world. These roles may be in a large organisation or mining company, or a consultancy firm.

You can study this as part of a double degree:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) 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 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.

Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  • At least Mathematics: Applications ATAR


Mid-year intake is not available for international students.

Domestic students commencing mid-year might need to study part time for one or more semesters and usually will not be able to complete the course in three years because availability of some units is limited to specific semesters.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported 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.

*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.

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).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Geologist
  • Geological Engineer

Why Applied Geology?

  • This is a hands-on, practical course with direct industry involvement
  • This comprehensive course qualifies graduates for many geology careers
  • We offer a range of relevant double degree options with enhanced career options
  • You will have the opportunity to study at Curtin's Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), a leader in mining and geosciences education in Australia.

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.