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Applied Geology

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

Science and Engineering

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:

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:

  • Geologist
  • Geological Engineer

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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.

Full Course Structure

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

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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

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.

Other notes:

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.

 

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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/Pakistan 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 2015:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,900
Indicative year 1 fee $32,400
Total indicative course fee $105,200
Indicative essential incidental course fee $60

*The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International's offshore site.

Other notes:

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.

2016 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/Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Mathematics.

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 2016:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $16,600
Indicative year 1 fee $33,900
Total indicative course fee $110,100
Indicative essential incidental course fee $60

*The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International's offshore site.

Other notes:

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

CRICOS: 003875B
This page was last updated on 06 August 2015

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