|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|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
Geophysicists study the interior of the Earth. They explore for natural resources such as oil, minerals and groundwater, and help solve environmental engineering problems, from natural hazards to pollution monitoring.
In this degree you will obtain understanding and practical training in a wide 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 explore geophysical methods such as seismology, magnetics, gravity, electrical and electromagnetic methods. You will also get a thorough grounding in all non-invasive geophysical techniques used in exploration.
What the course involves
In your first year you will complete a physical sciences foundation year that provides the necessary knowledge to pursue your interest in the physical disciplines of science. You will examine different forms of energy and matter, and the physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds. This foundation year provides a pathway to your second year studies in chemistry, geophysics or physics.
In the geophysics major you will gain knowledge in areas of physics and mathematics and be introduced to:
- geophysical processes
- electronic measurement
- experiment and survey design
- scientific computing and data processing
- methods of analysing and imaging the Earth.
To enrol in the geophysics major, you must apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science) and satisfy the necessary geophysics prerequisites.
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.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics 3C/3D
- Physics 3A/3B
Desirable WACE coursesMathematics: Specialist 3C/3D
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.
*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.
This course is recognised by:
- The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
- The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (US)
- The European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
- The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Graduates are eligible for membership of:
This course can help you become a:
- Various roles in mining and petroleum
- Resource exploration
- Environmental evaluation
- Natural hazard evaluation
- Hands-on, interactive approach.
- Lecturers have real industry experience.
- Excellent links to industry.
- Excellent opportunities for work and graduate employment programs.