What will I learn?

This double degree provides students with an integrated education program in both exploration/applied geology and commerce. It provides dual qualifications in these areas and develops graduates with unique opportunities to obtain employment in resource development and related fields involving natural resource management.

The finance component explores the financial services industry. You’ll study areas in corporate finance and develop key understandings in investment, evaluation and the financial markets and their instruments. This course covers the broad operations of financial markets in management, locally and globally.

Geology is critical to the global economy and our future well-being. The benefit of studying this double degree is the combined component of geology and corporate finance. It will support and enhance your future career opportunities in geology and finance, locally and globally.

The course contains practical and work-relevant components that include practical geological work similar to that conducted in resources and environmental industry settings. This includes hands-on computing and practical exercises with industry standard software and geology field trips to various sites.

What you'll learn

  • Apply fundamental geological and financial principles and concepts in theoretical, practical and financial market situations
  • Use logical scientific methods and creative thinking to solve geological and capital market problems
  • Synthesise geological and empirical data and conceptual information to analyse and interpret geological and financial issues
  • Communicate geological and financial information concisely and accurately using written, visual, and verbal means appropriate to the situation
  • Employ new and established technologies to collect and interpret geological and financial data, recognising their strengths and limitations
  • Demonstrate initiative, responsibility and lifelong learning skills by applying critical reflection and active participation in acquiring geological and financial knowledge and expertise
  • Appreciate international perspectives on geoscience and in business communities and recognise the importance of global standards for collecting and reporting data
  • Recognise the need for sustainable use of earth resources, and value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives on geological activities and in a commercial context
  • Work ethically and professionally, both independently and as part of a team, complying with applicable legislation and managing time and other resources efficiently and effectively

Why study Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology), Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)

  • 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.
  • The latest teaching technologies are used for ease of communication between you and your lecturers.
  • You will use real-world case studies and examples to apply your learning and problem solving skills. Our staff apply theory to reality to give you a sound basis for entry into the working world where problem solving is the key to success.

Career information

Upon graduation, you will be well-placed to seek employment opportunities in the fields of mineral exploration and finance. Some potential careers include:

  • Geologist
  • Financial Dealer and Broker
  • Financial Dealer's Assistant
  • Geological Engineer
  • Insurance Officer
  • Credit Analyst
  • Bank Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Banker
  • Finance Manager

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,600.00 (US$ 21,659) per year
Indicative year 1 fee: USD $32,800 for 2020

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 February 2020


Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,


Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

United States High School Diploma or a High School Diploma based on a US curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or an average grade of B) and a Total score (Evidence-based Reading and Writing section and Math section) of at least 1000 out of 1600 in the SAT from the same sitting, a minimum of 400 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing section, and 400 in Math section is required. This qualification does not satisfy any course prerequisites. English Language Requirements: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A) 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50; C1 Advanced (CAE) - 176 with 169 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking; C2 Proficiency (CPE)- 190 with 176 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

For international students

Students from different countries should have qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12
and a scaled mark of at least 50 in English, Literature, or English as an Additional Language or Dialect.

Course prerequisites: Minimum of mathematics.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A) 58; Occupational English Test (OET) Grade B in listening, reading, writing and speaking; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking 190, Overall score: 176; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking 176, Overall score:169.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Curtin College

About this uni

Curtin is placed in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017.

  • Among top 20 global young universities
  • Campuses around the globe
  • Offers international students scholarship opportunities