What will I learn?

Geologists play a central role in the search for and the extraction of minerals, petroleum and groundwater, and environment management.

You’ll develop introductory geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics and communication and computer skills. You’ll explore elements of applied geology, such as mineral and petroleum exploration, hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry and engineering geology.

Geophysics seeks to understand the Earth’s interior, an increasing area of importance, particularly in Australia. The geophysics component has a strong emphasis on understanding physical properties of matter, transmission and dissipation of energy. You’ll develop a detailed knowledge of the techniques of analysing and imaging the Earth, and explore geophysical methods such as seismic, magnetics, gravity, electrical and electromagnetic.

The integrated component of geology and geophysics prepares graduates to work around the world in oil and gas, gold and other minerals. You’ll undertake significant field experience in the operation of industry-standard equipment and computer software. Practical work in collaboration with industry and community partners will further cement your learning in applied geology and geophysics.

The course contains practical and work-relevant components that include practical geological work similar to that conducted in resources and environmental industry settings. Including- hands-on computing and practical exercises with industry standard software and geology field trips to various sites. In addition to practical exercises with industry standard geophysical software and equipment in addition to a week-long exploration geophysics field trip.

What you'll learn

  • Apply fundamental geological or geophysical principles and concepts in theoretical, practical and vocational situations; expand discipline knowledges through research where appropriate
  • Solve discipline based problems applying scientific methods and creative thinking in a logical and rational way
  • Access, evaluate and synthesise information and data from multiple sources using discipline skills and knowledge to analyse and present findings
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately to varied audiences using a variety of communication methods
  • Select and employ appropriate technologies to fulfil requirements of the Exploration Geophysics and Applied Geological environments; recognising advantages and disadvantages of various technologies as required
  • Develop an independent ability to acquire information as required and recognise the need to remain current to industry and discipline requirements
  • Recognise and appreciate international perspectives and global standards as they impact upon collecting and reporting data and other relevant scientific pursuits
  • Acknowledge the need for sustainable use of earth resources, and value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives on geological and geophysical activities
  • Work ethically and professionally 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 Science (Geophysics)

  • Hands-on, interactive approach.
  • Lecturers have real industry experience.
  • Excellent links to industry.
  • Excellent opportunities for work and graduate employment programs.
  • 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.

Career information

  • Geological Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,700.00 (US$ 23,783) per year
Indicative year 1 fee: USD $36,100 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

Mathematics (including calculus) and physics.

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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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