Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology) (Honours) – BSc. (Curtin)
MoHE approval code: JPT/BPP(R/433/6/0003) 10/20
|Location||Perth or Malaysia (a three-year BSc (Applied Geology)) course is available followed by a 1-year Honours on meeting specific entry requirements|
|Intake||February or July|
In this 4 year 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, and an Introductory to Geology.
The second year focuses on the theoretical, laboratory and field skills required to understand geological processes.
The third year provides comprehensive coverage of all applied disciplines of geology, including Basin Analysis and Petroleum Systems, Formation Evaluation, Petroleum Engineering and Sustainable Development and Tectonics and Dynamic Earth.
The final year (Honours) focuses on an independent dissertation and includes courses on Geoscience Professional Practice and Petroleum Geophysics.
Why Applied Geology?
Applied Geology is a major provider of skilled graduates to the Petroleum, Minerals, Groundwater and Environmental industries in Malaysia and overseas. It also undertakes high-impact, fundamental and applied research across a range of disciplines. The Department’s aim is to inspire students to gain the academic and practical skills that they will need for future employment.
This stream combines studies of sedimentary basins and petroleum geology with aspects of geophysics and petroleum engineering related to the evaluation, development and exploitation of oil and gas resources.
The Petroleum Geology Project and Honours Dissertation develops a student’s core research skills including experimental/theoretical/field based studies, data collection and analysis, critical scientific analysis and reporting. The completion of the project demonstrates to potential employers an ability to work on one’s own, and plan and carry out a complex body of work within defined deadlines. Through the project, students are getting opportunities to publish their research work in peer reviewed journals/books and International research collaboration.
Minimum English language entry requirements
Language Testing System
(no individual band
|Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL)
|79 (band minimum W-21,
L-13, R-13, S-18)
|SPM 1119 English||C|
|GCE ‘A’ Level||E|
|GCE ‘O’ Level||C|
|GCE-A Level/ STPM/ (best of 3 subjects)||5|
|UEC (best of 5 selected subjects)||20|
|ATAR (WACE/ SACE/ HSC/ VCE/ AUSMAT/ SAM/ MUFY)||70|
Cut-off scores key:
GCE : General Certificate of Education
STPM : Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia
IB : International Baccalaureate
ATAR : Australian Tertiary Admission Rank – applicable to all Australian matriculation
HKDSE : Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
India : Includes All India Senior School Certificate awarded by The Central Board of Secondary School Education (CBSE), Indian School Certificate (ISC) awarded by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), Higher School Certificate (HSC) awarded by one of the State Secondary School Boards. Certificates awarded by the CBSE and the CISCE are generally considered to represent a higher level of achievement than state certificates.
Sri Lanka : GCE ‘A’ level issued by the Department of Examinations
Score Conversion for Advanced level/GCE/GCSE:
Grades awarded from 2010 onwards: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1
Grades awarded up to 2009: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1
AS Levels equal half of that of an Advanced Level, e.g. 3 points for an A*, 2.5 points for an A (prior to 2010)
Subject Grades Conversion for STPM : A=5, A- =4, B+ =4, B=3, B- =2, C+ = 2, C=1
The following UEC subjects are included in the aggregate of best five subject:
• Mathematics • Advance Mathematics I • Advance Mathematics II • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Business Studies • Bookkeeping and Accounts • Accounting
• Economics • History • Geography • Computing and Information Technology
Note: scores for individual prerequisites may be taken into consideration for assessment purposes.
Minimum academic entry requirements
Mathematics (including calculus), physics and chemistry.
• Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
• The Australian Institute of Geoscientists
• Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
• Geological Society of Australia
• International Association of Hydrogeologists
Diploma applications will be treated on case to case basis.
• A good Honours degree with will enable you to undertake Ph.D studies in Malaysia or anywhere in the World.
• Enhanced prospects for employment
• A wide variety of geoscience careers.
YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1
Foundations of Physics
Fundamentals of Geology I
Integrating Indigenous Science and STEM
YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2
Evolving Earth Systems and Palaeontology
Fundamentals of Geology 2
Introduction to Chemistry
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1
Field Geology Techniques
Mineralogy and Geochemistry
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 2
Geological Field Mapping
Engineering Sustainable Development
Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1
Basin Analysis and Petroleum Systems
Field Mapping and Stratigraphy of Sedimentary Systems
Reservoir Engineering Fundamentals
YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2
Introduction to Geophysical Exploration Methods
Petroleum Geology Project
Tectonics and the Dynamic Earth
(Hons.) YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1
Geoscience Professional Practice
Geoscience Honours Dissertation (Full Year – Honours)
(Hons.) YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2
Geoscience Honours Dissertation Preparation
Geoscience Honours Dissertation (Full Year – Honours)
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.