Bachelor of Geology

Course Code





Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Chemistry and Maths B recommended)

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 7) Guidelines for Bachelor degrees.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Candidates who have not completed either Chemistry or Maths B to Year 12 are required to undertake the corresponding preparatory subjects in Year 1 of the course.

Additional completion requirements


Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Bachelor degree Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 7).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems


CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science


CH1011:03 Chemistry for the Natural Sciences

Level 2

EA2110:03 Introduction to Sedimentology

EA2220:03 Minerals and Magmas

EA2300:03 Introductory Structural and Metamorphic Geology

EA2510:03 Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment

EA2900:03 Introductory Field Geology

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

MA2401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis

Level 3

EA3100:03 Igneous Petrology and Processes

EA3200:03 Advanced Structural and Metamorphic Geology

EA3400:03 Ore Genesis

EA3510:03 Geological Mapping

EA3511:03 Field Techniques in Geology

EA3650:03 Sedimentary Environments & Energy Resources

EA3800:03 Earth and Environmental Geochemistry


CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry


Select 3 credit points of AN, AR, CH , CP, EV, MA , MB, PH, or SC level 1 subjects


MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics


Select 3 credit points of AN, AR, CH , CP, EV, MA , MB, PH, or SC level 1 subjects


Select 6 credit points of AN, AR, BZ , CH, CP, EV , MA, MB, PH , or SC level 1 subjects


Select 3 credit points of level 2 subjects from the following:

EV2401:03 Australian Landscape Processes & Evolution

EA2006:03 Hydrology

EA2007:03 Applied Soil Science

EA2404:03 From Icehouse to Greenhouse


Select 3 credit points of specified EA and EV level 3 subjects

EA3005:03 Minesite Rehabilitation

EA3007:03 Field Studies in Tropical Water and Soil Science

EA3008:03 Advanced Hydrology

EV3018:03 Professional Placement

EV3404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

EV3502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems





Only first year is available in Cairns




Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

18 credit points for the course

Maximum of 6 credit points at level 3

Supplementary exam for final subject

A candidate who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors.

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Available as a separate graduate entry course


Candidates must satisfy the School requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.