Bachelor of Geology

Bachelor of Geology

Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, (Chemistry and Maths B is recommended).

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Students 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.

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Geology at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge of science with depth in the underlying concepts and principles in the discipline of Geology

  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of science in society generally, and geology in particular, for the creation of sustainable futures in the tropics, and worldwide

  • Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of geoscience, including problem-oriented approaches, data analysis and interpretation, industry/community engagement and partnerships, interdisciplinary collaboration, and systems and futures thinking

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments and field work, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools as appropriate to one or more disciplines

  • Organise, analyse and interpret geological and scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Convey ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems by applying geological knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement

  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure


Level 1

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science or CH1011:03 Chemistry for the Natural Sciences or EG1010:03 Process Engineering

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 or EA2010:03 Introductory Geology

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 and Energy Resources

EA3800:03 Earth and Environmental Geochemistry


Select 3 credit points (1 subject) of specified subjects or options from List 1


Select 3 credit points (1 subject) of specified subjects or options specified from List 2


Select 9 credit points (3 subjects) of specified subjects or options from List 3


Select 3 credit points (1 subject) of specified level 2 subjects from List 4


Select 3 credit points (1 subject) of specified EA and EV level 3 subjects from List 5

List 1

CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry

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

3 credit points of any level 2 or 3 science subjects (pre-requisites apply)

List 2

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

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

List 3

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

PT1410:03 Photography

Any AN, AR, BZ, CH, CP, EV, MA, MB, PH, or SC level 1 subjects

Any level 2 or 3 Science subjects (pre-requisites apply)

List 4

EV2003:03 Introduction to Environmental Economics

EV2401:03 Australian Landscape Processes and Evolution

EA2006:03 Hydrology

EA2007:03 Applied Soil Science

EA2404:03 From Icehouse to Greenhouse

LA2902:03 Environmental Law and Policy

List 5

EA3005:03 Minesite Rehabilitation

EA3007:03 Field Studies in Tropical Water and Soil Science

EA3008:03 Advanced Hydrology

EA3640:03 Advanced Environmental and Marine Geoscience Technologies and Applications

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

EV3502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

EV3506:03 Remote Sensing





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


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

8 credit points for the course

Maximum of 6 credit points at level 3

Supplementary exam for final subject

A student 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


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points, except for students with a bachelor degree in a science discipline other than geology or earth sciences, who are eligible for up to 24 credit points of advanced standing.


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 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student 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

Award title


Approved abbreviation


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.


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