Bachelor of Geology

Handbook year

2021

Course code

56010

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Owner

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College

Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Assumed Knowledge: English (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent

Recommended: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent

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

Course learning outcomes

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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems or SC1109:03 Modelling Natural Systems-Advanced

Level 2

EA2110:03 Introduction to Sedimentology

EA2220:03 Minerals and Magmas

EA2510:03 Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment

EA2900:03 Introductory Field Geology

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SC2202:03 Quantitative Methods in Science or SC2209:03 Quantitative Methods in Science-Advanced

Level 3

EA3120:03 The Fossil Record: Dinosaurs and Vertebrates Through Time

EA3130:03 Advanced Petrology

EA3210:03 Structural Geology and Tectonics

EA3400:03 Ore Genesis

EA3510:03 Geological Mapping

EA3650:03 Sedimentary Environments and Energy Resources

EA3800:03 Earth and Environmental Geochemistry

PLUS

Select a recommended minor from Table A or select another Science or Inter-Disciplinary minor from Table B

OPTIONS

Applicants who have not completed high school Chemistry (or equivalent) must select CH1020 Preparatory Chemistry to successfully complete the Bachelor of Geology.

CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry or any Level 1, 2 or 3 of Science subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any Level 1, 2 or 3 of Science subjects

TABLE A (Recommended Minors)

Type of Minor

Single; Mandatory

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Chemistry for Geology

JCU Townsville

 

Earth Surface Processes

JCU Townsville

 
Palaeontology

JCU Townsville

 
Spatial Science

JCU Townsville

 

TABLE B (Science or Inter-Disciplinary Minors)

Type of Minor

Single; Mandatory

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Advanced Chemistry

JCU Townsville

 

Advanced Mathematics

JCU Townsville

 

Advanced Physics

JCU Townsville

 

Chemistry

JCU Townsville

 

Fisheries

JCU Townsville

 

Marine and Environmental Science and Sensors

JCU Townsville

 

Mathematics

JCU Townsville

 

Physical Geography

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville

 

Physics

JCU Townsville

 

Inter-Disciplinary Minors

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville

Please refer to list for details of all minors available for selection

Course Structure – Articulation

Note: This course structure is only available to students who have entered under the articulation agreement between James Cook University and the China University of Geoscience. Students who enter under this agreement are eligible for credit against the subjects marked with an asterisk (*).

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth*

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change*

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science*

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems*

Level 2

EA2006:03 Hydrology

EA2007:03 Soil Properties and Processes for Management

EA2220:03 Minerals and Magmas*

EA2510:03 Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment

EA2900:03 Introductory Field Geology

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SC2202:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

Level 3

EA3210:03 Structural Geology and Tectonics

EA3120:03 The Fossil Record: Dinosaurs and Vertebrates Through Time

EA3130:03 Advanced Petrology

EA3400:03 Ore Genesis

EA3510:03 Geological Mapping

EA3650:03 Sedimentary Environments and Energy Resources

EA3800:03 Earth and Environmental Geochemistry

EA3008:03 Advanced Hydrology or EV2401:03 Australian Landscape processes and Evolution

EA5026:06 Special Studies

EA5521:06 Minor Research Dissertation

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points from List 1

List 1

CP1404:03 Programming II

CS2005:03 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

EA2404:03 From Icehouse to Greenhouse

EA3640:03 Advanced Environmental and Marine Geoscience Technologies and Applications

EV3502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

EV3506:03 Remote Sensing

Location

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

JCU Cairns

Only first year is available in JCU Cairns.

JCU Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not applicable

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.

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

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 credit.

Currency

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

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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 credit may be granted at level 3.

Credit will not be granted for MA1020 or CH1020 or PH1001.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF GEOLOGY

Approved abbreviation

BGeol

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors.

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]

Eligibility

By invitation of the College Dean

Normally a minimum overall GPA of 5.5 (i.e. credit average) is required across the bachelor degree, with credits or better in the discipline specific areas.

Quota restrictions on the number of honours places available may apply from time to time as determined by the College Dean.