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Bachelor of Geology

Location
Townsville; Cairns
Commencing
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
Assumed knowledge: English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C). Recommended: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Specialists Mathematics or Physics (Units 3/4,C)
CRICOS code
062452C
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Equip yourself with internationally-recognised training learning from lecturers who integrate their well-above-world standards* research into the classroom.

JCU Geology graduates are uniquely skilled with strong connections to industry and extensive experience undertaking fieldwork.

Graduates pursue careers in various areas including hard-rock mining and fossil fuel exploration, mineral processing, environmental assessment or mine site remediation. Join the demand in contributing to green energy production and sourcing essential sustainable materials.

You could find employment as a geoscientist, environmental geologist, management consultant, paleontologist, teacher, or academic. Alternatively, go on to study the Bachelor of Geology (Honours).

Benefit from specialist geological knowledge and study the only Bachelor of Geology degree in Australia.

Build an in-depth understanding of geoscience with a focus on exploration and mining. Learn about global economic geology and participate in current geological research projects through JCU’s on-campus Economic Geology Research Centre.

Consolidate theoretical learning with frequent field trips and on-site practice. JCU’s unique location and close links with exploration/mining, allied engineering industries and conservation organisations allow unique access to fascinating locations.

Become a leading geoscientist. Strong industry connections ensure you are job-ready upon graduation. JCU Geology graduates are innovative, world-renowned problem-solvers working all over the world.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Geology

Do you love marine science, chemistry, mathematics, or agricultural science? Do you dream of being a paleontologist, oceanographer, engineer, geologist, or more? Study a JCU Bachelor of Geology with the leaders in experiential learning. Experience unrivalled natural environments accessing and studying landscapes from the vast savannahs to marine sediments.

A Geology Degree with Hands-On Learning

Throughout your degree, study dedicated core courses designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the geosciences field. Experience has no substitute – have the opportunity to go on field trips gathering real data for real-life experiments.

Through hands-on experience, develop a holistic view of all the industries, cultures, and public concerns that come together in this field. Learn how to find solutions to the dangers of extracting resources in communities. You will critically review regulations and ethics and understand the complex environment

Develop your passion for preserving our planet for future generations, while gaining a practical understanding of earth’s resources. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with others on research projects, building your teamwork and communication skills. By the time you finish your degree, you will be ready to work in ground-breaking fields like the renewable energy sector.

A Career of Innovation

A solid foundation in the basics is essential in any field, and you want to be on the cutting edge of your chosen profession. Prepare for jobs of the future with a world-class education in Australia’s only Bachelor of Geology degree from JCU.

As you earn your geoscience degree, access lecturers who are passionate about research and finding innovative solutions to challenging questions. Network with industry professionals and public sector figures and have the opportunity to make global professional connections and learn from the best.

With regular field trips to mining and engineering sites and the opportunity to take part in geological research projects, experience Earth's most diverse landscapes. Access the vast Australian Outback to find innovative solutions to create natural resources or the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park analysing marine sediment.

With access to the latest research, learn to organise and interpret data to generate geoscience solutions with initiative and expert judgement. You will also learn how to clearly argue your findings through oral and written communication. This combination of knowledge and skills will make you a sought-after professional in the field of geoscience.

Your Geoscience Degree Will Get You Ready for the Jobs of the Future

You want an education that expands your horizons and equips you to contribute to the sustainable advancement of the modern world. Your geology degree from JCU is the right choice to put you on a career path that makes a difference - for you, and for the planet.

Join highly-esteemed graduates of JCU's geology program working at home and abroad in coal, gas, and oil exploration or hard rock mining. Or, follow your passions to work in renewable energies, mine site remediation, environmental assessment, geochemistry or geotechnical fields.

Graduates work for private corporations, government departments, in education or go on to further research. Whatever you choose to do, you will benefit from JCU's connections in a wide variety of geology-related fields, including our highly-reputable paleontology field.

You're Ready to Begin Your Geology Degree

You have the passion and drive; all you need is the theory and practice. Your geoscience degree at JCU will position you to become a leader in the sciences and will equip you with the skills to create a sustainable future for our world.
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*Excellence in Research Awards 2018

Honours

The Bachelor of Geology (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Refer to the Bachelor of Geology (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

As well as having studied the subjects listed in the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet necessary minimum academic entry scores and requirements.

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

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

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If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at enquiries@jcu.edu.au or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Bachelor of Geology

Handbook year

2020

Course code

56010

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Assumed Knowledge: English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA)

Recommended: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science,  Geography, Maths C or Physics

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.

Additional course requirements

Applicants who have not completed high school intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent) must select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan to successfully complete the Bachelor of Geology.

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

Students should undertake the above subject/s in block mode where available and be aware that restrictions may apply to electives if they wish to complete in the normal three (3) year time frame. These subjects typically start earlier than the standard course commencement date. Contact JCU on 1800 246 446 for more information.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

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

CORE SUBJECTS

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

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 intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent) must select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics to successfully complete the Bachelor of Geology.

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or any Level 1, 2 or 3 of Science subject

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

Townsville

 

Earth Surface Processes

Townsville

 
Palaeontology

Townsville

 
Spatial Science

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

Townsville

 

Advanced Mathematics

Townsville

 

Advanced Physics

Townsville

 

Chemistry

Townsville

 

Fisheries

Townsville

 

Marine & Environmental Science and Sensors

Townsville

 

Mathematics

Townsville

 

Physical Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

Physics

Townsville

 

Inter-Disciplinary Minors

Cairns

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

CP1804:03 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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Only first year is available in Cairns.

Mid year entry is not available for students who require an additional preparatory maths subject.

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 a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning 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 a separate graduate entry course.

Eligibility

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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$37,360 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

Experience has no substitute

Gain valuable hands-on experience with a JCU Geology degree. Benefit from putting theory into practice in locations unlike any other.