- Townsville: February, July
- Cairns: February, July
3 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
English (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C), and General Maths or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
Be part of the drive to discover and secure the critical minerals needed for transitioning to green energy. Build an in-depth understanding of geoscience with a focus on exploration and mining for base and critical minerals. Learn about global economic geology and participate in current geological research projects through JCU’s on-campus Economic Geology Research Centre. You’ll learn to contribute to research on the origin and evolution of life, cosmochemistry, hydrothermal processes, Earth formation and tectonic processes.
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. The variety of learning settings combined with opportunities to network with industry contacts will prepare you to pursue a diverse career with the skills to take you there.
Become a leading geoscientist. Strong industry connections and a degree program developed in consultation with industry partners ensure you are job-ready upon graduation. JCU Geology graduates are innovative, world-renowned problem-solvers working all over the world.
About JCU's Bachelor of Geology
Do you love marine science, chemistry, mathematics, or agricultural science? Do you dream of being a palaeontologist, 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.
JCU is ideally placed to offer you access to world-class geology and direct connections with a vibrant minerals industry. All subjects are taught by leaders in their field and are constantly updated to the latest trends and developments in the research and the mineral industry. The skills and experience you gain in this degree will make you competitive on the global market.
A Geology Degree with Hands-On Learning
Throughout your degree, you’ll study dedicated core subjects 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. JCU Geoscience students regularly participate in hands-on work with our industry partners. You will benefit from targeted placements where you can put in practice what you learn in the classroom.
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. JCU Geoscience graduates work in exploration, mining, environmental offices, and government and research organizations. The Bachelor of Geology degree is designed to prepare you for any of these challenges.
Develop your passion for preserving our planet for future generations, while gaining a practical understanding of earth’s resources. Learn about the critical minerals essential for transitioning to green energy and be part of the solution. 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 in Australia and abroad in the minerals industry and on the frontiers of renewable energy by exploring for critical minerals and enabling the development of new technologies. Or, follow your passions to work in 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 palaeontology 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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Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Geology.
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.
Entry score threshold
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2023. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in June each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
ATAR/Selection Rank: 66.50
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the Bachelor of Geology for Semester 1, 2023. The table includes offers deferred to Semester 1, 2023 which may have been assessed using the entry score threshold of an earlier year.
<5 – indicates less than 5 OP/ATAR-based offers made.
* Refer to Adjustment Factors
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An ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent score. Scores are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.
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ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
BACHELOR OF GEOLOGY
In pursuing honours, I wanted to continue my studies at JCU because the geoscience staff are world- renowned in their fields. They are always happy to give their time and share their knowledge whenever I needed it. Everybody within the College wants you to succeed.
Associate Professor Eric Roberts
Head of Earth and Environmental Science
It is nice to be part of a smaller university where staff and students actually get to know each other, and where there is opportunity to be involved in research. A highlight of our degree is the opportunity for field-based learning, bringing students into the field, and providing real hands-on learning.