Geophysics
Curtin University

(Tuition fee is not stated)
3-4 years

Course Description


Bachelor of Science (Geophysics) - BSc(Curtin) - MJRU-GPHYSScience and Engineering
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July 

July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.

Duration 3 years full time

Geophysicists study the interior of the Earth. They explore for natural resources such as minerals, oil, gas and groundwater, search for buried objects in archaeological and forensic investigations, and address environmental engineering matters from natural hazards to underground carbon storage.

This highly comprehensive course is the only one of its kind in Western Australia, preparing you for a professional career in exploration geophysics and providing understanding and practical training in a wide range of geophysical exploration methods, including data acquisition, processing and interpretation.

As a geophysics graduate, you can work within a range of fields and industries, including groundwater monitoring and management, archaeological investigations, environmental investigations and planning, mining oil and gas, civil engineering site assessments, monitoring and detecting natural hazards like earthquakes and landslides, or assessing the feasibility of underground carbon storage. Alternatively, you may consider a career in teaching or research.

About the course

Units within this course comprise a comfortable mix of theoretical lectures and practical lab classes which feature authentic geophysical equipment.

The first year covers foundation knowledge of physics and mathematics. It also introduces you to geographic information systems, geoscientific communications, geology, scientific computing and data processing.

The second year introduces you to geophysical exploration methods, and looks at geology and the physical and mathematical principles behind geophysical processes. The course material is accompanied by practical sessions and strongly emphasises the physical properties of matter and the transmission and dissipation of energy.

The third year provides you with detailed knowledge of techniques used to analyse and image the Earth. Seismic, magnetics, gravity, electrical and electromagnetic methods are covered in detail and you will gain significant field experience in the operation of industry-standard equipment and computer software.

Within this third year, you take a core unit that’s entirely practical-based, consisting of a week-long field trip to a mine site, exploration tenement or equivalent field site where you can learn to plan and carry out geophysical surveying methods in a genuine field setting.

This course can help you enter the following fields / industries:

  • archaeology
  • environmental
  • geophysicist
  • government geological surveys
  • mineral exploration
  • oil and gas
  • research
  • teaching

If you are a high achieving student, you may complete an additional honours year enabling you to undertake your own significant research project.

If you don’t meet the required level of high school mathematics and/or physics subjects, but meet the basic science entry requirements, there may be other ways to gain entry into the course, which are considered on a case-by-case basis.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

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