Bachelor of Geoscience

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

With our degree, you'll learn all about the geology of our planet - the structure, physical history, composition, and dynamic systems. You'll explore our planet through both theory and field experience, use mapping, technology and historical data to build conceptual models. You will learn how these models can help you estimate where mineral, water and other natural resources are located beneath the earth's surface. We will also teach you how to extract these resources in a sustainable way. In our degree you will also gain experience in identifying and mitigating natural hazards. The degree is highly interactive and teaches you the specialised skills you need to work in this field. You can choose to specialise in exploration/mine geoscience or environmental geoscience. You will also be able to hone your field skills at world renowned sites in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. This program provides specialist training for those who wish to pursue professional careers in mineral and oil exploration, extractive industries, environmental science, or hydrogeology.

Structure

This program consists of 360 credit points. Students will undertake a mix of theoretical and practical courses, consisting of four 15-credit point courses per semester. Students will complete 20 core courses, and 4 general electives that can be used for specializing in one of the three proposed streams.

Subjects

  • Environmental Conservation
  • Engineering Geology
  • Mining Operations

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 - Prerequisites Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or any Science
  • ATAR. Non Year 12 - Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the Federation University Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST)
  • Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher
  • Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.

Recognition

Graduates in geology from Federation University Australia are eligible for membership of a number of professional societies, including the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Geosciences. Membership of either professional body carries accreditation with the Australian Stock Exchange, a requirement for some practising geologists in order to authorise the release of company reports.

Study pathways

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications. Candidates seeking alternate entry to the Bachelor of Geoscience can consider the following option; Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST) - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study. On successful completion of FAST, students can apply for the Bachelor of Geoscience for the next semester. You can progress to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) as a prelude to a higher degree in research or a professional qualification.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Mount Helen (Ballarat) International: $83,400 No information available Yes No information available

Further information

You may apply for the Industry Placement Program (IPP) which offers up to 26 weeks of industry based experience. IPP students receive a scholarship payment of up to $15,000. Further information: study.federation.edu.au

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