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Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences (Advanced)

Undergraduate Major


Earth Sciences Major (BAdvSci) (Honours)


Gain the knowledge and the skill sets for careers in a range of industries involved with Earth materials and planetary systems..

Applied Geology

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Earth scientists are essential to the safe management of the environment, and to the discovery and sustainable extraction of mineral and energy resources. They use sophisticated instruments to determine the properties of Earth and planetary materials, and to help understand the evolution of the Earth and the controls and direction of its climate and biosphere.

This course provides a body of knowledge in Earth sciences and the skill sets for careers in a range of industries involved with Earth materials and planetary systems. These skills are gained in Curtin’s Earth sciences research groups and laboratories that are among the most highly ranked and best-equipped in Australia.

This course's flexible and personalised approach to learning enables you to explore the field of Earth sciences through opportunities for immersive research experiences, industry placement and team-based projects.

In your capstone experience you’ll have the opportunity to pursue Earth and planetary science projects ranging from pure research through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

This is a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours course for high-performing science students. [Those that do not maintain the required academic standard may transition to the Bachelor of Science (Earth Sciences).]

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

This course provides a flexible approach to gaining the knowledge and skill sets for diverse careers in the resources and environmental industries involved with Earth materials.

As an Advanced Science (Honours) course for high-performing students, it offers you opportunities for collaborative projects, industry placement and immersive research experiences.

How this course will make you industry ready

You'll have opportunities for immersive research experiences, industry placement and team-based projects. Your capstone experience offers the opportunity to pursue an earth and planetary science research project.

Student profile

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Career information


  • Environmental geoscientist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Hydrogeologist.


  • Environmental consultancy
  • Climate science
  • Geotechnical services
  • Mineral exploration and mining
  • Petroleum exploration
  • Research and development.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of Earth Science and the various ways in which it impacts society and the broader biosphere.
  • analyse challenging and multi-faceted problems in Earth Science using practical and theoretical methods to identify opportunities and find novel solutions.
  • communicate issues, approaches, ideas, findings and solutions concisely and coherently to professional and lay audiences via diverse media.
  • consider dynamic Earth Science issues from a global, ethical and socially responsible perspective.
  • work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues from a range of backgrounds and recognise the cultural issues that impact research in Earth Science and peoples connection to country.
  • awareness of academic, industry and societal needs in Earth Science, and capacity to work professionally in a way that values and is valued by various stakeholders, e.g. sustainable Earth resource practices.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-ADESC
  • Last updated on: 18/08/2022