Mining continues to enrich many communities in Australia and around the world. Mining professionals help plan and direct the extraction of minerals, petroleum and natural gas from the Earth.
In this course you will study mining methods, rock mechanics, geology and mine planning. You’ll develop the skills necessary to work with mining engineers in the exploitation of minerals from underground or open-pit mines, safely and economically.
Your first year of study will be at Curtin Perth, your second year will be at Curtin Perth or Curtin Kalgoorlie, and your final year will be at Curtin Kalgoorlie, where you can engage with industry and potential future employers.
You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake field trips to gain real-world experience in mining.
This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree.
See our handbook for more course information.
How this course will make you industry ready
This course meets the education requirements of the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for certification as an underground or open-pit mine supervisor. You will also meet the educational requirements for the quarry manager’s certificate of competency.
What jobs can the Mining Major (BSc Science) lead to?
- Engineering consultant
- Mine manager
- Mine ventilation officer
- Mining engineer
- Mining company director
- Mining and resources
What you'll learn
- have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in mining that is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of mining, GC1
- can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to mining, and have competencies typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments (to both specialist and non-specialist audiences) and solving problems within mining, GC2
- understand the constructs of the scientific method and apply these principles in mining using digital technologies, GC3
- can gather and interpret relevant data within miningto inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues, including being aware of the diversity of international perspectives associated with mining, and how these impact upon the practice of mining, GC4
- understand and appreciate cultural diversity and how it impacts on the practice of mining, GC5
- display a high standard of professional behaviour, including effective time management, both independently and as a team member, GC6