Geology is the science of discovery that aims to understand how the Earth works.


Do you want to know more about our planet? Geology is a science that seeks to understand Earth as a dynamic system. A discovery that aims to understand how the Earth works - its materials, landforms, processes and history. It branches into many aspects of the physical planet, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, mudslides and flooding. Exploration geologists use their knowledge of the Earth's surface to discover resources of value.

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Course description, features and facilities

Geologists study how the Earth formed and evolved during the past 4.4 billion years, including the origin of continents, oceans, atmosphere and life; and how natural processes deep within Earth's interior shape the surface on which we live. As a Geology student, you will learn how to interpret geological processes and Earth history, and about the formation of important resources and how climate and environments change through time. Most of Australia's mineral and petroleum resources are in Western Australia, so UWA is well placed for students to gain geological skills.

Teaching methods consist of lectures from leading experts and industry professionals, practical, computer and laboratory classes and tutorials. This course includes extensive field work, with several field trips of one to seven days.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in geology. It is the only institution in the world to house two state-of-the-art Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) instruments (CAMECA IMS 1280 and CAMECA NanoSIMS 50) providing a unique analytical capability to Australian and international researchers.

Our teaching is also supported by the world class research and development of the Energy and Minerals Institute, the Centre for Exploration Targeting, the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, the Geothermal Centre of Excellence and the Centre for Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.

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Student profile – Adriana Ukalovich

Geology is a course for those with an insatiable curiosity of the world around them, and for those who love the great outdoors. I completed my undergraduate Geology studies with a second major in Environmental Science. Other complementary majors may include Physics, Chemistry and Economics.

Studying Geology at UWA has been a truly rewarding experience. The degree is taught by passionate lecturers in an approach that promotes independence, both in the classroom and the field - a skill that is valued in both industry and research.

The field trips put theory into practice, and are the most exciting parts of each year. By spending time in some of the most geologically fascinating parts of the state, the field work contributes considerably to the value of the course. You make lasting friendships in the field, and the sense of camaraderie in geology is second to none.

Studying Geology at UWA positioned me for a graduate role in mining with BHP Billiton, and offers many opportunities to further my prospects with postgraduate studies in exciting research projects. Geology is challenging, complex, and absolutely worth it.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

Students graduating with a geology major can apply for graduate membership with the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).

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Career opportunities

Employment opportunities are diverse and include the resources industries (e.g. minerals, petroleum, groundwater) or research fields such as planetary geology, volcano or earthquake hazard prediction. Additional employment opportunities exist in government agencies dealing with resources or environmental consultancies and agencies. Many graduates continue to develop their specialist skills in industry or government agencies around the world, while others join academic institutions.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Geology major can pursue further studies at Honours level (including the specialisation Geophysics honours if they have first year university level maths and physics) and/or at Masters level. A master's can be studied either by coursework (for example, Geoscience, Petroleum Geoscience, Hydrogeology or Ore Deposit Geology) or by including a research component in a broad range of geoscience topics, usually in collaboration with industry or government agencies.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Prerequisites and recommended courses may not apply to students completing this major as a second major in a degree other than the Bachelor of Science.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Geology: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley,
(61 8)64887333
Additional information