Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience) (BSc(MineralGeosc))

Program Code


Academic Year


Program Faculty

Faculty of Sciences

Special Notes

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The Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience) integrates and extends courses in geology & geophysics, mining engineering, geography & environmental studies, chemistry, mathematics and physics. This program has extensive field work and is specifically designed to meet the industry demand for high-calibre graduates in the mineral resources sector. The first year of this program provides a foundation in sciences such as geology and maths or statistics, with a choice of additional courses in chemistry, physics and science electives. Second year develops this foundation by providing more in-depth study in the areas of geology. In third year, students will focus on advanced topics including mineral exploration, tectonics and geophysics. Students will benefit from direct exposure to professionals in the mineral geoscience industry that will enable them to form mentoring relationships.
The Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience) is an AQF Level 7 program with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience)

There shall be a Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience) .

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 42 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 30 units, which may include other undergraduate courses offered by the University that are available to the student up to the value of 9 units in total at levels I and/or II with no more than 6 units at level I.
  3. Level I courses not exceeding 30 units
  4. Level III Science courses to the value of at least 24 units
  5. Broadening experience.
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 42 units.

Level I

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
GEOLOGY 1103 Building a Habitable Planet 3
GEOLOGY 1100 Planet Earth 3
SCIENCE 1420 Science or Fiction (Mineral Geoscience) I 3


Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA 3
MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM 3
STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) 3
SCIENCE 1500 Introductory Data Science - Becoming Smart About Data 3

Level II

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
GEOLOGY 2500 Sedimentary Geology II 3
GEOLOGY 2501 Structural Geology II 3
GEOLOGY 2502 Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II 3
GEOLOGY 2505 Geochemistry II 3
GEOLOGY 2504 Mineral Resources II 3

Level III

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
GEOLOGY 3013 Tectonics III 3
GEOLOGY 3016 Igneous and Metamorphic Geology III 3
GEOLOGY 3019 Field Geoscience Program III 3
GEOLOGY 3500 Exploration Methods III 3
GEOLOGY 3525 Mineral Resources III 3