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OP 13

Rank 71

  • Specialise in identifying and analysing earth materials, environments and geological processes relevant to industry.
  • Play a key role in the search for fuels and minerals, solutions for climate change or marine and freshwater environments.
  • Gain hands-on, practical skills and field experience using real-world examples and materials.
  • Prepare for a range of careers within the resource or the environmental sector, from field geologist to research scientist, environmental scientist, or hydrologist.
  • Work in environmental consulting or research, tackling geotechnical, groundwater contamination, natural hazards or climate change issues.
QTAC course code418011
QUT course code ST01
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start month 2014 February, July
Deferment You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact Student Business Services (SBS) Admissions:
CRICOS code077696D


The Earth is an amazing place, and for an earth scientist it offers a unique natural laboratory that covers both space and time.

Earth Science is critical for Australia’s future sustainable development as our natural resources are a major building block of the nation’s economy. Earth scientists (Geoscientists) play a leading role in finding, developing and managing these resources, as well as studying climate change and managing environmental issues, such as chronic water shortage, dry land salinity and coastal development.

An understanding of Planet Earth is fundamental to your career as a Scientist. Earth Science provides us with an understanding of Earth materials, the natural processes acting in and upon our planet, and its history. You will gain the skills needed to become a professional Earth Scientist with special emphasis on hands-on skills acquired through laboratory work and field studies for both resource exploration and management and environmental applications.

Why choose this course?

The Earth Science major at QUT has been designed to provide hands-on practical skills and field experiences using real-world examples and materials. The program provides the fundamental background for you to pursue a geoscience career and has particular strengths in the areas of– all these study areas are of particular importance to Queensland and key industrial sectors that underpin our economy.

Earth science is an exciting and fun science with many interesting and practical applications and a great number of travelling opportunities. Whether you enjoy working indoors or outdoors, if you are interested in understanding how the world works, then you will find Earth Science a rewarding area of study. Blending current research issues and problem solving with theory and industry-related, hands-on practicals, the earth science major provides you with a fundamental background to pursue a career in either the resource or the environmental sector.

Career outcomes

Employment opportunities are available across a variety of government organisations and consulting companies with work ranging from field geologists to research scientists, environmental scientists, and hydrologists. Exploration/mine geologists and environmental scientists are employed by mining and hydrocarbon exploration companies who require graduates with skills in underground geological mapping, evaluation of ore reserves, production control, or exploration for new mineral, oil or gas deposits, as well as rehabilitation of mined lands.

Earth scientists are in high demand in the energy sector (oil, gas, coal, geothermal) and exploration and mining industries. Many earth scientists find employment in environmental consulting companies tackling geotechnical, groundwater contamination, natural hazards or climate change issues. Earth scientists may work for government agencies such as CSIRO and Geoscience Australia doing applied research, or for state or local governments.

Graduates will be able to continue with postgraduate studies and develop a research career in Earth Sciences including volcanology, tectonics, geochemistry, sedimentary geology, palaeo-climate and landscape change.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership in a number of professional societies, such as the Geological Society of Australia, Australian Institute of Geologists and other overseas professional societies, and are encouraged to actively participate in these societies.

Studied at university or TAFE before?

Bachelor of Science is a new course, and we're only offering first year units in 2013.

This means if you're offered a place in 2013 and you're eligible for at least the first year of credit for prior learning (advanced standing), you'll be admitted to Bachelor of Applied Science (SC01).


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Science (Earth Science)

Your science degree

At QUT you’ll create your own personal science degree program of 24 units. During your first year of study you’ll get to sample a range of core science disciplines, allowing you to decide on your major later.

Faculty core and imagine science units

These six units give you an introduction to the principles of science the opportunity to learn by enquiry, and to broaden your understanding of the core sciences. You’ll study two Faculty core units, two Imagine Science units and two Optional units of your choice.

From your very first semester, you will collaborate with your peers and teaching staff in QUT’s exciting new learning environments. In your Imagine Science units you will explore real-world problems from multiple scientific perspectives and learn the tools of the trade. Depending on your choices, you may find yourself out in the field, working in the laboratory or learning about the impact of scientific discovery on people, policy, industry and the planet.

Working with data you have collected, you’ll study how to apply fundamental methods of scientific practice, perform scientific analysis, and learn the tools to present your findings. You’ll have the opportunity to explore and discover the range of career and professional outcomes available to you, so you can gain the most from your unit selection and the flexibility the Bachelor of Science has to offer.

Primary major

Your major is your main area of study for what you aspire to become professionally. You will receive in-depth knowledge and expertise within your chosen scientific discipline, preparing you for entry into the workforce or further study.

It comprises 10 units and there are five majors to choose from:

  • biological sciences                        
  • chemistry
  • earth science
  • environmental science
  • physics.

Complementary study areas

This is where you make the degree your own, tailoring your studies to further match your individual career goals with a wide range of complementary study options available. You’ll have the opportunity to develop sought-after professional skills, deepen your understanding of your major discipline, pursue an interest from across the university, or broaden your scientific understanding. You can even work with industry or study overseas to gain credit towards your degree.

You can choose: a Second major (eight units); or an Extended minor (four units) or Breadth minor (four units), plus either a Faculty minor (four units) or Breadth minor (four units).

Second major (eight units)

Choose a second area of study to complement your major, and develop a significant depth of knowledge and skills in two discipline areas. Experience another field, learn another academic methodology and experience interdisciplinary networking.

Choose a second Science discipline, or explore different perspectives which might include:

  • computational science
  • computer science
  • innovation
  • science communication, or
  • policy and governance

Minor (four units)

You might prefer to expand the breadth and depth of your studies by adding to your chosen science major with two minors. Minors include:

Extension minor (four units)

Gain further insights and depth in your primary area of study. Intensify your chosen major to develop additional knowledge, skills and experience for your career in science.

Breadth minor (four units)

Broaden your studies to include minors from the list of science majors, second majors or from the list of University-wide minors.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 13

Rank 71

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • Maths B
  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended Study: At least one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth Science or Maths C.

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: CSP $4,400 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

More information on the SSAF

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments


How to apply for Bachelor of Science (Earth Science)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (418011) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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