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Bachelor of GeoScience
University of New England - Armidale

Course outline

This course provides graduates skills in the fundamental geoscience disciplines. Focusing on practical and field-based learning, the course also provides essential theoretical knowledge. A specialised Applied Geosciences core unit in each year of the course designed to foster the development of work-ready skills, research methodology and scientific communication skills, and hands-on field, laboratory and/or workplace experiences. We capitalise on our location in the heart of the New England region, which provides an excellent natural laboratory with spectacular geology. Upon completion, graduates will be ready for industry or government based employment, as well as higher degree studies. Providing a solid foundation in the fundamentals of geology, coupled with both modern GIS and traditional mapping techniques, topics included in the course are resource geology, environmental geology (including aspects associated with resource extraction), environmental and exploration geochemistry, petrology, sedimentology, field mapping, structural and metamorphic geology, GIS, applied geophysics and palaeontology. We offer majors in geology and palaeontology, and a range of interdisciplinary minors allow students to broaden their scope and develop additional expertise. Topics in undergraduate research are available and work integrated learning is embedded in most units of study. Undergraduate fieldwork to diverse locations within Australia and overseas is incorporated into the course structure. For students without the recommended background knowledge, the Faculty offers foundation units in chemistry, mathematics and physics. For external study, contact the UNE Future Students Team. For more course information, visit UNE’s Course Handbook.


Geoscience; Palaeontology.

Minors: archaeology, chemistry, data science and modelling, earth surface processes, ecology, environmental management and rehabilitation, museum studies, palaeontology, science communication, spatial science.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for the University of New England and for this course, refer to UNE’s website.


Completion of Year 12 or attained age 17 years

Recommended study
Biology or Physics
Assumed knowledge

English; depending on major – Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics; Chemistry

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Career opportunities

Geoscientist, geologist, palaeontologist, mineral and fossil fuels industry, energy resources and exploration, scientific organisations, government agencies, geological or environmental consultancies, academia, museums, primary and secondary school teaching.

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Offer rounds

16 Jan 2025
5 Jun 2025

CSP/$9184 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

3 years Full time or 6 years Part time

New England and North West NSW
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