Science 2021 UNDERGRADUATE COURSE GUIDE

 
Science 2021 UNDERGRADUATE COURSE GUIDE
2021          UNDERGRADUATE
              COURSE GUIDE

Science

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Science 2021 UNDERGRADUATE COURSE GUIDE
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YOUR CURTIN GUIDE
Let’s make tomorrow better, together.......................................... 2                          Earth Sciences.................................................................................40
Get the Curtin edge...........................................................................4           Environmental Science.................................................................. 42
Our science facilities........................................................................ 6          Extractive Metallurgy...................................................................... 44
Welcome to your global community..............................................8                           Financial Mathematics................................................................... 46
Experience Perth..............................................................................10          Geophysics....................................................................................... 48
Your student life................................................................................ 12      Industrial and Applied Mathematics...........................................50
Choose the science degree that’s right for you...................... 16                                   Information Technology.................................................................52
Find the course for you................................................................... 18             Medical Radiation Science............................................................ 53
Improve your career choices with a double degree..............20                                          Mine Surveying................................................................................ 54
Actuarial Science............................................................................. 24         Mining.................................................................................................55
Agribusiness (associate degree).................................................25                        Molecular Genetics.........................................................................56
Agribusiness (bachelor degree)..................................................26                        Multidisciplinary Science............................................................... 57
Agricultural Science........................................................................ 27           Nutrition and Food Science..........................................................58
Applied Geology.............................................................................28            Physics...............................................................................................60
Biochemistry.....................................................................................29       Surveying...........................................................................................62
Chemistry..........................................................................................30     How to apply.................................................................................... 64
Coastal and Marine Science........................................................ 32                     Pathways...........................................................................................65
Computer Systems and Networking.......................................... 34                              Common uni words.........................................................................66
Computing......................................................................................... 36     Your scholarship options...............................................................68
Data Science.................................................................................... 38

ACADEMIC CALENDAR
                                                 SEMESTER 2, 2020                                       SEMESTER 1, 2021                                      SEMESTER 2, 2021
 Applications close*                             Two weeks before orientation*
 Orientation Week                                27–31 July                                             22–26 February                                        19–23 July
 Semester starts                                 3 August                                               1 March                                               26 July
 Semester ends                                   27 November                                            18 June                                               12 November
* Application closing dates and orientation dates are subject to change and may vary depending on the course. Dates are for Curtin Perth only. Contact other
campuses directly for details.

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                                                                                                                                   owners of the land on which Curtin Perth is
                                                                                                                                   located, the Whadjuk people of the Nyungar
                                                                                                                                   Nation; and on Curtin Kalgoorlie, the Wongutha
                                                                                                                                   people of the North-Eastern Goldfields.
Science 2021 UNDERGRADUATE COURSE GUIDE
2 | Let’s make tomorrow better, together

Let’s make
tomorrow better,
together
Curtin is a vibrant, future-focused university where
ideas and cultures combine to create a place of
enthusiasm, endeavour and achievement.
When you join Curtin, you join a community of more than
240,000 alumni around the globe, many of whom have made
a significant impact in their field.
Studying at Curtin is the beginning of a lifelong journey.
We look forward to helping you begin yours.

Embark on new discoveries
If you’re curious about the forces that make our world work,
then Curtin is the place to explore your passion for science and
turn it into a rewarding career.
Science at Curtin involves more than just lab coats and Bunsen
burners. You will be offered a hands-on, industry-focused
learning experience where you’ll help discover solutions to
fundamental scientific challenges.
Our courses are recognised internationally and many are
accredited by relevant professional bodies. Depending on your
course, you can explore additional interests through elective
course units and double degrees (see pages 20–23), and there
are opportunities to study overseas.
Throughout your course, you will be guided by our dynamic
team of academics alongside researchers working on major
international projects.
You’ll graduate with specialised skills and relevant knowledge
that meet the needs of an evolving workforce, and be ready to
contribute to scientific discoveries that push the boundaries of
understanding.

Study alongside leading researchers
From the moment you start at Curtin, you’ll be surrounded
by cutting-edge research in areas including radio astronomy,
coastal and marine science, the development of new fuels,
water quality improvement, nanoscience, Earth science and
many more.
Our science research informs our teaching and emphasises
the discovery of new knowledge, as well as the provision of
solutions for industry and society.
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Let’s make tomorrow better, together | 3

 Curtin is ranked in the top one per
  cent of universities worldwide
      Academic Rankings of World Universities 2019

Top 10 Australian universities overall
 and #71 in the world for Earth and
      Environmental Sciences
                   Nature Index 2020

       Top 40 in the world for
     Earth and Marine Sciences
       QS World University Rankings Subject 2020
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4 | Get the Curtin edge

    Get the
    Curtin edge
    We design our courses in close
    collaboration with industry experts
    to ensure you gain the skills that
    employers want.

This is real-world learning                                        It’s time to connect with industry
We’ve designed our facilities to represent actual industry         At Curtin, we aim to provide you with maximum industry
workspaces, so that you when you graduate you are equipped         engagement, exposing you to some of Western Australia’s top
with the relevant knowledge and confidence to work in              employers, both in and out of the classroom.
industry settings.
                                                                   Curtin has strong industry partnerships with various industry
Depending on your course, you could visit industrial sites or      leaders, including:
plants, complete real projects in collaboration with industry or   •   ChemCentre
participate in laboratory work. For example, students studying     •   Cisco
Agribusiness, Environmental Science, Coastal and Marine
                                                                   •   CSIRO
Science or Earth Science courses can undertake field trips
                                                                   •   Department of Health, Western Australia
to the Ningaloo Coast, Shark Bay, the eastern Pilbara, the
                                                                   •   NASA
world biodiversity hotspot in South Western Australia, or key
agricultural zones.                                                •   Sanitarium.
                                                                   If you undertake honours study, you may have the opportunity
Plus, our science courses offer final-year capstone projects
                                                                   to work on an industry research project directly connected with
where you will draw on your course experience to deliver a
                                                                   the needs of a particular employer. This will enhance your career
research or industry project with real-world impact.
                                                                   opportunities upon graduation.
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Get the Curtin edge | 5

                                                                    Get involved in citizen science
                                                                    Students and community members can participate in various
                                                                    Curtin-led citizen science projects.
                                                                    For example, the Desert Fireball Network (DFN) is an award-
                                                                    winning program that is studying meteorites to further our
                                                                    understanding of the origins of the Solar System.
                                                                    Using a mobile app, you can report a fireball sighting, which could
                                                                    help Curtin’s DFN research team to track and retrieve meteorites,
                                                                    and address some of the biggest questions in planetary science.
                                                                    fireballsinthesky.com.au

Get ahead with Work Integrated Learning                                Don’t call them soft skills!
Within Curtin’s Faculty of Science and Engineering is a dedicated      Some skills you can’t learn in class. Critical thinking, collaboration
Student Engagement team that organises Work Integrated                 and effective communication are examples of ‘transferable’
Learning (WIL) for our students. WIL is an important part of your      professional skills that are important to employers. Curtin
course, enabling you to apply your new knowledge and practical         provides free leadership and volunteering programs that can
skills in real work environments. WIL activities include:              build your interpersonal abilities and develop your confidence.
•   guest lectures from industry specialists
                                                                       Leadership skills
•   professional training from industry experts
                                                                       At the Curtin Leadership Centre, you can grow your skills
•   networking events
                                                                       in public speaking, teamwork, project management and
•   vacation and graduate programs                                     self-awareness, and apply them to projects at Curtin and in
•   internships                                                        the community.
•   communicating employment opportunities.
                                                                       curtin.edu/curtinleadership
Our Student Engagement team also organises:
                                                                       Volunteering opportunities
•   student exchange opportunities
•   Student Mentor Program                                             If you like helping others, Curtin Volunteers! offers volunteering
                                                                       programs that will enrich your student experience and develop
•   visitor programs
                                                                       your interpersonal abilities while benefiting communities in
•   student orientation sessions.
                                                                       Western Australia.
                                                                       curtin.edu/volunteering
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6 | Our science facilities

    Our science
    facilities
    These are just a few of the immersive learning
    facilities that we provide for our students.

   The Astrodome
   Curtin’s main campus houses a Meade
   Refractor telescope delivering a live feed to
   Curtin astronomy researchers and students.
   The Astrodome also links Curtin with
   national and global astronomy projects.

                                                     Curtin Resources and Chemistry Precinct
                                                     The Curtin Resources and Chemistry Precinct is designed
                                                     to educate and train the next generation of science and
                                                     engineering innovators. The AUD$116 million facility has
                                                     four floors of laboratories, work spaces, and teaching
                                                     and meeting rooms that encourage interactive learning,
                                                     networking and collaboration.
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Our science facilities | 7

Biology Superlab
Our new Biology Superlab is a large physical containment
level 2 (PC2) teaching laboratory. Here, you can use leading-
edge technology to investigate human pathogens and
genetically modified organisms. This AUD$7 million, world-
class laboratory also has collaborative learning spaces and
informal student areas.

Field Trial Area
Curtin’s Field Trial Area houses a six-room glasshouse,
four hoop houses, a polyshade house, disease nursery
and more than 1,000m2 of growing area. It also has four                                   Starting salary
temperature- and light-controlled plant growth rooms with                                 Curtin is ranked in the top
physical and biosecurity containment level 2 (PC2 and BC2).                               20 per cent nationally for
Curtin researchers and students use this facility to perform                              starting salary.
experiments under controlled conditions and those that                                    Good Universities Guide 2020
emulate real-word environments.

                                             Curtin Malaysia
                                             At Curtin Malaysia, our four-storey Faculty of Engineering and Science building
                                             is a signature work of architecture and a landmark for the Skylark Precinct of the
                                             campus. The RM20 million building has learning spaces equipped with advanced
                                             technologies for active learning, including two-way activities with Curtin Perth.
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8 | Welcome to your global community

                                                                        Dubai

     Welcome to
                                                                        Our Dubai campus gives you the
                                                                        opportunity to study in the heart of
                                                                        Middle Eastern banking, tourism

     your global
                                                                        and trade. Its rich culture and
                                                                        economic growth can complement
                                                                        your study in arts, commerce,

     community
                                                                        engineering, or IT and computing.

         Our global learning network offers you
         experiences that can lead to international careers.

         Cross-campus
         Our academic programs are the same across all Curtin
         campuses, so if your course is available at a different
         location, you can study there for a semester with no
         interruption to your progress. Each course included in this
                                                                         Mauritius
         guide shows the locations where you can study it.               Curtin Mauritius is our newest
                                                                         campus offering courses in
         Exchange and study abroad                                       design, communications,
                                                                         commerce and science.
         You can choose to go on a short-term program, undertake
                                                                         It delivers a world-class
         an international internship, engage in a volunteer program
                                                                         education in a tropical island
         or challenge yourself by going on an exchange to one of
                                                                         nation that blends cultures
         our many partner universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, North    from Europe, Africa and Asia.
         America or South America.

         Financial assistance
         You may have access to travel grants and loans, including
         scholarships, travel bursaries and Commonwealth grants,
         to help with your travel costs.

         curtin.edu/goglobal

                                                                          These are our partner
                                                                          universities across the globe!
Welcome to your global community | 9

Singapore
Curtin Singapore is located in
one of Asia’s major economic
hubs, connecting it to the world of
international business, and making
it the ideal campus to study your
commerce degree. You can also
study a communications degree and
health degrees, including nursing.

                                                 Malaysia
                                                 Located on the island of Borneo,
                                                 our Malaysian campus is modern
                                                 and vibrant, featuring lush
                                                 greenery and lakes. You can
                                                 study a range of Curtin degrees
                                                 here, including commerce,
                                                 engineering, science and arts.

                                                 Kalgoorlie
                                                 Our Kalgoorlie campus is located
                                                 in Western Australia’s historic
                                                 gold mining region. You can
                                                 study our renowned engineering
                                                 degrees here, as well as online
                                                 courses in business, education
                                                 and health.

                                      Perth
                                      Our largest campus is just six kilometres
                                      from Perth city. It is a place of inspiration,
                                      technology-rich learning spaces, high
                                      impact research and exciting activities.
                                      Curtin Law School and other Curtin locations
                                      in central Perth strengthen our links with the
                                      legal profession and the commercial heart
                                      of Western Australia. All Curtin courses are
                                      available at our Perth campus.
10 | Experience Perth

     Experience
     Perth
     Located on the beautiful west coast
     of Australia, Perth is multicultural,
     prosperous and safe – an ideal
     destination for students and tourists alike.

  Perth Weather
  Perth Weather
  Perth has a
  Perth has a Mediterranean climate.
  Mediterranean climate
                                     High / Low (°C)
  Summer                             30 ˚     17.5 ˚
  (December to February)
  Autumn                             26 ˚     13.7 ˚
  (March to May)
  Winter                             19 ˚     8˚
  (June to August)
  Spring                             23 ˚     11.7 ˚
  (September to November)

  source: australia.com

  Perth Timezone

                                                                   Getting around
                                                                   The metropolitan area is serviced
                                                                   with an extensive road network
                                                                   and easy-to-use public transport.

                                                                  Western Australia’s best food
                                                                  Try
                                                                  Try some
                                                                      some of
                                                                            of the
                                                                               the city’s
                                                                                   city’s best
                                                                                          best food
                                                                                               food at
                                                                                                     at
                            Perth
                                                                  Yagan
                                                                  Yagan Square,
                                                                         Square, and
                                                                                  and find
                                                                                       find gourmet
                                                                                            gourmet
                            GMT+8
                                                                  food
                                                                  food producers
                                                                        producers in
                                                                                   in the
                                                                                      the Swan
                                                                                           Swan Valley.
                                                                                                 Valley.

                                                       (Photo: StudyPerth)

  Shopping and culture
  Perth is home to Elizabeth Quay, Forrest
  Place, Murray Street Mall and numerous
  galleries. The historic port city of Fremantle
  is only 15 kilometres from Perth, where the
  Swan River meets the Indian Ocean.
Experience Perth | 11

                                                             Affordable living
                                                             Perth has lower living costs than Sydney,
                                                             Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide*1.

                                                             Close to campus
                                                             To the north, the suburb of Victoria Park is buzzing
                                                             with a vibrant array of restaurants, pubs, beautiful
                                                             parks and recreation areas.
                                                             To the south, the Canning River is home to dolphins,
                                                             pelicans, swans and many other bird species. It’s
                                                             It’s
                                                             idealideal
                                                                    for walking,
                                                                        for walking,
                                                                                 picnicking
                                                                                     picnicking
                                                                                             andand
                                                                                                 kayaking.
                                                                                                    kayaking.

(Photo: StudyPerth)

                      A natural beauty
                      There are many magnificent parks
                      and gardens in and around Perth.
                      Kings Park, which is larger than New
                      York’s Central Park, showcases more
                      than 3,000 species of WA’s unique
                      flora. Caversham Wildlife Park has
                      many Australian animals, including
                      kangaroos you can handfeed.

                                                                                      Be by the beach!
                                                                                      Perth’s coast features breath-taking
                                                                                      beaches and scenery. Don’t forget
                                                                                      to visit Rottnest Island – a famous
                                                                                      holiday destination near Perth that
                                                                                      is home to the friendly quokka.

                                                                    * Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2019.
12 | Your student life

    Your
    student life
    There is a sense of community both
    in and out of the classroom, with
    collaborative learning spaces and outdoor
    leisure areas to enjoy between classes.

                                                Events
                                                Market days, multicultural week and the Guild
                                                Ball are just a few of the amazing events on
                                                campus hosted by Curtin’s Student Guild –
                                                a group of students chosen to represent and
                                                advocate your needs throughout the year.

Buy your essentials on campus
Shops on campus stock a variety of textbooks,
stationery, magazines, novels, cards, art and
computer equipment. There’s a dry-cleaning
outlet and self-serve printing and binding.
STA Travel is our on-campus travel agency.
Your student life | 13

                                                                     Food, glorious food
                                                                     Whether you need coffee or kombucha,
                                                                     a quick sandwich or a hearty hot meal,
                                                                     you can get it on campus. We have
                                                                     great cafés and a variety of food trucks!

                      Technological convenience
                      Wi-fi can be accessed across the campus and
                      there’s a number of places on campus where
                      you can recharge your devices. We also have
                      several computer labs equipped with printing
                      stations, scanners, graphic workstations,
                      smart boards and current software.

                                                                       Live on campus
                                                                       Curtin has on-campus accommodation
                                                                       in Perth and Kalgoorlie. Living on
                                                                       campus enhances your uni experience
                                                                       – life is more convenient, you’ll save
                                                                       time, make great friends and enjoy your
                                                                       independence, all in a safe, supportive
                                                                       and connected environment.
                                                                       curtin.edu/studentaccom

Get fit, make friends
Curtin Stadium is the home of sport and fitness
on campus, with a main gym, women’s gym, large
group fitness area, indoor cycling studio, sports
hall and multi-purpose courts available for hire.
There are 21 affiliated sports clubs that cater for
all skill levels and social sports offering women’s,
men’s and mixed competitions.
Curtin Stadium also organises Curtin Experiences,
a range of social activities that include surfing,
hip-hop dance, Pilates and Muay Thai kickboxing.
Jump in and try something new!
stadium.curtin.edu.au
14 | Your student life

  You’ll love the library
  The technology-rich library is open 24 hours a day during semester. There are
  PCs and Macs complete with software, and laptops available for short-term loan.
  You can book a study room for working on group assignments, or take a
  20-minute power nap in one of the library’s sleep pods.

                                                                     Settling in
                                                                     You’ll start your course with Orientation Week,
                                                                     where you will receive lots of support from
                                                                     Curtin Connect and student advisors.
                                                                     orientation.curtin.edu.au
Your student life | 15

                                       We’re here to help
                                       Studying can be challenging. Know you are always
                                       supported with our range of health and wellbeing
                                       services based conveniently on-campus. These
                                       include a physiotherapy clinic, and a medical centre
                                       where you can see a doctor, occupational therapist,
                                       psychologist, counsellor or social worker.
                                       Our Student Wellbeing Advisory service offers free
                                       and confidential support for any issue that may be
Get the course advice you need
                                       affecting you, no matter how big or small.
Head to Building 102 Curtin Connect
for advice on courses, applications,
enrolment, getting your ID card and
organising your timetable.

                                              Security and personal safety
                                              At Curtin Perth, we provide a 24/7 security
                                              patrol, after-hour security escort, campus
                                              courtesy bus, emergency telephone stations,
                                              the SafeZone safety app, secure-card
                                              building access and well-lit, safe pathways.
16 | Choose the science degree that’s right for you

    Choose the science
    degree that’s right for you
    The world urgently needs scientists who have superior knowledge in their chosen discipline
    and can apply their expertise to real-world situations of local and global significance.

   At Curtin, eligible students can choose to
                                                 Science and Advanced Science majors available
   study either a Bachelor of Science or a
   Bachelor of Advanced Science.                                                                 Advanced
                                                                                       Science              Page
                                                                                                 Science
   The Bachelor of Science enables you
                                                  Agricultural Science                           ✓          27
   to turn your passion for science into a
   rewarding career and make a difference         Biochemistry                         ✓                    29
   to communities all around the world.           Chemistry                            ✓         ✓          30
   Our Bachelor of Advanced Science               Coastal and Marine Science           ✓         ✓          32
   (Honours) is designed for high-achieving       Computing                                      ✓          36
   ATAR students who would like their
                                                  Data Science                         ✓         ✓          38
   degree to include a greater proportion of
   research elements and work experience          Earth Sciences                                 ✓          40
   opportunities.                                 Environmental Science                ✓         ✓          42
   Note that there are differences in the         Extractive Metallurgy                ✓                    44
   majors available within Science and            Financial Mathematics                ✓         ✓          46
   Advanced Science.
                                                  Geophysics                           ✓                    48
                                                  Industrial and Applied Mathematics   ✓         ✓          50
                                                  Mining                               ✓                    55
                                                  Molecular Genetics                             ✓          56
                                                  Multidisciplinary Science            ✓                    57
                                                  Physics                              ✓         ✓          60
Choose the science degree that’s right for you | 17

Bachelor of Science                             Bachelor of Advanced
STEM skills are at the heart of                 Science (Honours)
technology and innovation, and they
                                                This course enables you to better
are vital for 21st-century careers.
                                                tailor your study to suit your specific
In Curtin’s Bachelor of Sciences courses,       interests in science and gives you
you will learn to apply scientific principles   access to advanced-level units
and methodology to develop solutions to         relevant to an honours degree.
scientific problems facing communities
                                                You will learn core science units and
and industry. Choosing a major enables
                                                choose a science major in which to
you to focus on your strongest interests in
                                                specialise. You’ll also undertake internal
science.
                                                and external research experiences, and
You’ll also learn to use new technologies       in your final year you may conduct a self-
to retrieve, transform and present data         directed honours project that adds to the
and information. A Bachelor of Science          scientific knowledge of your field.
will therefore give you a comprehensive
                                                Throughout your course, you’ll benefit from
foundation in your chosen field,
                                                work-integrated learning opportunities that
preparing you for a range of employment
                                                give you practical experience and skills
opportunities within industry, government
                                                before you graduate – an attribute that is
institutions and other organisations.
                                                highly valued by employers.
Course essentials                               This science degree is unique in
DEGREE                                          Western Australia in that you will also
Bachelor of Science                             study scientific professional practice,
GUARANTEED ATAR 2021                            entrepreneurship and leadership. It is
                                                designed to ensure you graduate as a
70
                                                resourceful and creative professional who
PREREQUISITES                                   can respond innovatively to changing
Each major has specific prerequisite ATAR       industry and employment landscapes.
subjects.
DESIRABLE                                       Course essentials
Each major has specific desirable ATAR          DEGREE
subjects.                                       Bachelor of Advanced Science (Hons)
STAT                                            GUARANTEED ATAR 2021
May be used to demonstrate English              95
proficiency only                                PREREQUISITES
PORTFOLIO ENTRY                                 Each major has specific prerequisite ATAR
Not accepted                                    subjects.
INTAKE1                                         DESIRABLE
Semester 1, Semester 2                          Each major has specific desirable ATAR
                                                subjects.
STUDY MODE
Full-time, part-time                            STAT
                                                May be used to demonstrate English
DURATION
                                                proficiency only
3 years full-time
                                                PORTFOLIO ENTRY
LOCATION2
                                                Not accepted
Perth, Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius
                                                INTAKE
CRICOS CODE
                                                Semester 1
061600D
                                                STUDY MODE
1. Perth intake shown. Intake varies between
locations.                                      Full-time, part-time
2. Available majors vary between locations.     DURATION
Visit curtin.edu/bach-sci for more              4 years full-time
information.                                    LOCATION
                                                Perth
                                                CRICOS CODE
                                                095949E
                                                Visit curtin.edu/bach-advsci for more
                                                information.
18 | Find the course for you

     Find the course
     for you
     The next few pages show some of the careers that a Curtin degree
     can lead to, but there are many more.
     Technological advancement means the jobs of tomorrow might differ to the
     jobs of today, but don't worry, Curtin degrees are designed to prepare you
     for a range of industries and careers – even those that don't exist yet!
     The most important thing is to study subjects you're interested in and
     capable of doing. Let your interests and passions guide you.

         What are your interests?

                                                      You may
             Agriculture or the                         like
               environment
                                                                                         Agribusiness (pages 25–26)
                                                                                         Coastal and Marine Science (page 32)
                                                                                         Environmental Science (page 42)
                                                                                         Nutrition and Food Science (page 58).

              Imaging, x-rays                         You may
              and cancer care                           like

                                                                                                  Medical Radiation Science
                                                                                                   (page 53).

                                                      You may
            IT and computing                            like

                                                                                 Computer System and Networking (page 34)
                                                                                 Computing (page 36)
                                                                                 Data Science (page 38)
                                                                                 Information Technology (page 52).
Find the course for you | 19

                      You may
  Mathematics           like

                                   Actuarial Science (page 24)
                                   Financial Mathematics (page 46)
                                   Industrial and Applied Mathematics (page 50)
                                   Surveying (page 62).

                      You may
     Mining             like
                                   Applied Geology (page 28)
                                   Extractive Metallurgy (page 44)
                                   Mine Surveying (page 54)
                                   Mining (page 55).

                      You may
Physical and Earth      like
    sciences
                                                   Applied Geology (page 28)
                                                   Biochemistry (page 29)
                                                   Chemistry (page 30)
                                                   Geophysics (page 48)
                                                   Physics (page 60)
                                                   Surveying (page 62).

                      You may
In-depth study of a     like
 particular science

                                               Advanced Science (page 17).
20 | Improve your career choices with a double degree

Improve your career choices
with a double degree
A double degree increases your                Engineering and                           Chemical Engineering and
skills and knowledge across two
complementary learning areas,                 Science                                   Chemistry
giving you more career choices and            Course essentials                         Course essentials
the flexibility to adapt to changing                                                    DEGREE
                                              DEGREE
employment trends.
                                              Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)            Bachelor of Engineering
The condensed program structure of a          and Bachelor of Science                   (Chemical Engineering) (Hons)
double degree means it may take only 12                                                 and Bachelor of Science
                                              GUARANTEED ATAR 2021
to 18 months longer than a single degree.                                               (Chemistry)
                                              80
When you study a double degree, you                                                     GUARANTEED ATAR 2021
                                              PREREQUISITES
specialise in a major within each degree.                                               80
                                              Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least
A major comprises eight units in a
                                              one of Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR,      PREREQUISITES
particular subject, although you will study                                             Mathematics Methods ATAR and
                                              Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent
more units from the degree that is listed                                               Chemistry ATAR, and at least one of
first in the course title. You are awarded    DESIRABLE
                                                                                        Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies
with two degrees upon successful              Mathematics Specialist ATAR, or
                                                                                        ATAR, or equivalent
completion of your course.                    equivalent
                                                                                        DESIRABLE
Here’s how you can combine a science          STAT
                                                                                        Mathematics Specialist ATAR, or
degree with another degree:                   May be used to demonstrate English
                                                                                        equivalent
                                              proficiency only
                                                                                        STAT
                                              PORTFOLIO ENTRY
                                                                                        May be used to demonstrate English
                                              Not accepted
                                                                                        proficiency only
                                              INTAKE
                                                                                        PORTFOLIO ENTRY
                                              Semester 1, Semester 2
                                                                                        Not accepted
                                              STUDY MODE
                                                                                        INTAKE
                                              Full-time, part-time
                                                                                        Semester 1, Semester 2
                                              DURATION
                                                                                        STUDY MODE
                                              5 years full-time
                                                                                        Full-time, part-time
                                              LOCATION
                                                                                        DURATION
                                              Perth
                                                                                        5 years full-time
                                              CRICOS CODE
                                                                                        LOCATION
                                              095950A
                                                                                        Perth
                                              Course description                        CRICOS CODE
                                              This double degree will give you          050336F
                                              a competitive edge to your career
                                              through an advanced understanding
                                                                                        Course description
                                              of the science that underpins practical   An in-depth knowledge of chemistry
                                              engineering.                              unlocks more opportunities for chemical
                                                                                        engineers.
                                              Major combinations available:
                                                                                        In this double degree you will specialise
                                              Z Mechatronic Engineering and
                                                                                        in biosystems engineering, chemical
                                                Computer Science
                                                                                        engineering or oil and gas.
                                              Z Electrical and Electronic Engineering
                                                and Computer Science                    You’ll explore the development, design
                                                                                        and operation of processes for the
                                              Z Electrical and Electronic Engineering
                                                                                        extraction, conversion and recovery of
                                                and Data Science
                                                                                        materials. You’ll also develop the skills
                                              Z Electrical and Electronic Engineering
                                                                                        for a career in a modern analytical or
                                                and Physics.
                                                                                        industrial laboratory.

                                                For more information about
                                                combining science with an
                                                engineering degree, visit curtin.edu/
                                                SciEng-Double-Degrees
Improve your career choices with a double degree | 21

Chemical Engineering and                      Civil and Construction                       Science and Arts
Extractive Metallurgy                         Engineering and Mining                       Course essentials
Course essentials                             Course essentials                            DEGREE
DEGREE                                        DEGREE                                       Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering                       Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and           MINIMUM ATAR 2021
(Chemical Engineering) (Hons)                 Construction Engineering) (Hons) and         75*
and Bachelor of Science                       Bachelor of Science (Mining)                 PREREQUISITES
(Extractive Metallurgy)                       GUARANTEED ATAR 2021                         Check science majors online
GUARANTEED ATAR 2021                          80                                           DESIRABLE
80                                            PREREQUISITES                                Check science majors online
PREREQUISITES                                 Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least        STAT
Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least         one of the following: Physics ATAR,          May be used to demonstrate English
one of Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or        Chemistry ATAR or Engineering Studies        proficiency only
Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent       ATAR, or equivalent
                                                                                           PORTFOLIO ENTRY
DESIRABLE                                     DESIRABLE                                    Not accepted
Mathematics Specialist ATAR, or               Mathematics Specialist ATAR or
                                                                                           INTAKE
equivalent                                    equivalent.
                                                                                           Semester 1, Semester 2
STAT                                          STAT
                                                                                           STUDY MODE
May be used to demonstrate English            May be used to demonstrate English
                                                                                           Full-time, part-time
proficiency only                              proficiency only
                                                                                           DURATION
PORTFOLIO ENTRY                               PORTFOLIO ENTRY
                                                                                           4 years full-time
Not accepted                                  Not accepted
                                                                                           LOCATION
INTAKE                                        INTAKE
                                                                                           Perth
Semester 1                                    Semester 1, Semester 2
                                                                                           CRICOS CODE
STUDY MODE                                    STUDY MODE
                                                                                           074653F
Full-time, part-time                          Full-time, part-time
                                                                                           *May be higher depending on science major
DURATION                                      DURATION                                     selected.
5 years full-time                             5 years full-time
LOCATION                                      LOCATION
                                                                                           Course description
Perth                                         Perth                                        This double degree will broaden your
                                                                                           career opportunities by supplementing
CRICOS CODE                                   CRICOS CODE
                                                                                           your science expertise with a stronger
043753C                                       050568A                                      understanding of society and culture.
Course description                            Course description                           You will graduate with the superior
Grounded in chemistry and environmental       This double degree will provide you          communication skills required to inspire
science, this double degree will give         with knowledge across various science,       and educate the public with the latest
you comprehensive skills in improving         technology and engineering areas,            scientific discoveries.
industrial procedures in the mining sector.   including geology, environmental science,    Science majors available:
You’ll also learn environmental               surveying and computing; and electrical,     Z Chemistry
considerations, and graduate ready            civil and mechanical engineering.            Z Coastal and Marine Science
                                                                                           Z Data Science
to take a leading role in developing          You’ll also learn aspects of environmental
                                                                                           Z Environmental Biology
processes that extract, convert and           conservation, health and safety, and         Z Mathematics
recover materials and metals.                 management of people and resources –         Z Physics.
                                              an ideal skill set for mining and energy
                                                                                           Arts majors available:
                                              industries.
                                                                                           Z Anthropology and Sociology
                                                                                           Z Chinese
                                                                                           Z Digital and Social Media
                                                                                           Z Geography
                                                                                           Z International Relations
                                                                                           Z Japanese
                                                                                           Z Professional Writing and Publishing.
                                                                                           Visit curtin.edu/Sci-Arts for more
                                                                                           information on majors.
22 | Improve your career choices with a double degree

Science and Commerce                          Applied Geology and                         Science and Science
Course essentials                             Finance                                     Applied Geology and
DEGREE                                        Course essentials                           Environmental Biology
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of           DEGREE
Commerce                                      Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology)
                                                                                          Course essentials
MINIMUM ATAR 2021                             and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)          DEGREE
75*                                                                                       Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology)
                                              GUARANTEED ATAR 2021
                                                                                          and Bachelor of Science (Environmental
PREREQUISITES                                 70
                                                                                          Biology)
Check science majors online                   PREREQUISITES
                                                                                          GUARANTEED ATAR 2021
DESIRABLE                                     Mathematics Applications ATAR, or
                                                                                          70
Check science majors online                   equivalent
                                                                                          PREREQUISITES
STAT                                          DESIRABLE
                                                                                          Mathematics Applications ATAR and one
May be used to demonstrate English            None
                                                                                          ATAR science course, or equivalent
proficiency only                              STAT
                                                                                          DESIRABLE
PORTFOLIO ENTRY                               Accepted
                                                                                          None
Not accepted                                  PORTFOLIO ENTRY
                                                                                          STAT
INTAKE                                        Not accepted
                                                                                          Accepted
Semester 1, Semester 2
                                              INTAKE
                                                                                          PORTFOLIO ENTRY
STUDY MODE                                    Semester 1, Semester 2
                                                                                          Not accepted
Full-time, part-time
                                              STUDY MODE
DURATION                                                                                  INTAKE
                                              Full-time, part-time
4 years full-time                                                                         Semester 1, Semester 2
                                              DURATION
LOCATION                                                                                  STUDY MODE
                                              4 years full-time
Perth                                                                                     Full-time, part-time
                                              LOCATION
CRICOS CODE                                                                               DURATION
                                              Perth
074654E                                                                                   4 years full-time
                                              CRICOS CODE
*May be higher depending on science major                                                 LOCATION
selected.                                     043262M
                                                                                          Perth
Visit curtin.edu/Sci-Com for more             Course description                          CRICOS CODE
information on majors.                                                                    043265G
                                              This double degree will augment your
Course description                            knowledge in geology – which is critical
                                                                                          Course description
                                              to the global economy – with knowledge
This double degree enables you to gain                                                    In this double degree you will study the
                                              of mining and exploration finance.
knowledge in a scientific discipline and                                                  geological processes relevant to mineral
develop strong foundational business          The finance component explores the
                                                                                          exploration and extraction, and how to
skills.                                       financial services industry. You’ll study
                                                                                          manage ecosystems and rehabilitate
It will prepare you to fulfil the financial   areas in corporate finance and develop
                                                                                          landscapes after mining activity.
potential of scientific discoveries and       key understandings in investment,
apply commercial knowledge in research        evaluation and the financial markets and    This combination of skill sets for
environments. You’ll learn to generate        their instruments.                          extraction and environmental protection
solutions to complex scientific, business                                                 is increasingly important to the
                                              This will provide the ideal skill sets
and commercial problems.                                                                  resources sector.
                                              for analysing the economic viability of
Science majors available:                     resource exploration projects.
Z Chemistry
Z Coastal and Marine Science
Z Environmental Biology
Z Data Science
Z Mathematics
Z Physics.
Commerce majors available:
Z Economics
Z Finance
Improve your career choices with a double degree | 23

Applied Geology and
Geophysics
Course essentials
DEGREE
Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology)
and Bachelor of Science (Geophysics)
GUARANTEED ATAR 2021
75
PREREQUISITES
Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics
ATAR, or equivalent
DESIRABLE
Mathematics Specialist ATAR, or
equivalent
STAT
May be used to demonstrate English
proficiency only
PORTFOLIO ENTRY
Not accepted
INTAKE
Semester 1, Semester 2
STUDY MODE
Full-time, part-time
DURATION
4 years full-time
LOCATION
Perth
CRICOS CODE
052798D

Course description
This double degree will prepare you
for careers in the mining and energy
industries.
You will gain an integrated understanding
of the Earth’s surface and internal
geological processes, with an emphasis
on the physical properties of matter
and the transmission and dissipation of
energy.
You will learn analysis and imaging
methods and use various non-invasive
exploration techniques.
24 | Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science

                                                                                                        “I’ve always had an interest in
                                                                                                        mathematics. When I found out
                                                                                                        what actuaries do – applying
                                                                                                        mathematics and statistics to
                                                                                                        solve complex business problems
                                                                                                        – I knew that this challenging and
                                                                                                        interesting course would be the
                                                                                                        right choice for me.”
                                                                                                        Michael Tang
                                                                                                        Bachelor of Science (Actuarial
                                                                                                        Science)

Course essentials                                    Course description                           gain exemptions from the six subjects
DEGREE                                                                                            comprising the Foundation Program,
                                                     Actuaries analyse mathematical,
Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science)                                                           which is the first part of the professional
                                                     statistical, demographic, financial
                                                                                                  examinations of the Actuaries Institute.
GUARANTEED ATAR 2021                                 and economic data to predict and
                                                                                                  For details on the Institute’s professional
92                                                   assess the effects of long-term risks
                                                                                                  requirements, visit actuaries.asn.au.
                                                     involved in financial decisions and
PREREQUISITES
                                                     planning.                                    Actuarial and Applied Statistics
Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent
                                                     Actuaries are tasked with solving business   This is designed for students who want
DESIRABLE                                                                                         to broaden their degree with more
                                                     problems and analysing future financial
Mathematics Specialist ATAR or                                                                    knowledge about statistics and data
                                                     events, especially when the amount or
equivalent                                                                                        analysis, but who do not intend to qualify
                                                     timing of a payment is uncertain.
STAT                                                                                              and work as an actuary. It does not
                                                     Actuaries may also assess when and           include all subjects of the Foundation
May be used to demonstrate English
                                                     where devastating weather events             Program.
proficiency only
                                                     may hit, to help predict risks and their
PORTFOLIO ENTRY                                      associated costs for investments or          Professional recognition
Not accepted                                         insurance.                                   This course is accredited by the Actuaries
INTAKE                                               In this course, you will develop the         Institute (Australia).
Semester 1                                           mathematical and statistical techniques
                                                     relevant to model industrial and
                                                                                                  Career information
STUDY MODE
                                                     commercial processes against a financial     Careers
Full-time, part-time
                                                     and economic background. You’ll also         •   Actuary
DURATION                                                                                          •   Business analyst
                                                     learn to identify the risk factors and
3 years full-time                                    determine the price and cost of those        •   Data scientist
LOCATION                                             risks.                                       •   Mathematician
Perth                                                In your third year you’ll specialise in      •   Risk manager
CRICOS CODE                                          actuarial science or actuarial and applied   •   Statistician.
038785D                                              statistics.                                  Industries
Visit curtin.edu/bach-actuar.                        Actuarial Science                            •   Banking
                                                                                                  •   Education
Following completion of your three-year degree       You must achieve the set minimum
(Actuarial Science major), you may apply for entry   course-weighted average mark to be           •   Financial services
into the one-year Honours program. The entry         eligible to study Actuarial Science in       •   Health
criteria is based upon a combination of CWA
                                                     third year.                                  •   Mining, oil and gas infrastructure
(75 or better) and receiving exemptions from the
majority of the Foundation Program subjects.                                                      •   Insurance
                                                     This major is recommended for
                                                                                                  •   Public sector finance and infrastructure
                                                     students who intend to complete further
                                                     studies and qualify as an actuary. It        •   Superannuation.
                                                     offers students the opportunity to
Agribusiness (associate degree) | 25

Agribusiness (associate degree)
Course essentials
DEGREE
Associate Degree in Agribusiness
GUARANTEED ATAR 2021
N/A
PREREQUISITES
None*
DESIRABLE
None*
STAT
May be used to demonstrate English
proficiency only
PORTFOLIO ENTRY
Accepted*
INTAKE
Semester 1, Semester 2
STUDY MODE
Full-time, part-time
DURATION
2 years full-time
LOCATION
                                             You will graduate technically competent     Career information
Geraldton (Geraldton Universities Centre),   and commercially savvy, with
Northam (Muresk Institute)                                                               Careers
                                             contemporary agribusiness skills that       • Agribusiness banking
CRICOS CODE                                  enable you to work in areas such as         • Agronomic and livestock sales
098315D                                      agricultural production, farm management
                                                                                         • Agronomic and livestock technical
*Entry to this course is by Portfolio        and agricultural equipment sales.             services
application only
                                             The course involves a high level of         • Business consulting
Visit curtin.edu/ad-agrib.                   exposure to practical farm management       • Commodity trading
                                             and has been created in close
Course description                           collaboration with industry, to ensure
                                                                                         • Exporting
                                                                                         • Financial management
Curtin offers an Associate Degree in         it meets the needs of the Western           • International marketing
Agribusiness at Muresk Institute in          Australian agriculture and food industry.   • Professional farm management.
Northam and Geraldton Universities
                                             Study themes include:                       Industries
Centre, with the intensive laboratory
elements delivered at Muresk.                • agribusiness accounting, economics,       • Agriculture
                                               finance, management and marketing         • Agriculture marketing and supply chain
It will provide you with an understanding    • agricultural production systems,            logistics
of agricultural production systems and the     including animal and cropping systems     • Agricultural product supply
business principles associated with the      • broadacre crop and pasture science        • Banking and finance
production, processing, marketing and        • farm business management                  • Farmer grower groups
distribution of food.                        • international agricultural trade          • Private farming.
                                             • soil and water resources.
                                             The associate degree is also a pathway
                                             into the Bachelor of Agribusiness,
                                             providing up to 18 months credit.
                                             Pathways into other bachelor degrees
                                             are available.
26 | Agribusiness (bachelor degree)

Agribusiness (bachelor degree)
Course essentials                         Course description                            This course includes a work placement
DEGREE                                                                                  to ensure you graduate with the science,
                                          Agribusiness encompasses the
Bachelor of Agribusiness                                                                technology and business skills you need
                                          entire food production system from
                                                                                        for a thriving career in agribusiness.
GUARANTEED ATAR 2021                      paddock to plate, linking producers
                                                                                        The placement can be with agriculture
70                                        with consumers. It addresses global
                                                                                        research, production or business
                                          concerns such as food security
PREREQUISITES                                                                           industries locally or globally.
                                          and challenges to farming systems
Mathematics Applications ATAR or
equivalent
                                          under a changing climate, shifting            Professional recognition
                                          markets and increasing consumer
DESIRABLE                                                                               Graduates are eligible for membership
                                          awareness.
                                                                                        of the Australian Institute of Agricultural
One of the following ATAR subjects:
                                          This course is the only Bachelor of           Science and Technology.
Animal Production Systems, Aviation,
                                          Agribusiness offered in Western Australia.
Biology, Chemistry, Earth and
                                          It will introduce you to the scientific and   Career information
Environmental Science, Human Biology,
                                          business principles that can be applied to    Careers
Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime
                                          agriculture.                                  •   Agricultural and resource economist
Studies, Physics, Plant Production
                                          You will gain scientific knowledge to         •   Agricultural scientist
Systems, Psychology, Computer Science,
                                          develop an understanding of production        •   Agronomist
Applied Information Technology, or
equivalent                                systems and to apply problem-solving          •   Biotechnologist
                                          techniques to management strategies.          •   Farm management and farm consultant
STAT
                                          You’ll be introduced to technologies used     •   Grain trader
Accepted
                                          in soil, crop and livestock management        •   Research trials manager
PORTFOLIO ENTRY                           systems.                                      •   Soil scientist.
Accepted
                                          You’ll engage in research-led activities,     Industries
INTAKE                                    problem-solving and self-directed             • Agriculture
Semester 1, Semester 2                    experiments using our field-trial site and    • Agriculture marketing and supply chain
STUDY MODE                                glasshouse facilities.                          logistics
Full-time, part-time                      You’ll work individually and as an            • Agricultural product supply
                                          integral part of a team, to develop your      • Banking and finance
DURATION
                                          agribusiness risk and farm management         • Farmer grower groups
3 years full-time
                                          skills. You’ll also have opportunities to     • Private farming.
LOCATION
                                          develop links with industry experts and
Perth                                     undertake field trips to research centres,
CRICOS CODE                               agronomic field sites and farms.
029345C
Visit curtin.edu/bach-agrib.
Agricultural Science | 27

Agricultural Science

Course essentials                    Course description                            This course has a strong focus on
DEGREE                                                                             practical agricultural experience and
                                     Agricultural scientists are central
Bachelor of Advanced Science                                                       field trips. Throughout your second and
                                     to the world’s ability to feed its
(Agricultural Science) (Hons)                                                      third year you’ll have opportunities to
                                     population. This course focuses on
                                                                                   source immersive work experience and
GUARANTEED ATAR 2021                 the use chemistry and biology that
                                                                                   internships, which can be used for course
95                                   underpins agricultural production
                                                                                   credit, and participate in field tours in third
                                     and the application of problem-
PREREQUISITES                                                                      year in the Western Australian grain belt.
                                     solving techniques to management
Mathematics Methods ATAR
                                     strategies.                                   Professional recognition
DESIRABLE
                                     This is a Bachelor of Advanced                Graduates are eligible to apply for
Biology ATAR, Chemistry ATAR
                                     Science (Honours) course, designed            membership of the Australian Institute of
STAT                                 for high-performing students to pursue        Agricultural Science and Technology.
May be used to demonstrate English   their interest in science through a
proficiency only                     core of research, leadership and              Career information
PORTFOLIO ENTRY                      entrepreneurship.                             Careers
Not accepted                         You’ll study broadacre cropping and           •   Agricultural management/consultant
                                     livestock production systems through          •   Agricultural and resource economist
INTAKE
                                     research-led activities, problem-solving      •   Agricultural scientist/technologist
Semester 1
                                     and self-directed experiments using the       •   Agronomist
STUDY MODE
                                     Curtin field trial area and glasshouse        •   Biotechnologist
Full-time, part-time                 facilities.                                   •   Climate scientist
DURATION                                                                           •   Plant breeding
                                     Your study will include advanced
4 years full-time                    molecular biology and genetic                 •   Soil scientist.
LOCATION                             experiments at Curtin’s new laboratories,     Industries
Perth                                and you’ll be introduced to satellite-        •   Agriculture
CRICOS CODE                          based technologies used in precision          •   Agriculture and grain marketing
095949E                              agriculture for crop, pasture and livestock   •   Agricultural supply chain logistics
                                     management systems. You’ll engage with        •   Biosecurity
Visit curtin.edu/badvsci-agsci.      leading researchers, such as those in the     •   Chemical industry
                                     Curtin-based Centre for Crop Disease
                                                                                   •   Farmer grower groups
                                     Management – Australia’s foremost
                                                                                   •   Food security
                                     research group for developing solutions
                                                                                   •   International agricultural aid
                                     to crop pathogens.
                                                                                   •   Private farming
                                     You’ll also work in multidisciplinary teams   •   Plant and animal breeding
                                     with students in other Advanced Science       •   Government agriculture departments.
                                     majors, to explore global issues such as
                                     food security, sustainability and climate
                                     change.
28 | Applied Geology

Applied Geology
Course essentials                                  Your final year provides comprehensive       Career information
DEGREE                                             coverage of one stream: Applied Geology,     Careers
Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology)              Mining Geology or Petroleum Geology.         • Geologist
GUARANTEED ATAR 2021                               The first two years of this course are       • Geological engineer.
70                                                 based in Perth. The third-year Applied       Industries
                                                   Geology stream is offered at Curtin’s        •   Environmental geology
PREREQUISITES
                                                   Perth campus, Mining Geology is offered      •   Groundwater extraction
Mathematics Applications ATAR or                   at our Kalgoorlie campus, and Petroleum
equivalent                                                                                      •   Mineral and petroleum exploration
                                                   Geology is offered at Curtin Malaysia.
                                                                                                •   Mining
DESIRABLE
                                                   Applied Geology                              •   Natural hazards and risk analysis
None
                                                   This stream comprehensively covers the       •   Radioactive waste storage
STAT                                               breadth of applied geosciences, including    •   Research and development.
Accepted                                           mineral and petroleum exploration and
PORTFOLIO ENTRY                                    extraction techniques, groundwater
Accepted                                           resources and environmental
                                                   geosciences.
INTAKE
Semester 1, Semester 21                            Mining Geology
STUDY MODE                                         This stream combines studies of resource
                                                   and field geology with mining systems
Full-time, part-time
                                                   and resource estimation to effectively
DURATION                                           explore, evaluate and extract mineral
3 years full-time                                  resources.
LOCATION2
                                                   Petroleum Geology
Perth, Kalgoorlie, Malaysia
                                                   This stream combines studies of
CRICOS CODE                                        sedimentary basins and petroleum                 “I loved studying geology at Curtin.
003875B                                            geology with aspects of geophysics and           The equipment here is top notch.
1. Due to unit availability, commencement in       petroleum engineering related to the
Semester 2 may increase the course duration.                                                        “I completed two lots of vacation
                                                   evaluation, development and exploitation
                                                                                                    work during my course. Working
2. Not all streams are offered at all locations.   of oil and gas resources.
                                                                                                    at a gold mine gave me insight
Visit curtin.edu/bach-geol.                        This stream is offered at Curtin Malaysia        into the industry and grew my
                                                   only; transfer to Curtin Malaysia is             professional network. I also
Course description                                 dependent on successful application              worked in an engineering geology
Geologists study how the Earth                     for exchange. (Additional costs may be           consultancy, and decided this
works, including the natural                       incurred.)                                       would be my career after I
planetary processes that directly                                                                   graduate.”
                                                   The Petroleum Geology stream is not
affect people – such as the                                                                         Diana Carmona
                                                   available to international students              Bachelor of Science (Applied
formation of mineral and petroleum
                                                   studying in Australia.                           Geology) (Honours)
resources, geological hazards,
climate change and environmental                   Professional recognition
protection.                                        Graduates are eligible for membership of
In this course you will gain a thorough            the Australian Institute of Geoscientists,
grounding in theoretical geology with a            Australasian Institute of Mining and
practical emphasis on mineral, petroleum           Metallurgy, Geological Society of
and groundwater resources and their                Australia, International Association of
environmental management.                          Hydrogeologists, and the Petroleum
                                                   Exploration Society of Australia.
In your first year you will gain a foundation
in geology, chemistry, physics, maths,             Double degree
scientific communication and computer
                                                   You can study Applied Geology as part of
skills. Your second year focuses on the
                                                   a double degree. See pages 20–23 for
theoretical, laboratory and field skills
                                                   available combinations.
required to understand geological
processes.
Biochemistry | 29

Biochemistry

Course essentials                                    Course description                           real-world analytical problems, or you
DEGREE                                               Biochemists study the molecular              can learn how to rationally design and
Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry)                   structures and processes that form           synthesise new molecules for a variety of
                                                     the foundation for living matter.            purposes.
GUARANTEED ATAR 2021
70                                                   In this major, you will study the core       Environment
                                                     principles of chemistry, molecular           In this stream you’ll gain first-hand
PREREQUISITES
                                                     structure and chemical reactivity, and       knowledge of how biochemistry and
Mathematics Applications ATAR and
                                                     how they can be applied to biological        molecular biology are implemented in an
Chemistry ATAR, or equivalent
                                                     molecules.                                   environmental setting.
DESIRABLE
                                                     You will study second- and third-year        You’ll gain theoretical knowledge and
Mathematics Methods ATAR, Mathematics
                                                     units in biological, medicinal and natural   practical skills in various environmental
Specialist ATAR and Physics ATAR
                                                     product chemistry; and complementary         applications of biochemistry. This includes
STAT                                                                                              detecting the biochemical signals
                                                     units in cell biology, molecular biology
May be used to demonstrate English                   and molecular genetics.                      of pollution, and conducting genetic
proficiency only                                                                                  sequencing of soil microbial systems to
                                                     You’ll investigate molecular systems that
PORTFOLIO ENTRY                                                                                   assess the impact of human activity.
                                                     regulate cell growth, including signalling
Not accepted                                         and defence, and related metabolic           Professional recognition
INTAKE                                               pathways.
                                                                                                  Graduates may be eligible for
Semester 1, Semester 2*                              You’ll also study molecular recognition      membership of the Royal Australian
STUDY MODE                                           and its applications in biosensors,          Chemical Institute.
Full-time, part-time                                 drug design and optimisation, and in
                                                     monitoring the effects that exogenous        Career information
DURATION
                                                     compounds can have on living systems.        Careers
3 years full-time
                                                                                                  •   Biochemist
LOCATION                                             You can specialise in either the Chemistry
                                                     or Environment streams:                      •   Biotechnologist
Perth                                                                                             •   Forensic scientist
CRICOS CODE                                          Chemistry
                                                                                                  •   Medicinal scientist.
061600D                                              In this stream you’ll explore how
                                                                                                  Industries
* Due to unit availability, starting in Semester 2
                                                     an understanding of the molecular
                                                                                                  • Agriculture
may increase the course duration.                    world can influence areas such as
                                                                                                  • Biotechnology
                                                     bionanotechnology, IT and new
Visit curtin.edu/bach-bioch.                                                                      • Healthcare.
                                                     biocompatible materials.
                                                     Depending on your interests, you can
                                                     learn to use sophisticated scientific
                                                     instrumentation to solve complex,
30 | Chemistry

Chemistry
Course essentials                                                                             You could also have a role in discovering
DEGREE                                          DEGREE                                        new molecular pathways to design and
                                                                                              synthesise new medicines.
Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)                 Bachelor of Advanced Science
GUARANTEED ATAR 2021                            (Chemistry) (Hons)                            Geochemistry
70                                              GUARANTEED ATAR 2021                          In this stream you will study the chemical
                                                95                                            make-up of the Earth and other planets.
PREREQUISITES
                                                                                              You’ll focus on chemical reactions and
Mathematics Applications ATAR and               PREREQUISITES
                                                                                              processes that show how various soils
Chemistry ATAR or equivalent                    Mathematics Methods and Chemistry             and rocks are created.
DESIRABLE                                       ATAR
                                                                                              Materials Science
Mathematics Methods ATAR,                       DESIRABLE
                                                                                              This stream looks for connections
Mathematics Specialist ATAR and                 Mathematics Specialist and Physics
                                                                                              between the underlying structure of a
Physics ATAR                                    ATAR, or equivalent
                                                                                              material, its properties and applications,
STAT                                            STAT                                          and how processing changes the material.
May be used to demonstrate English              May be used to demonstrate English
                                                                                              You will study materials including metals,
proficiency only                                proficiency only
                                                                                              semiconductors, glasses, ceramics
PORTFOLIO ENTRY                                 PORTFOLIO ENTRY                               and polymers. You’ll also learn about
Not accepted                                    Not accepted                                  analytical instruments and radiation that
INTAKE                                          INTAKE                                        materials scientists use to investigate the
Semester 1, Semester 2*                         Semester 1                                    microstructure of samples.
STUDY MODE                                      STUDY MODE                                    Professional recognition
Full-time, part-time                            Full-time, part-time                          Graduates are eligible for membership of
DURATION                                        DURATION                                      the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
3 years full-time                               4 years full-time
                                                                                              Double degree
LOCATION*                                       LOCATION
                                                                                              You can study Chemistry as part of a
Perth                                           Perth
                                                                                              double degree. See pages 20–23 for
CRICOS CODE                                     CRICOS CODE                                   available combinations.
061600D                                         095949E
                                                                                              Career information
Visit curtin.edu/bach-chemi.                    Visit curtin.edu/badvsci-chem.
                                                                                              Careers
                                                                                              •   Analytical chemist
Course description                              For your degree, you will specialise in one
                                                                                              •   Environmental chemist
                                                the following streams:
Chemistry is sometimes called                                                                 •   Forensic scientist
the ‘central science’ because it                Analytical and Forensic Chemistry             •   Materials scientist
connects other sciences such as                 In this stream you will learn how to use      •   Medicinal chemist
physics, biology and geology. It                sophisticated scientific instruments to       •   Synthetic chemist.
is science at a molecular level,                solve complex analytical problems.
where major advances are being                                                                Industries
                                                You’ll develop effective problem-solving      •   Environment
made in areas such as medicine, IT,
                                                and decision-making skills within the         •   Forensics
nanotechnology and new materials.
                                                ethical and professional context of           •   Health
In this course you will gain the knowledge      analytical and forensic science.
                                                                                              •   Manufacturing
to become a skilled chemist. You’ll study
                                                Biological Chemistry                          •   Petrochemical engineering.
theoretical and practical aspects of
                                                This is a crossover field of chemistry
chemistry, including synthesis, analysis
                                                in which you will study the essential
and molecular modelling. Your learning
                                                processes of life on the molecular level.
will be largely laboratory-based, in Curtin’s
Resources and Chemistry Precinct.               You’ll use complex equipment
                                                and procedures to understand the
You’ll also learn problem-solving,
                                                biomolecular world, explore applications
teamwork and critical analysis skills, which
                                                in biosensors and drug design, and
can open opportunities for other careers
                                                monitor the effects that new substances,
within science.
                                                such as food additives and medicines,
                                                have on living organisms.
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