Undergraduate

Geochemistry (Extended Major)

Geochemistry is the application of chemistry to understanding Earth’s systems and processes.
80
ATAR

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Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

Hours

8.30am – 5pm AWST, Monday – Friday

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

Studying a Geochemistry Extended Major can lead to careers in:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Earth and Planetary Scientist
  • Environmental Chemist and Geologist
  • Exploration Geochemist
  • Mineral Chemist
  • Mining Scientist
  • Research Geochemist 

Industries hiring Geochemistry graduates include:

  • Government and environmental agencies
  • Fertiliser Industry
  • Health and Medicine area
  • Food and Drink Industry
  • Mining
  • Nanotechnology Industry
  • Petrochemical Companies
  • Paper Industry
  • Education
  • Heavy Chemicals
  • Organic Fine Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Polymer Production
  • Computing and Programming Companies
  • Aerospace and Defence Industries
  • Energy Sector
  • Electric vehicles
  • Battery and Manufacturing industries

 

Studying a Geochemistry Extended Major can lead to careers in:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Earth and Planetary Scientist
  • Environmental Chemist and Geologist
  • Exploration Geochemist
  • Mineral Chemist
  • Mining Scientist
  • Research Geochemist 

Industries hiring Geochemistry graduates include:

  • Government and environmental agencies
  • Fertiliser Industry
  • Health and Medicine area
  • Food and Drink Industry
  • Mining
  • Nanotechnology Industry
  • Petrochemical Companies
  • Paper Industry
  • Education
  • Heavy Chemicals
  • Organic Fine Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Polymer Production
  • Computing and Programming Companies
  • Aerospace and Defence Industries
  • Energy Sector
  • Electric vehicles
  • Battery and Manufacturing industries

 

This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course
Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2021
$8,747.06
Typical Fee Range - 2021
$3,950.00 - $14,500.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2020
$115,800.00
Total Course Fee - 2021
$120,300.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

Mathematics requirement

This major requires a certain level of Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you may be able to take additional Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.

WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Geochemistry is used to help understand a broad scope of areas such as how petroleum and mineral systems operate and in the study of groundwater, marine and coastal habitats, the discovery of alternative forms of energy as well as exploration of other planets.

About the course

This major focuses on enabling students to gain critical skills in earth science and chemistry to take advantage of employment opportunities arising from technological advances.
Geochemistry (Extended Major)

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
  • Albany (Regional campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-GECDM
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BSc), 4 years (BSc[Hons])
Geochemistry (Extended Major)
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
  • Albany (Regional campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-GECDM
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BSc), 4 years (BSc[Hons])
TISC Codes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Earth Sciences
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Science

Why study this course

  • Gain fundamental skills to use geochemistry for generating environmental and mineral exploration solutions, all of which are strategically important in Western Australia and globally
  • Be connected with world-class research teams across the country, as well as their industry collaborators
  • This major addresses the growing skills demand in Western Australia and globally, with a real focus on employability of graduates

You'll learn to

  • understand important concepts and knowledge of materials, as well as properties and processes relevant to geology and chemistry
  • gather, analyse and interpret geological and chemical data
  • synthesise and integrate datasets to solve fundamental and applied earth-science problems

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) helps bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing opportunities for students to gain hands-on, practical industry relevant experience and for employers to help shape the graduates of tomorrow.

Develop your employability skills through a science work placement. The following units are available to all science undergraduate students who are looking to gain practical hands-on industry relevant experience:

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