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Geology/Environmental Science - Adriana Ukalovich

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Geology is a course for those with an insatiable curiosity of the world around them, and for those who love the great outdoors. Studying geology at UWA has been a truly rewarding experience. The degree is taught by passionate lecturers in an approach that promotes independence, both in the classroom and the field – a skill that is valued in both industry and research.

The field trips put theory into practice and are the most exciting parts of each year. By spending time in some of the most geologically fascinating parts of the State, the field work contributes considerably to the value of the course. You make lasting friendships in the field, and the sense of camaraderie in Geology is second to none.

I completed my undergraduate Geology studies with a second major in Environmental Science. Other complementary majors may include Physics, Chemistry or Economics.

Studying Geology at UWA has positioned me for a graduate role in mining with BHP Billiton, and offers many opportunities to further my prospects with postgraduate studies in exciting research projects. Geology is challenging, complex, and absolutely worth it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I have no idea what I want to study – what are my options?

In most cases, UWA's flexible undergraduate degree structure allows you to keep your options open before committing to your chosen major/s at the end of first year. At the application stage you only need to choose a broad degree area (Arts, Commerce, Design or Science); you will then have time to work out the details of your degree once you’ve been made an offer.

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your options, contact our friendly Future Students team.
I'm interested in two or more study areas – can I combine them?

There are various ways you can mix complementary or diverse subject areas within your degree, depending on the course or pathway you have been offered. In most cases (some exceptions apply) you may choose to undertake up to two majors concurrently; alternatively you can include a selection of units as electives or broadening units in conjunction with your degree-specific major.

EXAMPLE 1: Joel Hodgson undertook a Bachelor of Arts and chose to combine Music Studies with Exercise and Health; he also incorporated some Astronomy into his degree via the broadening unit requirement.

EXAMPLE 2: Yu (Rain) Liu’s interest in German engineering, in particular, influenced his decision to complement his Engineering Science major with German Studies.

What ATAR do I need to get into UWA?

The University's minimum entry requirement for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science is an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank of 80.00, unless you qualify for one of our alternative entry pathways, such as attending a Broadway UWA-identified school.

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) requires a minimum ATAR of 98.00, but the actual cut-off score may be higher, due to intense competition for limited places. For instance, in 2014 the Main Round cut-off score for the BPhil (Hons) was 99.80.

Furthermore, entry to our Assured-entry pathways to professional postgraduate degrees such as Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering1, Law, and Psychology (Honours) is highly competitive; as a result attaining the minimum ATAR does not necessarily guarantee you a place. It is therefore recommended you also include a preference for your chosen undergraduate degree as a back-up option.

1Entry to the Engineering Assured-entry pathway is not competitive, but does require applicants to meet certain prerequisites.

The Future Students website has a number of equivalence tables for various international qualifications that will help you determine how results from your qualification compare with the ATAR scores listed. Interstate and New Zealand applicants will also find subject equivalence information that will help you work out if your previous study satisfies UWA's requirements.

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I’m missing some prerequisites – can I still get into my chosen course?

Missing prerequisite subjects won't necessarily prevent you from getting an offer of a place, provided you also meet the ATAR and English Language Competency requirements. You may then need to take on additional units (as electives) in your first year to fulfil the requirements of your degree and/or major.

Assured-entry Pathway to Engineering preferences (UWENG/UWPHE) require a minimum scaled score of 50 in WACE Mathematics 3C/3D; if you don’t (or are unsure if you) meet this requirement, it is recommended you include an additional preference based on your chosen degree (Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Design or Science) as a back-up. 

Getting started

Our innovative undergraduate course structure offers a wide range of options and a high degree of flexibility, allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests. Follow these three steps to open up a world of opportunity.

Step 1 – choose a degree

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Bachelor of Philosophy

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will give you the freedom to choose a major from any field of study within Arts, Commerce, Design or Science.

The course features an intensive research focus, extensive teamwork and communication skills development and support for an overseas study experience and on-campus residency.

Your UWA degree

  • Flexible course structure
  • Combine your strengths with your passion
  • Globally recognised degree
  • More options (and more time to think about them!)
Step 2 – check admission requirements

Admission requirements

UWA welcomes applications to our undergraduate courses from high school students from Western Australia, interstate and overseas; mature-age applicants (aged 20 years or more); and those with previous tertiary study.

You will be eligible for a place at UWA if you:

  1. achieve a sufficiently high score for entry to UWA in your chosen entry pathways (ATAR, interstate and overseas equivalents, previous tertiary study)
  2. demonstrate English language competence through a UWA-approved test of English
  3. satisfy any prerequisites for a particular course or major

We also provide a number of alternative entry pathways for domestic students who do not meet our standard admission requirements.

Step 3 – apply now

For entry to UWA in Semester 1, 2016, domestic students (Australian citizens and permanent residents or New Zealand citizens) must apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC). Some of our alternative entry pathways may also have separate application requirements.

If you are an international student, refer to the My Application portal for International Students to begin the application process.

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