ATAR cut-off
72.35 (Median ATAR)
73.20 (Median ATAR)
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International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 10323
CRICOS code: 001609C

Earth Sciences Major

Why study an earth science major at the University of Newcastle?

Skilled earth and environmental scientists are in high demand as the population of the earth expands and its resources decrease.

The study of environmental science blends the traditional scientific fields physical geography, geology, oceanography, climatology and soil science, which is what makes this discipline so interesting. You can major in either geology or environmental geoscience depending on the courses you choose and career path you want to pursue.

When you study a Bachelor of Science with an earth and environmental science major you will be learning about the science of the earth itself and the processes that have shaped our landscapes and environment.

In your first year you will be introduced to the Earth's dynamic systems before specialising in certain topics throughout second and third year depending on your area of interest, such as climatology and soils through to geology of fuels and coastal dynamics.

The earth science major also incorporates fieldwork and laboratory components. You may be able to go on field trips to a variety of destinations throughout the state to gain real-world experience.

Our earth sciences discipline received above world rankings for both of the majors offered at the University of Newcastle in 2012. These outstanding teaching and research results mean you will be learning from academics who are leaders in their fields.

A Bachelor of Science degree in the earth sciences can open up a wide range of career opportunities both in Australia and overseas. As a graduate, you may go on to find employment in areas such as:

  • Energy resources
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Government agencies
  • Mineral exploration and mining
  • Schools and universities
  • Scientific agencies

Suitable for science students with:

  • An interest in developing advanced knowledge of environmental systems and processes.
  • Goals to pursue fieldwork activity and laboratory research experience.
  • A commitment to asking complex questions about the Earth and then investigating the hypotheses by designing and conducting an experiment.

What do you learn in an earth sciences major?

Students who study a major in Earth Sciences will learn about a range of aspects of Earth’s environment, and have the opportunity to specialise in Geology or Environmental Geoscience including:

  • Geology: By studying courses in field, structural, metamorphic and exploration geology you will learn about a range of geological concepts and practices. From field mapping to understanding the use of fuels and energy, a major in geology can prepare graduates for an exciting career in Earth Sciences.
  • Environmental Geoscience: This specialisation focuses on the interaction between humans and the environment. You will study courses that will explore a range of issues from resource management to climate change, teaching you to analyse human interference and dependency upon environmental systems.
  • Oceanography: Students will have the opportunity to study Oceanography. You will learn about the systems and processes which govern Earth’s oceans and sustain the planet’s marine life, as well as how humans interact with the hydrosphere.

Which degrees include this major?

The Bachelor of Science and associated degree programs allow you to study a major in Earth Sciences:

If you are interested in learning more about the environment, you might consider a degree in Environmental Science and Management, which will also allow you to study courses in Earth Sciences and Geology.

The earth science major within the Bachelor of Science is only available at our Newcastle (Callaghan) campus.

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The earth science major within the Bachelor of Science is only available at our Newcastle (Callaghan) campus.