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CG67 - Associate Degree of Geoscience

About Geoscience

Are you curious about how the planet was formed and how it works? Do you enjoy solving problems? If you would like to be at the cutting edge of scientific and technological advancements, then becoming an Geoscience para-professional will provide a challenging career where you can utilise these interests and abilities and turn ideas into reality.

As a geoscience associate graduate you can focus on applications and interactions within the Earth's systems. Geoscience associate graduates combine a sound geoscientific understanding with modern technology to apply and adapt sustainable practices for communities, society and the environment in general. Geoscience associate graduates often work in support of professional geologists or geophysicists in a team environment.

Geoscience typically involves assessing the validity of undertaking geophysical surveys at a site and interpreting the results of such a survey; designing a geophysical survey; applying the appropriate geophysical methods - seismic, magnetic, gravity, nuclear, electrical, electromagnetic to a survey design.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Associate Degree of Geoscience graduates enjoy a wide variety of challenging career options across a range of industries and government sectors. As a geoscience associate you will apply your knowledge of geoscientific principles.

They typically work in positions in national and international public and private industry sectors including the mining, geophysical exploration, energy, transportation, construction, and education industries.

Geoscience (Geophysics) associate graduates, have specialised knowledge in:

  • obtaining and interpreting basic geological and geomechanical data;
  • the use of maps, geographic information systems, and remote sensing imagery;
  • the geological processes which sculptured the earth since its formation;
  • the definition of and be able to identify the more common rock types;
  • and be able to undertake geophysical surveys;
  • geophysical instruments as measurement systems;
  • geophysical survey design;
  • the application of geophysical methods - seismic, magnetic, gravity, nuclear, electrical, electromagnetic; and
  • the principles of geophysical field data interpretation.

They typically work in positions like Geological Field Technician, Drill supervisor, Strata Control Technician and Support Geologists, Geotechnical Engineers and other Technical professionals with:

  • Open Pit & Underground mines;
  • Controlling the grade of the ore mined and locate extensions to ore deposits and defining the ore limits at the mine based on economic considerations;
  • High Wall mapping;
  • Underground mapping;
  • Data gathering ( Management - Geology).

The Associate Degree of Geoscience program is based on the project-based learning philosophy which offers the opportunity to learn in context. This approach is designed to produce work-ready graduates with industry-relevant skills.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 4 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External
Courses/Units of Credit 16 courses/96 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

Domestic - QTAC

QTAC codes: 851615 External

Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation

not applicable

Residential School

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for four courses in this program; ENAG11008, ENAG11007, PHYG12003 and ENAR12006.

See Residential Schools for dates.

Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal ADGeoSci  
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

On successful completion of a CQUniversity Associate Degree of Geoscience program, graduates should demonstrate:

  1. ability to apply knowledge of basic, geoscience and mine technology fundamentals;
  2. ability to communicate effectively, not only with others in mining but also with the community at large;
  3. competence to support and complement mine geotechnology activities;
  4. ability to undertake simple problem identification and formulation; and to identify, apply and adapt appropriate procedures, techniques and resources in their resolution;
  5. understanding and knowledge of the application of geoscientific standards, codes of practice and industry regulations;
  6. ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be an effective team member and leader;
  7. understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the geoscience associate;
  8. understanding of the need for sustainable design and development;
  9. understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and commitment to them; and 
  10. expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so.

Program Structure

This program is aimed at the education of students in the aspects of the geosciences.  It develops knowledge in geological processes that sculpted the earth to provides an understanding of geological resources below the surface (metals, minerals, coal, oil and gas, and construction materials). The major geological structures are classified and interpreted to assist in the development of mechanisms for accessing and extracting resources.

Courses Offered


Please note:  * There is a compulsory 3 day residential school for ENAG11008 Professional and Sustainable Engineering Practice  held early in Term 1. Non attendance may result in forced withdrawal from the course.

Course Code Course Name
Year 1 - T1
ENAG11008 Professional and Sustainable Engineering Practice
MATH11160 Technology Mathematics
Year 1 - T2
ENAG11002 Energy & Electricity
ENAG11007 Engineering Investigation and Analysis
Year 2 - T1
ENAG11001 Engineering Drafting
PHYG12003 Geological Science
Year 2 - T2
ENAR11001 Resource Geology
ENAR12012 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Year 3 - T1
ENAG11005 Mechanics
PHYG13005 Geophysical Instrumentation
Year 3 - T2
ENAR11002 Mining and Metallurgy
ENAR12002 Structural Geology and Mineral Sampling
Year 4 - T1
ENAR12004 Mine Management and Safety
ENAR12006 Rock Engineering
Year 4 - T2
ENTC13011 Environmental Engineering
GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems

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