• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies
  • Major code EALS-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Environmental and Landscape Sciences Major


The long term survival of humanity relies on sustainable management of our natural environment, including its landscapes; and sustainable management is dependent upon our having a strong scientific understanding of the fundamental processes that interact to shape the complex environmental system.

The major in Environmental and Landscape Sciences develops that understanding by providing an integration of scientific knowledge and practice in environmental and landscape sciences. It focuses on how key areas of environmental science relate to and are underpinned by landscape processes. Only by understanding these key landscape processes can successful environmental outcomes be achieved. The major includes a focus on current understandings of the science of the environment and landscape processes, and a range of response strategies for their sustainable management. Students develop their ability to evaluate recent and current advances in environmental and landscape sciences, and in policy and management approaches; and to integrate a range of discipline-based knowledge relevant to specific regions or issues in sustainable environmental and landscape management.

Learning Goals:

On completing the major in Environmental and Landscape Sciences, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Think critically about environmental and landscape sciences issues, integrate information, and construct logical, consistent and synthesised arguments.
  2. Explain the scientific underpinning and environmental implications of critical issues in ecological and landscape processes, across a range of likely scenarios.
  3. Engage with a range of stakeholders, including environmental and landscape scientists, land managers, government extension officers and private consultants, on a range of environmental and landscape issues.
  4. Analyse and interpret complex processes and apply solutions across a range of environments and landscapes.

Other Information

Advice to Students

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? ENVS1004 plus either ENVS1003 or EMSC1006

Students pursuing this major must take at least 6 units from one of the starred research methods courses.

  •  ENVS1003: Introduction to Environmental and Social Research
  •  ENVS2015: GIS and Spatial Analysis
  •  ENVS3010: Independent Research Project
  •  ENVS3014: Ecological Assessment and Management

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Environmental and Landscape Sciences major.

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Major Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ENVS1004 Australia's Environment 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
EMSC1006 The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science 6
ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
EMSC2021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science 6
ENVS2003 Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology 6
ENVS2004 Weather, Climate and Fire 6
ENVS2015 GIS and Spatial Analysis 6
ENVS2020 Hydrology and Landforms for Natural Resource Management 6
ENVS2021 Vegetation and Soils 6

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ENVS3002 Sustainable Agricultural Practices 6
ENVS3008 Fire in the Environment 6
ENVS3010 Independent Research Project 6-12
ENVS3013 Climatology 6
ENVS3014 Ecological Assessment and Management 6
ENVS3020 Climate Change Science & Policy 6
ENVS3026 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate 6
ENVS3029 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction 6
ENVS3039 Biodiversity Conservation 6
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