• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code ENVS-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

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 Science 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 a range of response strategies for their sustainable management. Students develop their ability to evaluate recent and current advances in environmental science, 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 Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:


  1. Think critically about environmental science 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 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

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? EMSC1006ENVS1004 and ENVS1003 plus a minimum of 6 units chosen from BIOL1003, BIOL1009, EMSC1008 or a 1000-coded CHEM, MATH, PHYS or SCOM course.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Environmental Science major.

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

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS1004 Australia's Environment

EMSC1006 The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science


6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ENVS2002 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

ENVS2015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS2018 Environmental Science Field School


6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

EMSC2021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science

ENVS2001 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

ENVS2004 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS2020 Water Science

ENVS2023 Sustainable Agricultural Systems


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

ENVS3008 Fire in the Environment

ENVS3011 Severe Weather

ENVS3013 Climatology

ENVS3014 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS3019 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

ENVS3020 Climate Change Science & Policy

ENVS3029 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS3039 Biodiversity Conservation

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