• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Climate, Environmental Science, Biodiversity Conservation
  • Major code ENVS-MAJ

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

  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:

A minimum of 18 units from the completion of the following list:

ENVS1003 - Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)

ENVS1004 - Australia's Environment (6 units)

EMSC1006 - The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science (6 units)


A minimum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

ENVS2002 - Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring (6 units)

ENVS2015 - GIS and Spatial Analysis (6 units)

ENVS2018 - Environmental Science Field School (6 units)


A minimum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

EMSC2021 - Fundamentals of Climate System Science (6 units)

ENVS2001 - Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology (6 units)

ENVS2004 - Weather, Climate and Fire (6 units)

ENVS2020 - Water Science (6 units)

ENVS2023 - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (6 units)


A minimum of 18 units from the completion of the following list:

ENVS3008 - Fire in the Environment (6 units)

ENVS3011 - Severe Weather (6 units)

ENVS3013 - Climatology (6 units)

ENVS3014 - Ecological Assessment and Management (6 units)

ENVS3019 - Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS (6 units)

ENVS3020 - Climate Change Science & Policy (6 units)

ENVS3029 - Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction (6 units)

ENVS3039 - Biodiversity Conservation (6 units)

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