• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Mathematics, Environmental Science
  • Major code QUEM-MAJ
Quantitative Environmental Modelling Major

This major is designed for anyone interested in the quantification of environmental issues. The field of environment and sustainability provides multiple examples of complex, wicked problems important to humanity, including climate change, food and water security and ecological sustainability. Using quantitative modelling to help solve environmental problems requires an holistic understanding of environmental and Earth systems, supported by an appropriate level of mathematical training and skill. You will develop the necessary mathematical understanding for environmental quantification, including the knowledge of differential equations and vector calculus that are the foundation of most dynamical environmental modelling. The experience in spatial analysis and/or measurement of environmental data that is fundamental in environmental and Earth system science is also part of this major.  Modelling applications are discussed in courses focused on the science of the environment (including weather, climate and climate change, surface hydrology and groundwater, biodiversity and landscape ecology, fire behaviour, and palaeo-environments).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the applied mathematical skills necessary for environmental assessment, modelling and analysis.
  2. Understand the importance and implications of quantifying uncertainty in environmental assessment, modelling and analysis, particularly in risk management.
  3. Apply this knowledge and associated skills to a range of different environmental systems and problems, including identifying appropriate modelling approaches and adequate data to address specific issues, and critically evaluating model predictions. 
  4. Write scientific reports and communicate efficiently with university staff, peer students and the wider community on aspects of quantitative environmental modelling and its applications.
  5. Demonstrate conduct that reflects professional expectations within the discipline.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1 (6 units)

MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1 (6 units)

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2 (6 units)

MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2 (6 units)

12 units from the completion of the following courses:

MATH2305 Applied Mathematics I (6 units)

MATH3133 Environmental Mathematics (6 units)

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

ENVS2002 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring (6 units)

ENVS2015 GIS and Spatial Analysis (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of a course from the following list:

EMSC2021 Fundamentals of Climate Science (6 units)

ENVS2004 Climate and Its Applications (6 units)

ENVS2020 Water Science (6 units)

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

EMSC3032 Melting Polar Ice Sheets, Sea Level Variations and Climate Change (6 units)

ENVS3008 Fire in the Environment (6 units)

ENVS3013 Climate Change: Past, Present and Future (6 units)

ENVS3014 Ecological Assessment and Management (6 units)

ENVS3029 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction (6 units)

ENVS3903 Environmental Sensing, Mapping and Modelling (6 units)

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