• 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:

18 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

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

ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)

ENVS1004 Australia's Environment (6 units)

6 units from the completion of a course from 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)

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

EMSC2021 Fundamentals of Climate Science (6 units)

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

ENVS2004 Climate and Its Applications (6 units)

ENVS2020 Water Science (6 units)

ENVS2023 Sustainable Agricultural Systems (6 units)

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

BIOL3178 Recovering Threatened Species and Ecosystems (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)

ENVS3020 Climate Change Science & Policy (6 units)

ENVS3029 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction (6 units)

ENVS3039 Biodiversity Conservation (6 units)

ENVS3045 Social Applications of GIS (6 units)

ENVS3344 Environmental Justice Practicum (6 units)

ENVS3902 Environmental Chemistry and Systems (6 units)

ENVS3903 Environmental Sensing, Mapping and Modelling (6 units)

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