You can study subjects in the area of environment and geosciences by choosing a program, major, minor or electives within one of our courses.
Most majors are also available as minors.
To find a potential supervisor visit Research Supervisor Connect.
Imagine turning your passion for global issues into a rewarding and satisfying career. Choose subjects from environment and geosciences discover a selection of courses where you will have opportunities to study the earth, its oceans, atmosphere, forests, rivers and lakes, ice sheets and glaciers.
This will also include many aspects of how living things, including humans, interact with the earth and environment. Your studies will take you from the laboratory to a rainforest, the desert or even underwater.
Our graduates pursue careers in government funded organisations, in local government, or in the multitude of private environmental consultancies seeking graduates with science-based skills and specialist knowledge in environmental and geological issues.
The Australian Government estimates that up to 5000 new jobs will open up for Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists in the next five years. Many geo-occupations will focus on finding and extracting the materials used in new technologies, especially enabling sustainable energy infrastructure. Cobalt demand for phones, computers and cars are expected to double by 2025 and lithium requirements are estimated to increase 10 times above 2010 levels by around 2020.Australia is presently ranked 6th in the world in terms of known lithium reserves but geoscientists will need to use new technologies and skill sets to expand this resource and perhaps others that we don’t even know we need yet.
Our graduates can be found in many settings and roles, including:
Geography investigates some of the world’s most pressing issues
While geography facts make for excellent trivia, what applications can the subject have in society or in a career sense? We chatted with five University of Sydney geographers to learn more about their fascinating research.
Wenchao Cao - PhD candidate (Geosciences)