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Environment and geosciences

Geography, Geology & Geophysics, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Marine Science
Geosciences will immerse you in the study of our world. Whether you become an expert in climate change, coastal erosion or sustainability, you will be working on the frontline of issues of global importance.

Imagine turning your passion for global issues into a rewarding career. Discover a range of subjects where you will have opportunities to study the earth, its oceans, its land and people, and how they impact one another.

Your studies will take you from the laboratory to the rainforest, the desert and underwater.

You can study subjects in the area of the Environmental Sciences and Geosciences by choosing a program, major, minor or electives within one of our courses.

Why study Environmental sciences and Geosciences with us?

  • We're ranked 3rd in Australian and 21st in the world for Geography by the QS World Rankings by Subject 2023.
  • Research-led teaching will give you opportunities to get out of the classroom and into the field.
  • Gain valuable experience working on projects locally and internationally in places such as New Zealand, China, Great Barrier Reef, Australian desert, and South East Asia.
  • We have partner facilities such as; Crommelin Biological Research Station on the NSW Central Coast, Tropical Ecology Research Facility in Kakadu National Park, One Tree Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef and the Marine Studies Institute.

Environmental sciences and Geosciences careers

Geosciences will provide you with an understanding of the governance framework in which your professional career will operate, including the fundamental aspects of sustainability, environmental assessment, law, ethics, development, energy use, economics and politics.

Our graduates can be found in many settings and roles, including:

  • Fisheries, parks and wildlife
  • Environmental and coastal protection
  • Marine and atmospheric research
  • Electricity, gas, water and waste services
  • Environment, urban planning and heritage agencies
  • Exploration for critical and base metals
  • Energy exploration
  • Natural hazards, such as erosion, earthquakes and volcanic activity
  • Earth monitoring from space