The UNSW Earth & Environmental Science (GEOS1211) course introduces theoretical concepts of earth surface processes, landforms, surface deposits and soils. During the course, you’ll explore and interpret the origins of the continents, oceans, atmosphere and the planet itself from a variety of perspectives.

This course examines the effects of environmental change, both natural and induced by humans on soil, water and the landscape. Our lecturers will introduce you to the tools required to investigate Earth’s environments.

Environmental scientists work all over Australia, with the industry growing from 25,300 in 2018 to an anticipated 28,100 by 2023. Through the course, you’ll gain knowledge that can lead to implementing policies in areas such as infrastructure development, site remediation and resource management.

Your study is reinforced by field and laboratory-based practical work.

Term offering: Term 1

Course attendance: In person

Level: Undergraduate - First year


  • Biology.
  • Climate science.
  • Earth science.
  • Ecology.
  • Geography.
  • Marine science.

Course code: GEOS1211

Conditions for enrolment

Career opportunities

Environmental science analyses and provides solutions to current environmental challenges, including waste management, climate change and pollution. To protect the planet, environmental scientists study, develop and advise on future policies. These policies can be embedded within Government legislation to ensure the survival of flora, fauna and other natural resources. 

Relevant roles

  • Meteorologist 
  • Geologist 
  • Geophysicist 
  • Hydrologist 
  • Ecologist 
  • Environmental scientist
  • Natural resource manager 
  • Marine scientist 
  • Marine biologist 
  • Environmental scientist

Find out more

For more information, please contact Professor Andy Baker:

E: a.baker@unsw.edu.au

T: +61 450 148 648