Environmental Studies

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Environmental Studies

For a major in Environmental Studies, students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit points from Senior units of study listed below, including at least 12 credit points from Senior ENVI units
Please refer to the Science Faculty website for details of the major, http://sydney.edu.au/science/
Junior units of study
Students are recommended to take GEOS1001/1901 and at least one of the following units of study: BIOL1001/1911/1991, BIOL1002/1902/1992, GEOS1002/1902, GEOS1003/1903
GEOS1001
Earth, Environment and Society
6    N ENSY1001, GEOS1901, GEOL1001, GEOG1001, GEOG1002, GEOL1002, GEOL1902
Semester 1
GEOS1901
Earth, Environment and Society Advanced
6    P An ATAR above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
N GEOG1002, GEOL1002, ENSY1001, GEOL1001, GEOL1902, GEOS1001, GEOG1001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
BIOL1001
Concepts in Biology
6    A HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
N BIOL1101, BIOL1991, BIOL1500, BIOL1901, BIOL1911
Semester 1
Summer Main
BIOL1911
Concepts in Biology (Advanced)
6    P 80+ in HSC 2-unit Biology (or equivalent) or Distinction or better in a University level Biology unit
N BIOL1991, BIOL1901, BIOL1101, BIOL1500, BIOL1001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
BIOL1991
Concepts in Biology (Special Studies)
6    P (ATAR of at least 99.0) OR (a Band 6 result in Biology HSC) OR (medalist in International Biology Olympiad).
N BIOL1911, BIOL1001, BIOL1993

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Places in the course are limited and will be decided on the basis of ATAR and Biology HSC scores.
Semester 1
BIOL1002
Living Systems
6    A HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
N BIOL1500, BIOL1902; BIOL1992
Semester 2
BIOL1902
Living Systems (Advanced)
6    P Distinction or better in the BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993, OR HSC Biology equal to 90 or greater
N BIOL1500, BIOL1002; BIOL1992, BIOL1904, BIOL1905

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
BIOL1992
Living Systems (Special Studies)
6    P ATAR of at least 99.0 OR a Band 6 result in Biology HSC OR medallist in International Biology Olympiad OR exceptional performance in relevant units of study
N BIOL1002, BIOL1902

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
GEOS1002
Introductory Geography
6    N GEOG1001, GEOS1902, GEOG1002
Semester 2
GEOS1902
Introductory Geography (Advanced)
6    P An ATAR equivalent) above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
N GEOG1002, GEOS1002, GEOG1001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
GEOS1003
Introduction to Geology
6    N GEOS1903, GEOL1501, GEOL1002, GEOL1902
Semester 2
Summer Late
GEOS1903
Introduction to Geology (Advanced)
6    P A UAI (or ATAR equivalent) above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
N GEOL1902, GEOS1003, GEOL1002

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
Intermediate units of study
Students are required to take GEOS2121/2921 and recommended to take at least one of the following units of study: BIOL2009/2909, BIOL2010/2910, BIOL2022/2922, BIOL2024/2924, GEOS2111/2911, GEOS2115/2915, GEOG2321, AREC2003*, LWSC2002*
* Note AREC2003 and LWSC2002 are not Table 1 units of study
GEOS2121
Environmental and Resource Management
6    P 24 credit points of Junior units of study, including 6 credit points of Junior Geoscience or ECOP1001 or ECOP1002
N GEOG2421, GEOS2921, GEOL2202
Semester 2
GEOS2921
Environmental & Resource Management Adv
6    P 6 credit points from Level 1 minimum Distinction (Geography, Geology, ECOP1001, ECOP1002, Geophysics)
N GEOL2202, GEOG2421, GEOS2121
Semester 2
BIOL2009
Intro to Terrestrial Field Ecology

This unit of study is not available in 2015

6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901)
N BIOL3909, BIOL3009, BIOL2909

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in ODD years.
Intensive August
BIOL2909
Intro to Terrestrial Field Ecology (Adv)

This unit of study is not available in 2015

6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 and 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology
P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2009, BIOL3909, BIOL3009

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in EVEN years (2014, 2016), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in ODD years.
Intensive August
BIOL2010
Intro to Tropical Wildlife Biology
6    A BIOL1002
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL3010, BIOL3910, BIOL2910


This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Departmental permission is required for entry into this unit of study. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Intensive February
BIOL2910
Intro to Tropical Wildlife Biology (Adv)
6    A BIOL1002
P Distinction average across either 12cp Junior BIOL or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL3010, BIOL2010, BIOL3910


This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.
Intensive February
BIOL2022
Biology Experimental Design & Analysis
6    P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL3906, BIOL3006, BIOL2922
Semester 2
BIOL2922
Biol Experimental Design & Analysis Adv
6    P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL3906, BIOL3006, BIOL2022
Semester 2
BIOL2024
Ecology and Conservation
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL2924
Semester 2
BIOL2924
Ecology and Conservation (Advanced)
6    A BIOL1002 or BIOL1902
P Distinction average in either 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901). These requirements may be varied and students with lower averages should consult the Unit Coordinator.
N BIOL2024
Semester 2
GEOS2111
Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach
6    P 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study, including 6 credit points of first year Geosciences units
N GEOS2911, GEOG2411
Semester 1
GEOS2911
Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach Advanced
6    P 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study, including 6 credit points of first year Geosciences units
N GEOS2111, GEOG2411
Semester 1
GEOS2115
Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change
6    A At least one of (GEOG1001, GEOL1001, GEOL1002, GEOS1003, GEOS1903, ENVI1002, GEOL1902, GEOL1501)
P 48 credit points from Junior Units of Study
N MARS2006, GEOS2915
Semester 1
GEOS2915
Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change (Adv)
6    A (GEOG1001, GEOL1001, GEOL1002, GEOS1003, GEOS1903, ENVI1002, GEOL1902, GEOL1501)
P Distinction average in 48 credit points from Junior units of study.
N GEOS2115, MARS2006
Semester 1
Senior units of study
ENVI3111
Environmental Law and Ethics
6    P 12 credit points of intermediate units of study
N ENVI3911
Semester 1
ENVI3911
Environmental Law and Ethics (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average across 12 credit points of intermediate units of study
N ENVI3111
Semester 1
ENVI3112
Environmental Assessment
6    P (GEOS2121 or GEOS2921) and 6 additional credit points of intermediate units
N ENVI3912, ENVI3004, ENVI3002
Semester 2
ENVI3912
Environmental Assessment (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in ((GEOS2121 or GEOS2921) and 6 additional credit points of intermediate units)
N ENVI3112, ENVI3004, ENVI3002
Semester 2
ENVI3114
Energy and the Environment
6    A Junior Physics or Intermediate Environmental Science
P 12 credit points of intermediate units of study
N ENVI3001, PHYS3600
Semester 2
BIOL3007
Ecology
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL; or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3907
Semester 2
BIOL3907
Ecology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).
N BIOL3007
Semester 2
GEOS3014
GIS in Coastal Management
6    P Either 12 credit points of Intermediate Geoscience units or [(GEOS2115, GEOS2915) and (BIOL2018 or BIOL2918 or BIOL2024 or BIOL2924 or BIOL2028 or BIOL2928)].
N MARS3104, GEOS3914
Semester 2
GEOS3914
GIS in Coastal Management (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in either 12 credit points of Intermediate Geoscience units or [(GEOS2115 or GEOS2915) and (BIOL2018 or BIOL2918 or BIOL2024 or BIOL2924 or BIOL2028 or BIOL2928)].
N GEOS3014, MARS3104

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
A distinction average in prior Geography, Geology or Marine Science units of study is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
Semester 2
GEOS3520
Urban Citizenship & Sustainability
6    P 24 credit points of Intermediate units of study including 6 credit points from one of the following units: GEOS2112, GEOS2912, GEOS2123, GEOS2923, GEOS2115, GEOS2915, GEOS2121, GEOS2921, SOILS2002, LWSC2002
N GEOS3920
Semester 1
GEOS3920
Urban Citizenship & Sustainability (Adv)
6    P Distinction average in 24 credit points of Intermediate units of study including 6 credit points from one of the following units: GEOS2112, GEOS2912, GEOS2123, GEOS2923, GEOS2115, GEOS2915, GEOS2121, GEOS2921, SOIL2002, LWSC2002
N GEOS3520
Semester 1
ECOS3013
Environmental Economics
6    P AREC2003 or RSEC2031 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2