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

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    N GEOS1901 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or ENSY1001
Semester 1
GEOS1901
Earth, Environment and Society Advanced - Departmental permission is required for this unit

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    N GEOS1001 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or ENSY1001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Prerequisites: An ATAR above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
Semester 1
BIOL1001
Concepts in Biology

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    A HSC Biology
N BIOL1500 or BIOL1901 or BIOL1101 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991


Students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
Semester 1
Summer Main
BIOL1911
Concepts in Biology (Advanced) - Departmental permission is required for this unit

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P 80+ in HSC Biology, or a minimum of Distinction level in a University level Biology unit
N BIOL1500 or BIOL1001 or BIOL1101 or BIOL1901 or BIOL1991

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Prerequisites: An ATAR of 95 or greater
Semester 1
BIOL1991
Concepts in Biology (Special Studies) - Departmental permission is required for this unit

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P 90+ result in HSC Biology
N BIOL1001 or BIOL1993 or BIOL1911

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. Prerequisites: (ATAR of at least 99.0) OR (medalist in International Biology Olympiad), OR 90+ in HSC Biology.
Semester 1
BIOL1002
Living Systems
6    A HSC Biology
N BIOL1500 or BIOL1902 or BIOL1992, BIOL1500 or BIOL1902 or BIOL1992, BIOL1500 or BIOL1902 or BIOL1992


Students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February).
Semester 2
Semester 2
BIOL1902
Living Systems (Advanced)
6    P Distinction or better in (BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993), OR HSC Biology equal to 90 or greater
N BIOL1500 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1992 or BIOL1904 or BIOL1905, BIOL1500 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1992 or BIOL1904 or BIOL1905, BIOL1500 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1992 or BIOL1904 or BIOL1905

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2
Prerequisites: An ATAR equal to 95 or greater
Semester 2
Semester 2
BIOL1992
Living Systems (Special Studies)
6    P 90+ result in HSC Biology
N BIOL1002 or BIOL1902, BIOL1002 or BIOL1902

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Prerequisites: 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
Semester 2
GEOS1002
Introductory Geography
6    N GEOS1902 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002, GEOS1902 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002, GEOS1902 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002
Semester 2
Semester 2
GEOS1902
Introductory Geography (Advanced)
6    N GEOS1002 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002, GEOS1002 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002, GEOS1002 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2
Prerequisites: An ATAR equivalent) above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
Semester 2
Semester 2
GEOS1003
Introduction to Geology
6    N GEOS1903 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501, GEOS1903 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501, GEOS1903 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501
Semester 2
Semester 2
Summer Late
Summer Main
GEOS1903
Introduction to Geology (Advanced)
6    N GEOS1003 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902, GEOS1003 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902, GEOS1003 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2
Prerequisites: 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.
Semester 2
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 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2921, GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2921, GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2921
Semester 2
Semester 2
GEOS2921
Environmental and Resource Management Adv
6    P 24 credit points of Junior units of study, including a distinction in (6 credit points of Junior Geoscience or in ECOP1001 or ECOP1002)
N GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2121, GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2121, GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2121
Semester 2
Semester 2
BIOL2009
Intro to Terrestrial Field Ecology - Departmental permission is required for this unit
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 BIOL2909 or BIOL3009 or BIOL3909

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)
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 or BIOL3009 or BIOL3909

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

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    A BIOL1002
P 12cp Junior BIOL; or 6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901).
N BIOL3910, BIOL2910, BIOL3010


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)

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    A BIOL1002
P Distinction average in either- 12cp Junior BIOL, or (6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901))
N BIOL2010 or BIOL3010 or 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 and Analysis
6    P 12cp Junior BIOL, or (6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901))
N BIOL2922 or BIOL3006 or BIOL3906, BIOL2922 or BIOL3006 or BIOL3906, BIOL2922 or BIOL3006 or BIOL3906
Semester 2
Semester 2
BIOL2922
Biol Experimental Design and Analysis Adv
6    P Distinction average in either- 12cp Junior BIOL, or (6cp Junior BIOL and (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901))
N BIOL2022 or BIOL3006 or BIOL3906, BIOL2022 or BIOL3006 or BIOL3906, BIOL2022 or BIOL3006 or BIOL3906
Semester 2
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, BIOL2924, BIOL2924
Semester 2
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))
N BIOL2024, BIOL2024, BIOL2024
Semester 2
Semester 2
GEOS2111
Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study, including 6 credit points of first year Geosciences units
N GEOG2411 or GEOS2911
Semester 1
GEOS2911
Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach Advanced

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P 24 credit points of Junior Science units of study, including 6 credit points of first year Geosciences units
N GEOS2111 or GEOG2411
Semester 1
GEOS2115
Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    A GEOG1001 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOS1003 or GEOS1903 or ENVI1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501
P 48 credit points from Junior Units of Study
N GEOS2915 or MARS2006
Semester 1
GEOS2915
Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change (Adv)

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    A GEOG1001 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOS1003 or GEOS1903 or ENVI1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501
P Distinction average in 48 credit points from Junior units of study.
N GEOS2115 or MARS2006
Semester 1
Senior units of study
ENVI3111
Environmental Law and Ethics

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate units
N ENVI3911
Semester 1
ENVI3911
Environmental Law and Ethics (Advanced)

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P Distinction average across 12 credit points of Intermediate units
N ENVI3111
Semester 1
ENVI3112
Environmental Assessment

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P (GEOS2121 or GEOS2921) and 6 credit points of Intermediate units
N ENVI3912 or ENVI3002 or ENVI3004
Semester 2
ENVI3912
Environmental Assessment (Advanced)

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P Distinction average in ((GEOS2121 or GEOS2921) and 6 credit points of Intermediate units)
N ENVI3112 or ENVI3002 or ENVI3004
Semester 2
ENVI3114
Energy and the Environment

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    A Junior Physics units or Intermediate Environmental Science units
P 12 credit points of Intermediate units
N ENVI3001 or 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, BIOL3907, BIOL3907
Semester 2
Semester 2
BIOL3907
Ecology (Advanced)
6    P Distinction average in either- 12cp Intermediate BIOL, or (6cp Intermediate BIOL and(MBLG2072 or MBLG2972))
N BIOL3007, BIOL3007, BIOL3007
Semester 2
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 GEOS3914 or MARS3104, GEOS3914 or MARS3104, GEOS3914 or MARS3104
Semester 2
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 or MARS3104, GEOS3014 or MARS3104, GEOS3014 or MARS3104

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2
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
Semester 2
GEOS3520
Urban Citizenship and Sustainability

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P 24 credit points of Intermediate units of study, including 6 credit points from the following (GEOS2112 or GEOS2912 or GEOS2123 or GEOS2923 or GEOS2115 or GEOS2915 or GEOS2121 or GEOS2921 or SOILS2002 or LWSC2002)
N GEOS3920
Semester 1
GEOS3920
Urban Citizenship and Sustainability (Adv)

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

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

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P AREC2003 or RSEC2031 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2