Units of study

The following sets out the core and elective units of study available in the Environmental Science program at Sydney. With the permission of the program coordinator, you can sometimes take units from other programs as electives as long as these units are relevant to an environmental science degree and that you also complete the required core units.

For degree resolutions please check the latest information in the Faculty Handbook.

Core Units

Students in the graduate certificate must complete at least 18 credit points of the following core units.
Students in the graduate diploma must complete at least 24 credit points of the following core units.
Students in the master's degree must complete at least 30 credit points of the following core units.

AFNR5801
Climate Change: Process, History, Issues
Semester 2
ENVI5705
Ecological Principles
Semester 1
ENVI5707
Energy - Sources, Uses and Alternatives
Semester 2
ENVI5708
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
Semester 1
ENVI5801
Social Science of Environment
Semester 1
ENVI5904
Methods in Applied Ecology
Semester 2

Capstone Units

Students in the master's degree (coursework pathway) must complete RESP5001.
Students in the master's degree (research pathway) must complete ENVI5502, ENVI5503 and ENVI5504.

RESP5001
Integrated Environmental Practice

Semester 2
ENVI5502
Environmental Research Project A
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENVI5503
Environmental Research Project B
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENVI5504
Environmental Research Project C
Semester 1
Semester 2

Environmental Science Elective Units

The remaining units should be selected from the following list of elective units.

AFNR5511
Soil Processes, Assessment & Management
Semester 1
AFNR5512
Water Management and Variable Climate
Semester 2
AFNR5705
Australian Forest Systems
Semester 2
ENVI5809
Environmental Simulation Modelling
Semester 2a
ENVI5903
Sustainable Development
Int July
GEOG5001
Geographic Information Science A
Semester 1
GEOG5004
Environmental Mapping and Monitoring
Semester 2
GEOS5501
Human Rights and the Environment
Semester 2a
GOVT6135 Global Environmental Politics Semester 1
MARS5001
Coastal Processes and Systems
Semester 1
MARS5006
Coral Reefs, Science and Management
Semester 1
MARS5007
Coral Reefs and Climate Change
Semester 1a
PHYS5031
Ecological Econ & Sustainable Analysis
Semester 1
PHYS5032 Techniques for Sustainability Analysis Semester 1
PHYS5033 Environmental Footprints and Input-Output Analysis Semester 2
PHYS5034
Life Cycle Analysis
Semester 2
RSEC5432
Environmental Economics
Semester 2
SUST5002
Food and Water Security
Semester 2
SUST5005 Policy and Sustainability Int October
WILD5001
Australasian Wildlife: Introduction
Int August
WILD5002
Australasian Wildlife: Field Studies
Int Sep
WILD5004
Vertebrate Pest Management
Int August
Int March