Bachelor of Science (Geography and Environment)
Protect and manage the future of the environment
Gain the skills and knowledge needed to tackle social and environmental challenges such as COVID, including being able to collect physical and social information on landscapes.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 05 Feb 23
- 25 Jun 23
Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Explain the methodologies of science and the role and relevance of science in society.
- Apply in-depth knowledge and skills in one or more scientific disciplines to provide specialist advice and functions in a range of contexts.
- Design and implement scientific investigations, including quantitative analysis and critical evaluation of results.
- Communicate scientific results, information, and arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes.
- Apply scientific methods and knowledge ethically, responsibly, respectfully and safely in research or workplace settings guided by relevant regulatory and professional frameworks.
The problem-solving skills you’ll gain are highly sought after in strategic, managerial, commercial and government positions as policy officers, technical advisors, decision-makers and consultants.
Environmental scientists and managers provide environmental impact assessment, help companies with pollution management, and inform government policy. There are also opportunities for careers in spatial sciences or geography education.
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of any 4 OUA open access subjects of study at the equivalent AQF level, unless otherwise specified.
Applicants must have completed at least two subjects of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points) within an Associate Degree level course or Higher; OR
Completed the UTAS University Preparation Program (or an equivalent qualification offered by an Australian University); OR
Completed DUS (Diploma of University Studies) any pathway or equivalent.
ATAR: 65 or higher
Successful completion of certificate IV or higher.
Work and Life
Domestic Applicants with work and life experience: If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have extensive or sustained work experience.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
Geography and Environment major helps you tackle some of the most pressing problems facing humanity: climate change, biodiversity extinction crisis, sustainable cities, and resource depletion, for example. Through our subjects, you will be able to explore these challenges in an integrated way, drawing on the knowledge and skills needed to better understand and address these intractable issues.
Geography has become a much more high tech discipline over the past few decades, particularly with so much data and spatial information at our finger tips. You will learn how to combine the information from online maps and data layers with physical and social data to address environmental challenges locally and globally.
You will gain insights into the complex social-ecological systems, including understanding regulatory frameworks, ethics in science, as well as gain field skills such as vegetation and fire assessment.
You will develop skills for environmental and planning jobs that require flexibility, innovative thinking and lifelong learning. You will expand your knowledge of environments and peoples, and the ways they interact from the local to the global.
Recommended Study Pattern
The Bachelor of Science requires the completion of 24 subjects comprising:
- 8 core subjects
- 8 Discipline Elective subjects
- 8 Elective UTAS Elective subjects
You may complete any subject from the Bachelor of Science available in the Discipline stream as a Discipline Elective so long as you meet any pre-requisites.
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended:
Year 1. 8 subjects in first year including:
- 2 Introductory subjects
- TAS-KGA171 Global Geographies of Change
- TAS-KGA172 Nature, People, Place
- 4 Discipline subjects
- 2 UTAS Electives
Year 2. 8 subjects in second year including:
- 4 Intermediate subjects
- TAS-KGA204 Earth, Climate and Life
- Choose 1 subject from
- TAS-KGA223 Environmental Management
- TAS-KGA213 Natural Environment Field Techniques
- 2 Discipline subjects
- 2 UTAS Electives
Year 3. 8 subjects in third year including: (Students outside Tasmania, please note, you will need to contact the subject coordinator if you wish to study KGA331.)
- Choose 4 Advanced subjects from:
- TAS-KGA319 Science and Policy for Energy Futures
- TAS-KGA320 Our Changing Climate
- TAS-KGA326 Rivers and Coasts
- TAS-KGA331 Fire, Weeds and Ferals: Conserving Nature in Protected Areas
- TAS-KGA332 Conserving Nature in Landscapes
- 2 Discipline subjects
- 2 UTAS Electives
Satisfactory completion of 24 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 3-7 years from commencement.
Choose your subjects
Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from within or outside the College of Sciences and Engineering. Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional subjects in the same discipline as your core subjects or related fields.
You can also use this space to complete an optional second major which may be a second major chosen from another program noting some exclusions apply. Not all majors can be taken by students in different programs.
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This degree offers Open access entry, exclusive to Open Universities Australia.
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