The School of Geography and Environmental Studies is home to four areas of study related because of their complementary concern for the study of the Earth, its human and non-human inhabitants, interactions and relationships. In particular, these fields of study are concerned with the patterns and processes that arise from such interactions and relationships, and with questions of how to manage their effects for outcomes that are beneficial.
Graduates of geography and environmental studies have real flexibility of choice in their career paths.
UTAS Geography & Environmental studies graduates are employed in local, State and Australian government departments dealing with every aspect of society. They are also employed in small, medium and large private firms in local, national and international environmental consultancies - and in non-government organisations, many of which are focused on environmental management or conservation.
As well as finishing university with a range of generic attributes such as advanced writing and speaking skills, capacity for critical analysis and independent thought, graduates from geography and environmental studies have a powerful mix of specific disciplinary skills in mapping, field work, archival research, statistical and qualitative research, and planning and management.
EIANZ, Global Islands, Institute of Australian Geographers, Legislation and Policies, Planning Institute, Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute
This 3-year (minimum) full-time or part-time course is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and is available at Hobart and Launceston. The main intake to the Bachelor of Science is February, however a mid-year intake in July is also available. Students interested in Geography & Environmental Studies, may like to consider studying a major or minor in Geography and or Geographic Information Systems.
The BNatEnvWildStud degree combines disciplinary rigor in two fields with the ability to spread your studies over other approaches to the study of wilderness and natural environments. Many students see the degree as an integrative field science but with numerous options to undertake studies in units from disciplines outside the BSc related to the management and understanding of the natural environment. Others approach the degree from the perspective of environmental policy but take units from the field sciences to deepen their understanding of the natural world.
2014 only. 73P Bachelor of Antarctic Science is a three-year full-time or six-year part-time course is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and is available at Hobart. Antarctic and Southern Ocean is one of the University's theme areas and it is an area that is unique to the University of Tasmania. The course has two streams - Antarctic Life Science or Antarctic Physical Sciences - allowing for different emphases in specialisation.
The Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) is a multi-disciplinary degree combining the disciplines of biology, chemistry, ecology and geography complemented with studies in environmental policy and management. The Environmental Science program offered at the University of Tasmania has a strong focus on aquatic science, chemical monitoring and environmental management and overarches a number of the University's theme areas, particularly the Environment, and Antarctic and Marine Studies theme areas. The degree also provides a nexus with research programs in the Schools of Chemistry (environmental chemistry, ACROSS) and Geography and Environmental Studies (coastal and catchment management, forest ecology and agroforestry), as well as institutes within the University (IMAS, AMC NCMCRS). This course specifically aims to provide students with competencies, skills, knowledge and awareness, which will prepare them for employment as environmental scientists. The program also develops a wide range of general abilities including communication, analytical and problem solving skills that are widely valued by employers.
(For research trained degrees, see the Research section.)
This 1 year full-time, 2 year part-time (maximum) course is available at Hobart and, subject to available supervision, at Launceston. It aims to provide advanced training in the major area of the student's pass degree, opportunity for training in research, to prepare candidates for further research study (eg MSc and PhD) and employment in research organisations, and an in-depth knowledge in a single area of science.
The course aims to provide: advanced training and consequent in-depth knowledge within a particular discipline covered by natural environment and wilderness studies; training in research techniques relevant to that discipline to enable either postgraduate research entry or employment in research.
The course is offered in Hobart or by distance education and is 2.5 yrs minimum.
The Graduate Diploma in Science allows students to obtain a science major in an area outside their specialisation, such as Plant Science. Applications are open to graduates from all disciplines provided that the prerequisites for the field of specialisation are met, or other evidence of fitness to undertake the work is provided.
The Graduate Diploma of Science with Honours allows graduates to obtain the necessary science major to pursue higher degrees in Science. It offers advances training in the area chosen with a research Honours year, such as Botany.
The course (min 1 yr, Hobart or Distance) addresses the central role of environmental planning in achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability. Essential planning theory is integrated with understandings drawn from biophysical, social, cultural, legal and public policy disciplines. Urban, regional and rural environments are considered, and emphasis is given to planning across all land tenures at catchment and landscape scales.
The program (up to 18 months) attracts people who are interested in environmental management, or who anticipate responsibility for environmental policy formation, or a role in environmental education. The course extends the professional expertise of people working in such fields as agriculture, community welfare, economics, education, engineering, forestry, law, medicine, planning, public health, political economy, science, and resource management.
The course (min 1.5 yrs) addresses the central role of environmental planning in achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability. Essential planning theory is integrated with understandings drawn from biophysical, social, cultural, legal and public policy disciplines. Urban, regional and rural environments are considered, and emphasis is given to planning across all land tenures at catchment and landscape scales.
The Master of Applied Science (Specialisation) may be completed in 3 or 4 semesters depending on level of qualifications on entry and discipline preparedness of the specific candidate. The MAppSc (Spec) provides students with the opportunity to acquire advanced current knowledge in a specific science discipline. In addition, students will develop a capacity for independent research and problem-solving that can lead to workplace research and/or a degree by higher research (Masters or PhD). Currently, specialisations are available in the following areas: Agricultural Science, Chemistry, Food Safety, Microbiology, Physics (note: mid-year entry (July) only available), Biological Sciences, Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences.
Authorised by the Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
1 April, 2014