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Study Earth and Environmental Sciences

Pursue your scientific curiosity and passion for the environment - from geology to marine biology; and ecology to palaeontology. Our study options will give you real-world experiences to set up a career in earth and environmental science.

  • We are #1 in South Australia for careers in environmental studies.*
  • Top 100 ranking in the world for environmental sciences.^


Want an interesting, well-paid and diverse career, with opportunities to travel all over the world? 

Explore Earth's mineral resources - their nature, origin, distribution, discovery and exploitation. This degree integrates and extends courses in geology and geophysics, mining, engineering, geography, chemistry, maths and physics.

Discover geoscience


A growing industry with job opportunities worldwide; ecotourism will connect your interest in science with the natural environment.

Gain the skills to develop experiences which describe the natural environment and support visitor enjoyment. Your scientific expertise will allow you to advise government, industry and the broader community.

Discover ecotourism

I've always loved science, being outside, insects and collecting bugs. I don't think it was until the last couple of years at high school that I realised that you could do that as a job. I love the idea that you're discovering something that no one else in the world knows. It's really exciting to feel like you're contributing something.
Erinn Fagan-Jeffries - PhD candidate

This video is provided with thanks to Children’s University Australia, a University of Adelaide outreach program.

Study options: Earth and environmental sciences

*(Graduate Destinations Survey 2014-2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016. ^2017 QS Rankings by Subject.