Earth & Environmental Science
Pursue your scientific curiosity and passion for our earth and our 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.^
Apply now for mid-year entry
Start now: The next start date for mineral geoscience is July 29, 2019.
Driven by the thrill of discovery
Explore our planet's deep mantle. Explain the evolution of far-off galaxies. The disciplines of earth and environmental sciences deepen our understanding of the world, the universe and our place in it.
The University of Adelaide leads groundbreaking research in these areas that directly feeds student learning.
*(Graduate Destinations Survey 2014-2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016. ^2017 QS Rankings by Subject.
Satisfying the urge to understand why
We grapple with mind-bogglingly questions about the structure of the universe. We prepare the next generation of scientists to meet new environmental challenges.
We also lead internationally significant environmental research through our on-campus Environment Institute. Our research into areas such as ancient DNA, conservation, marine biology and water management helps to find new approaches to global environmental problems.
Meet our graduates
Dr Bonnie Henderson
BSc (Advanced) - Geology major
"My time at the University of Adelaide has been extraordinary, challenging and life-changing. I love the social interaction and field-work component of studying earth sciences. During my undergraduate and PhD studies I have travelled around Australia and the world. I am now a part of a global community of geoscientists."
Dr Louise Emmerson
Bachelor of Science (Hons)
"The education I received at the University of Adelaide provided me with the confidence and ecological foundation to apply the skills developed from studying semi-arid vegetation to leading research on seabirds in Antarctica.
BSc (Marine Biology)
“Studying the BSc (Marine Biology) has provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge that I rely on in my career today. I work in a field that is still developing, so the importance of noting patterns and making observations in the lab and field, which can then translate into hypotheses and designing sound experiments, was a very useful skill to have developed during my studies."
- Bachelor of Science or
Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or
Bachelor of Science and Entrepreneurship
Choose a major in:
- Bachelor of Science (Ecotourism)
- Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)
- Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience)
- Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology)
- Graduate Certificate in Science (Ecotourism)
- Graduate Diploma in Science (Ecotourism)
- Master of Science (Ecotourism)