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.^
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.
Study and career options
Plant breeding innovation
- Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) Course
- Mapping with Drones Course (Visible)
- Mapping & Monitoring with Drones Course (Visible+ NIR)
"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."
“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."
- Sarah Hamlyn - Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)
Whether you're still at high school or planning to join us mid-year, taking a break from study or rethinking your career path, come chat with us at our STEM Careers Night. You and your parents are invited to join us online to see what’s available in the world of STEM.