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What you can study at EAE

In 2016, The School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment offers three majors, Geoscience, Atmospheric and Geographical Science.  In 2017 the majors will be expanded and include  two majors in Earth Science (consisting of 4 streams) and Atmospheric Science, and extended majors in Earth Science, Atmospheric Science and Geography. There are twenty-nine electives to choose from.  Environmental and Climate units offered by EAE also form part of the Environmental Science extended major managed by the School of Biological Sciences.

Earth Sciences

The Earth's Physical Environment | | The Earth's Climate | | Geosciences | | Generic

Earth Science is a broad discipline that covers all aspects of the study of the Earth's physical environment and the interaction of that environment with the biosphere.

You can gain a deep insight into: geographical processes (such as plate tectonics, basin formation, volcanology, earthquakes, and the formation of ore deposits); the Earth's physical environment (such as rivers, groundwater, soils, and the landscape) and the interaction of physical systems and the biosphere; and/or the Earth's climate and how we understand and predict natural and anthropogenic climate change.

Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric Science is an interdisciplinary science that draws on the strengths of environmental science, applied mathematics and physical geography and applications of concepts in physics an chemistry. Atmospherics science explores the structure and evolution of the atmosphere and addresses how we forecast our weather as well as how we understand the climate. Weather and climate are both critical to understanding the natural environment and how  it is changing under anthropogenic influences.

First Year at EAE

  • EAE1011 Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
  • EAE 1022 Earth, Atmosphere and Environment 2

Provides and introduction to the science involved in studying the Earth, and how our planet has changed since its formation, 4.56 billion years ago. This unit looks at how we apply the scientific method, and all areas of science which are applied to determine the formation and tectonic history and anatomy of the Earth, the energy required for global processes to occur and future trends in climate.

Focuses in more detail on processes which affect the physical environment in which we live in. This unit looks at how changes in the Earth's surface, atmosphere and vegetation has changed in the past, and its predicted to change in the future as a result of human influences and management.


Geography is the interdisciplinary study of both natural and human environments and their interactions, focusing on space, places and regions, addressing both short-term and longer-term processes and their resultant patterns. Geography integrates the systematic study of environmental processes, landforms, soils, vegetation, climate and climate change, with human interactions and environmental management and policy.geography icon

These investigations include the nature, dimensions and causes of environmental change; the relationships between the environment and people; the resources biophysical systems provide and their sustainability. You will learn to analyse and synthesise complex environmental, economic, social and political information to enable a geographical understanding of humans, environments and the dynamic relationships between them.

First Year at EAE

  • ATS1310 Extreme Earth! Natural hazards and human vulnerability

Focuses on the catastrophes of our world today, such as droughts, earthquakes, epidemics, fires, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis and other weather extremes, and seeks to provide a blended understanding between the mechanics and dynamics of these environmental phenomena with the social contexts in which these disasters occur.

  • ATS1309 The Global Challenge

What can you do in a world that is challenged by questions of poverty, environmental degradation, social inequality and economic exclusion? Insight is gained into the new and emerging forces of social, economic and environmental change. The unit examines how changing population and migration dynamics, urban development, patterns of consumption and growth, and labour markets intersect, on national and global scales.

  • EAE1022 Earth, Atmosphere & Environment 2


Electives List 1

  • EAE2011 Environmental problem solving and visualisation
  • EAE2111 Introduction to climate
  • EAE2322 Environmental earth sciences
  • EAE3012 Geographical information systems and remote sensing
  • EAE3022 Hydrogeology
  • EAE3051 Palaeoclimatology
  • EAE3311 Physical environments
  • EAE3321 The critical zone
  • EAE3331 Catchment hydrology
  • EAE3342 Environmental cycles
  • EAE3900 Cultural landscape, environment and sustainability in Italy

Electives List 2

  • EAE2322 Environmental earth sciences
  • EAE3051 Paleoclimatology
  • EAE3111 Climate dynamics
  • EAE3132 Future climates

Electives List 3

  • EAE2511 The deep Earth
  • EAE2522 Sediments and basins
  • EAE2322 Environmental earth sciences
  • EAE3012 Geographical information systems and remote sensing
  • EAE3022 Hydrogeology
  • EAE3051 Palaeoclimatology
  • EAE3511 Deformation of the crust
  • EAE3521 Igneous and metamorphic processes
  • EAE3532 Physics of the Earth
  • EAE3540 Geology in the field
  • EAE3552 The dynamic biosphere
  • EAE3562 Ore deposit geology
  • EAE3581 Geochemistry
  • EAE3591 Applied geophysics