Study Planner Information

What will I study?

From your first year you will be immersed in your chosen discipline and challenged with advanced content and research opportunities. In the first three years you will follow a well defined pathway taking courses that are driven by research inquiry. In your fourth year you will join a research group to undertake an extended research project  to gain your Honours qualification. You will also learn the critical thinking, writing and communication skills essential for a career in research. You will graduate with specialised skills and knowledge in your chosen discipline as well as an understanding of other science areas. 

Year 1 to 4 Study Planners

The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to assist in planning your program. BAdvSc(Hons) students will complete #64 units in total, comprising:

  • #6 for Part A (either STAT1201 or STAT1301 plus SCIE1100 and SCIE1200)
  • #36 for the requirements for a major as per the course list (including #28 level 3 or above).
  • #6 from the BAdvSc(Hons) or BSc course list
  • #16 (science or non-science) electives

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the program and major requirements.

How do I use the Study Plans?

  1. Take all Compulsory Courses in each semester.
  2. Select required number of units in Key Courses for each year level.
  3. Fill any gaps in each semester with Key Courses or electives to ensure you meet the BAdvSc(Hons) requirements and rules.

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for the Program – All student must complete these courses as part of the program requirements.
  • Prerequisites for Major – First year prerequisites for the major
  • Compulsory for the Major – All student must complete these courses as part of the major requirements.
  • Key Courses – Electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended Electives – Courses that complement the major but can be substituted for another elective.
  • 1st Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Program Prerequisites for Major Recommended Electives
    1 SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science GEOS1100 Environment and Society MATH1051 Calc & Linear Algebra I1
    2 STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data5
    STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data5

    SCIE1200 Introduction to Science Research
    GEOM1000 Geographical Information and Data Analysis MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations

    1. Students without Queensland Senior Maths C or equivalent should complete MATH1050 before MATH1051 or MATH1052.
    5. Students who intend to major in Mathematics should take STAT1301.  Other students with an interest in advanced mathematics and at least a high achievement in Maths C or a 6 in MATH1050 are encouraged to take STAT1301.

  • 2nd Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    Choose at least #12 from:
    Recommended Electives
    1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II2

    GEOG2205 Global Population Issues

    GEOM2000 Introduction to Earth Observation Sciences (EOS)

    GEOM2001 Geographical Information Systems

    GEOS2100 Environmental Systems

    GEOS2110 Tectonic Geomorphology of Active Plant Boundaries

    STAT2003 Probability &Statistics

    2 MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science

    GEOS2101 Climatology & Hydrology

    GEOS2103 Biogeography & Geomorphology

    STAT2004 Statistical Modelling & Analysis

    2. Available in Semester 1 and 2

  • 3rd Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses
    Choose at least #8 from 3rd year courses:
    Recommended Electives
    1 #4 research project (sem 1 or 2)4 COSC3000 Visualisation, Computer Graphics &Data Analysis

    ENVM3201 Catchment Processes &Management

    GEOS3106 Environmental Hazards

    GEOS3400 Research Topic3

    MATH3101 Bifurcation and Chaos

    MATH3201 Scientific Computing: Advanced Techniques & Applications
    2 GEOS3102 Global Change: Problems &Prospects ENVM3202 Coral Reef Processes & Management

    GEOG3205 Applied Demography

    GEOM3001 Advanced Remote Sensing of Environment

    GEOM3002 Advanced Geographical Information Systems

    GEOS3107 Plants, People, & the Environment

    GEOS3108 Meteorology

    MARS3012 Physical-Biological Oceanography5

    MATH3403 Partial Differential Equations

    3. Available in Semester 1, 2 and Summer.
    4. Research project - GEOS3401 can be taken in semester 1 or GEOS3402 can be taken in semester 2.
    5. MARS3012 ‘Physical-biological Oceanography’ will not be offered in semester 2 2017. If you were due to enrol in MARS3012 in semester 2 2017, please contact Student Administration for advice.


  • 4th Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Major Key Courses Recommended Electives
    1 GEOS6001 Research Philosophy, Design & Implementation

    GEOS6100 Honours Research Thesis5
    - -
    2 GEOS6100 Honours Research Thesis5   Refer to course list

    5. Course is a year long course, commencing semester 1.  Students must re-enrol in same code in semester 2.



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