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. 

1st to 4th Year 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 (STAT1301, SCIE1100 and SCIE2011)
  • #6 (science or non-science) electives
  • #52 for the requirements for a major as per the course list.

To fulfil the Geographical Sciences major, you are required to complete a total of #52 including:

  • #28 of Compulsory Courses
  • #10 from the Level 2 Key Courses
  • #14 from the level 3 Key Courses

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 program – all students must complete this course
  • Key courses – electives from the major's course list.
  • Elective - #6 science or non-science electives
  • Year 1
    Sem Compulsory Courses Key Courses Electives
    Choose at least #2 from:
    1 SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science

    MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1

    GEOS1100 Environment and Society
    - Choose courses from the BAdvSc(Hons) List
    2 STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data

    GEOM1000 Geographical Information and Data Analysis

    MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & ODE's1

    SCIE2111 Introduction to Science Research
    - -
  • Year 2
    Sem Compulsory Courses Key Courses
    Choose at least #10 from:
    1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra2 GEOG2205 Global Population Issues

    GEOM2000 Introduction to Remote Sensing of Environment

    GEOM2001 Geographical Information Systems

    GEOS2100 Environmental Systems

    STAT2003 Probability &Statistics
    2 MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science

    GEOS2101 Climatology &Hydrology

    GEOS2103 Biogeography &Geomorphology

    STAT2004 Statistical Modelling & Analysis
    • Year 3
      Sem Compulsory Courses Key Courses
      Choose at least #14 from:
      1 - CONS3017 Landscape Ecology

      COSC3000 Visualisation, Computer Graphics &Data Analysis

      ENVM3201 Catchment Processes &Management

      GEOS3106 Environmental Hazards

      GEOS3108 Meteorology

      GEOS3400 Research Topic3

      MARS3012 Physical- Biological Oceanography

      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

      MATH3403 Partial Differential Equations
    • Year 4
      Sem Compulsory Courses Key Courses Electives
      1 GEOS6100 Honours Research Thesis

      GEOS6001 Research Philosophy, Design &Implementation
      - -

      1. Students without Queensland Senior Maths C or equivalent should complete MATH1050 before MATH1051 or MATH1052.
      2. Available in Semester 1 and 2
      3. Available in Semester 1, 2 and Summer.

Graduates with strengths in geographical science find career opportunities in areas such as:
  • Climate change assessment and planning
  • Climatology and meteorology
  • Coastal, marine and hydrographic analysis
  • Community development
  • Conservation, heritage and land management
  • Consulting and project management
  • Education
  • Environmental and social impact assessment
  • Environmental monitoring and management
  • Environmental science
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Geomophology
  • Hazard assessment, mitigation and disaster management
  • International development and aid
  • Local and regional development
  • Natural resource management and agriculture
  • Planning (including urban, regional, environmental, social and transport planning)
  • Population analysis
  • Public policy
  • Public safety, defence and national security
  • Remote sensing
  • Research
  • Surveying and geomatics
  • Sustainability