Climate and Sustainability

Climate and environment research, Geology

Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our planet. Scientists all over the world are studying Earth and the atmosphere to understand how things are changing, and what we can do to adapt.

If you’re a problem solver, are fascinated by the world around you and want to work on sustainable solutions that could change the world for the better – a career in climate science could be for you.

Where do I start?

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in either Geology or Geography will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to take action on critical global challenges such as natural hazards, climate and environmental changes, and our increasing demand for energy.

As a student, you’ll get to do science right from your first year – with trips to our many field stations, hands-on research in state-of-the-art labs, exciting courses, and opportunities to work alongside leading scientists on real-world research.

Bachelor of Science in Geology

If you care about our planet, enjoy the outdoors or travelling to far-flung places, and want a fascinating and rewarding career – then Geology is a great place to start.

UC offers one of the top geoscience departments in the country and is leading the world in its earthquake research. Our BSc in Geology equips students with knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges of today’s changing world.

If you’re interested in this area of science you could do a BSc in Geology; with Environmental Science, Water Resource Management, and Geography as minor subjects.

Degree Structure

This table outlines the range of courses you can take to complete a BSc in Geology. There is some flexibility in the courses you can do for this degree. See our Student Advisors for help with this.

Transferable skills

Critical thinking, data analysis, field experience including health and safety awareness, inter-disciplinary experience and knowledge, practical research skills, report writing and case study analysis.

Postgraduate study

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)), Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc), Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience (MDRR), Professional Master of Engineering Geology (PMEG), Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Career options

Engineering geologist, environmental impact officer, environmental scientist, geophysicist, GIS specialist, hydrologist, natural hazards analyst, project manager, resource advisor, secondary school teacher.

Bachelor of Science in Geography

Geography focuses on finding innovative solutions to problems facing the global society, including climate change, poverty, sustainability, health and inequality.

A BSc in Geography is a three-year degree that will prepare you well for a career in climate science or a related field. Our undergraduate geography students gain highly valued skills that make them among the most employable graduates.

If you’re interested in this area of science you could do a BSc in Geography; with Environmental Science, Water Resource Management, and Geology as minor subjects.

Degree Structure

This table outlines the range of courses you can take to complete a BSc in Geography. There is some flexibility in the courses you can do for this degree. See our Student Advisors for help with this.

Transferable skills

Analytical skills including cultural, statistical and geospatial analysis; critical thinking; data analysis and collection; health and safety awareness; interdisciplinary experience and knowledge; practical field and research skills; report writing; synthesis of information and viewpoints.

Postgraduate study

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)), Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS), Master of Water Resource Management (MWaterRM), Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology (PMGST), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Career options

Air quality scientist, community development officer, environmental scientist, geohealth analyst, geospatial analyst, geotechnical engineer, GIS analyst, human rights advocate, hydrogeologist, marine scientist, operations manager, remote sensing scientist, resource management planner, social researcher, statistical analyst, urban transport planner.

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