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Environmental and Geospatial Science

Interested in Environmental and Geospatial Science?

UniSA degrees in the field of environmental and geospatial science deliver practical learning taught by industry professionals.

There is a focus on fieldwork and problem solving from year one. You will gain skills you can transfer to the workplace and graduate ready to work in this increasingly complex and vitally important area.

Environmental science provides you with a broad knowledge base covering subjects such as ecology, soil science, geography and social sciences to prepare you for a number of careers in the exciting and broad area of environmental sustainability.

Geospatial science encompasses environmental mapping and spatial analysis for a range of purposes including land surveying, environmental management and modelling. This program focuses on the various elements of geospatial science including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, mapping and land surveying.

If you are interested in further study, we offer postgraduate qualifications in Environmental Science and Surveying.

Key features

  • Gain a qualification from a university ranked in the top two per cent of institutions worldwide1.
  • Develop the latest in-demand skills and enjoy hands-on experience through field trips, in sustainability, natural resources and geospatial sciences.
  • Benefit from links to the Barbara Hardy Institute and the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre.
  • Research rated above world-class in environmental science and management2.
  • The Bachelor of Environmental Science and the Bachelor of Geospatial Science share a common first year, so you can change specialisation or graduate with two qualifications in four years.
  • Complete the Bachelor of Enivironmental Science and Geospatial Science in four years (Discuss this option with the Program Director).

1 2017 QS World University Rankings and 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
2 Source: 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why UniSA?

Our environmental and geospatial science degrees have been developed with extensive input and support from industry experts. The contemporary course content reflects the current state of play in environmental management and sustainability in Australia and overseas.

While you study you will benefit from links to the Barbara Hardy Institute and the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), both of which do research into the environment and sustainability. The NBERC was established in 2016 and has four major research strands:

  • Natural and Built Environments Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Smart and Healthy Communities
  • Water and Natural Resources

UniSA offers 8 Environmental and Geospatial Science degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Qualifications in this field can lead to a huge variety of roles in sectors such as:

  • environmental sector
  • government departments and agencies
  • environmental consultancies
  • engineering sector
  • mining and resources
  • manufacturing
  • construction sector
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university; our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. UniSA also has extensive research strengths and partnerships that provide a strong foundation for all our degree programs.

In the renowned Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), our academics and researchers have diverse research backgrounds and complementary expertise in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental Science, Geospatial Science, Project Management, and Water and Wastewater Engineering. A key aim of the centre is resolving real-world, multidisciplinary problems and the challenges of industry, government and the community, at both national and international levels.

The Barbara Hardy Institute has world-leading scientists, engineers and social scientists working collaboratively towards the widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices. Simply put, they do great research into sustainability.

Industry facts

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Employment for environmental scientists in Australia is projected to increase by 3 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Employment in the renewable energy sector is expected to be 1.2 to 4 times higher by 20201.

1Renewable Energy Jobs in 2009 and Forecasts to 2020

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Geospatial Science student Mitchell Ford discusses his experience of studying at the University of South Australia.

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What others are saying

I've had plenty of opportunities to connect with people within industry and made some really good networking connections. Also I've joined the Surveying & Spacial Sciences Institute Young Professionals Committee which I have found to be a source of practical experience.

Sophie Min-Thompson

Bachelor of Geospatial Science

Sophie Min-Thompson

Sophie Min-Thompson

Bachelor of Geospatial Science

You will be surprised by how much fun you will have studying at UniSA; you meet new people and learn exciting things. You can really tailor your degree to suit your needs and there is plenty of support to help you make the right decision about what area you specialise in.

Angus Droogan

Bachelor of Environmental Science

Angus Droogan

Angus Droogan

Bachelor of Environmental Science

I am a land surveying field assistant, which involves preparing the survey vehicle and checking equipment in the morning before heading to the work site. A career in land surveying gives me the opportunity to work on many different projects and travel all around the Greater Adelaide area. Studying geospatial science and surveying at UniSA gave me the skills and knowledge to start a career in the surveying field.

Jason Heritage

Bachelor of Geospatial Science

Jason Heritage

Jason Heritage

Bachelor of Geospatial Science

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017