"The course that stands out the most for me is Political Ecology. We are learning about human-environment conflicts, it is very interesting and it has made me see and view things in a completely new way. My current assignment is to pick a media source and analyse how a particular human-environment conflict is represented and the impacts- it is making me see Pocahontas in a completely different light! It is a course really worth taking- it is relevant to modern day and really makes you reassess your perceptions!" Emily Fawthrop (England)

When you choose to study the environment at UQ, you will become part of the solution, solving issues such as climate change, biosecurity and the problem of diminishing natural resources.

Featured courses

Australia’s Terrestrial Environment, BIOL2001

Through a series of lectures and fieldtrips to locations such as Brisbane Forest Park, Fraser Island World Heritage Area, Lamington National Park and Australia Zoo, you will examine a range of Australian animals and vegetation types, and learn about Australian climate, soil, and geomorphology, along with those historical factors that have helped shape this continent's distinctive terrestrial environment. There are additional fees payable for the fieldtrips.

Australia’s Marine Environment, MARS2005

Experience the amazing diversity of Australia’s marine life through lectures and field trips to the Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island (3 days) and the Heron Island Research Station in the Great Barrier Reef (5 days). No science background is necessary to enrol in this course, and at these outstanding locations, you will have the opportunity to put your new understanding of oceanography, marine animal and plant diversity, coastal and estuarine systems, and coral reef environments, into practice. Additional fees are payable for field trips.

Natural Resource Management, ENVM3523

Land and water use, biodiversity, forests and fisheries - these are just some of the natural resource management issues facing our planet. In this course you will learn about the complex web of inter-related ecological, economic and social factors at the root of these problems, and how they relate to management and policy issues at regional, national and global levels. You will develop advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to use conflict management and other social science approaches to tackle natural resource challenges.

Marine and Coastal Environmental Protection, ENVM2002

Develop your appreciation of the environmental, social and political basis of marine and coastal management and how it has evolved in response to changing environmental and societal pressures. In this course you will be introduced to international and Australian approaches to the conservation of biodiversity values, ecological processes, products, goods and services in coastal zones.

Carbon and Energy Management, ENVM2522

Examine contemporary carbon and energy management issues and practices in both global and regional contexts. You will participate in a range of practical learning exercises and learn how to develop a carbon footprint, conduct an energy audit, appraise emissions abatement activities, design carbon offset projects, and participate in an emissions trading simulation game.

Environmental Toxicology, ENVM3211

The use of chemicals poses a risk to environmental and human health. Through a combination of field work and intensive laboratory work, this course will introduce you to tools that are used in environmental toxicology, such as those used to measure chemical exposure and evaluate toxicological effects.

Global Population Issues, GEOG2205

Explore a range of challenging and controversial population issues facing the world today, including population growth, ageing, the AIDS epidemic, immigration, the growth of megacities, the fertility crisis and environmental degradation.

Geographical Information Systems, GEOM2001

GIS uses data modelling, databases and map visualisation to describe and explain geographical patterns and processes. Through laboratory sessions and practical problem solving you will develop GIS application skills used in fields such as ecology, environmental management, marine and earth sciences and physical geography.

Climatology and Hydrology, GEOS2101

Through lectures and hands-on practical sessions you will gain an understanding of the physical processes and linkages operating within the earth’s atmosphere and hydrosphere systems. You will investigate the atmospheric processes that govern the daily weather you experience, the causes of drought in eastern Australia, the main processes leading to cloud formation and precipitation, and the impact of different weather systems on the hydrology of catchments.

Urban Design, PLAN2003

Develop your critical knowledge of principles and processes of urban design and the forces that shape our urban environment. You will explore concepts and principles which organise the structure and function of cities, the physical elements which constitute urban form, social behaviour in public spaces, and the social, cultural and economic factors which impact upon urban design practice and policy making.

Transport and Infrastructure Planning, PLAN2100

Develop your theoretical and practical skills in planning for a holistic and integrated transport and infrastructure system. You will learn to analyse urban transport and infrastructure challenges and support the development of inclusive, liveable and sustainable cities.

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