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The program of study aims to provide students with a broad-based foundation in science together with the ability to acquire extensive subject knowledge in the discipline of environmental hydrology.
It also aims to develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills including the capacity to:

  • understand how the terrestrial hydrological systems operate
  • have a broad interdisciplinary knowledge in this field
  • apply the scientific method to explore problems of relevance to this discipline
  • use a range of analytical methods, including computer software to analyse relevant data
  • contribute to an advance of knowledge in this discipline.

The educational aims of this major are to provide students with an overview of processes that determine the source, amount and flows of water in the environment with a particular focus on aspects relating to water problems facing Australia.

Learning outcomes

After completion of the major students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of relevance to the discipline
  • understand and apply the scientific method
  • critically review and interpret scientific information
  • develop scientific hypotheses
  • communicate their findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form
  • work both independently and within interdisciplinary research groups
  • value ethical behaviour.

Program of study

Major - Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources - Year 1

18 units comprising:

Core - Year 1 Topics

 EASC1101  Earth and Environmental Sciences  (4.5 units)
 EASC1102  Marine Sciences  (4.5 units)
 GEOG1001  Environment and Society  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 Topics

One of:

 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)*
 MATH1701  Mathematics Fundamentals A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1702  Mathematics Fundamentals B  (4.5 units)

Major - Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources - Year 2

18 units comprising:

Core - Year 2 Topics

 ENVS2761  Hydrology  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 Topics

Plus 13.5 units from:

 EASC2702  Global Climate Change  (4.5 units)
 EASC3751  Hydrochemistry  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2752  Geological Processes  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2700  Geographical Information Systems  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2701  Introduction to Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2702  Image Analysis in Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)

Major - Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources - Year 3

18 units comprising:

Core - Year 3 Topics

 EASC3741  Groundwater  (4.5 units)
 EASC3742  Earth Fluid Modelling  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3731  Ecohydrology  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3750  Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines  (4.5 units)

*This topic can be taken if the pre-requisites are met. Pre-requisite topics may need to be taken as electives