Environmental geoscience

A geological perspective on environmental issues

Environmental geoscience addresses global issues relating to air, water, land and energy.

Why study environmental geoscience?

It's likely that solutions to the most complex environmental problems will come from an interdisciplinary field of expertise. An environmental geoscience major draws on chemistry, geography, IT and ecology, giving you a unique and thorough foundation of studies.

You'll develop the knowledge and skills to explore unique ways to look at climate change, sustainability, pollution, soil remediation and degradation, salinisation and water conservation.

Environmental geoscience offers you the potential to make an impact through a solution-based examination of the most pressing issues that threaten contemporary society.

Where can environmental geoscience take me?

Graduates with a major in environmental geoscience are prepared for work in government and state departments, not-for-profit organisations, environmental consulting companies, resource management and conservation.

Why La Trobe?

  • You'll have access to some of the best teaching and research facilities in the world with the new $100 million La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) building.
  • You'll have the option to study abroad giving your degree an international edge.
  • Small class sizes mean you'll work closely with our teaching staff – learning directly from the experts in the field.
  • Study with a leader in science research. We're ranked no 1. In Australia for our research in Biological sciences, and Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences. Our research in plant biology, zoology and ecology is rated as well above world standard.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record and an appropriate major, Honours in environmental geoscience awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any).

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