See where an undergraduate degree with UNSW Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences can take you. Explore our study options and learn more about the experience field trips available to our research students.



Biology is the science of life. Biologists explore how living organism’s function, grow, evolve and relate to one another and the environment in which they live.

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Climate Science

Climate System Science explores the Earth’s climate system. It encompasses learning about the fundamentals of atmospheric science, oceanography, land processes and interactions and chemistry.

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Earth Science

Earth Science is the science of the nature and evolution of our planet covering everything from the structure of natural crystals and formation of fossils to the powerful forces that drive earthquakes and volcanoes and move continents across the globe.

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Ecology explores how various organisms, including mammals, invertebrates, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, plants and microbes interact with one another and with their environment.

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Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. Students will study how natural and built environments function and change over time.

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Marine & Coastal Science

Marine Science looks at all aspects of the marine environment, encompassing many sciences from biology to geology. Marine Biologists study life on the shore and in the oceans, whereas Marine Geologists examine the structure of the ocean floor, ocean sedimentation and marine resources.

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BEES Honours students in Glasshouse


Develop your research and professional skills in a specialised area. Our honours degrees introduce advanced research training through the completion of a thesis or a practice-based project. Explore our honours projects and review eligibility requirements.


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Sample Degree Outline

Settling the Foundations

  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Evolutionary and Functional Biology
  • Environmental Systems and Processes
  • Environmental Earth Science 

Exploring Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Biology of Invertebrates
  • Flowering Plants
  • Evolutionary and Physiological Ecology
  • Australian Climate and Vegetation
  • Introduction to Marine Science
  • Human Origins
  • Life Through Time
  • Australian Surface Environment and Landforms
  • Climate Change
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth Materials
  • Earth’s Interconnections
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Field Methods and Mapping
  • Data Analysis for Life and Earth Sciences

Specialising in an Area of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Major: Biology & Ecology

Advanced Field Biology | Biodiversity and Conservation | Ecology | Environmental Impact Assessment | Animal Behaviour | Plant Ecology | Life in Arid Lands | Assembling Tree of Life | Evolution |Ocean to Estuarine Ecosystems | Marine and Aquatic Ecology | Biodiversity and Conservation of Natural Resource

Major: Marine & Coastal Science

Ocean to Estuarine Ecosystems | Marine & Aquatic Ecology | Physical Oceanography | Geomorphology | Coastal Resource Management | Environmental Impact Assessment | Biodiversity and Conservation of Natural Resource

Major: Geography & Earth Science

Environmental Change | Coastal Resource Management | Geomorphology | Earth Structures | Mineral and Energy Resources | Environmental Geophysics | Dynamic Earth | Australian Soils | Advanced Remote Sensing | Geographic Data Analysis | Environmental Impact Assessment