Earth Surface Processes profoundly influence the way that people interact with their environment. As populations expand and the Earth System changes, our ability to understand, predict and adapt is underpinned by an understanding of how the Earth’s surface behaves and our role in this system.
Subjects in the Earth Surface Processes Pathway explore the processes and dynamics in the Earth system, such as climate change and hazards and their influence on hydrology, landscape evolution, fluvial dynamics and ecosystem processes. Our subjects also explore how landforms are constructed and change through time, and how humans influence and are influenced by these Earth Surface Processes.
Skills associated with this pathway
Graduates of the Earth Surface Processes Pathway will gain skills in the fields of hydrology, coastal dynamics, river systems, soil forming processes, landscape evolution, empirical data collection and analysis, spatial analysis, critical thinking and writing.
RECOMMENDED COURSE STRUCTURE
Pathways are designed to help students identify geography subjects focused on a specific theme. Pathways are not formal degrees or qualifications, rather they are recommended groupings of similar or related subjects that students may choose to enrol in if they wish to develop an expertise in a specific topic of interest, or to build a particular skill base for their preferred career path.
- First year
- Second year
Geog 30023: Global climate change in context - core
Geog 30001: Coastal landforms - core
Geog 30027: Local Sites, Global Connections - core
Geog 30025: Biogeography and ecology of fire - supplementary
Geog 30022: River ecology and ecosystem management - supplementary
Geog 30021: The disaster resilient city - supplementary
Geog 30026: East Timor field class - supplementary
Further study or research
Where could this pathway take you? Here is a selection of possible careers.
- Commercial/residential surveyor
- Environmental consultant
- Geographical information systems officer
- Planning and development surveyor
- Town planner
- Nature conservation officer
- Transport planner
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