Graduate Diploma of Science in Environmental Earth Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Science in Environmental Earth Science

Gain expertise in environmental impact assessments, mine site rehabilitation, and soil and water science.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Career opportunities

A postgraduate qualification from JCU can enhance your career prospects, enable you to reskill and change careers completely, or develop a specialist area of expertise and personal interest.

Earth science and environmental science graduates enjoy well-paid careers in Australia and overseas. A range of opportunities await graduates in the academia as well as in private and public sectors.

As an Environ mental Scientist, for instance, you will measure and record features of the environment and study, assess and develop methods of controlling or minimizing the harmful effects of hum an activity on the environment.

Graduates can also get jobs as research assistants or support staff for teaching. With a PhD, you can gain research positions (Postdoctoral, Fellowships) that are often funded for a few years or apply for permanent positions as a lecturer and researcher.

Course highlights

James Cook University brings together a team of academic and associate staff across multiple disciplines.

  • Nationally-recognised leader in geoscience
  • state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities
  • internationally-acclaimed academic teaching staff
  • strong collaboration with industry and research organisations, both locally and internationally.

Course overview

What is environmental earth science?

Environmental earth science (or geoscience) covers a range of topics including hydrology, sedimentology and geomorphology.

Who is this course for?

This course provides specialist skills and knowledge for science graduates wanting to pursue careers in environmental earth science. Environmental scientists undertake work such as developing ways to minimise the impacts of humans on the natural environment.

How you will study

This course is available in Townsville and Cairns. It is available part time (domestic students only) and full time.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

GDipSc – Environmental Earth Science Major

Major code

GDS-EES

Credit points

24 credit points

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

EA5016:03 Hydrology

EA5017:03 Applied Soil Science

EA5404:03 From Icehouse to Greenhouse

EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

OPTIONS

Select 12 credit points of specified EA and EV level 5 subjects

EA5046:03 Earth and Environmental Geochemistry

EA5090:03 Advanced Hydrology

EA5320:03 Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment

EA5330:03 Field Techniques

EA5340:03 Disturbed Site Repair

EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV5404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Science

Course code

105006

Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in Science or equivalent.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post Admission requirements

Some majors require attendance at block mode subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus.  Students may be required to attend block mode classes at a campus other than that at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more science disciplines

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments/practices by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines

  • Organise, analyse and interpret complex scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Communicate complex scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and high level judgement

  • Explain and apply regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select a major (discipline area)

MAJORS

Type of major

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Environmental Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Environmental Marine Science

Townsville (Suspended 2015-2017)

 

Fisheries Biology and Management

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Marine Biology and Ecology

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Natural Resource Management

Cairns

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Protected Area Management

Cairns

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Tropical Biology and Conservation

Cairns

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Mid-year entry is available

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 14 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

GDipSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of study, may, depending on the subjects studied, be eligible to receive the award of Graduate Certificate of Science.

Course articulation

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Science are eligible for entry to the Master of Science, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the Graduate Diploma.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.