Major Overview


This major provides foundational knowledge and skills in environmental geography and planning. It provides students with an understanding of how environmental processes intersect with planning practice in a range of geographical contexts and at different spatial scales.

Essential skills are developed for careers in environmental planning, including principles of site assessment, urban design, landscape evaluation and design, visualisation and master-planning. These are considered in the context of the strategic and statutory dimensions of environmental planning frameworks. Students are also provided with opportunities to put their knowledge into practice through a range of options, including fieldwork and industry projects.

Graduates in this major will be well positioned to develop careers in a range of fields including environmental design, sustainable planning, environmental consultancy and planning agencies across the private, non-profit and public sectors both domestically and overseas.

The major provides pathways to professional accredited degrees, notably the Master of Urban and Regional Planning and the Master of Urban Design.


Students are able to:

  1. Critically evaluate key concepts, theories and practices in environmental geography and planning
  2. Explain the role of strategic and statutory policy frameworks in guiding environmental planning
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate strategic and technical responses to environmental planning issues.
  4. Discuss the interdisciplinary and professional context within which environmental planning and design is situated
  5. 5. Communicate environmental planning perspectives and knowledge effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriately selected written, oral and visual means.
Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.


Enrolment in the Bachelor of Environmental Design or Bachelor of Philosophy


MJD-HGYPL Human Geography and Planning (ID 1550); MJD-GGRPY Geographical Sciences (ID 1240)


Environmental Geography and Planning can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

No study plans found for this major. See study plans for more information.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (12 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GEOG1104 Disasters! None
S1 URBD1000 Introduction to Urban Design None

Level 2

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (12 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
NS GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes
Successful completion of
GEOG1106 Climate Change: Environment and Society
or GEOG1104 Disasters!
or GEOG1107 Human Inequality in the Anthropocene
or GEOG1103 Urbanisation and Sustainability
or prior approval
S1 LACH2000 Landscape Context Studio
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation ARLA1000 Design Studio - Groundings
Degree-specific major units

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANTH2225 Human Futures: Energy, Food and Sustainable Environments
Successful completion of
level 1 24 points Unit(s)
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
36 points of prior study
S2 LACH2050 Plants and Landscape Systems None

Level 3

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (18 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANTH3601 Indigenous Australia
Successful completion of
level 2 24 points
S2 GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning
Enrolment in
MJD-CONBI Conservation Biology
or MJD-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or MJD-GGRPY Geographical Sciences
or MJD-GSSCI Geographical and Spatial Science
or MJD-HGYPL Human Geography and Planning
or MJD-APHGY Applied Human Geography
or MJD-WLCDM Wildlife Conservation
or MJD-ENVDM Environmental Science and Management
or MJD-ENVMT Environmental Management
or MJD-ENGEO Environmental Geography and Planning
or MNR-SAPEP Science and Policy: Environmental Planning
or MNR-SPCEU Science and Policy: Climate Change, Environmental Planning and Urban Environments
or MNR-ENVST Understanding the Environment
and Successful completion of
72 points in your chosen degree
Unit(s) PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning
S1 GEOG3308 Climate Change: Policy and Practice
72 points in your chosen degree