The Ecosystem Science major will provide you with a detailed understanding of forest systems including forest productivity and ecosystem services.

You will be able to integrate knowledge of forest ecology to address the impacts of climate change on forest systems and the ecosystem goods and services they provide.

We’ll prepare you for employment in a land management related career or for further studies in related coursework masters programs.

From 2018, forest science is part of the Ecosystem Science major. 

Jamie Burton

“The ecosystem science major comprises a range of subjects from botany, ecology and environmental science. My favourite elective subject was Field Botany, a third year summer intensive with a one-week field trip to the Bogong High Plains near Falls Creek. We got to explore the stunning Alpine National Park and learnt valuable skills in plant identification, vegetation assessment and report writing.”

Sample course plans

Sample course plans for the BSc [PDF]

  • Career Outcomes

    Graduates with a major in Ecosystem Science can pursue careers in landscape management positions in government or the private sector, forest and environmental management, land-care and wildlife conservation or forest carbon investment and accounting.

    Employment in Ecosystem Science is projected to remain relatively steady to 2019. Ecosystem Scientists have above average earnings and full-time jobs.

    Mitchell Stephen

    "For those who want experiential learning with industry engagement that leads to real jobs and terrific experiences out in the bush, then I suggest that you undertake the Ecosystem Science Major."

  • Graduate Pathways

    You can pursue graduate studies in the Master of Forest Ecosystem Science, Master of Science, Master of Environment and other graduate degrees preparing you for a wide range of professions.

    Many programs are also available at Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma level (such as the Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Management).