Knowledge of the interaction between ocean, atmosphere, land, biota and humans is the key to the management of our built and natural systems and to finding solutions to the problems they face.
The Bachelor of Environmental Science focuses on building scientific knowledge and practical skills in land, water, and flora and fauna conservation. As well as lectures and tutorials, you undertake classes in scientific laboratories equipped with advanced analytical equipment. You may choose an 8-unit major to focus your studies, or a specialisation in the growing field of regenerative agriculture.
Field trips feature in many units, enabling you to gain hands-on skills in many diverse environments. The University is located near a variety of unique study environments, including significant wetlands and estuaries, forests, coastal and inland national parks, and urban and rural development.
Graduates are not just knowledgeable and innovative, but industry-ready, with practical skills to manage the environment for the future.
Land and Water Management
This major explores the processes and systems that impact land and water management including soil, land rehabilitation, catchment management, wetland ecosystems, coastal biogeochemistry, pollution and wastewater engineering.
Fauna and Flora Conservation
This major explores biological sciences and systems involved in species conservation, including plant and wildlife identification and conservation, protected areas, biology, soil processes, wetland ecosystems and genetics.
Students will gain insight into how to engage with communities and increase awareness about managing natural resources, including scientific concepts and creative problem-solving in communities.
You can also choose a shared major as part of your degree.
This specialisation delves deeply into the emerging practices of, and growing evidence-base for regenerative agriculture, examining human ecology, agroecology, regenerative agronomy and soil management as well as the planning of rural landscapes.
Graduates have established careers in natural resource management authorities including government and non-government organisations such as Departments of Primary industries, Environment Protection Authorities, National Parks, Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, Local Councils.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Environmental Science, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:
*In addition to the listed elective units in the BEnvSc, equivalent units may be drawn from any Major in the BEnvSc degree or from university-wide electives.
No unit will be credited to more than one major.
Students may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree of Environmental Science after completing 16 units (192 credit points) comprising 4 core units and 12 other units from the listed majors.
Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Environmental Science after completing 8 units (96 credit points) comprising 2 core units and 6 other units from the listed majors.