Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Environmental Science) - 4 year program

No further student intake - continuing students should seek counselling from the course coordinator

To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) – 4 years .

The Environmental Sciences Specialisation is offered as part of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The specialisation is offered by the School of the Environment, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The name of the Specialisation will appear on the transcript and parchment.

Specialisations have different admission requirements to other programs of study available in the Bachelor of Science (Honours). In order to undertake a specialisation students must be admitted to the specialisation program.

There is an alternative 1 year program for the Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) (Honours) for students who have successfully completed a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science).

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

There are no formal prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Environmental Science), but a knowledge of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at Year 12 level is desirable.

Prerequisites and Assumed Knowledge for Specialisations

There are no formal prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, but a knowledge of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at Year 12 level is desirable.

Course aims

The course has been designed to produce graduates who, as environmental scientists, are specialists in a major area of applied science and possess well developed skills to liaise with other groups of scientific and environmental specialists to arrive at solutions to environmental problems. It aims:

  • to promote a project and problem-oriented and trans-disciplinary approach to the application of science to environmental issues
  • to produce environmental professionals who are specialists in a major area of environmental concern and who are experienced in working in teams which draw on and communicate a variety of expertise
  • to develop the role of basic science in the identification, assessment, monitoring and treatment of environmental problems
  • to promote an understanding of the public policy contexts and social organisations within which environmental issues arise and are dealt with.

Learning outcomes

On completion of their degree, students will have developed a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge in their science discipline and a range of transferable professional skills.

Subject knowledge

Graduates of the course are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate specialist skills in a major area of environmental concern
  • organise environmental projects using problem-based and trans-disciplinary approaches
  • employ scientific method to identify, assess, monitor and treat environmental problems
  • recognise the public policy contexts and social organisations within which environmental issues arise and are dealt with.

Transferable professional skills

Graduates of the course are expected to be able to:

  • employ scientific methodologies such as experimental design, and the critical analysis of data
  • communicate and present information clearly and fluently in both written and spoken forms
  • interact effectively as part of a team in order to work towards a common outcome
  • work and learn independently
  • reason critically and logically and make independent judgements
  • engage effectively with information and communication technologies
  • demonstrate research skills appropriate for further study and employment
  • appreciate the need for continuing professional development.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Environmental Science) a student must complete 144 units, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study detailed below.

No more than 45 units of First Year level topics may be included in the 144 units for the degree. Topics designated 'any year' or with no year level specified are regarded as First Year level topics.

Elective topics to complete 144 units may be selected from any offered within the University or, with approval from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, from outside the University, provided any course and prerequisite requirements are met.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Except where there is an approved double specialisation (see Bachelor of Science (Honours) program of study) the same upper level (2xxx or above) topic cannot be counted twice. For example an upper level topic that is counted towards a specialisation may not also be counted towards a minor.

Students who have completed 108 units according to the first three years of the Program may choose to exit with the Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science).

Students choose from one of three streams in the Environmental Science Specialisation:

Stream - Coasts and Catchments

Core - Coasts and Catchments - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 BIOL1101  Evolution of Biological Diversity  (4.5 units)
 EASC1101  Earth and Environmental Sciences  (4.5 units)
 EASC1102  Marine Sciences  (4.5 units)
 ENVS1001  Introduction to Environmental Investigations (4.5 units)

Plus one of

 CHEM1101  Chemical Structure and Bonding  (4.5 units) 
 CHEM1201  General Chemistry  (4.5 units)

Plus 13.5 units of elective topics* from across the University where entry requirements are met.

Core - Coasts and Catchments - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 EASC2701  Coasts and Oceans  (4.5 units)
 EASC2702  Global Climate Change  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2751  Skills for Environmental Professionals (4.5 units)
 ENVS2752  Geological Processes (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of option topics**

Plus 9 units of elective topics* from across the University where entry requirements are met.

Core - Coasts and Catchments - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

ENVS3700  Directed Studies in the Environment (4.5 units)

Plus 22.5 units of option topics**

Plus 9 units of elective topics* from across the University where entry requirements are met.

*Stream - Coasts and Catchments - Recommended Electives

While students are able to select electives from any topics offered by the University, where topic prerequisites are met, these are the recommended first year electives for this specialisation. Note: students may only count up to 45 units of first year topics towards their degree.

 BIOL1102  Molecular Basis of Life  (4.5 units)
 CHEM1102  Modern Chemistry  (4.5 units) OR
 CHEM1202  Chemistry for the Life Sciences  (4.5 units)
 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)
 MATH1701  Mathematics Fundamentals A  (4.5 units) 

*Students may choose to undertake a Bachelor of Science Minor as part of the elective component of their degree subject to meeting course/topic requirements

**Option - Coasts and Catchments - Year 2 & 3 topics

Select 9 units from:

 BIOL2701  Experimental Design and Statistics for Biology  (4.5 units)
 BIOL2711  Ecology  (4.5 units)
 BIOL2712  Animal Diversity  (4.5 units)
 BIOL2721  Foundations of Animal Behaviour  (4.5 units)
 BIOL2742  Marine Ecology  (4.5 units)
 BIOL3701  Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology  (4.5 units)
 BIOL3702  Marine and Freshwater Biology  (4.5 units)
 BIOL3703  Vertebrate Palaeontology  (4.5 units)
 BIOL3721  Research in Animal Behaviour  (4.5 units)
 BIOL3722  Conservation and Ecological Genetics  (4.5 units)
 BIOL3751  Marine Mammals, Birds and Reptiles  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2741  Microbiology of our Environment (4.5 units)

Select 18 units from:

 EASC3741  Groundwater  (4.5 units)
 EASC3751  Hydrochemistry  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2731  Coastal Processes (4.5 units)
 ENVS2761  Hydrology (4.5 units)
 ENVS3731  Ecohydrology  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3750  Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines (4.5 units)
 ENVS3751  Extended Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines (4.5 units)
 ENVS3791  Coastal Environments (4.5 units)

Select 4.5 units from:

 ENVS3711  Coastal Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3732  Environmental Impact Assessment  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2701  Introduction to Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2711  Australian Environmental Change  (4.5 units)
 GEOG3701  Spatial Information Management  (4.5 units)

Stream - Environmental Forensics  

Core - Environmental Forensics - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 BIOL1102  Molecular Basis of Life  (4.5 units)
 EASC1101  Earth and Environmental Sciences  (4.5 units)
 EASC1102  Marine Sciences  (4.5 units)
 ENVS1001  Introduction to Environmental Investigations (4.5 units)

Plus either:

 CHEM1101  Chemical Structure and Bonding  (4.5 units) AND
 CHEM1102  Modern Chemistry (4.5 units) AND

 9 units of elective topics* from across the University where entry requirements are met.

or

 CHEM1201  General Chemistry  (4.5 units) AND
 CHEM1101  Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units) AND
 CHEM1102  Modern Chemistry (4.5 units) AND

 a 4.5 unit elective topics* from across the University where entry requirements are met.

Core - Environmental Forensics - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 EASC2702  Global Climate Change  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2751  Skills for Environmental Professionals (4.5 units)
 ENVS2761  Hydrology (4.5 units)
 ENVS2752  Geological Processes (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of option topics**

Plus 9 units of elective topics* from across the University where entry requirements are met.

Core - Environmental Forensics - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENVS2741  Microbiology of our Environment (4.5 units)
 ENVS3741  Public Health and Environmental Toxicology (4.5 units)

Plus 18 units of option topics**

Plus 9 units of elective topics* from across the University where entry requirements are met.

*Stream - Environmental Forensics - Recommended Electives

While students are able to select electives from any topics offered by the University, where topic prerequisites are met, these are the recommended first year electives for this specialisation. Note: students may only count up to 45 units of first year topics towards their degree.

 BIOL1101  Evolution of Biological Diversity  (4.5 units)
 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)
 MATH1701  Mathematics Fundamentals A  (4.5 units)

*Students may choose to undertake a Bachelor of Science Minor as part of the elective component of their degree subject to meeting course/topic requirements.

**Option - Environmental Forensics - Year 2 & 3 topics

Select 18 units from:

 EASC3741  Groundwater  (4.5 units)
 EASC3742  Earth Fluid Modelling  (4.5 units)
 EASC3751  Hydrochemistry  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3700  Directed Studies in the Environment (4.5 units)
 ENVS3750  Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines (4.5 units)
 ENVS3751  Extended Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines (4.5 units)
 ENVS3770  Environmental Research Project (4.5 units)
 ENVS3771  Extended Environmental Research Project (4.5 units)

Select 9 units from:

 ENVS3711  Coastal Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3732  Environmental Impact Assessment  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2701  Introduction to Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2711  Australian Environmental Change  (4.5 units)
 GEOG3701  Spatial Information Management  (4.5 units)
 LEGL3112   Regulating Technology^^ (4.5 units)

^^ Requires topic pre-requisites from elective topics.

Stream - Global Water Resources

Core - Global Water Resources - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 BIOL1101  Evolution of Biological Diversity  (4.5 units)
 EASC1101  Earth and Environmental Sciences  (4.5 units)
 EASC1102  Marine Sciences  (4.5 units)
 ENVS1001  Introduction to Environmental Investigations (4.5 units)

Plus one of

 CHEM1101  Chemical Structure and Bonding  (4.5 units) 
 CHEM1201  General Chemistry  (4.5 units)

Plus 13.5 units of electives*

Core - Global Water Resources - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 EASC2701  Coasts and Oceans  (4.5 units)
 EASC2702  Global Climate Change  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2751  Skills for Environmental Professionals (4.5 units)
 ENVS2752  Geological Processes (4.5 units)
 ENVS2761  Hydrology (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units of option topics**

Plus 9 units of elective topics*

Core - Global Water Resources - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 EASC3741  Groundwater  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3700  Directed Studies in Environment (4.5 units)
 ENVS3731  Ecohydrology  (4.5 units)

Plus 13.5 units of option topics**

Plus 9 units of elective topics* from across the University where entry requirements are met.

*Stream – Global Water Resources - Recommended Electives

While students are able to select electives from any topics offered by the University, where topic prerequisites are met, these are the recommended first year electives for this specialisation. Note: students may only count up to 45 units of first year topics towards their degree.

 BIOL1102  Molecular Basis of Life  (4.5 units)
 CHEM1102  Modern Chemistry  (4.5 units)
 CHEM1202  Chemistry for the Life Sciences  (4.5 units)
 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)
 MATH1701  Mathematics Fundamentals A  (4.5 units)

*Students may choose to undertake a Bachelor of Science Minor as part of the elective component of their degree subject to meeting course/topic requirements.

**Stream - Global Water Resources - Option Year 2 & 3 topics

Select 18 units from:

 BIOL2711  Ecology  (4.5 units)
 BIOL2712  Animal Diversity  (4.5 units)
 EASC3742  Earth Fluid Modelling  (4.5 units)
 EASC3751  Hydrochemistry  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2731  Coastal Processes (4.5 units)
 ENVS3791  Coastal Environments (4.5 units)
 ENVS3750  Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines (4.5 units)
 ENVS3751  Extended Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines (4.5 units)
 ENVS3770  Environmental Research Project (4.5 units)
 ENVS3771  Extended Environmental Research Project (4.5 units)
 GEOG2700  Geographical Information Systems (4.5 units)

Honours

Core - Honours Year 4 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENVS7700A  Honours Research project in the Environment  (4.5/27 units)
 ENVS7700B  Honours Research project in the Environment  (4.5/27 units)
 ENVS7700C  Honours Research project in the Environment  (4.5/27 units)
 ENVS7700D  Honours Research project in the Environment  (4.5/27 units)
 ENVS7700E  Honours Research project in the Environment  (4.5/27 units)
 ENVS7700F  Honours Research project in the Environment  (4.5/27 units)
 ENVS7720  Research Project Design and Conduct  (4.5 units)
 
Plus one of*:

 EASC7733  Measurement Techniques in Natural Systems  (4.5 units)
 ENVH7711  Environmental Health Concepts (4.5 units)
 ENVH7722  Food Safety (4.5 units)
 ENVH7731  Sustainable Development - Health Issues (4.5 units)
 ENVH7742  Microbiology and Communicable Diseases (4.5 units)
 ENVS7701  Coastal Management (4.5 units)
 GEOG7721  Population Issues of Developed and Developing Countries (4.5 units)
 GEOG7711  GIS for Environmental Modelling (4.5 units)
 GEOG7750  Advanced Studies in Geography, Population and Environmental Management  (4.5  units)

*or another topic approved by the Course Co-ordinator, appropriate to a student’s program.

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Environmental Science) may also be studied in a combined degrees program with a: