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

The Clean Technology (Honours) Specialisation requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The Specialisation is offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Admission requirements

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

Successful completion of one of SACE Mathematic Methods, Mathematics Studies, or Specialist Mathematics is required for entry to the Clean Technology specialisation.

Course aims

The goal of this course will be to provide a high quality education by providing both an awareness of current issues and the various technological approaches to solving these issues. The streaming structure of the course will see many issues covered during the degree. The Honours year will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study in disciplines related to clean technology science or for a career in a science related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a capacity to understand and apply modern scientific principles;
  • demonstrate skills in the retrieval and presentation of scientific information both orally and in writing to scientific and non-scientific audiences;
  • show proficiency in critical analysis of information and capacity to solve problems;
  • analyse and evaluate numerical data;
  • demonstrate competence in the practical use of relevant computer and information technology;
  • work effectively in a team and form strong multidisciplinary educational links through joint team projects that cross the traditional areas of science;
  • understand and articulate the role of science in society;
  • appreciate the ethical issues raised through the study of science;
  • understand clean technology and have a sound grounding in multidisciplinary areas of clean technology;
  • demonstrate an increased understanding of current industrial practice, issues with these practices and potential solutions to these issues;
  • demonstrate a range of professional, scientific and computational skills that will enhance employment opportunities in a wide range of industrial and governmental institutions.

In addition, the Honours year will enable graduates to:

  • critically analyse the scientific literature and use this as a basis for planning research projects
  • understand how scientific research is funded
  • formulate hypothesises and design appropriate experiments to test them
  • use appropriate methods, techniques, equipment and instrumentation to ethically collect scientific data
  • use appropriate statistical methods to analyse scientific data
  • communicate their findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form.

Program of study

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

Upon completion of at least 103.5 units and with a GPA of 5 or more in the last 36 units of study, students may commence the Fourth Year Honours program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will exit with the Bachelor of Science (Clean Technology) on completion of 108 units.

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

Specialisation - Clean Technology - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

Core - Year 1 topics

CHEM1101  Chemical Structure and Bonding  (4.5 units)
CHEM1102  Modern Chemistry  (4.5 units)
CTEC1101  Clean Technology 1  (4.5 units)
SPOC1701  The Nature of Science I  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Plus one of

MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
MATH1701  Mathematics Fundamentals A  (4.5 units)

Plus one pair of**

BIOL1101  Evolution of Biological Diversity  (4.5 units)
BIOL1102  Molecular Basis of Life  (4.5 units)


EASC1101  Earth and Environmental Sciences  (4.5 units)
EASC1102  Marine Sciences  (4.5 units)

Elective - Year 1 topics

A 4.5 unit elective topic from across the University where entry requirements are met#

#Students without Year 12 Chemistry should undertake CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units) as an elective

**Students should be advised that their choice of options here will affect the availability of upper level topics due to pre-requisite restrictions

Specialisation - Clean Technology - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

Core - Year 2 topics

CTEC2101  Clean Technology 2  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 topics

Plus 22.5 units from

BIOL2701  Experimental Design and Statistics for Biology  (4.5 units)
BIOL2702  Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity  (4.5 units)
BIOL2711  Ecology  (4.5 units)
BIOL2712  Animal Diversity  (4.5 units)
CHEM2701  Chemical Reactivity  (4.5 units)
CHEM2702  Organic Reactions  (4.5 units)
CHEM2711  Spectroscopy and Data Analysis  (4.5 units)
CHEM2712  Separation Science  (4.5 units)
EASC2702  Global Climate Change  (4.5 units)
ENVS2712  Environmental Change and Human Health  (4.5 units)
ENVS2741  Zombie Apocalypse: Microbes and Toxins  (4.5 units)
ENVS2761  Hydrology  (4.5 units)
GEOG2700  Geographical Information Systems (4.5 units)

Elective - Year 2 topics

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

Specialisation - Clean Technology - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

Core - Year 3 topics

CTEC3101  Clean Technology 3  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 3 topics

Plus 22.5 units from

BIOL3701  Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology  (4.5 units)
BIOL3702  Marine and Freshwater Biology  (4.5 units)
BIOL3711  Plant and Algal Diversity  (4.5 units)
BIOL3722  Conservation and Ecological Genetics  (4.5 units)
BIOL3761  Foundations in Microbiology  (4.5 units)
CHEM3701  Applied Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry  (4.5 units)
CHEM3702  Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry  (4.5 units)
CHEM3711  Organic Synthesis and Mechanism  (4.5 units)
CHEM3712  Introduction to Polymer Science  (4.5 units)
EASC3741  Groundwater  (4.5 units)
EASC3751  Hydrochemistry  (4.5 units)
ENVS3731  Ecohydrology  (4.5 units)
ENVS3732  Environmental Impact Assessment  (4.5 units)

Elective - Year 3 topics

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

# Students are encouraged to enrol in XXXX3700 Science Practicum (9 units) as a third-year elective.

Specialisation - Clean Technology - Year 4 topics

36 units comprising:

Core - Year 4 topics

 CPES7700A  Honours Research Project  (4.5/22.5 units)
 CPES7700B  Honours Research Project  (4.5/22.5 units)
 CPES7700C  Honours Research Project  (4.5/22.5 units)
 CPES7700D  Honours Research Project  (4.5/22.5 units)
 CPES7700E  Honours Research Project  (4.5/22.5 units)


 CPES7701  Advanced Research Skills  (4.5 units)
 CPES7711  Advanced Techniques in Chemical and Physical Science  (4.5 units)
 CPES7721  Advanced Chemical and Physical Science  (4.5 units)

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Science (Clean Technology) may also be studied in a combined degrees program with any Bachelor degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.