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The Bachelor of Environmental Management requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours program an additional year (or the equivalent part-time).

The course is offered by The Faculty of Science and Engineering. Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

Admission requirements

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

Course aims

This course provides students with a broad-based foundation in issues of Environmental Management and provides training in environmental monitoring and analysis, and in the economic and social evaluation and appraisal of Environmental Impacts. It deals with some of the most vital issues facing Australia and the rest of the world today - Water Resources, biodiversity, coastal management, pollution, land degradation, energy use, climate change and Sustainable Resource use.

The course combines the study of physical geography, the earth sciences and biology (which explain how environmental systems work and how human activities impact on these systems), with the study of the social sciences (which explain the causes of this impact and how our environmental behaviour can be better managed to minimise this impact).

The course aims to produce graduates that:

  • understand the complexity and contexts of Environmental Decision-making
  • are able to collect, process and evaluate environmental information through a variety of approaches
  • develop appropriate strategies for managing environments and associated resources.

Learning outcomes

On completion of their degree, graduates will:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of Environmental Management and its challenges
  • be able to collect, analyse and manage data
  • be able to communicate effectively through written and verbal forms
  • apply knowledge to find solutions to Environmental Management challenges
  • be able to work collaboratively
  • be aware of the interdisciplinary nature of Environmental Management
  • be aware of the requirements for ethical behaviour.

Program of study

To qualify for The Bachelor of Environmental Management, a student must complete 108 units of topics 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 topics may be included.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

*The Faculty Board may approve substitute topics if a student is unable to undertake particular core topics while studying overseas on a program supported by the course management committee.

Part A - Core topics

Core - Year 1 topics

31.5 units comprising:

 BUSN1013  Economics for Business  (4.5 units)
 COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication (4.5 units)#
 ENVS1001  Introduction to Environmental Investigations  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2742  Environment, Economy and Culture  (4.5 units)
 GEOG1001  Water Resources and Society  (4.5 units)
 GEOG1002  Cities, Societies and Environment (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 unit elective

#Under certain conditions the core topic COMS1001 may be replaced with an alternative topic. See COMS1001 for further details.

Students are not required to enrol in COMS1001 when undertaking this degree in combination with any of the following:

Core - Year 2 topics

13.5 units comprising:

 BUSN2024  Sustainable Resource Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2751  Skills for Environmental Professionals  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2700  Geographical Information Systems  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

13.5 units comprising:

 ENVS3732  Environmental Impact Assessment  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3742  Emerging Issues in Australian Environmental Management  (4.5 units)
 SOAD3006  Practice Research  (4.5 units)

Part B - Field and Laboratory based topics

Choose 18 units from the following Field and Laboratory based topics, of which at least 4.5 units must be chosen from Group A.

Group A - Field & Laboratory based topics

 BIOL1101  Evolution of Biological Diversity  (4.5 units)
 BIOL1102  Molecular Basis of Life  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3750 Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines (4.5 units)
 ENVS3751 Extended Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines (4.5 units)

Group B - Laboratory based topics

 BIOL1112  Biology and Society  (4.5 units)
 BIOL2701  Experimental Design and Statistics for Biology  (4.5 units)
 CHEM1101  Chemical Structure and Bonding  (4.5 units)
 CHEM1102  Modern Chemistry  (4.5 units)
 CHEM1201  General Chemistry  (4.5 units)
 EASC1101  Earth and Environmental Sciences  (4.5 units)
 EASC1102  Marine Sciences  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2752  Geological Processes  (4.5 units)
 PHYS1101  Fundamental Physics I  (4.5 units)
 PHYS1102  Fundamental Physics II  (4.5 units)
 PHYS1701  Physics for the Modern World  (4.5 units)

Part C - Elective topics

Select 31.5 units from:

 DVST2701  Sustainable Development  (4.5 units)
 ENVS2712  Environmental Change and Human Health  (4.5 units)
 ENVS3711  Coastal Management  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2702  Image Analysis in Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2711  Australian Environmental Change  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2712  Asian Regional Development  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2722  Society and Space  (4.5 units)
 GEOG3711  Advanced Digital Image Analysis  (4.5 units)
 GEOG3751  Advanced Spatial Statistics  (4.5 units)
 PPHR2721  Demography  (4.5 units)

or other upper level topics selected from any Faculty of the University including up to 9 units of First Year topics.


Refer to Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours)

Combined Degrees

The Bachelor of Environmental Management may also be studied in combined degrees program with: