New specialisation in 2017

The Environmental Science Specialisation is offered by the School of the Environment, within 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.

Course aims

The course aims to provide students with a broad-based foundation in science together with specialisation in Environmental Science.

Environmental science is a multidisciplinary science examining how natural processes and their changes impact human society and how human activities interact with and modify environments. This course will focus on understanding, monitoring, and improving the environments. It enables students to expand knowledge, obtain skills, and learn critical thinking about environmental issues and problems.

Learning outcomes 

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

  • understand broadly the components (atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere) of the earth system, their functioning and interactions
  • demonstrate awareness of global environmental and climate changes, and understand the potential environmental consequences
  • demonstrate familiarity with and understand major environmental issues at the global, national and local scales
  • understand hydrological and/or ecosystem processes in catchments, and relevant environmental issues
  • measure and quantify selected environmental conditions and fluxes on and near land surface 
  • demonstrate familiarity with and be skilled at obtaining commonly available environmental data 
  • display, present, and analyse spatial data
  • competently undertake basic data analysis to understand the relationship between environmental variables, and to identify trends
  • solve problems by designing experiments and applying quantitative and qualitative skills for data analysis
  • plan and conduct a research project, applying relevant methodologies and knowledge
  • develop arguments based on evidence
  • communicate technical data, analysis results, and findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form 
  • Interact effectively as part of a team in order to achieve common goals

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) a student must complete 108 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 108 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 108 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.

Specialisation- Environmental Science - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

Core - Year 1 topics

BIOL1101 Evolution of BiologicalDiversity (4.5 units)
EASC1101 Earth and Environmental Science (4.5 units)
EASC1101 Marine Sciences (4.5 units)
GEOG1003 Introduction to Geographical Information System (4.5 units)
SPOC1701 The Nature of Science (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Select one of:

MATH1701 Mathematics Fundamentals A (4.5 units)
MATH1122 Mathematics 1B (4.5 units)
NMCY1001 Academic and Professional Numeracy (4.5 units)

Elective - Year 1 topics

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

Specialisation- Environmental Science - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

Core - Year 2 topics

EASC2702 Global Climate Change (4.5 units)
ENVS2752 Geological Processes (4.5 units)
GEOG2701 Introduction to Remote Sensing (4.5 units)
ENVS2761 Hydrology (4.5 units)
ENVS2712 Environmental Change and Human Health (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 topics

Select one of:

GEOG2711 Australian Environmental Change (4.5 units)
BIOL2711 Ecology (4.5 units)

Elective - Year 2 topics

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

Specialisation- Environmental Science - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

Core - Year 3 topics

ENVS2741 Microbiology of our Environment (4.5 units)
ENVS3750 Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines (4.5 units)
ENVS3752 Geology of Australia (4.5 units)
ENVS3731 Ecohydrology (4.5 units)
ENVS3XXXA Applied Environmental Practice (4.5 / 9.0 units)  
ENVS3XXXB Applied Environmental Practice (4.5 / 9.0 units)

Elective - Year 3 topics

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


Admission to an 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.

Refer to Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Combined degrees

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