The School of Environment, Science and Engineering places a strong focus on preparing our undergraduate students for employment after graduation. This preparation involves students undertaking fieldwork as part of their studies. Fieldwork provides hands-on environmental practice, interactive learning experiences and the application of classroom knowledge and skills.
Within our region, world heritage rainforests, subtropical forests and stunning coastal and marine ecosystems provide living laboratories for field studies; while on-campus our students have access to fully equipped laboratories with advanced analytical equipment.
Fieldwork is a component of many of the units taught in the Bachelor of Environmental Science, Bachelor of Forest Science and Management, and Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, and the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management combined degree. Depending on the course and units undertaken, students undertake field trips in a variety of settings including:
- accessing rivers, lakes and estuaries to study water quality and wildlife
- exploring coastal formations to study rock pools and marine life
- heading out in boats to observe whales and dolphins
- visiting native forests and plantations for land management skills.
There are up to 40 excursions organised by the School throughout the year, from day trips to field camps of up to ten days in duration. All fieldwork activity involves comprehensive instruction on occupational health and safety responsibilities, and once in the field, students are supervised by our staff who not only have expert knowledge of the unit content, but up-to-date training in first aid.