Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Environmental Science concentrates on ways of restoring land and water quality, coastal management, and wildlife conservation with a focus on how scientific information can be integrated with sound management principles. Students can choose from a selection of majors that include coastal management; environmental resource management; fisheries and aquaculture; and waste management and resource recovery.

Other course options include a combined degree in environmental and marine science and management and an honours qualification.

On campus at Lismore, students have access to a range of facilities and resources for laboratory work as well as equipment for studies in situ during field trips.

Video Transcript: Dr Michael Whelan, course co-ordinator

Hello I'm Michael Whelan and I'm the course coordinator for the Bachelor of Environmental Science. The Bachelor of Environmental Science has been running now for well over 20 years.

Many of our graduates have gone on to get great positions in Fisheries, Department of Primary Industries and National Parks. Our graduates also go into private industry working in with organisations that do things like environmental impact statements, monitoring road developments and those sorts of things.

One of the things that we strive to do with our degree is make sure that our graduates are up-to-date with current industry practice so many of our students spend eight weeks working with an industry partner. That's a great transition between being a student and then becoming a professional working in environmental science and management.

In the degree we've got four majors.

  • The first major is coastal management. In that major what we do is focus on the impact that increasing population has on the coastal zone.
  • The second one is environmental resource management and in that major what we do is that we focus on things like catchment management, mine rehabilitation, the impact that agriculture has on the environment.
  • The third one is fisheries and aquaculture management. We not only focus on aquaculture management, we focus on recreational and commercial fisheries as well, and in that degree we focus a lot on mitigation and habitat management.

Waste management and resource recovery is a big priority now and it's going to be a priority into the future. What we've done is designed a major which produces multi-skilled professionals for this growing area of Environmental Management.

Bachelor of Environmental Science


Major areas of study

Coastal Management

Coastal Management provides insights into processes that affect our use of the coastal zone. Students explore the impact of climate change, land use planning, protected area management, economics, and people in the coastal environment.

Environmental Resource Management

Environmental Resource Management focuses on conducting wildlife surveys, the conservation of fauna and flora, and rehabilitating degraded land for future generations.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Management

Fisheries and Aquaculture Management integrates fisheries biology, stock management, habitat protection, and aquaculture studies with environmental management. Students focus on developing strategies to maintain a sustainable fishery/ aquaculture enterprise. Some third-year subjects for this major will be taught as intensive residential courses at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.

Waste Management and Resource Recovery

Waste Management and Resource Recovery develops multidisciplinary skills that will support innovation in providing solutions to dealing with waste and waste minimisation, now and in the future.