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Course summary

Knowledge of the interaction between ocean, atmosphere, land, biota and humans is the key to the management of our built and natural systems and to finding solutions to the problems they face. 

The Bachelor of Environmental Science focuses on building scientific knowledge and practical skills in land, water, and flora and fauna conservation. As well as lectures and tutorials, you undertake classes in scientific laboratories equipped with advanced analytical equipment. You may choose an 8-unit major to focus your studies, or a specialisation in the growing field of regenerative agriculture.

Field trips feature in many units, enabling you to gain hands-on skills in many diverse environments. The University is located near a variety of unique study environments, including significant wetlands and estuaries, forests, coastal and inland national parks, and urban and rural development.

Graduates are not just knowledgeable and innovative, but industry-ready, with practical skills to manage the environment for the future.



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Land and Water Management

This major explores the processes and systems that impact land and water management including soil, land rehabilitation, catchment management, wetland ecosystems, coastal biogeochemistry, pollution and wastewater engineering.

Fauna and Flora Conservation

This major explores biological sciences and systems involved in species conservation, including plant and wildlife identification and conservation, protected areas, biology, soil processes, wetland ecosystems and genetics.

Environmental Stewardship

Students will gain insight into how to engage with communities and increase awareness about managing natural resources, including scientific concepts and creative problem-solving in communities.

Shared majors

You can also choose a shared major as part of your degree.



Regenerative Agriculture

This specialisation delves deeply into the emerging practices of, and growing evidence-base for regenerative agriculture, examining human ecology, agroecology, regenerative agronomy and soil management as well as the planning of rural landscapes.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis, and application of scientific methods in environmental science and management.

Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to environmental science and management.


Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving.

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability.

Demonstrate well developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of environmental science and management.

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings.

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more disciplines, or areas of practice.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning.

Critically reflect on practice.

Demonstrate information literacy skills.

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in environmental science and management contexts.

Collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note that some online units require attendance at on-campus residentials or workshops.

Graduates have established careers in natural resource management authorities including government and non-government organisations such as Departments of Primary industries, Environment Protection Authorities, National Parks, Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, Local Councils.

You may complete an optional eight-week professional placement to gain industry experience with organisations across the environmental science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies, private consultancies, or business enterprises in Australia or overseas.

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.


The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'