The Bachelor of Environmental Science includes common and core foundation units completed mainly in the first year that provide you with a grounding in biology, ecology, earth systems and an introduction to current national and global environmental issues.
Students can then select one or two majors in Biodiversity and Conservation, Water and Landscapes, or Eco-cultural Resource Management. Specialist electives include exciting field intensives that offer on-the-ground experience within the spectacular environments of northern and central Australia and the Asian-Pacific region. There are also three free elective units which provide additional flexibility and choice.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
||Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.
||Compulsory Core units totalling 70 credit points as detailed below.
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV103 Environmental Issues
IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources (replaces ATI140 from 2020)
ENV201 Introductory Ecology
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
Specialist Elective units totalling 120 credit points including the completion of at least one major. An option to include two majors is also available.
Option 1: Single major
Students must complete:
• The requirements of one major of 60cp, plus
• 60cp from remaining Specialist Elective units, with at least 30cp at 300 level. Discipline specific undergraduate units offered by other higher education providers may be included for cross institutional enrolment or credit recognition subject to written approval from the course coordinator.
Option 2: Double major
Students must complete:
• The requirements of two majors of 60cp each
Majors may be selected from:
• Biodiversity and Conservation
• Water and Landscapes
• Eco-Cultural Resource Management
*From 2020 the following majors are no longer available:
• Landscape and Spatial Ecology
• Water and Catchments
Further information about these change is included under Course Changes and Transition arrangements below.
BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION (60 credit points)
Select 6 units (60cp) from the list below including at least 2 units (20cp) at 200 level and at least 3 (30cp) units at 300 level:
ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management (new to this major from 2020)
ENV209 Fauna and Flora Survey and Monitoring
ENV300 Wildlife Management
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity (new to this major from 2020)
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change
ENV303 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV315 Desert Field Ecology
WATER AND LANDSCAPES (60 credit points)
Select 6 units (60cp) from the list below
Include at least 1 unit (10cp) from:
SCH101 Chemical Concepts Chemistry OR SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
ENV202 Introductory Remote Sensing
ENV210 Water Quality, Ecosystems and Processes (previously ENV210 Water Quality Assessment)
ENV211 Aquatic Ecology: Biota and Processes (no longer available from 2020)
and at least 3 units (30cp) from:
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV312 Aquatic Resource Management (next offered in 2022)
ENV313 Hydrology and Catchment Processes
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia
ENV318 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data
ENV323 Environmental Microbiology
ECO-CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (60 credit points)
Select 6 units (60cp) selected from the list of units below including at least 3 units (30cp) of 300 level units:
Select this unit (10cp):
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240 from 2020)
Plus 5 units (50cp) from:
IAS142 Ethics and Protocols in Indigenous Contexts (new from 2020)
IAS223 Representing and Recording Country (replaces CIK210 from 2020)
IAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management (replaces ATI221 from 2020)
IAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management (replaces CIK230 from 2020)
IAS322 Research with Indigenous People (replaces INR200 from 2020)
IAS354 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural Sites (replaces ATI321 from 2020)
ENV317 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available from 2020)
CIK341 Global Perspectives on Indigenous Land and Sea Management (no longer available from 2020)
INR300 Indigenous Research Ethics and Methodologies (no longer available from 2020)
The units below do not form a major, but may be counted toward the additional 60cp of specialist electives in the Single Major option.
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND RESEARCH UNITS
SID300 Professional Practice in Science (repeatable)
SID301 Science Research Project (20cp) (no longer available from 2020)
SID305 Environmental Field intensives (repeatable)
Elective units totalling 30 credit points may include additional units selected from the Specialist Electives or from any other undergraduate units offered by the University.
When selecting electives, choose units at a suitable level. The first number in each unit code indicates the year level at which the subject is taught. Undergraduate units are coded at 100 to 300 level, therefore units coded as ENV1xx, ENV2xx and ENV3xx would be first, second and third year units respectively.
||Total Credit Points
Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.
Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2020
Students enrolled prior to 2020 will note the following course structure changes:
Majors have been reduced from 4 to 3 with the merging of Landscape and Spatial Ecology and Water and Catchments into a single major Water and Landscapes. Students undertaking the Landscape and Spatial Ecology or Water and Catchments major should complete the new Water and Landscapes major.
*From 2020 the following majors will no longer available:
• Landscape and Spatial Ecology
• Water and Catchments
LANDSCAPE AND SPATIAL ECOLOGY (60 credit points)
Complete all 6 units:
ENV202 Introduction to Remote Sensing (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management (moved to Biodiversity and Conservation major)
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity (moved to Biodiversity and Conservation major)
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
ENV318 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
WATER AND CATCHMENTS (60 credit points)
Select 1 unit (10 credit points) from:
SCH101 Chemical Concepts Chemistry (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
Plus all 4 units (40cp) of:
ENV210 Water Quality Assessment (redeveloped and moved to Water and Landscapes major)
ENV211 Aquatic Ecology: Biota and Processes (discontinued but will count towards the new Water and Landscapes major)
ENV312 Aquatic Resource Management (moved to Water and Landscapes major) (next offered in 2022)
ENV313 Hydrology and Catchment Processes (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
Plus 1 unit (10 credit points) selected from:
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change (retained under Biodiversity and Conservation major)
ENV323 Environmental Microbiology (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
Unit Code Changes - 2020
Following is a summary of unit code changes for 2020. Students who have already completed the pre-2020 unit code should not enrol for the replacement unit.
|Pre-2020 Unit Code
||2020 Unit Code
|ATI140 Indigenous Land and Resources (core unit)
||IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources
|ATI221 Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management
||IAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management
|ATI321 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural Sites
||IAS354 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural Sites
|CIK210 Indigenous Knowledges: Representing and Recording Country
||IAS223 Representing and Recording Country
|CIK230 Indigenous Engagements: Land and Water
||IAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management
|CIK240 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment
||IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment
|INR200 Research With Indigenous People
||IAS322 Research With Indigenous People
COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2018
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law will continue to be delivered in alternate years only and will continue to count as a core unit in the BES.
ENV205 Environmental Issues is being discontinued at the end of 2017 and will be replaced by the equivalent ENV103 Environmental Issues.
ENV203 Environmental Survey and Monitoring (repeatable) is being discontinued at the end of 2017 and will be replaced by ENV209 Fauna and Flora Survey and Monitoring and ENV210 Water quality Assessment. Students who have completed the fauna and flora version of ENV203 should not complete ENV209 and students who have completed the soil and water monitoring version of ENV203 should not complete ENV210.