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CA42 - Bachelor of Environmental Science

About Environmental Science

The environment has become the focus of activities by communities, large corporations, schools and government at all levels. The environment in the broader sense includes natural ecosystems, the workplace, urban and regional areas, farms, river catchments, mines and manufacturing facilities. Environmental issues are not just a source of news but also a source of employment.

The first few decades of this millennium will see ongoing emphasis on ecological, social and economic sustainability and environmental management.

Studies in environmental science provide students with a grounding in ecological sustainability and are based upon an holistic understanding of the science of environmental problems and processes; development of practical skills to solve environmental problems; and appreciation of the roles of environmental planning, environmental law and advocacy. They lay the foundations for graduates to effectively communicate with stakeholders in diverse areas.

Studies in this area encompass many aspects of sustainable land and water resource utilisation providing students with an understanding of the multiple meanings of sustainability; the concepts and theories employed when evaluating sustainable options; recognition of the diversity of models and options relating to sustainable development; and an ability to think systemically and holistically about natural resource management and social and economic development.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of Environmental Science in fields related to ecologically sustainable development including both the human and natural environment.  Employment exists with public and private sectors for example local catchment authorities, CSIRO, environmental consulting firms, local councils and mining companies.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years external 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG(Year 1 only); MKY(Year 1 only); ROK; External
International - ROK
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Arts, Health and Sciences
How to Apply QTAC
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation not applicable
Residential School Some courses have a residential component for external students
Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BEnvSc 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 029850G - QLD

Program Aims

The Bachelor of Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary degree that provides graduates with theoretical and practical skills for employment in fields related to ecologically sustainable development (including both the human and natural environment).

The program develops practical skills to solve environmental problems and provides an appreciation of the roles of environmental planning, environmental law and advocacy and lays the foundations for graduates to effectively communicate with environmental stakeholders.

The program is designed to ensure students combine the insights of the chemical/biological sciences with those of the humanities/social sciences and other disciplines. Courses from degree-level disciplines including business, mathematics and engineering may be available as electives.

Level 1 provides a foundation in environmental studies as well as developing generic skills in the sciences and social sciences/humanities. Level 1 courses emphasise the multidisciplinary nature of environmental studies.

Level 2 and Level 3 courses provide progressive specialisation. Considerable scope is allowed in the choice of electives such that students can develop a particular emphasis in science, humanities/social science, occupational health and safety, or in other fields. Alternatively, students may opt for a broad-based degree with a range of advanced level courses.

Bridging courses are available for students who do not have a strong background in biology or chemistry, or who have been away from study for an extended period.

Entry to Honours and postgraduate courses are available in some discipline areas, subject to meeting entry requirements. Intending honours students should seek information from the staff in the relevant discipline area before they complete their final year enrolment.

Program Structure

To satisfy the requirements of the award, students must complete 24 courses or 144 units of credit as outlined below:

  • 8-10 courses at Level 1 (48-60 uc)
  • 14-16 courses from Advanced Level options (84-96 uc) with at least 10 courses (60 uc) from the list of Recommended Environmental Electives, including 6 courses (36 uc) at advanced level in a particular plan
  • 8 core courses, 6 at Level 1 and 2 at advanced.

Courses Offered

Level 1 core courses
Course Code Course Name
GEOG11023 Physical Geography of Australia
SOCL11055 Introduction to Sociology
ENVR11011 Environmental Science A
GEOG11024 Conservation in Australia
SOCL11058 Science Technology and Society
ENVR11012 Environmental Science B
Plus 2 Electives
Advanced core courses
Course Code Course Name
LAWS11046 Law and the Environment
ECON19031 Environmental Economics
First year full-time enrolment
Term 1 (T1)
Course Code Course Name
GEOG11023 Physical Geography of Australia
ENVR11011 Environmental Science A
SOCL11055 Introduction to Sociology
  • Plus 1 Elective
Term 2 (T2)
Course Code Course Name
GEOG11024 Conservation in Australia
SOCL11058 Science Technology and Society
ENVR11012 Environmental Science B
  • Plus 1 Elective
First year part-time enrolment
T1
Course Code Course Name
ENVR11011 Environmental Science A
and one from
Course Code Course Name
GEOG11023 Physical Geography of Australia
SOCL11055 Introduction to Sociology
  • Elective
T2
Course Code Course Name
ENVR11012 Environmental Science B
and one from
Course Code Course Name
GEOG11024 Conservation in Australia
SOCL11058 Science Technology and Society
  • Elective
Environmental electives
 Plan 1 - Experimental Sciences
Course Code Course Name
BOTN11004 Foundation Plant Biology
CHEM11007 Introductory Concepts of Chemical Sciences
CHEM11008 Essential Principles of Chemical Sciences
PHYG12003 Geological Science
ZOOL11005 Foundation Animal Biology
MBIO19003 Introductory Microbiology
ZOOL11001 Invertebrate Zoology
ZOOL19002 Chordate Zoology
BOTN12010 Botany of Aquatic Environments
BOTN19001 Terrestrial Botany
EVST12013 Water Quality Management
MBIO13007 Microbial Ecology
EVST13014 Aquatic Systems
MARN13007 Coastal Marine Resources
ZOOL19004 Insect Biology
BOTN13002 Plants and the Environment
BIOL13031 Ecology A
ZOOL13014 Aquatic Physiology
CHEM10016 Environmental Chemistry
CHEM13080 Analytical Science

Plan 2 - Advanced Level Geography

Students will select their six advanced level courses from the GEOG and EVST courses shown below. Some students may be eligible to take the Humanities Research Topics (HUMT13006 and/or HUMT13007, which offer students the opportunity to engage in individual research topics in the field of environmental geography) as additional electives, but will need to consult with the Head of the School of Humanities before permission to enrol is granted.

Complete six of the following courses to comprise a Geography plan.

Course Code Course Name
GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
GEOG19022 Graphic and Cartographic Techniques
GEOG19029 Applied Demography
EVST19007 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
EVST19008 Environmental Management
EVST19015 Environmental History
EVST19020 Environmental Management Systems
Two additional electives are (subject to the Head of School Humanities approval prior to enrolment)
Course Code Course Name
HUMT13006 Humanities Research Topic
HUMT13007 Humanities Research Topic

Notes:

  • (a) Recommended for Year 2 of study
  • (b) Students enrolling in these Geography courses will need access to a computer with Internet and email capabil

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