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  • Objectives
    This degree program aims to produce high-quality graduates with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for employment in fields related to environmental monitoring and management, and ecologically sustainable development. Students will develop a wide range of skills through a combination of theoretical and practical work, including applied problem-solving, communication and teamwork. The program combines the insights of the chemical/biological sciences with those of the humanities/social sciences and other disciplines.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students - Prerequisites: Nil; Recommended study - English or a social science subject, and biological science or chemistry
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Course description

    About Environmental Science

    The environment in the broadest sense encompasses natural ecosystems such as rivers and their catchments, along with estuarine and marine habitats.  It also includes urban and rural communities, and the workplace, including farms, mines and industrial facilities. The environment has become the focus of activities by communities, large corporations and industries, schools and all levels of government. Environmental scientists apply their knowledge to the monitoring and management of the natural environment, enabling us to lead sustainable lives. Students who choose this program will achieve a holistic understanding of the science of environmental processes and challenges and an ability to think systemically and systematically about natural resource management and social and economic development. 

    The first year provides a broad foundation in environmental studies as well as developing generic skills in the sciences and social sciences/humanities, emphasising the multidisciplinary nature of environmental studies. Subsequent years provide the opportunity for 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. Bridging courses are available for students who do not have a strong background in biology, chemistry or mathematics, or who have been away from study for an extended period.


    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 Protection Agency, Department of Natural Resources and Water, GBRMPA, environmental consulting firms, local councils and mining companies.


    Program Structure

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

        * 12 core courses (72 units of credit);
        * at least 1 core plan (36 units of credit); and
        * up to 6 courses from any undergraduate program within the University (or an additional core plan - 36 units of credit).


    Level 1 core courses
    Course Code     Course Name
    ENVR11011     Fundamentals of Environmental Science
    ENVR11012     Applications of Environmental Science
    GEOG11023     Physical Geography of Australia
    GEOG11024     Conservation in Australia
    SOCL11055     Introduction to Sociology
    SOCL11058     Science Technology and Society

    Advanced core courses
    BIOL12105     Biological Experimentation
    ECON19031    Environmental Economics
    EVST19007     Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
    EVST19021     Thinking Systemically & Sustainably
    GEOG19029    Applied Demography
    LAWS11046    Law and the Environment

    First year full-time enrolment
    Course Code     Course Name
    Term 1
    ENVR11011     Fundamentals of Environmental Science
    GEOG11023     Physical Geography of Australia
    SOCL11055     Introduction to Sociology
    Elective     
    Term 2
    ENVR11012     Applications of Environmental Science
    GEOG11024     Conservation in Australia
    SOCL11058     Science Technology and Society
    Elective     

    GEOG11023 and GEOG11024 are not available on campus in Mackay. Students at Mackay will have to enrol in these courses externally.
    First year part-time enrolment
    Course Code     Course Name
    Term 1
    ENVR11011     Fundamentals of Environmental Science
    Either     
    GEOG11023     Physical Geography of Australia
    OR     
    SOCL11055     Introduction to Sociology

    Term 2
    ENVR11012     Applications of Environmental Science
    Either     
    GEOG11024     Conservation in Australia
    OR     
    SOCL11058     Science Technology and Society
    GEOG11023 and GEOG11024 are not available on campus in Mackay. Students at Mackay will have to enrol in these courses externally.
    Core plans
    Students must take at least one of the following plans (a plan is 36 units of credit from a discipline area, at least 4 courses or 24 units of credit must be at Advanced Level).

    Water Management

    Students are required to take 2 Level 1 and 4 Advanced Level courses:
    Course Code     Course Name
    Level 1 courses
    BIOL11099     Living Systems
    BIOL11100     Functional Biology

    Advanced courses
    BOTN12010     Botany of Aquatic Environments
    EVST12013     Water Quality Management
    EVST13014     Aquatic Systems
    MARN13007     Coastal Marine Resources

    additional electives may be taken from:
    CHEM11008     Essential Principles of Chemical Sciences
    ZOOL12009     Invertebrate Zoology
    AQUA12003     Aquaculture A
    BIOL12050     Industrial Placement
    CHEM11007     Introductory Concepts of Chemical Sciences
    EVST19020     Environmental Management Systems
    MBIO19003     Introductory Microbiology
    Additional courses approved by the Environmental Science Program Director     

    Land Management

    Course Code     Course Name
    Level 1 courses
    BIOL11099     Living Systems
    BIOL11100     Functional Biology

    Advanced Level courses
    BIOL13031     Ecology A
    BOTN19001    Terrestrial Botany
    BOTN13002     Plants and the Environment
    PHYG12003    Geological Science

    Additional electives may be taken from:
    EVST19020     Environmental Management Systems
    SOCL19060    Human Ecology
    ZOOL19004    Insect Biology

    Environmental Geography

    Students must complete 6 Compulsory Advanced Level courses:
    Course Code     Course Name
    GEOG19021    Geographic Information Systems
    GEOG19022    Data Visualisation
    EVST19008     Environmental Management
    EVST19015     Australian Environmental History
    EVST19020     Environmental Management Systems
    EVST19022    Climate Change: Global Challenges and Opportunities
    Additional electives may be chosen from the following
    HUMT13006     Humanities Research Topic
    OR     
    HUMT13007     Humanities Research Topic

        * GEOG19021 and GEOG19022 are recommended for Year 2 of study.
        * Students enrolling in geography courses will need access to a computer with Internet and email capabilities including a CD Rom. These requirements will vary among the geography courses. CQU student computer labs provide these types of PCs at CQU campuses, while the Queensland Learning Network can also provide access for distance education students in most parts of the state.
        * EVST19020, HUMT13006 and HUMT13007 are recommended for Year 3 of study.
        * Topics in HUMT13006 and HUMT13007 will be relevant to environmental geography.

    Occupational Health and Safety

    Students should choose 6 of the following courses:
    Course Code     Course Name
    OCHS12001     Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
    OCHS12005     Risk Management and Safety Technology CQ26
    OCHS13010     Applied Worksite Analysis
    OCHS13008     Human Factors CQ26
    OCHS13016     Occupational Health, Hygiene and Toxicology
    OCHS13011     Occupational Rehabilitation and Compensation
    OR     
    OCHS12015     Law and Management of Occupational Health and Safety CQ26
    Either OCHS13011 OR OCHS12015 but not both.

    Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology

    Course Code     Course Name
    Students are required to take the following 6 courses:
    SOCL19057     Environmental Sociology
    SOCL19060     Human Ecology
    SOCL19062     Policy Power and Politics
    SOCL19065     Rural Sociology and Social Services
    SOCL19066     Community Analysis
    SOCL19076     Social Sciences Research Topic-Single Semester

    Note:

    Students may select up to six other relevant courses from other CQU degree programs, or they may choose up to 6 additional electives from the above plans. Students may wish to consult the Environmental Science Program Coordinator before finalising their choices.

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