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  • Objectives
    This course educates students to contribute to the monitoring and management of processes and activities that affect the environment. The course provides students with understanding and practical competence in the scientific, social, ethical and legal dimensions of the practice of environmental science.
  • Entry requirements
    Prerequisites 2 unit Mathematics. A chemistry support course is available.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Environmental Science develops effective technological and communication skills to work collaboratively with employers, colleagues and the community.

    Graduates are able to apply the relevant and current knowledge and skills they have gained to the practice of their profession with the highest ethical standards. Graduates are effective researchers and decision-makers with skills in critical thinking, problem solving and analysis.

    Professional Recognition

    Graduates and students enrolled in the course will be eligible for the appropriate category of membership of the Environment Institute of Australia. Graduates who undertake a Graduate Diploma in Education with teaching qualifications may be accredited to teach in Secondary science in NSW Schools.

    Career Opportunities

        * Environmental science
        * Environmental tourism
        * Government agencies concerned with energy, water, natural resources and sustainability
        * Science or environmental education
        * Shire council officers

    Pathways to further study

    An honours degree is available for high-achieving students.

    Bachelor Environmental Science (Pass and Honours)
    BEnvSc

    240 cp (Pass)

    Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

    80 cp (Honours)

    Minimum duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

    Course available at: Sydney (North Sydney), NSW

    EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

    1. Requirements for Completion of the Pass Degree

    To qualify for the Pass degree, a student must complete:

       1. 240 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:
             1. 120 cp from Environmental Science Units;
             2. 120 cp from Science Units;
       2. required Volunteer Experience22;
       3. Field Experience23.

    2. Requirements for Completion of the Honours Degree

    To qualify for the Honours degree a student must, in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Pass degree, complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Honours Units, consisting of:

       1. 60 cp from Core Units; and
       2. 20 cp from Electives.

    Schedule of Unit Offerings

    Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

    Environmental Science Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ENVI100     10     Environmental Issues
    ENVI201     10     The Australian Environment: Values and Ethics
    ENVI202     10     Environmental Legislation and Planning
    ENVI204     10     Soils and Water (Pre: ERTH100 Earth Science)
    ENVI206     10      Environmental Impact Assessment
    ENVI300     10     Applied Studies 1: Occupational Health and Safety
    ENVI301     10     Applied Studies 2: Environmental Management (Pre: ENVI300 Applied Studies 1:                             Occupational Health and Safety)
    ENVI303     10     Geographic Information Systems (Pre: INFO201 Environmental Data Analysis)
    ENVI305     10     Water and Waste Management (Pre: ENVI204 Soils and Water)
    ERTH100     10     Earth Science
    INFO102     10     Introduction to Data Analysis
    INFO201     10     Environmental Data Analysis (Pre: INFO102 Introduction to Data Analysis)

    Science Units

    Biology
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    BIOL101     10     Fundamentals of Biology
    BIOL304     10     Ecotoxicology (Pre: BIOL102 Principles of Ecology and CHEM201 Organic                                            Chemistry and Biochemistry)
    BIOL328     10     Microbiology and Biotechnology (Pre: BIOL101 Fundamentals of Biology and                                     CHEM201 Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry)

    Ecology
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    BIOL102     10     Principles of Ecology (Pre: BIOL101 Fundamentals of Biology)
    BIOL227     10     Vegetation Ecology (Pre: BIOL102 Principles of Ecology and INFO201                                                 Environmental Data Analysis)
    BIOL324     10     Animal Ecology (Pre: BIOL102 Principles of Ecology and INFO201 Environmental                                 Data Analysis)
    BIOL327     10     Marine Coastal Ecology (Pre: BIOL102 Principles of Ecology)

    Chemistry
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    CHEM100     10     Fundamentals of Chemistry
    CHEM102     10     Physical Chemistry (Pre: CHEM100 Fundamentals of Chemistry)
    CHEM201     10     Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (Pre: CHEM100 Fundamentals of Chemistry)
    CHEM203     10     Environmental Chemistry (Pre: CHEM100 Fundamentals of Chemistry)

    Physics
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    PHYS105     10     Environmental Physics

    Volunteer Experience
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ENVI205     0     Volunteer Experience

    Field Experience
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ENVI308     0     Field Experience
    Schedule of Honours Units

    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SCIO400     10     Research Methods

    a.
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ENVI400     20     Honours Thesis A (Full-time)
    ENVI406     30     Honours Thesis B (Full-time)

    or

    b.
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ENVI401     10     Honours Thesis A (Part-time)
    ENVI407     10     Honours Thesis B (Part-time)
    ENVI408     10     Honours Thesis C (Part-time)
    ENVI409      20     Honours Thesis D (Part-time)

    Electives
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ENVI403     10     Advanced Coursework Unit 1
    ENVI404     10     Advanced Coursework Unit 2
    ENVI405     10     Advanced Field Experience

    22 Volunteer Experience is normally completed by the end of Year 2.
    23 Field Experience is normally completed by the end of Year 3.

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