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Bachelor of Environmental Science,
Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced

The Bachelor of Environmental Science is a specialist degree designed to give students the knowledge and skills required to manage environmental issues confronting Australia and other countries. This degree aims to provide a broadly-based scientific education with a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, covering all the principal sciences: biology, chemistry, geography, geology and physics, together with mathematics and statistics.

In addition, the program integrates material from a wide variety of disciplines relevant to the environment and its management: engineering, management, law, science and technology studies, and philosophy. This equips students to understand the ethical, social, economic and political aspects of environmental issues as well as to be able to work alongside engineers, lawyers and other professionals

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
Bachelor of Environmental Science: New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 85 (or equivalent). The UAI is reviewed each year.

Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced: New South Wales HSC University Admission Index (UAI) of 90 (or equivalent). The UAI is reviewed each year.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics plus Biology or Chemistry. Students who have not completed Chemistry and/or Biology at the HSC are strongly recommended to enrol in bridging courses offered in February each year. Students without at least Mathematics (Band 4) may take a special mathematics subject in the first year or consider early entry to complete this subject in Summer Session prior to commencement of the course.

Course Requirements
Bachelor of Environmental Science (746): This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects, as set out below.

Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced (746A): Students who are eligible for this degree fulfil all the same requirements as Bachelor of Environmental Science candidates but are also eligible for additional benefits and challenges. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Advanced (741A) and consult the Degree Coordinator.

Course Program

Subjects   Credit Points
100-level
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6
CHEM101 Chemistry 1A (or CHEM104 Chemistry 1D) 6
EESC101 Planet Earth 6
EESC103 Landscape change and Climatology 6
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B (or CHEM105 Chemistry 1E) 6
EESC102 Earth Environments and Resources 6
EESC104 The Human Environment: Problems and Change 6
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A (if required) 6
200-level
BIOL251 Principles of Ecology and Evolution 6
PHYS233 Introduction to Environmental Physics 6
PHIL256 Ethics and the Environment 6
EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6
STAT252 Statistics for the natural sciences 6
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemisty 6
EESC202 Soils, Landscape and Hydrology 6
EESC204 Introductory Spatial Science 6
NB: For students who select the Life Sciences Strand early in 2nd year, an alternative program is availale that substitues BIOL241 Biodiversity: Classifaction and Sampling for EESC204 Introductory spatial science in Spring Session of the 2nd year.

3rd & 4th Year - Specialisation in one of four strands:

  1. Land Resources
  2. Earth Sciences
  3. Life Sciences
  4. Environmental Chemistry
Subjects   Credit Points
3rd Year
Land Resources Strand
EESC303 Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology 8
STS300 The Environmental Context 8
ENVI491 Environmental Science and Systems 8
EESC208 Environmental impact of societies 6
EESC302 Coastal Environments 8
Plus two subjects from the following:  
EESC201 Earth Surface Process and Products 6
EESC206 Discovering Down-Under 6
EESC304 Geographic Information Science 8
EESC305 Remote Sensing of the Environment
(not to count with GEOS239)
8
Earth Sciences Strand  
EESC201 Earth Surface Processes and Products 6
EESC301 Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History 8
STS300 The Environmental Context 8
ENVI491 Environmental Science and Systems 8
EESC306 Resources and Environments 8
EESC250 Field Geology 6
Plus ONE subject from the following:  
EESC208 Environmental impact of societies 6
EESC304 Geographic Information Science 8
EESC305 Remote Sensing of the Environment
(not to count with GEOS239)
8
Life Sciences Strand  
BIOL240 Functional Biology of Plants and Animals 6
STS300 The Environmental Context 8
BIOL351 Conservation Biology 8
ENVI491 Environmental Science and Systems 8
BIOL356 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 8
BIOL241 Biodiversity: Classification and Sampling 6
Plus ONE subject from the following:  
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6
BIOL212 Introductory Microbiology and Immunology 6
EESC304 Geographic Information Science 8
EESC305 Remote Sensing of the Environment
(not to count with GEOS239)
8
BIOL332 Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology 8
Alternative Life Sciences Strand (if selected in 2nd year)
BIOL240 Functional Biology of Plants and Animals 6
STS300 The Environmental Context 8
BIOL351 Conservation biology 8
ENVI491 Environmental Science and Systems 8
BIOL356 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 8
EESC304 Geographic Information Science 8
Plus ONE subject from the following:  
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6
BIOL212 Introductory Microbiology and Immunology 6
BIOL332 Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology 8
EESC304 Geographic Information Science 8
Environmental Chemistry Strand  
CHEM211 Inoganic Chemistry II 6
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6
CHEM327 Environmental Chemistry 8
STS300 The Environmental Context 8
ENVI491 Environmental Science and Systems 8
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity & Change 6
Plus ONE subject from the following:  
CHEM320 Bioinformatics: from Genome to Structure 8
CHEM321 Organic Synthesis and Reactivity 8
CHEM314 Instrumental Analysist 8
*Students wishing to take CHEM314 should consult the Coordinator of Environmental Science at the start of 3rd year.
 
4th Year
Common to all Strands
ENVI403 Research Report 24
ENVE385 Environmental Engineering 8
MGMT308 Introduction of Management for Professionals A 6
LAW380 Environmental Law 8

Honours
The Degree of Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) is awarded for meritorious performance in 3rd & especially 4th year subjects.

Professional Recognition
Graduates are eligible for full membership of the Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand and other relevant professional bodies depending on their disciplinary orientation.

Other Information
For further information contact the Faculty of Science Office, 41.258, or telephone 4221 3481, web site: www.uow.edu.au/science/

The Degree Coordinator is Professor John Morrison, 19.G012.

 
 
 

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