Faculty of Science

Bachelor of Environmental Science
Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Environmental Science,
Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced

Abbreviation:

BEnvSc,
BEnvScAdv

Home Faculty:

Science

Duration:

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Total Credit Points:

192 credit points

Delivery Mode:

On campus (Face-to-face)

Starting Session(s):

Autumn

Location:

Wollongong

UOW Course Code:

746, 746_2

UAC Code:

757612, 757618

CRICOS Code:

BEnvSc - 002256D
BEnvScAdv - 071454D

Overview

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 of 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

Bachelor of Environmental Science

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 85 (or equivalent). The ATAR is reviewed each year.

Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 95 (or equivalent). The ATAR is reviewed each year.

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics plus Biology or Chemistry or Geography or Earth and Environmental Sciences. Recommended studies include four units of Science (including Biology) and Mathematics. Students who have not completed Biology and/or Chemistry at the HSC are strongly recommended to enrol in bridging courses offered in February each year.

Faculty of Science Mathematics Requirement

Students without at least HSC Mathematics Band 4 (or equivalent) are required to take a Mathematics subject (usually MATH151) in the first year.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Environmental Science (746)

This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects, as set out below.

Progression Requirements

Satisfactory performance must be achieved (normally a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70% or greater in ENVI391/491 plus 2 strand/discipline related 300-level subjects) for entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Environmental Science degree. Students with a WAM below 70% in the relevant 300-level subjects may only progress into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Environmental Science with the approval of the Environmental Science Coordinator.

Students who do not gain entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Environmental Science degree will normally be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Science (Environment) degree.

Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced (746_2)

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.

Progression Requirements

To maintain a place in an Advanced degree, students are normally required to achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75%. The performance of each student will be reviewed initially by the Associate Dean after the completion of 72 credit points.

For further information refer to the Bachelor of Science Advanced (741A) or consult the Degree Coordinator.

SCIE000 Science Risk Management

All students are required to complete SCIE000 Science Risk Management in their first session of candidature. SCIE000 is a 0 cp eLearning subject providing an introduction to occupational health and safety for all students studying science subjects. Completing the eLearning modules should take approximately 1 hour.

Course Program

Subjects

Session

Credit Points

Common First Year

SCIE000

Science Risk Management

Autumn

0

BIOL104

Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment

Autumn

6

CHEM101

Chemistry 1A: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry

Autumn

6

EESC103

Landscape Change and Climatology

Autumn

6

EESC101

Planet Earth

Autumn

6

BIOL103

Molecules, Cells and Organisms

Spring

6

CHEM102

Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life

Spring

6

EESC102

Earth Environments and Resources

Spring

6

EESC104

The Human Environment: Problems and Change

Spring

6

MATH151

General Mathematics 1A (if required)

Summer 2012/13

6

Common Second Year

Autumn Session

BIOL251

Principles of Ecology

Autumn

6

PHYS233

Introduction to Environmental Physics

Autumn

6

PHIL256

Ethics and the Environment

Autumn

6

Select one of the following two subjects in Autumn Session.

For students wishing to take the Life Sciences Strand in 3rd year

BIOL105

Functional Biology of Animals and Plants

Autumn

6

For students wishing to take the Land Resources, Earth Sciences or Environmental Chemistry Strands in 3rd year

EESC203

Biogeography and Environmental Change

Autumn

6

Spring Session

CHEM214

Analytical and Environmental Chemistry

Spring

6

EESC202

Soils, Landscapes and Hydrology

Spring

6

EESC204

Introductory Spatial Science

Spring

6

STAT252

Statistics for the Natural Sciences

Spring

6

3rd and 4th Year - Specialisation in one of four strands:
1. Land Resources
2. Earth Sciences
3. Life Sciences
4. Environmental Chemistry

Third Year Land Resources Strand

EESC303

Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology

Autumn

8

STS 300

The Environmental Context

Autumn

8

EESC208

Environmental Impact of Societies

Spring

6

EESC302

Coastal Environments: Process and Management

Spring

8

ENVI491

Environmental Science and Systems

Spring

8

Plus TWO subjects from the following:

EESC201

Earth's Inferno

Autumn

6

EESC305

Remote Sensing of the Environment

Autumn

8

EESC304

Geographic Information Science

Spring

8

Third Year Earth Sciences Strand

EESC201

Earth's Inferno

Autumn

6

EESC301

Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History

Autumn

8

STS 300

The Environmental Context

Autumn

8

EESC306

Resources and Environments

Spring

8

ENVI491

Environmental Science and Systems

Spring

8

EESC250

Field Geology

Summer

6

Plus ONE subject from the following:

EESC305

Remote Sensing of the Environment

Autumn

8

EESC208

Environmental Impact of Societies

Spring

6

EESC304

Geographic Information Science

Spring

8

Third Year Life Sciences Strand

BIOL240

Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms

Autumn

6

BIOL351

Conservation Biology

Autumn

8

EESC203

Biogeography and Environmental Change

Autumn

6

STS 300

The Environmental Context

Autumn

8

BIOL241

Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms

Spring

6

BIOL356

Marine and Terrestrial Ecology

Spring

8

ENVI491

Environmental Science and Systems

Spring

8

Third Year Environmental Chemistry Strand

CHEM211

Inorganic Chemistry II

Autumn

6

CHEM212

Organic Chemistry II

Autumn

6

CHEM327

Environmental Chemistry

Autumn

8

STS 300

The Environmental Context

Autumn

8

CHEM213

Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change

Spring

6

ENVI491

Environmental Science and Systems

Spring

8

Plus ONE subject from the following

CHEM314

Instrumental Analysis†

Autumn

8

CHEM321

Organic Synthesis and Reactivity

Spring

8

CHEM340

Chemistry Laboratory Project

Spring

8

EESC304

Geographic Information Science

Spring

8

† Students wishing to take CHEM314 should consult the Coordinator of Environmental Science at the start of 3rd year.

Fourth Year - Common for all strands

ENVI403

Research Report

Annual

24

ENVE385

Environmental Engineering

Autumn

8

MGMT208

Introduction to Management for Professionals A

Autumn

6

LAW 380

Law for Environmental Managers

Spring

8

Honours

The degrees of Bachelor of Environmental Science Honours and Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced Honours are awarded for performance in third and fourth year subjects, based on a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) formula in accordance with Method 3 in the General Course Rules Section 8.

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

The Degree Coordinator is Professor John Morrison - School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, telephone +61 2 4221 4377, email: johnm@uow.edu.au