Environmental Science

Bachelor of Environments

The Earth’s environment is impacted by human activities, including land degradation and industrial pollution, as well as natural phenomena like earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis.

The Environmental Science major involves identifying and understanding the causes of environmental problems arising from human activity. It is about learning the role of science in making decisions about how we balance competing demands on the environment, make efficient use of dwindling natural resources and manage the environment sustainably. 

Our students develop robust, scientifically sound and practical skills to find solutions to real problems impacting the Earth. This includes examining case studies of contemporary environmental issues and interpreting them in the broader context of environmental governance and sustainable development. 

Students can broaden their career options by complementing core Environmental Science subjects with electives focusing on spatial systems (Geomatics) or landscape management.

Course Plans

The Environmental Science Handbook entry stipulates the complete requirements for the Environmental Science major. Careful course planning is required to complete this major. Always use the University Handbook as your primary course planning tool to ensure that you fulfil any prerequisites required for your future Major Electives.

Commenced 2016

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10012 Changing Melbourne

Level 1 Environments elective

Maths or Statistics
Subject #

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective OR Enabling Subject

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

Major Elective

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ECOL20003 Ecology

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

EVSC30003 Environmental Risk Assessment

Major Elective

Major Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

EVSC30002 Problem Solving in Environmental Science

(Capstone)

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

# Your compulsory maths or statistics subject may be taken as breadth in order to keep options open for other majors

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 1/2 (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

NVS10012 Changing Melbourne

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective OR Enabling Subject

MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Maths or Statistics
Subject #

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

Major Elective

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ECOL20003 Ecology

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

EVSC30003 Environmental Risk Assessment

Major Elective

Major Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

EVSC30002 Problem Solving in Environmental Science

(Capstone)

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

** Environmental Science students are REQUIRED to complete at least one tertiary level mathematics or statistic subject. Introduction to Mathematics does not fulfil this prerequisite.

# Your compulsory maths or statistics subject may be taken as first year breadth in order to keep options open for other majors


Commenced 2015

Semester 1 Intake

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Maths or Statistics
Subject #

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective OR Enabling Subject

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

Major Elective

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ECOL20003 Ecology

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

EVSC30003 Environmental Risk Assessment

Major Elective

Major Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

EVSC30002 Problem Solving in Environmental Science

(Capstone)

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

# Your compulsory maths or statistics subject may be taken as breadth in order to keep options open for other majors

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 1/2 (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics **

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Maths or Statistics
Subject #

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

Major Elective

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ECOL20003 Ecology

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

EVSC30003 Environmental Risk Assessment

Major Elective

Major Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

EVSC30002 Problem Solving in Environmental Science

(Capstone)

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

** Environmental Science students are REQUIRED to complete at least one tertiary level mathematics or statistic subject. Introduction to Mathematics does not fulfil this prerequisite.

# Introduction to Mathematics and your compulsory maths or statistics subject may be taken as first year breadth in order to keep options open for other majors

Semester 2 intake

Sample course plan for students commencing Mid Year with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Maths or Statistics
Subject #

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective OR Enabling Subject

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ECOL20003 Ecology

Major Selective

Major Selective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

EVSC30003 Environmental Risk Assessment

Major Selective

Major Selective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

EVSC30002 Problem Solving in Environmental Science

(Capstone)

Major Selective

Major Selective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

# Your compulsory maths or statistics subject may be taken as breadth in order to keep options open for other majors

Sample course plan for students commencing Mid-Year with VCE Maths Methods 1/2 (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

MAST10010 Introduction to Mathematics

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ECOL20003 Ecology

Maths or Statistics
Subject #

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

EVSC30003 Environmental Risk Assessment

Major Selective

Major Selective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

EVSC30002 Problem Solving in Environmental Science

(Capstone)

Major Selective

Major Selective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Major Selective Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

** Environmental Science students are REQUIRED to complete at least one tertiary level mathematics or statistic subject. Introduction to Mathematics does not fulfil this prerequisite.

# Introduction to Mathematics and your compulsory maths or statistics subject may be taken as first year breadth in order to keep options open for other majors


Commenced 2014 or earlier

Commencing Start-Year

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Maths OR Statistics Subject OR Quantitative Methods Subject #

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

Major Selective

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ECOL20003 Ecology

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

EVSC30003 Environmental Risk Assessment

Major Selective

Major Selective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

EVSC30002 Problem Solving in Environmental Science

(Capstone)

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

# Environmental Science students are REQUIRED to complete at least one tertiary level mathematics or statistic subject. Introduction to Mathematics does not fulfil this prerequisite.

Commencing Mid-Year

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Maths OR Statistics Subject OR Quantitative Methods Subject #

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ECOL20003 Ecology

Major Selective

Major Selective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

EVSC30003 Environmental Risk Assessment

Major Selective

Major Selective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

EVSC30002 Problem Solving in Environmental Science

(Capstone)

Major Selective

Major Selective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

# Environmental Science students are REQUIRED to complete at least one tertiary level mathematics or statistic subject. Introduction to Mathematics does not fulfil this prerequisite.



Level 2 Major Electives (37.3 points)

  • Chemistry 2
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis
  • Practical Chemistry 2
  • Chemistry: Structure and Properties
  • Leaves to Landscape
  • Probability for Statistics
  • Statistics
  • Understanding Global Landforms
  • Environmental Change Field Class
  • Dangerous Earth

Level 3 Major Electives (37.5 points)

  • Vegetation Management and Conservation
  • Analytical & Environmental Chemistry
  • Applied Ecology
  • Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry
  • Rivers Ecology and Ecosystem Management
  • Imaging the Environment
  • Linear Statistical Models
  • Ecology of Urban Landscapes
  • Costal Landforms and Processes
  • Fire in the Australian Landscape
  • Marine Ecosystems: Ecology and Management

Environments Electives

Environments electives are subjects approved as Environments discipline subjects in the Bachelor of Environments. The full list of Environments electives is available here.

Breadth

Students should refer to the Bachelor of Environments Handbook entry for details of breadth requirements and to access a complete listing of available breadth subjects.

Breadth restrictions in the Environmental Science major

Students undertaking the Environmental Science major are not permitted to take as breadth:

  • any Agricultural Science subjects
  • any Biology subjects
  • any Biochemistry and Molecular Biology subjects
  • any Botany/Plant Science subjects
  • any Chemistry subjects
  • any Civil Engineering subjects
  • any Engineering subjects
  • any Environmental Science subjects
  • any Geography subjects
  • any Geomatics subjects
  • any Mathematics and Statistics subjects
  • any Physics subjects

Refer to the Environmental Science Handbook entry for full details.


Career Outcomes

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Environments, you can enter the workforce or continue on the Master of Environment (Environmental Science), or a range of other graduate degrees.

Environmental Scientists draw on a range of specialisations across a broad field of science disciplines. Specialisations include studies in geology, marine and terrestrial ecology, conservation biology, and assessing and measuring environmental risk.

This major has a compulsory mathematics requirement.

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