Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

Environmental science is a practical and multi-disciplinary science that spans the biophysical, geochemical and social sciences and focuses on the interaction between the living and non-living elements of the world, including the role of human impacts. Environmental scientists assess, research and manage a wide range of environmental issues and provide solutions to emerging environmental problems that face current and future societies. These include climate change, biodiversity, water quality, resource management, waste and pollution and environmental protection and conservation.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) is designed specifically for high-achieving students interested in a challenging degree leading to a career in scientific research. 

As a Dean’s Scholar, you will be invited to participate in networking, enrichment and mentoring opportunities that will give you a valuable edge when entering the job market.

The superb local marine life, coastal landscapes, nearby rainforest escarpment, and fresh-water and terrestrial ecosystems means that Wollongong is ideally located for environmental science studies. You will be exposed first-hand to a wide range of urban, rural and ecological issues during practical fieldwork components of the degree. You will graduate with real-world experience and will be ready for a career in government, educational and research organisations, private industry, and consultancies.

 

Course information

Study area

Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1703

ATAR-SR

95

IB Score

37

Duration

4 years full-time or part time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

092065K

UAC Code

757618

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 95 or an IB of 37. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

70

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,056 (2021)

$128,448 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the trends, processes and impacts that shape the Earth and its environment including local, national, global, cultural, Indigenous and spatial perspectives.
2 Critically evaluate information and data to assess scientific methods and frameworks in the environmental sciences and environmental management.
3 Develop hypotheses and experiments to test against evidence-based scientific facts, laws, principles and evidence.
4 Identify and articulate real world problems derived from the environmental sciences and environmental management.
5 Apply knowledge and appropriate techniques, including those associated with fieldwork, to evaluate possible solutions to real world problems and defend choice of solution against alternatives.
6 Locate, synthesise and evaluate data, information, results and literature pertaining to the environmental sciences using appropriate methods, measurements, tools and technologies to produce an applied research project in a specific area of environmental sciences and/or environmental management.
7 Communicate environmental science perspectives and knowledge effectively to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies and communication skills
8 Demonstrate ethical, professional, public and personal conduct and capacity to reflect on and direct own learning and practice and participate constructively in decision-making within the context of environmental sciences and environmental management.
9 Apply knowledge of research principles and research skills in a variety of research contexts.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), a candidate must accrue an aggregate of at least 192 credit points, as set out below.

Please note:

  • Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent) normally in the first year. If required, this subject is in addition to the 192 credit points required for this degree.
  • Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit points of 300-level subjects.
  • Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in at least 24 credit points of 300-level core subjects.

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% in the 200 and 300 level subjects completed. The performance of each student will be reviewed initially by the Faculty after the completion of 72 credit points. Students not meeting the minimum progression requirements will be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Environmental Science or Bachelor of Science degree.  

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
BIOL104Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment6Autumn
EESC101Planet Earth6Autumn
EESC105Introductory Geospatial Analysis6Autumn, Spring
Please select ONE subject from the following list:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
Spring
BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
EESC102Earth's Interconnected Spheres6Spring
EESC103Earth's Dynamic Surface6Spring
Please select ONE subject from the following list:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105
CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
Summer
Students who wish to complete the Environmental Chemistry major in Third Year and are enrolling in CHEM104 and CHEM105, must also enrol in CHEM106.
CHEM106Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter6Summer 2020/2021
Year 2
Autumn
BIOL251Principles of Ecology6Autumn
PHYS233Introduction to Environmental Physics6Autumn
EESC207Advanced Geospatial Analysis6Autumn, Spring
Please select ONE subject from the following list:
For students wishing to take the Life Sciences Major in 3rd year
BIOL105Functional Biology of Animals and Plants6Autumn
For students wishing to take Earth Sciences, Environmental Chemistry or Land Resources majors in Year 3
EESC203Biogeography and Environmental Change6Autumn
Spring
CHEM214Analytical and Environmental Chemistry6Spring
EESC202Shaping Earth's Surface6Spring
PHIL256Environmental Philosophy: Animals, Nature and Ethics6Spring
STAT252Statistics For the Natural Sciences6Spring
Year 3
Please select ONE of the following four majors
Land Resources
Autumn
EESC323Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology6Autumn
STS 302Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures6Autumn
Spring
EESC320Project Management in the Earth and Environmental Sciences6Autumn, Spring
GEOG222Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures6Spring
EESC322Coastal Environments: Process and Management6Spring
LAW 381Law for Environmental Managers6Spring
Plus TWO subjects from the following list:
EESC209G-cubed: Geochemistry, Geochronology, Geophysics6Spring
EESC331Changing Global Environments6Spring
GEOS215Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments6Autumn
GEOG337Policy for Environmental and Heritage Management6Spring
Earth Sciences
Autumn
GEOS309Igneous-metamorphic geology methods and processes6Not available in 2020
EESC321Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History6Autumn
STS 302Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures6Autumn
Spring
EESC320Project Management in the Earth and Environmental Sciences6Autumn, Spring
LAW 381Law for Environmental Managers6Spring
EESC326Resources and Environments6Spring
EESC250Field Geology6Summer 2020/2021
Plus ONE subject from the following list:
GEOS215Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments6Autumn
EESC209G-cubed: Geochemistry, Geochronology, Geophysics6Spring
Life Sciences
Autumn
BIOL240Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms6Autumn
BIOL361Conservation Biology6Autumn
STS 302Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures6Autumn
Spring
EESC320Project Management in the Earth and Environmental Sciences6Autumn, Spring
BIOL252Evolution and Behaviour6Spring
BIOL241Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms6Spring
BIOL365Marine and Terrestrial Ecology6Spring
LAW 381Law for Environmental Managers6Spring
Environmental Chemistry
Autumn
CHEM211Inorganic Chemistry II6Autumn
CHEM212Organic Chemistry II6Autumn
CHEM337Environmental Chemistry6Autumn
STS 302Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures6Autumn
Spring
EESC320Project Management in the Earth and Environmental Sciences6Autumn, Spring
CHEM213Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change6Spring
LAW 381Law for Environmental Managers6Spring
Plus ONE subject from the following list:
CHEM370Modern Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry6Spring
CHEM360Organic Synthesis III6Spring
Year 4
ENVI402Research Report36Not available in 2020
ENVE383Environmental Engineering6Autumn
MGNT208Introduction to Management for Professionals A6Autumn


Please click the subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject at different locations. For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page. 

Honours

The degrees of Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) (Deans Scholar) 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 Coursework Rules.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

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

Why choose this course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

Working in science requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. You will participate in practical classes in our purpose-built Sciences Teaching Facility in the Science Precinct of the campus or out in the field, ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers.

UOW is expanding its science precinct with world-leading technologies for scientific research and our undergraduate learning is designed to be deeply integrated with cutting-edge research in chemistry, biology, life and earth sciences. Such advances bring disciplines together to tackle the world’s major 21st century challenges. The courses you take are taught by the scientists who are leading researchers. Thus the knowledge and skills that you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.