Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)

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) integrates material from a wide variety of disciplines relevant to the environment and its management. These include science, engineering, management, law and social sciences. You will be equipped with the knowledge of ethical, social, economic and political aspects of environmental issues. These skills will help you work with other professionals in the environmental field, such as engineers and policy makers.

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. Students are 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.

What you will study

In the first and second years of the degree you will learn the basic building blocks of science in the form of introductory earth science, biology, chemistry, geography, and physics, as well as incorporating the 'language' of science through introductory mathematics and statistics. In the third and fourth years, you will specialise in one of four strands:

  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Land Resources
  • Life Sciences

In your fourth year, you will undertake an Honours research project chosen from a broad range of environmental issues in collaboration with a non-university organisation working in the environment. This component of the degree provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable, practical and real-world work experience.

Course information

Study area

Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1880

ATAR-SR

85

IB Score

31

Duration

4 years full-time (8 sessions) or part-time equivalent.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

085261J

UAC Code

757612

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 (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

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 85 or an IB of 31. 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. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’. 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.

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)

79

18

18

18

18

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

$15,720 (2019)

$125,760 (2019)

* 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 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 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 2017

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 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 14 December 2018. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 14 December 2018. Late applications may be considered.

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 demonstrate:

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.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours), 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 have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in 300-level core subjects.

Progression Requirements

Satisfactory performance must be achieved [normally a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70% or greater in EESC320 plus 3 strand/discipline related 300-level subjects] for entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) course. 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 (Honours) with the approval of the Environmental Science Coordinator.

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

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
EESC101 Planet Earth 6 Autumn
EESC103 Earth's Dynamic Surface 6 Autumn
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 selectCHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Spring
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
EESC105 Introductory Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
Please select ONE subject from the following list:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Summer
Students who wish to complete the Environmental Chemistry strand in Third Year and are enrolling inCHEM105, must also enrol in CHEM106.
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer 2019/2020
Year 2
Autumn
BIOL251 Principles of Ecology 6 Autumn
PHYS233 Introduction to Environmental Physics 6 Autumn
EESC207 Advanced Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
Select ONE subject from the following list:
For students wishing to take the Life Sciences strand in Year 3;
BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
For students wishing to take the Earth Sciences, Environmental Chemistry or Land Resources strands in Year 3;
EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6 Autumn
Spring
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6 Spring
EESC202 Shaping Earth's Surface 6 Spring
PHIL256 Environmental Philosophy: Animals, Nature and Ethics 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
Year 3 
Please select ONE of the following four majors:
Land Resources
EESC320 Capstone:Earth and Environmental Sciences 6 Spring
EESC323 Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology 6 Autumn
STS 302 Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures 6 Autumn
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring
EESC322 Coastal Environments: Process and Management 6 Spring
LAW 381 Law for Environmental Managers 6 Spring
Plus TWO subjects from the following list:
EESC209 G-cubed: Geochemistry, Geochronology, Geophysics 6 Spring
EESC331 Changing Global Environments 6 Spring
EESC332 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Autumn
GEOG337 Environmental and Heritage Management 6 Spring
Earth Sciences
EESC320 Capstone:Earth and Environmental Sciences 6 Spring
EESC201 Earth's Inferno 6 Autumn
EESC321 Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History 6 Autumn
STS 302 Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures 6 Autumn
LAW 381 Law for Environmental Managers 6 Spring
EESC326 Resources and Environments 6 Spring
EESC250 Field Geology 6 Summer 2019/2020
Plus ONE subject from the following list:
EESC209 G-cubed: Geochemistry, Geochronology, Geophysics 6 Spring
EESC332 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Autumn
Life Sciences
EESC320 Capstone:Earth and Environmental Sciences 6 Spring
BIOL240 Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms 6 Autumn
BIOL361 Conservation Biology 6 Autumn
STS 302 Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures 6 Autumn
BIOL252 Evolution and Behaviour 6 Spring
BIOL241 Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms 6 Spring
BIOL365 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 6 Spring
LAW 381 Law for Environmental Managers 6 Spring
Environmental Chemistry
EESC320 Capstone:Earth and Environmental Sciences 6 Spring
CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
CHEM337 Environmental Chemistry 6 Autumn
STS 302 Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures 6 Autumn
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change 6 Spring
LAW 381 Law for Environmental Managers 6 Spring
Plus ONE subject from the following list:
CHEM370 Modern Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry 6 Spring
CHEM360 Organic Synthesis III 6 Spring
Year 4
ENVI402 Research Report 36 Annual, Autumn, Spring. First offered in 2019
ENVE383 Environmental Engineering Autumn 
MGNT208 Introduction to Management for Professionals A 6 Autumn

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 degree of Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) is 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.

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 make the second largest contribution of 12.7% to employment growth in Australia and with this brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. The projected high rate of employment growth for 2017 to 2022 reflects ongoing strength and 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 new purpose-built Sciences Teaching Facility or out in the field, ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers. Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers with established research links to government and non-government organisations. The skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.

Career opportunities
  • Agricultural Adviser
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Cartographer (Mapping)
  • Chemist
  • Coastal or Estuarine Management Officer
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Doctor (with additional study)
  • Drug Regulation Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Food Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geologist
  • Health worker
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Marine or Fisheries Biologist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Biotechnologist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Oceanographer
  • Science Teacher
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Veterinary Researcher
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