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Bachelor of Environmental Science

University of South Australia
Length: 3 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Bachelor's degree
Location: Adelaide
Language: English

Program Description

Bachelor of Envirnomental Science UniSAThe growing interest in our environment reflects the importance of this issue in everyone's future. The development of new government services, both local and interstate, private businesses and community activities is indicative of this interest and of its future growth expectations. As a consequence, there is now a growth in career options for those wishing to work in the environmental sciences and especially in conjunction with management of geospatial data.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Australia seeks to capture the knowledge base in this broad and exciting area and prepare students for any one of a number of careers in environmental sustainability. This education program stands out in the field of environmental degrees through our unique approach to teaching.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science integrates a broad knowledge base across disciplines such as ecology, soil science, geography and human dimensions of environment. The coursework component focuses on critical thinking to help students solve complex environmental problems whilst field trips provide hands on experience.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science undertake in-depth examinations of relevant topics in ecology, earth science and human dimensions. Students master the basic skills of GIS and develop their problem-solving capabilities using bush skills developed on the many field trips offered through the program.

There is also an overlap between specialist areas and students can customise their degree towards an area of interest. Further flexibility is offered through a choice of electives that can be taken in the second and third years.

Professional work experience undertaken during the Bachelor of Environmental Science ensures students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in the workplace and at the same time develop professional connections. As a student in this Bachelor of Environmental Science, the opportunity to participate in a variety of field studies, including interstate and international options, is available.

Honours - Students can be eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Sustainable Environments (Honours) degree offered by the School of Natural and Built Environments after completing this degree with an average GPA of 5.0 or above.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Australia are:

-proficiency in English, demonstrated by (for non-native English speakers) IELTS test scores

-have ONE of the following qualifications:

Qualified for SACE and;

  • completed 200 credits of subjects;
  • achieved a grade of C- or better in the Personal Learning Plan, 20 credits of literacy; 10 credits of numeracy and the Research Project at Stage 2;
  • achieved a grade C- or better in an additional 60 credits at Stage 2; and
  • obtained a competitive ATAR;

Alternatively, the minimum educational requirements may be met by those who have fulfilled prerequisite requirements and:

  • completed the equivalent secondary education qualifications as required for University entry under SACE;
  • completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  • completed or partly completed a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution;
  • completed at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) courses at the appropriate level;
  • completed an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Diploma level or above;
  • qualified for Special Entry;
  • completed University Foundation Studies program, Applied Science and Engineering stream;
  • completed the Associate Degree in Engineering program at the University of South Australia.

Degree & diploma

Bachelor of Environmental Science

Further Information

There are no pre-requisite courses for the Bachelor of Environmental Science, however completion of one or more of the Year 11 or 12 subjects of sustainable futures, biology, or geography would provide good grounding.

Bringing about real change in the way society interacts with the environment requires not only knowledge but the ability to encourage community participation and coordinate community activities. Students should have an enthusiasm for working in natural environments and in practical situations.

This should be underpinned by a genuine concern for the environment and a commitment to playing an important role in its sustainable management. Involvement in clubs and societies or participation in voluntary work in the community develops vital communication skills. Similarly, an interest in activities such as hiking or orienteering shows an ability to apply problem-solving and analytical skills in practical settings.

There is a highly supportive learning environment, with dedicated, internationally experienced staff and high levels of student satisfaction with teaching quality. Extensive online materials are provided to support on-campus activities. Our students are typically enthusiastic and passionate, which makes the academic environment very friendly, positive and motivating.

Who will employ me?

Graduates of the Bachelor of Environmental Science have the skills and knowledge to enter a diverse range of careers in natural, rural and urban environments, both locally and internationally.

Completion of this environmental science degree can lead to a career in the government sector including: environment and natural resources; parks services; water; forestry; local councils; fisheries; education; primary industries; and in related private sectors including: nature based tourism businesses; the agricultural, horticultural and pastoral industries; non-profit environmental and conservation organisations; Landcare groups and Aboriginal land councils.

Graduates of this Bachelor of Environmental Science degree may also find employment in the mining industry and in organisations ranging from urban planning consultants, mapping companies through to agricultural and environmental consultants.

Previous graduates have found employment in Government Departments such as SA Department for Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Authority, and the SA Department of Water; and in private companies such as Sinclair Knight Merz, Aerometrix and URS Asia Pacific. Jobs are varied and include Conservation Programs Manager; Animal and Plant Control Board Officer; Project Officer Biological Survey and Monitoring; Regional Ecologist; Seed Conservation Research Officer; Threatened Species Officer; Park Ranger; Fire and Environment Program Officer; Natural Resource Management Officer; Development and Assessment Officer; Environmental Officer; Environmental Policy Officer; Environmental Scientist; Planning Officer; Waste; Animal and Plant Control Consultant; Pasture Research Officer; Education Officer; Industry Sustainability and Environmental Consultant.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of this Bachelor of Environmental Science are eligible for Associate Membership of the Design Institute of Australia. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia after two years of professional practice.

Tuition & fees

The tuition fee for the Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Australia is $23,000 AUD per year.

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61 North Terrace
5000 Adelaide SA

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