Course

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

Approved Abbreviation: BSc(EnvSc)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3680.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 074707G


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2016 or later.

Commencement Year 2014 - 3680.2 Bachelor of Science (Environmental Sciences)

Commencement Year 2012 - 3680.1 Bachelor of Science (Environmental Sciences)

Solving the world's environmental problems will require professionals who are trained in the sciences underlying these issues and who understand the wider human and social contexts of the challenges faced. A Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) will open up a wide range of career opportunities for those with environmental, conservation and ecological interests. A solid grounding in the underlying science is essential for people intending to work in this field, who will need to integrate knowledge across a range of disciplines, to devise solutions spanning the scientific and social issues involved. Some of the key areas in this degree include conservation biology, environmental analysis, regulation and policy, environmental chemistry, climate change science, microbiology, spatial data analysis, environmental geochemistry, biodiversity and adaptation, and ecology including marine and aquatic ecology. There are a range of majors (climate change and environmental management) and sub-majors (sustainability) offered in Science that can add diversity and/or focus to your degree. There are also a range of sub-majors from other disciplines such as the arts, business, humanities and social sciences to choose from, although these may require cross campus study and are subject to availability and timetabling.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course Advicescience@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

Assumed Knowledge: Any two units of English and any two units of Science (Biology or Chemistry recommended).

Recommended Studies: Geography

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequences below.

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above, including one elective unit

Start-year Intake

Year 1

Autumn session

300802Biodiversity
300811Scientific Literacy
300824Management of Aquatic Environments

Choose one of

300808Introductory Chemistry

From Spring 2017, students must choose 300808 Introductory Chemistry as 300800 Essential Chemistry 1 is no longer on offer.

300800Essential Chemistry 1

Spring session

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2
300810Resource Sustainability

Choose one of

101646Analysis of Spatial Data
300812Understanding Landscape

Year 2

Autumn session

300837Climate Change Science

Choose one of

300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300833Microbiology 1

Choose one of

200263Biometry
300831Quantitative Thinking

And one elective

Spring session

300839Ecology
300841Environmental Regulation and Policy

Choose one of

300836Botany
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

300857Environmental Geochemistry
300978Marine and Aquatic Ecology

Please note unit 300857 replaced by 301212 Science of the Anthropocene from 2019.

300856Ecosystem Carbon Accounting
301212Science of the Anthropocene

And one elective

Spring session

300855Conservation Biology
300918Invertebrate Biology
300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change

(Capstone unit)

And one elective

Mid-year Intake

Year 1

Spring session

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2
300810Resource Sustainability

Choose one of

101646Analysis of Spatial Data
300812Understanding Landscape

Autumn session

300802Biodiversity
300808Introductory Chemistry
300824Management of Aquatic Environments
300811Scientific Literacy

Year 2

Spring session

300839Ecology
300841Environmental Regulation and Policy

Choose one of

300836Botany
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity

And one elective

Autumn session

300837Climate Change Science

Choose one of

300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300833Microbiology 1

Choose one of

200263Biometry
300831Quantitative Thinking

And one elective

Year 3

Spring session

300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change
300855Conservation Biology
300918Invertebrate Biology

(Capstone unit)

And one elective

Autumn session

300857Environmental Geochemistry
300978Marine and Aquatic Ecology

Please note unit 300857 replaced by 301212 Science of the Anthropocene from 2019.

300856Ecosystem Carbon Accounting
301212Science of the Anthropocene

And one elective

Major and Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points) including the majors and sub-majors listed below.

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above, including one elective unit

Majors

M3078Climate Change
M3079Conservation Biology
M4011Environmental Consulting
M3080General Biology
M3081Marine Biology
M3082Zoology

Sub-majors

SM3062Aquatic Environments
SM3048Climate Change
SM3042Conservation Biology
SM3079Environmental Management
SM3044Microbiology
SM3046Sustainable Environmental Management
SM3063Zoology

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above, including one elective unit

Search for sub-majors

Students who maintain a GPA of 5 or higher may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Critical Thinking.

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Elective Units

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above, including one elective unit

The following unit, 301161 Work Integrated Learning in Science, is a level 2 elective unit that gives students the opportunity to undertake a short work placement within a professional organisation. For further details please follow the link

301161Work Integrated Learning in Science


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