Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

Approved Abbreviation: BSc(EnvSc)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3680.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 074707G

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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, microbiological and spatial data analysis, environmental geochemistry, biodiversity and adaptation, and ecology including 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.


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).

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.

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.

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

Year 1

Autumn session

300811Scientific Literacy
300824Management of Aquatic Environments

Choose one of

300808Introductory Chemistry
300800Essential Chemistry 1

Spring session

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2
101646Analysis of Spatial Data
300810Resource Sustainability

Year 2

Autumn session

300837Climate Change Science
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Choose one of

300831Quantitative Thinking

And one elective

Spring session

300841Environmental Regulation and Policy

Choose one of

300838Comparative Physiology

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

300929Aquatic Ecology
300857Environmental Geochemistry
300833Microbiology 1

And one elective

Spring session

300855Conservation Biology
300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change

Choose one of

300861Vertebrate Biodiversity
300918Invertebrate Biology

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.


M3046Aquatic Biology
M3048Climate Change
M3049Conservation Biology
M3050Environmental Management
M3052General Biology


SM3040Aquatic Environments
SM3048Climate Change
SM3042Conservation Biology
SM3046Sustainable Environmental Management

Sub-major elective spaces

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

Search for sub-majors

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

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

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

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