Specialisation

Key Program - Environmental Science

Western Sydney University Key Program Code: KT3109.1


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.


Key Program Structure

Students completing the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science) (Environmental Science) will complete the following course structure.

Year 1

Autumn session

300802 Biodiversity
300811 Scientific Literacy
300800 Essential Chemistry 1
300824 Management of Aquatic Environments

Spring session

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

Year 2

Autumn session

300937 Advanced Science Project A
300837 Climate Change Science
300813 Wildlife Studies

Choose one of

300672 Mathematics 1A
200263 Biometry

Spring session

300938 Advanced Science Project B
300839 Ecology
300841 Environmental Regulation and Policy

Choose one of

300836 Botany
300861 Vertebrate Biodiversity

Year 3

Autumn session

300910 Advanced Science Project C
300929 Aquatic Ecology
300857 Environmental Geochemistry

Choose one of

300833 Microbiology 1
300843 Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Spring session

300924 Science Research Project

(Capstone unit)

300855 Conservation Biology
300909 Biological Adaptation to Climate Change

Choose one of

300918 Invertebrate Biology
300856 Ecosystem Carbon Accounting


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