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This program will be discontinued at the end of 2014, with a new Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental)/Bachelor of Science - Biology and Chemistry Major program commencing from Semester 1, 2015.
Existing students continuing to study with the University of Newcastle in 2015, will automatically be transferred into the new program.
All existing students affected by this change, will be advised prior to enrolment for 2015.
Prospective students looking to commence in 2015, please view the handbook entry for our new program: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental)/Bachelor of Science - Biology or Chemistry Major.
This program provides students with an opportunity to undertake concurrent study in environmental engineering and science whilst completing two awards. In general, a combined degree program offers greater breadth of learning, enhancing the academic and professional qualities gained in each separate degree. At the same time, it recognises the increasing need for students to graduate with multidisciplinary skills.
This degree gives students the basic skills and knowledge to contribute to scientific development in many areas of technology, industry or agriculture whilst also equipping students to apply engineering principles to the problems of human interaction with the environment.
It can be a foundation for a career in the vast field of science, or an excellent general education providing skills in problem solving and research particularly in fields where projects are environmentally sensitive.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students and residents. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit
Please Note: This program is not available to International Students.
Assumed knowledge for Environmental Engineering:
There are no prerequisite courses but it is assumed that students will have studied Mathematics (Band 5) or HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E1 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage. Applicants who have achieved less than Mathematics Band 5 or have not completed a science related subject may be admitted to the program but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the requirements of the program.
Mathematics (Band 5) or HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E1 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.
The B Engineering component of this combined program uses the WAM as a measure for determining honours in accordance with the Embedded Honours Models Structures Policy - 000743). Refer to the relevant Bachelor of Engineering handbook.
A Bachelor (Honours) may also be available for the other combined component of this program, to meritorious students as an extra year of full-time or equivalent part-time study.
For further information on Honours please contact the Program Convenor or Student Hub.
Students have the opportunity to undertake an industry-related project in their final year of study and must also complete 12 weeks of industrial experience throughout the program. Further information is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/faculties-and-schools/faculty-of-engineering-and-built-environment/student-resources/industrial-experience
This program is accredited by Engineers Australia, Australian Institute of Physics and other affiliated international organisations.
Not available to international students.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
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The Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental)/Bachelor of Science combined degree program comprises courses with a value of 400 units and is available at Callaghan Campus.
To meet the current requirements of the Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) /Bachelor of Science combined degree program, students must complete the program of study as set out, including a major sequence of study in Biological Sciences or Chemistry. Both major sequences of study comprise 20 units at 1000 level, 40 units at 2000 level and 40 units at 3000 level.
Note that it may not be possible to complete the combined degree program within five years, if selection of courses involves timetable clashes, or where courses are not offered in a particular semester. Students enrolled in a combined degree program are advised to consult the Program Convenor or Student Hub in relation to their academic program.
Please Note: Special Prerequisites apply to MATH1110 - view the course handbook for information.
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As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.
Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Further Information" section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.
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|Choose 40 units from Biology or Chemistry major directed courses. (10 units in Yr 3; 10 units in Yr 4; 20 units in Yr 5).|
|BIOL2001||Molecular Laboratory Skills for Biological Sciences||Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|BIOL2002||Laboratory Skills in Biological Systems||Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|BIOL2010||Biochemistry||Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|BIOL2020||Animal Physiology and Development||Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|BIOL2050||Molecular Genetics||Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|BIOL2220||Plant Cell Development||Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|BIOL2230||Biomolecules||Not currently offered||10 units|
|CHEM2110||Analytical Chemistry||Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|CHEM2210||Inorganic Chemistry||Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|CHEM2310||Organic Chemistry||Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|CHEM2410||Physical Chemistry||Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)||10 units|
Not to count with BIOL2070
|Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)|
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
|ENVS2005||Ecology & Management of Australian Flora|
Not to count with EMGT2040
|Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)|
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
|ENVS2006||Ecology & Management of Australian Fauna|
Not to count with EMGT2050
|Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)|
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)