ATAR cut-off
60.85
72.00 (Median ATAR)
62.10
72.00 (Median ATAR)
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 11587
CRICOS code: 059877D

Study environmental science and management at UON

Saving the world. It’s a growth industry.

If you have a passion for sustainability and want to play a part in solving the environmental problems facing our society, the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management is for you. You'll learn to understand and combat the critical issues placing a growing strain on the earth’s natural resources such as climate change, human impacts, and the biodiversity crisis.

Right on the doorstep of the Hunter Valley mining belt, the Hunter wetlands and 300 kilometres of NSW coastline, our region offers vast environmental diversity and provides the perfect environment for you to gain practical experience out in the field.

Why study with us?

  • Our environmental science graduates get jobs with 89% securing employment within four months of graduating.
  • Access cutting-edge jobs. Growth and development in the environmental science industry means the job market is brimming with exciting positions at the forefront of discovery and ongoing environmental sustainability.
  • We’re globally recognised for excellence in scientific research. We're rated well above world standards for physical geography and environmental geoscience.
  • Learn from leading academics including researchers involved in the Lazarus Project, one of the world’s most significant inventions of 2013 according to TIME Magazine’s 25 best inventions of the year.

89% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 200 ? for environmental studies
91% Satisfaction ? for environmental science subjects
ERA 5 ? for physical geography and environmental geoscience research

What you will study

Environmental science and management incorporates knowledge from a wide range of fields including biology, ecology, chemistry, geology and the social sciences to understand human impacts on the environment and to develop ways to address these problems.

Develop your skills in the following study areas:

  • biological and earth processes
  • environmental planning and impact assessment
  • environmental remote sensing and computer-based mapping
  • environmental sampling and data analysis
  • environmental values, sustainability and ethics
  • land management
  • social development and the environment

Majors

The Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management offers four majors so you can tailor your degree to suit your interests and career objectives. A major allows you to gain detailed skills and a strong understanding of key principles in your chosen speciality.

Advanced study options

An Honours degree equips you with highly sought after and respected skills and knowledge, giving you a competitive advantage.

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. You can develop and carry out research on a topic of interest, potentially leading to further academic study such as a research degree.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours) is a one-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree that allows you to further develop your specific area of interest and is a pathway into research degree study.

The University of Newcastle is a leader in research. Our Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment links UON with business, industry and the community to provide a sustainable future. During your Honours degree, you will have the opportunity of being involved with research at the forefront of your discipline.

Environmental Science and Management (Honours) program handbook

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

    careers opportunities for enviro science

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management can go on to work in a diverse range of areas including:

    • conservation and ecology
    • environmental impact and assessment
    • environmental science
    • geology
    • laboratory and research work
    • marine biology
    • mining and exploration
    • teaching
    • writing
    • urban and regional planning

    Careers by major

    The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management majoring in Earth Systems. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained during the Earth Systems major.

    Graduates majoring in Ecosystems and Biodiversity can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates majoring in Ecosystems and Biodiversity.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Ecosystems and Biodiversity.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates with a major in Marine Science. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained during the Marine Science major.

    Graduates majoring in Sustainability can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates majoring in Sustainability.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Sustainability.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    Practical experience

    Practical experience

    The Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management degree is designed to respond to employer demand and current developments in the real world. Fieldwork is a strong focus of all our environmental science degree courses and is complemented by practical lab work. Our labs give you the opportunity to use professional equipment found in the workplace.

    UON is situated close to a number of key environmental spots, including:

    • mining areas
    • national parks
    • urban developments
    • major waterways
    • coastal zones

    We take full advantage of our location and actively incorporate these interesting destinations into your coursework.careers opportunities for enviro science

    Work placement

    In the final year of your degree you'll have the opportunity to complete a work placement through an elective course. Our partnerships with external industries will give you the chance to take part in exciting work placements and research opportunities, providing you with a competitive advantage when entering the career market.

    The practical requirement for ENVS3008 (WIL) is that students complete a minimum of 80 hours with a suitable organisation in a role directly relevant to the professional practice of environmental science and/or management.

    Placements can be undertaken with a wide range of government, commercial or community (not-for-profit) organisations. Examples include:

    • NSW Government agencies such as National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS); Local Land Services (LLS); Dept of Primary Industries (DPI)
    • Regional/Local Councils and affiliated agencies
    • Water utilities
    • Mining companies
    • Environmental consultants
    • Landcare

    International study experience

    Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management students are also eligible to enrol in International Study where you can undertake an international placement. This course will help you expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed throughout your program and apply them in an external and international context.