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The Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management is a science degree program with an emphasis on courses dealing with the environment and its management.


Study a language (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. 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

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.


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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 your new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


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An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students will have the opportunity to undertake ENVS3008, Project Management and Placement, as part of their elective course choices in their final year. This course involves professional placement with an external organisation. Students enter into an association with a co-operating host organisation where they further develop their expertise in management of environmental projects and issues.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


Additional Information (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/learning-development/

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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Please see Further Information above for your Program Enrolment Checklist, "Are you on track?" form.

The program is completed over 3 years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) and requires students to pass courses totaling 240 units. Most courses have a value of 10 units.

The program is divided into:

  • 90 units of core courses;
  • 10 units of directed courses, chosen from a list of options at 1000 level;
  • 90 units of major courses(a sequence of study in a related area); and
  • 50 or 60 units of Electives, depending on the major chosen.

A major sequence of study is chosen from one of the following;

  • Earth Systems
  • Ecosystems & Biodiversity
  • Marine Science
  • Sustainability

In the Ecosystems and Biodiversity major, the Marine Science major and the Sustainability major, there is a compulsory course that is also a core course (BIOL1002 or BIOL1050). Students are not required to take BIOL1002 or BIOL1050 twice. The course will count towards both the core and the student's major.

A major requires the study of a discipline area for 3 years. A second major may be taken, depending on the majors chosen. Students who wish to take two majors in the degree must seek enrolment advice from the relevant Program Officer at the commencement of their degree, to establish an enrolment plan which will meet requirements of two majors. There is no guarantee, given course availability and assumed knowledge for given courses, that students can complete the degree with two majors in three calendar years. In a program including a double major, each major must have at least 60 units that are not counted towards the other major.

In addition the program must also include:

  • No more than 100 units at 1000 level; and
  • At least 60 units at 3000 level.

Students who have successfully completed 2U/3U Maths at HSC may elect any course in place of a MATH course at 1000 level; consult your Program Convenor.

Students are advised to review the relevant pathways documents for further information.


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All current students will be provided with transition arrangements to allow completion of their current program or else may choose to transfer into the revised the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management from 2011. The courses that have been successfully completed so far will all count towards your degree as long as they met the requirements of the program when you took them. If you are concerned that your studies will not meet the requirements of the revised program, please speak with your Program Officer or your Program Convenor for further advice.

Students who have previously successfully completed MARI3400 or SCIT3000 or SCIT3500 may not enrol in ENVS3400 Advanced Research Project.


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Back to topCore Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems

Students choose either BIOL1002 or BIOL1050. BIOL1002 can not count with BIOL1040 or BIOL1050.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1050Introduction to Biology II

Students choose either BIOL1002 or BIOL1050. BIOL1050 can not count with BIOL1001 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1003.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
ENVS1001Environmental Science Concepts & Methods

Not to count with ENVS1060

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS1003Environmental Values & Ethics

Not to count with ENVS1020 or SRMT1020

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the SciencesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2001Environmental Concepts: Energy

Not to count with ENVS2040

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2002Environmental Legislation & Planning

Not to count with ENVS2010

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOS2161Geographic Information Systems and Remote SensingSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3001Integrated Impact Assessment

Not to count with EMGT3110 or SRMT3020

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3002Applied Environmental Science

Not to count with ENVS3020

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 50 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.50 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)
Back to topDirected Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from 1000 level Directed courses.
MATH1001Preparatory Studies in Mathematics

Student must choose either MATH1001 or MATH1110

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH1002Foundational Studies in MathematicsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1

Students must choose either MATH1001 or MATH1110. Special Prerequisites apply to MATH1110 - view the course handbook for information.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1210Mathematical Discovery 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS1150Everyday PhysicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
Back to topEarth Systems Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
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Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from 1000 level Directed courses.
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry I

Students choose either CHEM1010 & CHEM1020 or GEOS1040 & GEOS1050

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry II

Students choose either CHEM1010 & CHEM1020 or GEOS1040 & GEOS1050

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS1040Earth's Dynamic Systems

Students choose either CHEM1010 & CHEM1020 or GEOS1040 & GEOS1050

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS1050Earth Processes and Products

Students choose either CHEM1010 & CHEM1020 or GEOS1040 & GEOS1050

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from 2000 level Directed courses (minimum).
CHEM2110Analytical ChemistrySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM2610Environmental Chemistry ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS2009Catchment and Water Resource Management

Not to count with SRMT2030

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOS2050River Basin ProcessesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS2070Climatology and SoilsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS2080Earth Science Field CourseSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units from 3000 level Directed courses (minimum).
CHEM3110Instrumental Chemical AnalysisSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ECON3006Environmental EconomicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3004Ecotoxicology

Not to count with BIOL3350

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3007Environmental Remediation

Not to count with EMGT3100

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3008Project Management & Placement

Not to count with EMGT3130

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3009Catchment ManagementNot currently offered10 units
ENVS3205Climate Change and Resource ManagementSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3400Advanced Research Project

Not to count with MARI3400 or SCIT3000 or SCIT3500.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOS3250Geographic Information SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS3280Global ChangeSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topEcosystems & Biodiversity Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
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Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems

Not to count with BIOL1040 or BIOL1050. Students choose BIOL1002 or BIOL1050.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1050Introduction to Biology II

Not to count with BIOL1001 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1003. Students choose BIOL1002 or BIOL1050.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from 1000 level Directed courses.
BIOL1003Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1

Not to count with BIOL1040 or BIOL1050.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I

Not to count with BIOL1001 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1003.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry IISemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS1040Earth's Dynamic SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from 2000 level Directed courses (minimum).
BIOL2090Microbial BiologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM2110Analytical ChemistrySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM2610Environmental Chemistry ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS2004Ecology

Not to count with BIOL2070

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2005Ecology & Management of Australian Flora

Not to count with EMGT2040

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2006Ecology & Management of Australian Fauna

Not to count with EMGT2050 or SRMT2040

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2009Catchment and Water Resource Management

Not to count with SRMT2030

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
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Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units from 3000 level Directed courses (minimum).
BIOL3100MicrobiologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM3110Instrumental Chemical AnalysisSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ECON3006Environmental EconomicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3003Conservation Biology

Not to count with EMGT3030

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3004Ecotoxicology

Not to count with BIOL3350

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3005Animal BehaviourSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3008Project Management & Placement

Not to count with EMGT3130

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3009Catchment ManagementNot currently offered10 units
ENVS3400Advanced Research Project

Not to count with MARI3400 or SCIT3000 or SCIT3500.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI3320Ecological Methodology

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
SRMT3060Restoration Ecology

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
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Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I

Not to count with BIOL1001 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1003.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
BIOL1050Introduction to Biology II

Not to count with BIOL1001 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1003.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
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Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
ENVS2004Ecology

Not to count with BIOL2070

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI2300Marine Biology

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
MARI2320Marine Ecology

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
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Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units from 3000 level Directed courses (minimum).
ECON3006Environmental EconomicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3008Project Management & Placement

Not to count with EMGT3130

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3400Advanced Research Project

Not to count with MARI3400 or SCIT3000 or SCIT3500.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI3300Estuarine Ecology

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
MARI3320Ecological Methodology

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
MARI3330Marine Fish & Fisheries

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
MARI3410Coral Reef Biology, Ecology and Sustainability

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only. Not to count with MARI2410.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
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Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
BIOL1050Introduction to Biology II

Not to count with BIOL1001 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1003.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from 1000 level Directed courses.
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I

Not to count with BIOL1001 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1003.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
ENVS1004Social Development & the Environment

Not to count with EMGT1020

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG1020Introduction to Human GeographySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from 2000 level Directed courses (minimum).
ENVS2004Ecology

Not to count with BIOL2070

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2005Ecology & Management of Australian FloraSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2006Ecology & Management of Australian Fauna

Not to count with EMGT2040 or SRMT2040

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2008The Sustainable Society

Not to count with EMGT2020

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS2009Catchment and Water Resource Management

Not to count with SRMT2030

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOG2080Cities and RegionsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG2130Geographies of DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SOCS2400Applied Social ResearchSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
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Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units from 3000 level Directed courses (minimum).
ECON3006Environmental EconomicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3003Conservation Biology

Not to count with EMGT3030

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3006Sustainability: Theory and Practice

Not to count with EMGT3070

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3008Project Management & Placement

Not to count with EMGT3130

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3205Climate Change and Resource ManagementSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3400Advanced Research Project

Not to count with MARI3400 or SCIT3000 or SCIT3500.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOG3090Society and SpaceSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG3240Globalisation: Cities, EconomiesSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
MARI3320Ecological Methodology

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
SRMT3040Community Resource Management

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
SRMT3050Sustainable Land Management

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
SRMT3060Restoration Ecology

Course available at the Ourimbah campus only

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units