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Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management

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Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management

Information correct as at

6th May 2015 8:45am

Program Code

11587

AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

  • Callaghan Campus - 60.20
  • Ourimbah - 63.40

Recommended Studies

HSC Chemistry or, Biology, and Mathematics or equivalent.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

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


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students .  Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .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 are eligible.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement.  Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html


Credit Transfer

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 the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

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

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

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:

100 units of core courses;

  • 10 units of directed courses, chosen from a list of options at 1000 level;
  • 90 or 100 units of major courses(a sequence of study in a related area); and
  • 40 or 50 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 and BIOL1003 or BIOL1070).  Students are not required to take BIOL1002 and BIOL1003 or BIOL1070 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. Students can only take one major in this degree program.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.


Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management prior to 2015 and have not successfully completed BIOL1050 Introduction to Biology II (10 units) must take BIOL1070 Introduction to Biology II (20 units) from 2015 onwards.

For students who commenced the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management program prior to 2011, please consult with your Program Advisor or Program Convenor for advice about your program structure.

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


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

ENVS1001Environmental Science Concepts & Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS1003Environmental Values & Ethics
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2002Environmental Legislation & Planning
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOS2161GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PHYS2300Energy and the Environment
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3001Integrated Impact Assessment
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3002Applied Environmental Science
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Biology core

Choose either BIOL1002 and BIOL1003 (Callaghan); or BIOL1070 (Ourimbah).

BIOL1002 and BIOL1003

Choose 20 units to fulfil requirements of this option

BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1003Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1070

Choose 20 units to fulfil requirements of this option

BIOL1070Introduction to Biology II
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

MATH1001Preparatory Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH1002Foundational Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1210Mathematical Discovery 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1150Everyday Physics
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Earth Systems major

1000 level option

Choose either CHEM1010 and CHEM1020; or GEOS1040 and GEOS1050.

CHEM1010 AND CHEM1020

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option

CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry II
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS1040 and GEOS1050

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option

GEOS1040Earth's Dynamic Systems
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS1050Earth Processes and Products
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

CHEM2110Analytical Chemistry
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM2610Environmental Chemistry I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS2009Catchment and Water Resource Management
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOS2050River Basin Processes
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS2080Earth Science Field Course
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS2200Earths Sedimentary Rocks and Environments
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following directed courses

CHEM3110Instrumental Chemical Analysis
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ECON3006Environmental Economics
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS3004Ecotoxicology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS3007Environmental Remediation
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS3008Organisational Placement in the Environmental Sector
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3400Advanced Research Project
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOS3250Geographic Information Systems
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS3280Global Change
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS3340Resource Management and Climate Change
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Electives

Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

40 units

Ecosystems and Biodiversity major

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and Organisms
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry II
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS1040Earth's Dynamic Systems
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

BIOL2090Microbial Biology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM2110Analytical Chemistry
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM2610Environmental Chemistry I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS2004Ecology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2005Ecology and Management of Australian Flora
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2006Ecology and Management of Australian Fauna
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2009Catchment and Water Resource Management
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following directed courses

BIOL3100Microbiology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM3110Instrumental Chemical Analysis
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ECON3006Environmental Economics
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS3003Conservation Biology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3004Ecotoxicology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS3005Animal Behaviour
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3008Organisational Placement in the Environmental Sector
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3400Advanced Research Project
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI3320Ecological Methodology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SRMT3060Restoration Ecology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Electives

Complete 50 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

50 units

Marine Science major

Compulsory Courses
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2004Ecology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI2300Marine Biology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI2320Marine Ecology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following directed courses

ECON3006Environmental Economics
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS3008Organisational Placement in the Environmental Sector
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3400Advanced Research Project
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI3300Estuarine Ecology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI3320Ecological Methodology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI3330Marine Fisheries Biology and Management
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MARI3410Coral Reef Biology, Ecology and Sustainability
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Electives

Complete 50 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

50 units

Sustainability major

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS1004Social Development & the Environment
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOG1020Introduction to Human Geography
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

ENVS2004Ecology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2005Ecology and Management of Australian Flora
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2006Ecology and Management of Australian Fauna
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2008The Sustainable Society
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS2009Catchment and Water Resource Management
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOG2080Cities and Regions
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOG2130Geographies of Development
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCS2400Applied Social Research
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following directed courses

ECON3006Environmental Economics
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS3003Conservation Biology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3006Sustainability: Theory and Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS3008Organisational Placement in the Environmental Sector
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3400Advanced Research Project
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOG3090Society and Space
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOG3240Globalisation:Cities, Economies
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS3340Resource Management and Climate Change
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MARI3320Ecological Methodology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SRMT3040Community Resource Management
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SRMT3050Sustainable Land Management
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SRMT3060Restoration Ecology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Electives

Complete 50 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

50 units

Honours

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.Please refer to the BESM(Hons) program handbook for information about admission requirements: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-environmental-science-and-management-honours/handbook


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the discipline of environmental science and management through the application of knowledge and skills in ethical professional practice
  • Work independently and/or collaboratively to analyse, evaluate and interpret complex environmental issues and management strategies from both broader social and specific disciplinary perspectives
  • Use critical reasoning and evidence-based methodologies to collect and analyse information, and generate solutions and management strategies for a range of complex environmental issues
  • Demonstrate professional judgement and responsibility by communicating environmental management solutions and strategies to specialist and non-specialist audience

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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.


International Students

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/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability 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 reasonable 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.

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