Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about feesAUD 39,700 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about fees
Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
Natural Resources and Hazards
The study of natural resources and hazards focuses on understanding the mechanics of our planetary environment. Students will apply “systems science” to their study of the Earth’s spheres, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere and impact of human activity upon them.
Students who study a Natural Resources and Hazards major within a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management will learn a variety of scientific theories and modes of practice. In your first year in this major you will study foundation theories in biology, chemistry and geoscience to gain a practical understanding of how the Earth works as a system of components.
You will then further specialise in second and third year, studying courses in your field of interest, ranging from environmental economics and resource management to climatology and globalisation. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in fieldwork to apply what they’ve learned in a practical setting.
Suitable for environmental science students with:
- An interest in learning about the Earth, its systems, and the interaction of humans with natural processes.
- Goals to work in environmental conservation or resource management.
- A commitment to understanding how the Earth operates as an integrated combination of systems, and the processes which operate them.
What do you learn in a natural resources and hazards major?
When you study a natural resources and hazards major, you will learn about the systems and processes which operate on our planet:
- Core Sciences: Students will study courses in the core sciences of chemistry, biology and geoscience to better understand foundational scientific theory. This will inform student’s later specialised study of earth systems, and provide an introduction to scientific query, investigation and experimentation.
- Water Resource Management: Courses in water resource, coastal and catchment management will see students learn about natural systems affecting our water bodies and coastlines.
- Soil Properties and Environmental Remediation: Specialised courses in the study of soil properties and remedial strategies will be offered to students later in the degree. Studying these courses will expand your knowledge of land erosion, soil pollution, and how to develop strategies to remedy the impact of human society on natural systems.
Which degrees include this major?
The Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management allows you to study a major in natural resources and hazards.
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