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.
Students who choose to study a major in sustainability will focus on how to achieve a balance between using and conserving natural resources. Within the scope of the sustainability major you will learn about human geography, ecology, social research, globalisation, tourism and much more.
In your first year of study, you will learn foundation theory and research practices in geography, environmental science and biology. This will provide you with a deeper understanding of how human and natural environments operate before you study the management and use of natural resources in the later stages of your Bachelor of Environment Science and Management degree.
Suitable for environmental science students with:
- An interest in learning how human societies use and manage natural resources and environments.
- Goals to study resource management and learn how to advise communities about sustainable practices.
- A commitment to social research to assess the impact of implementing sustainable practices upon communities as well as natural environments.
What do you learn in a sustainability major?
When you study a major in sustainability your courses will focus on:
- Sustainable Societies: Courses in sustainable practices will ask students to consider what “sustainability” means, and what a “sustainable” society looks like. You will also study courses in sustainable practices, globalisation and the built environment to learn how communities function in the modern era.
- Ecology: You will have the option to study directed courses in ecology as part of your sustainability major. Students will learn about the growth and spread of species’ and how populations are affected by their natural environment. Conservation biology will also be studied to enhance students’ understanding of biodiversity. Australian case studies will be used to illustrate these concepts.
- Environmental Economics: This sub-discipline explores the role of markets in the use of natural resources. Courses in environmental economics will teach students how policy, markets and governments can actively encourage sustainable change, or fail to prevent exhaustion of resources.
Which degrees include this major?
The Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management allows you to study a major in sustainability.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.