Study environmental and life sciences

Students in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences are taught by top academics and use world-class facilities while earning their qualifications. We also have strong connections to industry, which students can access through field trips and Work Integrated Learning opportunities.

Biodiversity and conservation

If you want to ensure the different species and organisms that inhabit our environment are protected for years to come, then Biodiversity and Conservation is for you. Biodiversity and Conservation students examine the impact of developments upon Australian biota and ecosystems, the management of natural systems and wildlife, and factors affecting the distribution and abundance of species.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Biotechnology
  2. Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)
  3. Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science
  4. Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
  5. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  6. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)
  7. Bachelor of Science
  8. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  9. Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  10. Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Business Management
  11. Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability

Biology

Studying Biology you will learn about living organisms, their life cycles and adaptations. You will use the latest tools and techniques with exposure to the discipline of biological science’s strong research focus, both in and out of the laboratory. At the University we have specialists in Animal Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Plant Biology.

Career examples

  • Animal Biologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Plant Scientist

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Biotechnology
  2. Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)
  3. Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science
  4. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  5. Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  6. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  7. Bachelor of Psychological Science
  8. Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Business
  9. Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Communication
  10. Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Social Science
  11. Bachelor of Science
  12. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  13. Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  14. Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

Biotechnology

Biotechnology harnesses the natural biochemical and genetic processes of living organisms for our own use. The products of biotechnology are all around us and impact on our daily lives more and more as we learn to make living cells perform useful and specific tasks in a predictable and controlled way. Biotechnology is used to modify human health and the human environment and is currently used in genetic engineering; health and pharmaceuticals; plant and animal agriculture; food production; fuels; and waste management. Your study will see you learn about human and animal diseases, climate change, fuel alternatives and food security.

Career examples

  • Biochemist
  • Forensic Biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Reproductive Medicine / IVF Specialist

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  2. Bachelor of Biotechnology
  3. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  4. Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
  6. Bachelor of Public and Community Health
  7. Bachelor of Science

Chemistry

Almost everything you touch in the modern world will have a chemist’s input. Chemistry students study the manipulation of atoms and molecules for real-world applications and it plays a key role in virtually all sciences. Through studying chemistry, students help solve problems and shape the world we live in. Chemistry graduates are involved with developing new drugs, new computing devices and better energy storage materials. Specialisations are available in Chemistry of Advanced Materials, Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, and Medicinal and Organic Chemistry.

Career examples

  • Environmental Chemist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Geochemist
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
  2. Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science
  3. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  4. Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  5. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  6. Bachelor of Science
  7. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  8. Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Climate science

Climate scientists address the impact of and response to climate change. As a transdisciplinary problem, expertise and knowledge from many different fields are being applied to solve the climate challenges we are facing. By studying Climate Science, you will use critical and lateral thinking to examine data, find creative ideas for mitigating impact, and explore how human perspectives can influence the progress made combating this crisis.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Climate Science and Adaptation
  2. Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science
  3. Bachelor of Development Studies
  4. Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  6. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)
  7. Bachelor of Science
  8. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  9. Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  10. Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Business Management
  11. Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability
  12. Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

Coastal and marine science

Australia has some of the most unique and diverse coastlines and marine ecosystems in the world. When you study Coastal and Marine Science, you will learn about the interaction between humans and marine ecosystems within the approximately 16.1 million square kilometres of coastal shallows and ocean floor for which Australia is responsible. This specialisation produces graduates prepared for a range of challenges including the conservation of resources, control of pollution and management of species in these areas.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science
  2. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  3. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Science
  5. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  6. Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Business Management
  7. Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability
  8. Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

Development studies

Development Studies is a transdisciplinary branch of science that explores issues involving urban and regional development, poverty, water security, systemic inequalities and environmental sustainability. Students explore the political and social factors that either enhance or limit development, and work on creating solutions that focus on improving living conditions for those who need it most.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Development Studies
  2. Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Business
  3. Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Communication
  4. Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies
  5. Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Social Science
  6. Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)
  7. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  8. Bachelor of Science

Environmental management

Exercise and sports science

Exercise Science explores the complex nature of human movement and how the body reacts to acute and chronic physical activity pursuits such as general fitness regimes, recreational activities and elite sports. With the increase of health problems due to lifestyle and inactivity and the high profile of elite sport, there is an increasing need for specialists with an understanding of the relationship between exercise and health.

Career examples

  • Biomechanist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Scientist

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  2. Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours)
  3. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  4. Bachelor of Psychological Science
  5. Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Business
  6. Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Communication
  7. Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Social Science
  8. Bachelor of Science
  9. Master of Exercise Physiology

Food science and human nutrition

Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) is the study of the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food and its impacts on the human body. It includes natural changes that occur in foods, the concepts underlying food processing, quality management and development, food choices and health impacts. FSHN degrees draw from many disciplines such as biology, chemistry, consumer science, and biochemistry to help you learn about the science of food from production to the consumer. Your study covers a wide range of topics, which prepare you for leading roles as a food and nutrition professional and give you a competitive edge in the job market. FSHN graduates can work in different areas in the food industry, do Honours or higher research degrees in food science.

Career examples

  • Flavourist
  • Food Chemist
  • Food Technologist
  • Research Scientist

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  2. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  3. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Science

Geology

Geological knowledge and understanding underpins our capacity to ensure a sustainable supply and responsible use of the world’s natural resources. Through practical fieldwork, you’ll build a detailed understanding of the Earth’s rocks and minerals, environmental mapping and the use of natural resources, preparing you to work across the energy, resources and environmental sectors.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science
  2. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  3. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Science
  5. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  6. Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  7. Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Business Management
  8. Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability
  9. Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

Human and physical geography

Geography is a diverse discipline that explains the relationships between people and places in the world we live in. When you study Physical Geography, you will investigate earth and water, coastal environments, globalisation and climate change. As a human geographer, you will explore issues involving development, poverty, inequality and environmental sustainability. Together this discipline leads to new ideas and solutions to some of our most complex societal issues.

Career examples

  • Development Compliance Officer
  • Demographer
  • Environmental Geographer
  • Transport Geographer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Development Studies
  2. Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)
  3. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  4. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Science
  6. Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Hydrology and water resource management

There is no future on our planet without water. Water security, hydrology (the study of the movement, distribution and quality of water) and water resource management are at the heart of the preservation of life on Earth. Our Faculty leads a multidisciplinary approach to address these issues, with our Earth scientists, Environmental Sciences and Geographers working individually and collectively to find solutions to protecting our water sources.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Development Studies
  2. Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)
  3. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  4. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Science
  6. Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  7. Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Business Management
  8. Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability
  9. Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability studies focuses on how to balance using and conserving natural resources. You will learn about how humans use and manage natural resources and environments, and assess the impact of implementing sustainable practices upon communities as well as natural environments.

Career examples

  • Biodiversity Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Officer
  • Sustainability Educator
  • National Park Ranger

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science
  2. Bachelor of Development Studies
  3. Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  5. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)
  6. Bachelor of Science
  7. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  8. Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  9. Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Business Management
  10. Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability
  11. Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

STEM

The world’s most complex issues, such as climate change, natural resource management, and food and water security, need to be addressed by those with transdisciplinary skills. By studying STEM, you will learn skills in creative and innovative thinking, ethical and sustainable practice, and communication – becoming a more-than-disciplinary practitioner.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Mathematics
  2. Bachelor of Mathematics (Advanced)
  3. Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Science
  4. Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Science
  6. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  7. Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  8. Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  9. Master of Data Science

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.