Solving the world's environmental problems will require professionals who are trained in the sciences underlying these issues and who understand the wider human contexts of the challenges faced.
A solid grounding in the underlying science is essential for people intending to work in this field, as they will need to integrate across a range of disciplines, to devise solutions spanning the scientific and social issues involved.
Environmental Science at Western
The Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) degree equips graduates with the discipline knowledge and skills to contribute to our understanding of the dynamic nature of the environment and its conservation.
The Environmental Science program allows you to determine your career pathway, with the ability to specialise in areas such as Marine Biology, Environmental Management, Climate Change, Conservation Biology and Zoology.
Graduates meet the educational requirements for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ); further professional work experience is required for full membership of the Institute.
The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
Marine environments play vital roles in providing food, water, recreation and other ecosystem services to human society, as well as providing habitat for important species that make up global biodiversity. This major will equip students with the background knowledge and training to work in marine environments, to learn skills in inquiry and problem solving, so that they can contribute beneficially to management and/or conservation of waterways and oceans and the biodiversity within them.
A factual understanding of climate, the components that go to make it up, and how climate has varied in the past, is essential for any person working in the climate change area. This unit will introduce students to the concept of climate, our understanding of how it works, and how it has changed through time. Topics in basic atmospheric science will give students a critical understanding of current environmental concerns and debates about the greenhouse effect and climate change, and the science behind greenhouse gas accounting. Students will be introduced to current atmosphere-related research at Western Sydney University and elsewhere.
Conservation biology has emerged as a field of study from a synthesis of the ecological, demographic, genetic and societal risks faced by small natural populations. This major equips students with skills in fundamental biology, in the ecology of populations and communities, in population genetics and in the legal conservation framework to enable them to work in this area.
The major in General Biology gives students a broad training in biology, with the opportunity to select a program that ranges across the scale from macro- to micro- to molecular level processes. Completion of the major meets the requirements for secondary school biology teaching (post-graduate study is required to qualify as a teacher).
This major trains students in how to best care for and protect our animals, by covering scientific knowledge of native wildlife, companion animals, and production animals. This major will allow students to develop scientific understanding of how animals function and interact with their environment; from their ecology and evolution; to physiology and biochemistry of tissues and major organ systems, as well as structure and function of biomolecules and cells. On-campus animal facilities include those for reptiles, small marsupials, small rodents, horses, sheep and cattle, as well as over 1000ha of native, rural and aquatic habitats.
This major in Environmental Consulting prepares graduates for jobs in environmental consulting companies, government environmental offices, land and water management agencies or non-government organisations. The natural resources boom and growing human population in Australia have created a demand for environmental specialists to conduct and prepare environmental assessments and impact statements. This major will provide you with broad skills in fauna, flora and habitat assessments, as well as, policy and regulation associated with planning and development in Australia.
Fees and delivery
Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $29,040*
Delivery: On campus
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As a gradute of this degree you can look forwarrd to career opportunities including:
- Pollution control
- Water quality management
- Environmental planning
- Conservation biology
Zoologists examine the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of animals and other living organisms to better understand how they function and interact with each other and the environment in which they live.
Marine Biologists study the anatomy, physiology, functions, characteristics, behaviour and environments of all forms of life living in the sea and connected water bodies.
Life Scientists or Biologists study the origin, anatomy, physiology, reproduction and behaviour of living organisms and the ways in which they interact with the environment in which they live.
University Lecturers and Tutors prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a university and conduct research in a particular field of knowledge.
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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.