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What will I study?

Do you have the passion and drive to address the world's environmental challenges? To do so you will need a range of scientific skills and knowledge and an understanding of legal, political and social aspects of environmental management. Through the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) you will address these topics and develop skills in systems analysis and planning. Ecology and Conservation focus on the interrelationships between plant and animal species and their environments and how their populations may be modified by environmental changes. You will study fundamental environmental processes, the way they can be described, monitored and predicted, and the effect of human impact on the physical and biological environment. As an environmental science graduate you will be equipped to contribute rigorous analyses to environmental decision making and management to address global environmental challenges.

1st to 4th Year Study Planners

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory Courses– all students must complete this course
  • Elective - choose an elective from the list
Year 1
Sem Compulsory Courses Elective
1 BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution

BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Bio

CHEM1100 Chemistry 11

ERTH1000 Planet Earth: The Big Picture
2 GEOS1100 Environment & Society

STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data
Choose #4 courses from this major's electives list.
Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Elective
1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics

BIOL2010 Ecology

[GEOM2000 Intro to Remote Sensing of Environment
GEOM2001 Geographical Information Systems]

LAND2003 The Soil Environment
2 BIOL2203 Plant Biology

BIOL2204 Zoology
Choose #4 courses from this major's electives list.
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses Elective
1 BIOL3016 Outback Ecology Field Studies

ENVM3103 Reg F/works for Environmental Mgt & Planning

ENVM3203 Tools for Env. Assessment & Analysis

LAND3007 Land Use & Management
2 BIOL3000 Conservation Choose #6 courses from this major's electives list.

1. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.

Year 4
Sem Course Code & Title Requirement
1 ENVM4008 Science & the Environment

ENVM4321/ ENVM4322/ ENVM4323 Environmental Science Project2
2 ENVM4321/ENVM4322/ENVM4323 Environmental Science Project2 Compulsory

2. Students are required to enrol in this course in both Semester 1 & 2 for completion. Students commencing in Semester 1 enrol in ENVM4321 for both semesters. Students commencing in Semester 2 enrol in ENVM4322 for both semesters. For more information about honours, please go here.

Careers in Ecology and Conservation

Graduates from this program find employment in: departments of state and federal government; universities; industrial organisations; or commercial consultancies dealing with environmental monitoring, impact assessment and environmental management. Monitoring work may be associated with licence compliance requirements or initiatives such as green production or greenhouse challenge policies. Graduates are likely to be engaged on environmental impact studies for: 

  • Urban, Industrial and Rural development of animal feedlots 
  • Abattoirs 
  • Mining and mineral processing operations 
  • Industrial developments 
  • Facilities in or bordering on national parks 
  • Residential or agricultural developments adjacent to areas of environmental value  

Students who perform well at honours level may choose a research-related career path by entering a higher-degree program.



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