Study Planner Information

What will I study?

You will specialise in one of four key areas of environmental science - Earth Resources; Ecology; Molecular and Microbial Science; and Natural Resource Science. In each area you will study core and advanced science and regulatory topics, participate in environmental science field trips and complete a substantial research project in either an environmental impact assessment or an environmental audit.

  • Natural Resource Science focuses on the various components of the landscape (soils, water and vegetation) and on correcting and monitoring the adverse effects of human use of these resources. Detailed studies are made of site assessment techniques, soil/plant relationships in natural and disturbed environments, and the influence of site contamination on rehabilitation processes. Graduates will find employment in a wide variety of state and federal departments and agencies, including CSIRO and the Environmental Protection Agency, in private industry as environmental officers, or in the expanding areas of mine site rehabilitation and environmental impact assessment.

Year 1 to 4 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 Biology

CHEM1100 Chemistry I

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

STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data
Choose #4  from major's Elective List 
Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses Elective
1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics

BIOL2010 Ecology

[GEOM2000 Intro to Remote Sending of Environment
[GEOM2001Geographical Info Systems

LAND2003 The Soil Environment
2 BIOL2203 Plant Biology

BIOL2204 Zoology
Choose #4  from major's Elective List 
Year 3
Year 3 Compulsory Courses Elective
1 ENVM3103 Reg F/works for Envl Mmgt &

ENVM3203 Environ Impact Assess

LAND3005 Soil Plant Relationships

LAND3007 Land Use & Management
2 LAND3006 Soils, Landscapes&Environments Choose #6 from major's Elective List 

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

Students choose either the Part B or Part H option for their final year. Part B option will grant a Bachelor Degree with Pass and Part H option will grant a Bachelor Degree with Honours. The latter, will involve Research works completion as part of the awarding requirement. 


Option Part B: (Pass)

Year 4
Sem Compulsory Electives

ENVM4008 Science & Environment

Choose #6 Late Year from major's Elective List 
2 - Choose #8 Late Year from major's Elective List 


Option Part H: 

Year 4
Sem Course Code & Title Requirement
1 ENVM4008 Science & 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 Natural Resource Science

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, or 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.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Australian Society of Soil Science
  • Environment Institute of Australia

While this degree may be accredited by an official industry accreditation body in Australia, completion of the degree may not result in graduates receiving automatic accreditation. Please contact the relevant registration body for details of any conditions for accreditation.