Environments majors: Environmental Science

The Earth’s environment is impacted by human activities, including land degradation and industrial pollution, as well as natural phenomena like earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis.

The Environmental Science major involves identifying and understanding the causes of environmental problems arising from human activity. It is about learning the role of science
in making decisions about how we balance competing demands on the environment, make efficient use of dwindling natural resources and manage the environment sustainably.

Our students develop robust, scientifically sound and practical skills to find solutions to real problems impacting the Earth. This includes examining case studies of contemporary environmental issues and interpreting them in the broader context of environmental governance and sustainable development.

Students can broaden their career options by complementing core Environmental Science subjects with electives focusing on spatial systems (Geomatics) or landscape management.

In second year, I went to Far North Queensland to look at environmental changes. It was awesome. We took cores of peat bogs, looked at amazing global land forms and learnt how to do pollen analysis.

Oli is a Graduate Environmental Scientist at AECOM.
Oli Taylor, BEnvs Environmental Science major

Career outcomes

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Environments, you can enter the workforce or continue on the Master of Environment (Environmental Science), or a range of other graduate degrees.

Environmental Scientists draw on a range of specialisations across a broad field of science disciplines. Specialisations include studies in geology, marine and terrestrial ecology, conservation biology, and assessing and measuring environmental risk.

This major has a compulsory mathematics requirement.

Generator 2012 – Julianna Rozek (Environmental Science)

Sample Course Plan

Sample Course Plan – Bachelor of Environments
Majoring in Environmental Science*
Year 1Semester 1Changing MelbourneEnvironments ElectiveMaths or Statistics subject1Breadth
Semester 2Natural EnvironmentsEnvironments ElectiveEnvironments ElectiveBreadth
Year 2Semester 1Major ElectiveMajor ElectiveEnvironments ElectiveBreadth
Semester 2EcologyMajor ElectiveEnvironments ElectiveBreadth
Year 3Semester 1Environmental Risk AssessmentMajor ElectiveMajor ElectiveBreadth OR Environments Elective
Semester 2Problem Solving in Environmental Science (capstone)Major ElectiveEnvironments ElectiveBreadth OR Environments Elective

* For students commencing Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent.

1 Your compulsory maths or statistics subject may be taken as breadth in order to keep options open for other majors.

First-year subjects
Enabling subjects
Major subject
Elective subject
Breadth subject
Free points
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