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
Generator 2012 – Julianna Rozek (Environmental Science)
Sample Course Plan
|Sample Course Plan – Bachelor of Environments|
Majoring in Environmental Science*
|Year 1||Semester 1||Changing Melbourne||Environments Elective||Maths or Statistics subject1||Breadth|
|Semester 2||Natural Environments||Environments Elective||Environments Elective||Breadth|
|Year 2||Semester 1||Major Elective||Major Elective||Environments Elective||Breadth|
|Semester 2||Ecology||Major Elective||Environments Elective||Breadth|
|Year 3||Semester 1||Environmental Risk Assessment||Major Elective||Major Elective||Breadth OR Environments Elective|
|Semester 2||Problem Solving in Environmental Science (capstone)||Major Elective||Environments Elective||Breadth 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.