With human exploitation of the environment having taken a serious toll on the planet, environmental scientists are needed to solve issues related to land degradation, urban and regional development, pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the impacts of mining, oil and gas extraction and processing.
In this course you will undertake environmental research and develop expertise in zoology, botany, ecology, genetics, environmental management, sustainability and statistics.
After your first year of study you’ll specialise in one of the following streams:
Conservation and management of wildlife is increasingly important in the protection of global biodiversity.
This stream provides the knowledge and skills needed to work with wildlife, with a focus on Australia’s unique fauna. It provides you with opportunities to work towards research programs with leading wildlife biologists.
Restoration is an AUD$2 trillion global enterprise encompassing aquatic-to-terrestrial, desert and marine ecosystems.
Through Curtin’s leading role in the national Centre for Mine Site Restoration, this unique study stream can place you at the fore of the discipline and set you on the path to advanced training.
Genetics and genomics have expanded rapidly in recent years and offer various career opportunities.
In this stream you will develop the practical and theoretical skills required to contribute to the field of genetics and microbiology. You’ll interact with several research teams that use genetic or bioinformatic approaches in the environmental and agricultural disciplines.
There is an increasing need to understand and manage the adverse effects of contaminants on the environment.
This stream will give you the chemical and toxicological skills necessary to evaluate degraded environments and implement strategies to restore environmental health.
Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology).
See our handbook for more course information.
How this course will make you industry ready
In your final year you will conduct a significant research project in conjunction with academics engaged in environmental science research.
- Conservation scientist
- Environmental consultant
- Environmental scientist
- Mine restoration consultant
- Natural resource manager
- Remediated lands consultant
- Government policy and planning
- Research and development
- Urban and regional planning
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Master of Science (Dryland Agricultural Systems)
- Master of Science (Water Quality and Treatment)
- Master of Philosophy
- Doctor of Philosophy
What you'll learn
- have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in environmental science that is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of environmental science, GC1
- can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to environmental science, and have competencies typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments (to both specialist and non-specialist audiences) and solving problems within environmental science, GC2
- understand the constructs of the scientific method and apply these principles in environmental science using digital technologies, GC3
- can gather and interpret relevant data within environmental science to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues, including being aware of the diversity of international perspectives associated with environmental science, and how these impact upon the practice of environmental science, GC4
- understand and appreciate cultural diversity and how it impacts on the practice of environmental science, GC5
- display a high standard of professional behaviour, including effective time management, both independently and as a team member, GC6