Exploitation of the environment has taken a serious toll on the planet. Increasingly, environmental scientists are needed to apply their understanding of environmental functions and processes to challenges relating to land degradation and biodiversity loss; urban and regional development; mining, oil and gas extraction and processing; and pollution.
In this course you will gain expertise in zoology, botany, ecology, genetics, environmental management, conservation and sustainability.
Throughout the course you'll also have opportunities to participate in field activities that develop environmental monitoring skills, alongside laboratory and computer-based skills.
You'll also gain skills in experimental design, statistics, critical thinking and communication that are necessary for environmental research; and complete a capstone research unit involving a week of field- or laboratory-data collection. This experience, together with a work-integrated learning unit, will ensure you can apply the skills gained during your studies to real-world environmental issues.
You can select from a large range of specialisations to study with this major. Combining this major with the Environmental Management specialisation and a selected minor will position you to help address current and future environmental challenges. To see our full list of specialisations, visit curtin.edu/sae-special.
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.
What jobs can the Environmental Science lead to?
- 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.
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