Help to solve the issues related to urban and regional development, pollution, and the protection of global biodiversity.
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Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.
Broad career options
This course gives you options to specialise in Wildlife Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Restoration or Genetics.
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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.
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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.
Governments and a diversity of industries engage scientists to ensure they responsibly manage natural environments, adhere to strict environmental regulations, and restore and remediate degraded environments.
Curtin's Environmental Science teams are highly regarded in the international environmental community and have an excellent research reputation.
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.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
Depending on the area of specialisation, graduates will be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Biology, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Australian Mathematics Society or the Australian Institute of Physics.
- 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
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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Fees & charges
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