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Environmental Science
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Environmental Science

Undergraduate major

Help to solve the issues related to urban and regional development, pollution, and the protection of global biodiversity.

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  • ATAR
    Guaranteed ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Environmental Science Major (BSc Science)
  • Credit
    600
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Select your preferred degree

This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

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Why study Environmental Science at Curtin?

Cutting-edge

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.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Environmental Science

Outline

Outline

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:

Wildlife Biology

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

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

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.

Environmental Chemistry

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.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree. It can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science course. 

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 Major (BSc Science) lead to?

Careers

  • Conservation scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental scientist
  • Mine restoration consultant
  • Natural resource manager
  • Remediated lands consultant

Industries

  • Environmental
  • Government policy and planning
  • Research and development
  • Urban and regional planning

Further study

What you'll learn

  • apply principles of the biological and physical sciences to theoretical and practical sciences to theoretical and practical environmental situations
  • apply critical thinking, process skills, and the scientific method to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to environmental problems
  • use a range of technologies to locate, extract and critically appraise existing scientific knowledge; use scientific knowledge to develop coherent and logical arguments
  • communicate scientific information concisely and accurately using written, visual, and verbal means appropriate to the audience
  • employ new and established technologies to collect and interpret scientific data; argue the merits and limitations of current and emerging technologies
  • evaluate their own learning and development as a student, and develop strategies to take control of their own learning and development, and to continue to learn as a graduate
  • consider environmental issues from a global perspective, recognising the importance of national and international standards for collecting and reporting data
  • respect and recognise the responsibilities of professional scientists in society, both nationally and internationally; incorporate indigenous and other community perspectives in the development of solutions to environmental problems
  • work independently and in teams to demonstrate employment-ready skills such as negotiation, leadership, professional behaviour and ethical practices

Professional recognition

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.

I made great friends, gained significant experience in the lab and workplace, and networked with industry, government officers and researchers.

James Waterhouse

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • UniReady

    If you don’t meet our minimum admission criteria, the UniReady Enabling Program can help you qualify for entry into a range of undergraduate courses.

  • Certificate IV + English Competency

    The certificate IV is the minimum requirement for university entry. It qualifies you for entry to Curtin courses with a 70 ATAR. You must also meet English language proficiency.

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    All streams EXCEPT Chemistry Stream: AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma AND satisfied the prerequisite. The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with: Maths Applications ATAR; or MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry and the prerequisites.

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Applications ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
  • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Applications ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Applications ATAR.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.