Bachelor of Science (Environment)


Program Description

Course summary

Environmental science is the study of the interaction between living and non-living elements of the environment, and how humans impact on these elements. Environmental scientists use a multi-disciplinary knowledge base to assess, research, and manage a wide range of environmental issues.

The Bachelor of Science major in Environment is a multi-disciplinary degree that draws together concepts from geosciences, biological sciences, chemistry, and physics. This degree develops wide-ranging capabilities involving fieldwork, mapping, computing and laboratory skills. The superb local marine and coastal habitats, amidst fresh-water and terrestrial ecosystems, means Wollongong is ideally located for unique field experiences to enhance studies of the environment.

This course is ideal if you would like to complete a science-based environmental degree with career paths in environmental assessment, monitoring and management, or to consider trending jobs related to environmental sustainability, renewable energy, transitions from rural to urban landscapes, and urban green spaces.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with a specific discipline area of science.
  2. Demonstrate technical and cognitive skills in locating, discriminating and explaining information in relation to an area of science.
  3. Exercise critical thinking and problem-solving.
  4. Demonstrate how knowledge and skills in an area of science can be applied in scientific or scholarly works.
  5. Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas to others.

Course Structure

To qualify for an award of the degree, the Bachelor of Science (Environment), a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points, as outlined below.

Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent) normally in the first year. Students interested in transferring to the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) (four-year degree) should note that they will need to complete MATH151 as additional load.

Students Completing a Double Degree

For students completing the Environment major as part of a double degree, please go to the approved program of study for the Environment Major in a Double Degree.

Year 1


Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
EESC101 Planet Earth 6 Autumn
EESC103 Earth's Dynamic Surface 6 Autumn

Select ONE of the following subjects:

Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn


Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
EECS105 Introductory Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring

Select ONE of the following subjects:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring

Year 2


Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
BIOL251 Principles of Ecology 6 Autumn
EESC207 Advanced Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
PHYS233 Introduction to Environmental Physics 6 Autumn

Select ONE subject from the following list:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6 Autumn
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A 6 Autumn, Summer 2019/2020


Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6 Spring
EESC202 Shaping Earth's Surface 6 Spring
PHIL256 Environmental Philosophy: Animals, Nature and Ethics 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring

Year 3


Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
EESC320 Capstone: Earth and Environmental Sciences 6 Spring
EESC331 Changing Global Environments 6 Spring

Plus 36 credit points of subjects from the following list:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
BIOL361 Conservation Biology 6 Autumn
EESC323 Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology 6 Autumn
EESC332 Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments 6 Autumn
CHEM324 Chemical Analysis and Inference 6 Autumn
CHEM337 Environmental Chemistry 6 Autumn
EESC321 Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History 6 Autumn
EESC209 G-cubed: Geochemistry, Geochronology, Geophysics 6 Spring
EESC322 Coastal Environments: Process and Management 6 Spring
EESC326 Resources and Environments 6 Spring
BIOL365 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 6 Spring
BIOL252 Evolution and Behaviour 6 Spring
CHEM370 Modern Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry 6 Spring
GEOG337 Policy for Environmental and Heritage Management 6 Spring
GEOG338 Planning Urban Futures 6 Autumn

Or other subjects approved by the Coordinator.

Why choose this course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

Working in science requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'inquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world.

You will participate in practical classes in our new purpose-built Sciences Teaching Facility or out in the field, ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers. Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers, with established research links to government and non-government organisations. The skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.

Career opportunities

  • Agricultural Adviser
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Cartographer (Mapping)
  • Chemist
  • Coastal or Estuarine Management Officer
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Doctor (with the additional study)
  • Drug Regulation Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Food Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geologist
  • Health worker
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Marine or Fisheries Biologist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Biotechnologist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Oceanographer
  • Science Teacher
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Veterinary Researcher


A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Credit for Prior Learning

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

English Requirements for international students

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

IELTS Academic

  • Overall Score: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.0
  • Writing: 6.0
  • Listening: 6.0
  • Speaking: 6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

  • Overall Score: 86
  • Reading: 18
  • Writing: 18
  • Listening: 17
  • Speaking: 17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

In just 40 years, University of Wollongong has become a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities; dynamic, agile, innovative and prominent in national and international rankings for th ... Read More

In just 40 years, University of Wollongong has become a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities; dynamic, agile, innovative and prominent in national and international rankings for the quality of our teaching and research. The University began as an institute for the then the New South Wales University of Technology, Sydney at a single location in Wollongong. Since gaining independence in 1975, UOW has grown into an international multi-campus University, expanding to occupy two Sydney campuses and five regional campuses, as well as locations in Hong Kong and Dubai. With now over 36,000 students, more than 2,400 staff, and an economic impact of around $2 billion in activity annually, UOW is an influential part of its communities and the catalyst for Wollongong’s transformation into a University city. Read less
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