Environmental science


Play a vital role in creating a sustainable future for our planet. Our courses in environmental science have a strong focus on fieldwork and practical experiences. Study areas include sustainability, wildlife and conservation, marine health and ecosystems.

Get out of the classroom: get into the field with practical hands-on experiences
Become eligible for EIANZ accreditation: after graduating and gaining relevant experience

Career opportunities

With such a wide range of elective units and specialist areas on offer, you can design your own career direction in environmental science. You could gain employment as a:

  • coastal project officer
  • climate change campaigner
  • ecologist
  • fisheries officer
  • laboratory scientist
  • landscape ecologist
  • mammalogist
  • national park manager
  • natural resource manager
  • park ranger
  • marine biologist
  • sustainability consultant
  • wildlife/conservation biologist
  • wildlife manager.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

The personal transformations in myself, and what I noticed in my peers, was, and will be, nothing short of world changing.

Belinda Christie

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)

Hands-on learning

Gain experience through innovative, practical learning from day one. Our courses focus on finding solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems. You’ll get to take part in field trips, use our excellent facilities and equipment and have direct access to the environment you'll work in.

Join our thriving research culture

Deakin supports one of the world’s most prestigious environmental research programs. Our ecologists protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, rapid development and climate change. Have a great research idea? Consider a higher research degree under the supervision of our passionate and experienced staff.

Learn more about researching with us


After graduating and gaining experience working in the environmental industry, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Environmental Practitioner through the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Get into the Wild @ Deakin

Our blog showcases the unique experiences we have while on field trips, the environmental-orientated pursuits we’re up to, and the things we find interesting.

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Welcome to environmental science at Deakin

Current environmental science students explain why they chose to study at Deakin.

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