Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code075361K
Deakin course codeS398

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Environmental management is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on finding solutions to the world's most pressing environmental problems. Throughout the degree, you’ll explore ways to manage the interaction between people and the environment, as well as how to satisfy society’s needs for clean water, fresh air and healthy soils through the sustainable use of natural resources.

You’ll learn valuable field skills in environmental science: assessing and interpreting data, and using techniques such as global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. You’ll also look at climate systems and the impact of human activity on these systems, explore the role that science plays in environmental sustainability and examine the historical and contemporary context of Indigenous people’s engagement in natural resources management. Plus, we’ll teach you how to plan, manage and evaluate environmental projects.

You’ll also have the opportunity to steer your studies towards your interests and career aspirations by choosing elective units in areas such as wildlife management, coastal and marine management, environmental health and environmental sustainability.

With an emphasis on fieldwork and industry-based learning, you’ll graduate with practical skills that can be directly applied to your future career. You’ll be qualified to work in areas such as wildlife and conservation, environmental management, pollution control, land rehabilitation and marine and freshwater biology.

Once you’ve gained 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.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) degree you may choose to pursue opportunities in a wide variety of careers such as environmental planning, environmental policy, sustainability, environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation, industry-based environmental management, waste management, environmental education, catchment management, water resource management,  land rehabilitation, pollution control, environmental science, conservation, and coastal and park management.


Course expenses

In addition to student contribution fees, students should be aware that they may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with food and accommodation while on fieldwork.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$8,735Not applicable$31,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability), students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 24 credit points, you’ll need to study 24 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 15 core units
  • 9 elective units
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • No more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • At least 14 credit points over levels 2 and 3 with a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3

Course structure

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE101Techniques in Environmental Science

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

plus two elective units 

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SLE102Physical Geography

SLE121Environmental Sustainability

STP010Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)

plus two elective units


Level 2 - Trimester 1

SLE201Society and Environment

SLE231Hydrology and Water Resources Management

SLE218Indigenous Engagement: Natural Resource Management

plus one elective unit

Level 2 - Trimester 2

SLE207Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment

SLE226Environmental Team Based Research

plus two elective units


Level 3 - Trimester 1

SLE301Professional Practice #

SLE303Managing Environmental Projects

SLE305Catchment and Coastal Management

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

SLE308Policy Instruments for Sustainability

SLE332Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Scientists

plus

SLE342Risks to Healthy Environments or

SLE320Resource Efficiency and Waste Management (Tri-3)

plus one elective unit

# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

Electives

Select from the range of elective units offered across many courses, including, in some cases, the option to choose elective units from a completely different field (subject to meeting unit requirements).