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Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

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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

The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) provides you with the skills and knowledge to manage the interaction between people and the environment, and to satisfy society’s needs for clean water, fresh air and healthy soils through the sustainable use of natural resources, environments and ecosystem services.


Environmental management is a multidisciplinary field which focuses on finding solutions to the world's most pressing environmental problems. This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the functioning and management of the complex interactions between the biological, physical, social, economic and political worlds.


You can design your own career direction in environmental management by choosing elective units to specialise in areas of study such as wildlife management, coastal and marine management, and environmental sustainability.


There is a focus on providing you with practical and relevant skills that will be invaluable to your future career, with fieldwork and industry-based learning incorporated into all aspects of the course. You will experience a combination of hands-on and theoretical learning and have access to state-of-the-art facilities including sustainability assessment tools and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory.


Government and industry partners regularly contribute to the course to ensure graduates are job ready. You will have the opportunity to apply for the Department of Sustainability and Environment Cadetship Program, Industry Based Learning scholarships and Earthwatch projects during your degree, and the Department of Sustainability and Environment Graduate Recruitment program on completion of your degree. Once you have gained experience working in the environmental industry, you will be eligible to become a Certified Environmental Practitioner through the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.


An honours year is available for high-achieving students upon completion of this degree.


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, human dimensions of environmental management, environmental education, catchment management, water resource management,  land rehabilitation, pollution control, environmental science, conservation, and coastal and park management.

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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.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

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


  • 13 core units
  • 11 elective units (3 restricted electives and 8 general electives)
  • 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)
  • At least 3 elective units from a prescribed list below (pre-requisites apply)
  • 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
  • up to 8 electives can be taken outside the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

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Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.



Students have the option of using their elective units to complete a major.  A recommended major sequence for students in the Bachelorof Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability):

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SLE121 Environmental Sustainability  

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  *

plus two elective units 


Trimester 2

SLE102 Physical Geography  

SLE101 Techniques in Environmental Science  

STP010 Introduction to Work Placements  *

plus two elective units 


* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE231 Hydrology and Water Resources Management  

SLE201 Society and Environment  

SLE239 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  

plus one elective unit


Trimester 2

SLE207 Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment  

SLE226 Environmental Team Based Research  

plus two elective units 

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301 Professional Practice  

SLE303 Managing Environmental Projects  

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

SLE308 Policy Instruments for Sustainability  

SLE305 Catchment and Coastal Management  

plus two elective units.



Students are required to select at least three of their elective units from the prescribed list below.


SHD201/SHD301 Creating Sustainable Futures  

SLE202 Landscape Evolution  

SLE332 Geographic Information Systems  *

SLE114 Introduction to Parks and Wildlife Conservation  ^

SLE215 Ecotourism and Interpretation  

SLE216 Bushfire Management  *

SLE320 Sustainability and Waste Management  

SLE328 Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change  

SLE342 Risks to Healthy Environments  

SLE317 Australian Vegetation and Its Management  

SLE322 Landscape Ecology  


* not available in 2014

^ Please note that entry to this unit for S398 Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) students is via application based on merit and requires approval of the Unit Chair.

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Details of major sequences

Environmental Health - unit set code MJ-S000059

Burwood (Melbourne)


With a focus on healthy environments and healthy people, this major is recommended for students interested in working in public health policy, environmental health and related areas.


SLE111 Cells and Genes  

HBS107 Understanding Health  

HSN101 Food: Nutrition, Culture and Innovation  

SLE234 Microbiology  

HSH205 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1  

SLE312 Toxicology  

SLE342 Risks to Healthy Environments  


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