Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

Course summary for current students

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Year2014 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

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.

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

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

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

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):

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE121Environmental Sustainability

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

plus two elective units 

Trimester 2

SLE102Physical Geography

SLE101Techniques in Environmental Science

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

plus two elective units 

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE231Hydrology and Water Resources Management

SLE201Society and Environment

SLE239Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE207Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment

SLE226Environmental Team Based Research

plus two elective units 

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301Professional Practice

SLE303Managing Environmental Projects

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

SLE308Policy Instruments for Sustainability

SLE305Catchment 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/SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures

SLE202Landscape Evolution

SLE332Geographic Information Systems *

SLE114Introduction to Parks and Wildlife Conservation ^

SLE215Ecotourism and Interpretation

SLE216Bushfire Management *

SLE320Sustainability and Waste Management

SLE328Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change

SLE342Risks to Healthy Environments

SLE317Australian Vegetation and Its Management

SLE322Landscape 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.

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.

SLE111Cells and Genes

HBS107Understanding Health

HSN101Food: Nutrition, Culture and Innovation


HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1


SLE342Risks to Healthy Environments