Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Focus on the practical application of engineering and scientific principles to become an immediately employable environmental engineer.

Get hands-on in our state-of-the-art engineering facilities

Industry-linked projects from your first year

Designed in accordance to Engineers Australia’s accreditation requirements

Key facts


Waurn Ponds:
Lowest selection rank


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2020 close 10 July 2020

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Focus on practical skills and outcomes across sustainability, climate change and infrastructure when you study environmental engineering at Deakin. Gain a broad knowledge across the industry, with solutions-led technical skills to put you in high demand in this ever-changing field.

Want to design and create ground-breaking engineering ideas for a sustainable future?

Climate change is an increasing area of concern for many of the world’s industries, and when you study environmental engineering at Deakin, you’ll join a challenging, rewarding and diverse career path.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) emphasises the practical application of engineering and scientific principles to produce industry-ready environmental engineers prepared to tackle the major environmental challenges of our time.

Students gain a breadth of knowledge across the environmental engineering discipline and the technical skills to develop sustainable engineering solutions to current and future environmental problems, such as water security, waste and recycling, pollution and contamination, and public health.

This course equips students in a range of environmental engineering disciplines related to environmental health, water, air and soil quality, water resource management and waste management.

This is underpinned by the fundamentals of environmental engineering and the natural and physical sciences including geography, chemistry, mathematics, environmental science, ecology and hydrology.

By combining design-based learning with authentic engineering projects, students learn how to apply fundamental and technical knowledge to develop innovative solutions to real world environmental problems, while also promoting the ethical, social and cultural responsibilities of the modern engineer. 

This type of project-based learning further promotes growth of students’ communication, teamwork, project management and leadership skills, better equipping them for their future roles, whether they choose careers in industry, government, or the humanitarian sector.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 or 2 credit points, sometimes abbreviated as cps. Most students choose to study units amounting to 4 credit points (or cps) per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 31 credit points of core units (including SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice (12 weeks)*
  • 1 elective unit (1 credit point)^
  • Completion of SEJ010 Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)

*For students without year 12 Chemistry (or equivalent) 32 credit points of core units, including SLE133 Chemistry in our World.

^Option for students with year 12 Chemistry (or equivalent)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.


Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability STP010 (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning SEJ010 (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Ecology and the Environment SLE103
  • Applied Algebra and Statistics SIT199
  • Engineering Physics SEB101
  • Environmental Design SET111
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences SLE155 ^
  • Global Environmental Systems SEV101
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling SIT194
  • Programming for Engineers SIT172
  • ^Note: Students without Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent will be required to undertake SLE133 Chemistry in Our World in Trimester 1 (prior to SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences)

    Molecular science is integral to modern environmental engineering. For this reason, knowledge of chemistry is important for all students in the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) course. Students who have a weak or no knowledge of year 12 Chemistry must study SLE133. Students who have a strong knowledge of Chemistry may choose an elective instead of SLE133, and proceed directly to SLE155. Alternatively, students who have a strong knowledge of year 12 Chemistry may choose to study SLE133 in order to strengthen and consolidate their chemistry skills and understanding.

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Environmental Analysis SET211 (2 credit points) ^
  • Engineering Modelling SEP291
  • Fluid Mechanics SEM218
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Environmental Health Engineering SEV201 (2 credit points)#
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems SLE239
  • Analysing Marine Dynamics SLE240

  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Water Engineering Design SEV301 (2 credit points)
  • Air and Noise Pollution and Control SEV311
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics SEV322
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Waste Management Systems SEV331 (2 credit points)
  • Environmental Protection and Planning SLE319
  • Risks to Healthy Environments SLE342

  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Engineering Project A SEJ441 (2 credit points)+
  • Integrated Catchment Systems SEV401 ^
  • Elective

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Engineering Project B SEJ446 (2 credit points)+
  • Infrastructure Engineering SEV415
  • Professional Engineering Practice SEP499 ~#

  • # Must have successfully completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

    ~ SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice is available in trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3.  Students are encouraged to complete this unit in Trimester 3 of the third year of study. 

    + Note: Students are expected to undertake SEJ441 and SEJ446 in consecutive trimesters.  Students will be required to seek approval from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SEJ441 and SEJ446 consecutively.

    ^ Available from 2021


    Select one elective unit.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400310431 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.


    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here:

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Through SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice, you’ll gain industry experience by completing at least 60 days of practical work experience in an engineering workplace, developing and enhancing your understanding of the environmental engineering profession, possible career outcomes, and the opportunity to establish valuable professional networks.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL and a study score of at least 20 in one of maths: mathematical methods (any) or maths: specialist mathematics. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience: Prerequisites of English and mathematics as for year 12 school leavers (or equivalent). Entry will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    Maths Eligibility Assessment: Deakin University offers prospective students an opportunity to sit an online Maths Eligibility Assessment. Applicants who have successfully met English and all other course entry requirements for admission into relevant Engineering and IT courses, but do not have evidence of meeting the required mathematics prerequisite may be eligible to take the Maths Eligibility Assessment.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of 50% of the course at Deakin University.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $9,527 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications through VTAC have now closed.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Application Portal.

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    Entry pathways

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    Contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Engineering

    School of Life and Environmental Sciences

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    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Study in Deakin’s $55 million dollar engineering training facility

    World leader in engineering education*

    Top 1% of universities worldwide#

    Develop professional networks and explore careers through industry-based placements

    Career outcomes

    Graduates will be in high demand in this rapidly evolving industry, addressing global issues like climate change and sustainability in roles such as:

    • waterways manager
    • green design professional
    • engineering technologist
    • design engineer
    • stormwater engineer
    • environmental health officer
    • hazardous waste manager
    • noise control monitor
    • natural resource manager
    • sustainability analyst
    • sustainability consultant
    • waste management coordinator
    • water quality tester.

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) has been designed in accordance with Engineers Australia professional accreditation requirements. Deakin has been awarded provisional accreditation for the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) with Engineers Australia (EA).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Design, develop, manage and evaluate the sustainability of established and innovative engineering solutions for real-world environmental problems by integrating and applying well-developed knowledge and skills in natural and physical sciences, engineering and project management, and by assessing environmental, social and economic consequences of implementation.  Apply professional engineering and scientific techniques to environmental engineering problems, evaluate the benefits, risks and uncertainty associated with the use of specific environmental engineering approaches and tools, and evaluate the effectiveness of designs and experiments that are used to determine solutions.  Plan and execute practice-based research projects to show capacity for advanced knowledge and skills in the discipline of environmental engineering and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and scholarship.


    Apply effective communication skills in a professional context to interpret, evaluate and present technical engineering information using oral, written, visual modes.  Demonstrate proficiency and accuracy in comprehending diverse viewpoints from technical and non-technical stakeholders and present arguments and justifications for representing an engineering position.

    Digital literacy

    Identify, select and use digital technologies and tools relevant to environmental engineering to use, manage, generate and share information, evaluate its reliability, and use the information for engineering design, problem solving and research purposes.  Demonstrate the ability to independently and systematically locate and share information, laws, policies and regulations that pertain to the air, water and terrestrial environment, their management and impacts on human health.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate autonomy and judgement through balanced application of logic, intellectual and research criteria to review, analyse, and synthesise information for engineering problem solving.

    Problem solving

    Apply knowledge of natural and physical sciences, and environmental engineering skills and techniques to identify and define complex problems in a variety of contexts.  Evaluate and use established engineering methods to identify potential solutions to independently and collaboratively resolve complex, real-world environmental engineering problems and realise solutions.  Demonstrate innovative and creative approaches and solutions to environmental engineering problems that are constrained by local, national, global and contemporary issues and show capacity for planning, designing, executing and managing environmental engineering projects.


    Evaluate own knowledge and skills, professionalism and ethical development using frameworks of reflection and take responsibility for learning and performance.  Work responsibly and safely in engineering environments to demonstrate ethical conduct and professionalism.


    Undertake various team roles, work effectively in multidisciplinary teams, and utilise effective teamwork skills in order to achieve team objectives.  Apply interpersonal skills to interact and collaborate to enhance outcomes through shared knowledge and creative capacity to optimise engineering outcomes.

    Global citizenship

    Formulate sustainable engineering practices by integrating aspects of design, development, management and research competencies through concern for and appreciation of economic, environmental, social and cultural perspectives, including those of indigenous peoples.  Engage with global traditions and current trends in environmental engineering practice in order to appreciate diversity, seek equity in outcomes and adopt ethical and professional standards.

    Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019

    *Ranked ‘well above world standard’ for manufacturing engineering and ‘above world standard’ for engineering and materials engineering. Source: Excellence in Research for Australia's (ERA) research evaluation framework 2018
    #ARWU Rankings 2019 
    ^Mid-year intake is not available for all courses and some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.
    ^^Application close dates vary. Some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

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