Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

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

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Graduate ready to tackle global environmental issues such as climate change, sustainability and pollution when you study the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) at Deakin. Gain knowledge across the environmental engineering industry in areas including waste management, water engineering, catchment management and soil and water remediation. Develop solutions-led technical and professional skills to put you in high demand in this future-focused field.

Environmental engineers address global environmental issues such as climate change, sustainability, waste disposal, water security, pollution and more.

As a graduate, you’ll be highly sought after in government and private sectors to provide innovative solutions that protect the environment. You’ll be equipped to assess the impacts projects have on air, water, and soil, and design strategies to minimise adverse effects.

Want to design groundbreaking engineering solutions for a sustainable future?

This course equips you with the skills and knowledge to develop sustainable engineering solutions through project-oriented design-based learning and lab-based practical classes.

You’ll gain in depth knowledge across 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.

At Deakin, our teaching places a strong emphasis on the application of engineering and scientific principles to real-life environmental problems. 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. Our students graduate job ready, whether they choose careers in industry, government or the humanitarian sector.

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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.

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

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

  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences ^
  • Global Environmental Systems
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling
  • Programming for Engineers
  • ^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, and choose an elective later in the degree. 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 (2 credit points) ^
  • Engineering Modelling
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

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

  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

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

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

  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Engineering Project A (2 credit points)+
  • Integrated Catchment Systems
  • Plus 1 elective (one credit point)

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

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

  • # 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.

    Recommended Electives

  • Research Methodology
  • Urban Stormwater Asset Design
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400310433 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    S465
    CRICOS code?
    095002A
    Level
    Undergraduate
    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)
      • Cloud Campus

    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.

    Workload

    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.  

    In total, expect to dedicate about 10 hours per week to each single credit point unit, and 20 hours per week to each double credit point unit.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in any English, Maths: Mathematical Methods, Maths: Specialist Mathematics, Physics or Systems Engineering equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    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

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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 for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Graduates will be in high demand in this rapidly evolving discipline, addressing global issues like climate change, sustainability and water security across a range of industries:

    • air pollution and emissions control
    • natural resource management
    • environmental protection
    • engineering consultancy
    • government departments - local, state, and federal
    • resources - mining, oil and gas
    • waste management and recycling
    • water and wastewater treatment.

    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) by 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.

    Communication

    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.

    Self-management.

    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.

    Teamwork

    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