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Conserve wildlife and plants, study marine ecosystems or help with environmental education – and get hands-on experience from day one. You’ll gain the skills to impact key environmental developments and decisions, as well as invaluable real-world experience.

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Preserve our planet

There’s arguably nothing more important than the health of our planet. If you’re dreaming of a career that will truly enable you to make a positive impact, choose an environment course at Deakin. With a focus on practical experience and work-ready outcomes, all our courses include a professional placement unit, giving you the opportunity to get your foot in the door at some of the most high-profile organisations in the industry, including Zoos Victoria, Parks Victoria, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

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Influence the future of our environment

Whether you’d like to study marine and freshwater ecosystems, contribute to environmental management and sustainability, or conserve wildlife and plants for future generations, we’ve got a range of specialised courses for you to choose from.

Hands-on learning

Our environment courses take you out of the classroom and into the field. This hands-on experiential learning gives you the practical skills that are highly sought by employers. Field activities can include anything from coastal planning to surveying wildlife populations.

First-class facilities

Your learning is enhanced by a range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including a Geographic Information Systems lab, wildlife tracking technology and underwater vehicles that beam images of marine plants and animals from the sea floor.

A thriving research culture

Deakin supports one of the world's most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our ecologists are helping to protect Australia's vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, rapid development and climate change.

Study environmental science at Deakin

Play a vital role in creating a sustainable future for our planet. Deakin's courses in environmental science have a strong focus on fieldwork and practical experiences. Study areas include sustainability, wildlife and conservation, marine health and ecosystems.

Strong employment outcomes

Our environment graduates have found exciting and diverse opportunities to work in the public, private and not‑for-profit sectors in a range of fields, including: wildlife conservation and management, environmental management and sustainability, fisheries and aquaculture, marine biology, agriculture and natural resources management.

Links with industry

Our staff have relationships with organisations like the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria and the Department of Primary Industries to ensure our courses are up-to-date with industry trends.

Environment courses at Deakin have a core professional placement unit, with students completing placements in local, state and federal government, as well as a range of high-profile organisations, including:

  • Zoos Victoria
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Parks Victoria
  • Biosis-Environmental Consulting.

Experience the world while you study

Deakin offers a variety of overseas study programs, including the Global Citizenship Program and international volunteering opportunities. Environment students have studied in a diverse range of countries like New Zealand, Canada, the US and Costa Rica.

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The most rewarding thing about my course is that it helped me identify geospatial information systems (GIS) as my new passion.

Jason Prasad

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

Learn more about Jason's experiences

'Career counselling helped me identify environmental science as my first preference of a career change. Deakin's environmental science options available to choose from and it's location made it an easy decision for me to make.

I travelled to Playa Camaronal, Costa Rica to conduct sea turtle conservation research with fellow students. We transported hatched turtle eggs to a hatchery we had built to preserve declining populations. Impacts of tourist viewing on turtle birthing rates were monitored and recorded. It was nothing short of an incredible experience, I'm very grateful to have been provided with the opportunity. It as an experience that I will never forget, along with the new friends I've made.

The thing I like best about Deakin is that it has helped me to identify my new passion in life, and is enabling me along my new path. The teaching and staff are extremely knowledgeable, passionate and approachable. I enjoy engaging with them, they are very supportive in helping me to learn the best way they are able to.'


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*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
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^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)