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Learn to preserve our planet for generations to come. Whether you choose to conserve wildlife and plants, study marine ecosystems or assist with environmental education, you'll gain skills to impact key environmental developments and decisions.

Get hands-on experience in the field from day one

Learn in our state-of-the-art facilities

Combine travel and study to broaden your experience

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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.

Depending on your course, 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 infrared motion-sensing wildlife cameras.

If you’re studying marine biology, you'll experience the underwater environment with research vessels and remotely operated, 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.

Some of our current research includes tracking turtles from space, and the discovery of three new mammal species.

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.

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.'

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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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.


See the unique experiences that students have on field trips, environmental orientated pursuits we're up to and the things we find interesting.

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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.

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