Environmental science


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

Career opportunities

With such a wide range of elective units and specialist areas on offer, you can design your own career direction in environmental science. You could gain employment as a:

  • coastal project officer
  • climate change campaigner
  • ecologist
  • fisheries officer
  • laboratory scientist
  • landscape ecologist
  • mammalogist
  • national park manager
  • natural resource manager
  • park ranger
  • marine biologist
  • sustainability consultant
  • wildlife/conservation biologist
  • wildlife manager.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

I have enjoyed the project based assessments and practical work. It has enabled me to develop skills and knowledge that I never thought imaginable.

Isabella Schaffer

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

Learn more about Isabella's experiences

'Being apprehensive about attending a university and undertaking a science based degree, I looked around for various courses. I knew I was particularly interested in pursuing education in sustainability and I was very passionate about environmental management. Deakin's online description stood out from others; it had the perfect mix of science, environmental management and the freedom to undertake various electives.

I loved the teamwork and fieldwork assessments, each assessment and field trip were so diverse. A large majority of assessments were team based, teaching students such valuable skills; communication, negotiation, problem solving, having this an integral component to many units made each assessment different and enjoyable.

Deakin often think outside of the box and look for the future, the more hands on practical and transferable skills and knowledge that you gain is something that Deakin excels in. Studying at Deakin has definitely provided me with a competitive edge as it has taught me to be a go getter.'

Hands-on learning

Gain experience through innovative, practical learning from day one. Our courses focus on finding solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems. You’ll get to take part in field trips, use our excellent facilities and equipment and have direct access to the environment you'll work in.

Join our thriving research culture

Deakin supports one of the world’s most prestigious environmental research programs. Our ecologists protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, rapid development and climate change. Have a great research idea? Consider a higher research degree under the supervision of our passionate and experienced staff.

Learn more about researching with us


After graduating and gaining experience working in the environmental industry, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Environmental Practitioner through the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.


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Welcome to environmental science at Deakin

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