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Bachelor of Environmental Science - 791AA

Course Code: 791AA
Course Version: 5
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Science
UAC Code: 368023
CRICOS Code: 054171A
Selection Rank: 60
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Launch a sustainable career in environmental science

If you have a passion for wildlife and conservation and are keen for a career outdoors, the Bachelor of Environmental Science will see you playing an active part in caring for the environment now and into the future. The degree lets you explore a wide variety of areas including but not limited to: applied ecology, ecological conservation, vegetation and wildlife management, reserve management, coastal marine science, sustainability, land care and land management.

You’ll benefit from studying in our nation’s capital; the central focus of environmental issues in Australia, and will have access to UC’s world-class laboratories for eco-chemistry, fresh water ecology, wildlife genetics and biodiversity. The faculty has strong partnership links with government and natural resource management organisations, as well as UC’s Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), which has a reputation for providing high quality research with an applied focus to solve environmental problems.

Study a Bachelor of Environmental Science at UC and you will:

  • join one of the most well-respected programs in the country
  • explore both international and Australian environmental issues
  • gain knowledge in applied research and teaching to become work-ready for a professional setting.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a central component of this course and you’ll undertake a range of practical activities designed to prepare you for a sustainable career in environmental science, such as exposure to entrepreneurship in science and pitching ideas for funding and patenting, and guest lectures by esteemed industry professionals.

Our Environmental Science program is closely integrated with the IAE – one of our many research centres. Researchers within the IAE engage with on-ground managers and policymakers, giving you access to unique group research projects and training opportunities on campus in a leading research facility. You’ll also undertake a range of exciting field trips to national parks in locations such as Willandra, the Snowy Mountains and the NSW South Coast.

You’ll have the opportunity to complete a professional work placement and will be actively encouraged to volunteer in local, regional and international environmental programs. Previous students have undertaken internships with companies including the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, CSIRO, ACT Parks and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Department of the Environment and Energy, Questacon, National Museum of Australia, environmental NGOs and the university sector.

If you’d like to study overseas, summer or winter term internships to Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand can be applied for, as well as faculty-led Environmental Science programs in New Zealand, Peru and Costa Rica. Each of these can count as credit towards your degree.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental chemist
  • Environmental manager
  • Environmental protection officer
  • Educator
  • Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geographic information system officer
  • Invasive species officer
  • Natural resource manager
  • Park ranger
  • Research scientist
  • Sustainability officer
  • Water scientist
  • Waterways planner

Course-specific information

High-achieving students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) course.

Successful completion of this course, when linked with further postgraduate study such as a master’s degree or PhD, could see you qualify as a research scientist in your chosen field.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Assumed Knowledge

ACT: Biology and/or Chemistry major(s) plus Mathematical Methods Major. NSW: Biology and/or Chemistry plus Mathematics.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Environmental Science B EnvSc

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
1. Design and evaluate strategies, technologies, and methods for sustainable management of environmental systems; UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; and
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems.
2. Understand the natural environment in both a local and global context and its relationships with human activities; UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession.
3. Acquire practical skills for scientific problem-solving, including familiarity with laboratory and field instrumentation, computer applications, statistical and modelling techniques; UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
4. Understand professional and environmental ethics; UC graduates are professional:
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Be self-aware.
6. Understand the expected consequences of implementing a research, design, or management plan and be able to explain them; UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively.
8. Become effective communicators of environmental science as scientific results, information or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, with particular focus on the decisions and values of indigenous people; UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; and
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings.
9. Become independent and self-directed learners; working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context; and demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their disciplinary area and personally practising ethical conduct. UC graduates are professional:
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Be self-aware.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.




  • Past Offerings
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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