Why study the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)

Do you have the passion and drive to address the world's environmental challenges? To do so you will need a range of scientific skills and knowledge and an understanding of legal, political and social aspects of environmental management. Through the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) you will address these topics and develop skills in systems analysis and planning. Study fundamental environmental processes, the way they can be described, monitored and predicted, and the effect of human impact on the physical and biological environment.

Specialise in one of four key areas of Environmental Science - Earth Resources; Ecology and Conservation; Environmental Toxicology; and Natural Resource Science. In each area you will study core and advanced science and regulatory topics, participate in environmental science field trips and complete a substantial research project in either an environmental impact assessment or an environmental audit.

As an Environmental Science Graduate you will be equipped to contribute rigorous analyses to environmental decision making and management to address global environmental challenges.


  • Program code
  • 738001
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (27 Feb, 2017)
    Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2017)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B and one of Chemistry or Physics.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Courses and Programs


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Earth Resources

Earth resources is concerned with the physical environment. Students develop expertise in the assessment of impacts of geological phenomena and of activities related to the extraction and use of the earth's resources.

More information about the Earth Resources Field of Study.

Ecology and Conservation

Courses focus on the interrelationships between plant and animal species and their environments and how their populations may be modified by environmental changes.

More information about the Ecology and Conservation Field of Study.

Environmental Toxicology

Graduates in environmental toxicology quantify and monitor toxic substances in the environment and evaluate their effects on biota and humans. At the interface of environmental sciences, biology, chemistry and toxicology, this major addresses the need of societies to identify the problems associated with environmental toxins, to facilitate assessment of risks and to implement regulation.

More information about the Environmental Toxicology Field of Study.

Natural Resource Science

Natural resource science focuses on the various components of the landscape (soils, water and vegetation) and on correcting the adverse effects of human use of this resource.

More information about the Natural Resource Science Field of Study.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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