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Bachelor of  Environmental Science (Honours)

Program code: 2353
QTAC code: 738001
CRICOS code: 081216B


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Gain the scientific knowledge and practical experience in ecology, conservation, environmental toxicology, natural resources and decision science to understand and manage our changing Earth.

  • The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) is a four-year program that will teach you how to describe, monitor and predict environmental processes and the effects of human activity on physical and biological environments.
  • Combine your scientific skills with knowledge of the legal, political and social aspects of environmental management, and undertake extensive practical, field and research experiences to be well equipped for a career in environmental science.
  • Major in one of four different options: Earth Resources, Ecology and Conservation, Environmental Toxicology, or Natural Resource Science. Build your science knowledge in the first three years and apply that knowledge to an independent project in year four.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification that will set you apart in the job market and provide a pathway to future research or learning. You'll be ready to apply the principles of scientific investigation to environmental problem-solving.

Environmental scientists investigate and analyse ecosystems to identify local and global threats to our environment, and provide advice and practical science-based actions to solve identified problems.

  • Fast Facts

    Research strengthens teaching

    Our experts share their knowledge and the latest discoveries to keep you at the cutting-edge. Our research in environmental science was ranked 12 in the world and number one in Australia in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Fieldwork broadens your knowledge

    Depending on your major and choice of electives, you will participate in field-based activities and research opportunities in diverse subtropical and tropical ecosystems.

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  • Professional experience

    Thought leaders

    Our researchers are involved in environmental decision-making for influential institutions around the world, including the Nature Conservancy, the Royal Society of London, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and the World Health Organisation.

  • Alumni
    "As a practical learner, I highly valued the field trips offered during the program. It is these experiences that enabled me to envisage life as an environmental professional." Max Setchfield, Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)
    Environmental Scientist, Environmental Earth Sciences

Majors for this program

There are 4 majors available in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours).

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Career outcomes

As a graduate, you will contribute to environmental decision-making and management, and address global environmental challenges. You can find employment in organisations and sectors such as:

  • consultant companies dealing with environmental monitoring, impact assessment and management
  • government agencies, nationally and internationally
  • mining industries
  • private companies, providing sustainability advice
  • natural resource management, including coastal, river and catchment systems
  • national parks and wildlife conservation
  • policy development for government
  • teaching and research
  • environmental tourism
  • international agencies.

Because of our strong research profile, many of our graduates choose to further their research ambitions by enrolling in Master of Philosophy or PhD programs, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Research

    Work integrated learning

    UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience in an area of your interest working alongside leading academics and researchers.

  • Careers

    Careers that started in Science

    Our alumni are applying their analytical, problem solving and scientific skills across a diverse range of careers.

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  • Alumni
    “Through my fourth year honours project I learned how to explain what was going on outside or in the lab in a way that most audiences would understand." Leigh Bennett, Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) (Ecology)
    Senior Policy Officer, Queensland Government
  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


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

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted. view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


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

The Earth Resources major examines the physical environment. As a student in this major, you'll develop important knowledge and skills that will allow you to minimise the effects of extracting minerals, fossil fuels, water and other resources, and understand geological phenomena such as earthquakes, floods and erosion.

Ecology and Conservation

The Ecology and Conservation major focuses on the relationships between plant and animal species in their natural environments. It considers how environmental change and human activities affect their populations, and which conservation practices best protect biodiversity.

Environmental Toxicology

In the Environmental Toxicology major you'll identify and quantify problems involving chemical pollutants in soil, air and water, and their effects on human health and the environment. You'll understand the urgency to identify existing and emerging environmental toxins, and how to address the risks and implement regulation.

Natural Resource Science

The Natural Resource Science major focuses on the physical elements of landscapes (soils, water and vegetation) and the effect of human use on them. As a student in this major, you'll study environmental processes, and how they can be described, monitored and predicted, and devise solutions for a sustainable future.

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

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $41,232
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Courses that include a field trip component may incur additional costs to cover transport, accommodation and food.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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