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Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)

Overview

Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to understand the impacts of climate change and devise strategies to improve sustainability, manage ecosystems, preserve global biodiversity and secure clean water and food.

Study environmental science at Australia’s highest ranked university for research in environmental sciences and benefit from every aspect of UQ’s local, national and global networks.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) four-year program will teach you how to describe, monitor and predict environmental processes and the effects of human activity on physical and biological environments.

You'll gain the scientific knowledge and practical experience in ecology, conservation, environmental toxicology, natural resources and decision science necessary to understand and manage our changing planet. Plus you'll combine your scientific skills with understanding of the legal, political and social aspects of environmental management.

You'll also undertake extensive, practical field and research experiences such as excursions, field-based activities and research opportunities in diverse subtropical and tropical ecosystems, including World Heritage rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, North Stradbroke Island and outback Australia.

Upon graduating as a qualified and skilled environmental scientist, you'll find employment opportunities throughout industry, government and other sectors, and enjoy the personal and professional satisfaction of safeguarding our environment.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
QTAC Code
738001
Program Code
2353
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$43504 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
QTAC Code
738001
Program Code
2353
CRICOS Code
081216B
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn how to address the many challenges arising from diminishing natural resources and degrading environments.
  • Undertake extensive practical experience to develop your skills to deliver a range of environmental strategies, solutions and programs.
  • Enhance your scientific knowledge of resources, ecology, conservation, environmental toxicology and natural resource science.
  • Complete a substantial research project which includes an environmental impact assessment or an environmental audit.

1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

14 in the world for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Wildlife Management
  • Environmental Science Project

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Environment adviser
  • Impact assessment scientist
  • Aviation and wildlife consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Soil carbon researcher
  • Toxicology consultant
  • Water quality specialist
  • GIS scientist
  • Bushland conservancy officer
  • Customer engagement specialist

Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)

$53K–$57K

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Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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Next steps after graduation

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.

Find out more about careers that started in science

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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

Prerequisites

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

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
78732

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Environmental Science(Hons) for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest2 / 971 / 99
Median6 / 896 / 91
Lowest8 / 867 / 87

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

1022.73%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
2352.27%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
00%

International students

1125%

Total

44100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

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 (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Earth Resources

Study the physical and geological environment, and develop knowledge and skills to minimise the impact of extraction of minerals, fossil fuels, water and other resources, while gaining an in-depth understanding of geological phenomena such as earthquakes, floods and erosion.

Graduates can find roles in government planning and research agencies, or mining, energy and resource sectors.

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Ecology and Conservation

Develop your multidisciplinary skills in environmental management, decision-making and problem-solving to minimise conflict between growth, development and the environment by focussing on the relationships between plant and animal species in their natural environments.

There are a variety of fields open to graduates, including work with government and business organisations undertaking environmental monitoring, impact assessment and management.

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Environmental Toxicology

With this 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.

Graduates can find roles in consulting, teaching and research associated with toxicology, biology or chemistry departments, or within pharmaceutical and petroleum companies, government and environmental protection agencies.

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Natural Resource Science

As a student in this major, you'll examine the effect of human impact on the physical and biological environment, including soils, water and vegetation.

You'll study environmental processes and how they can be described, monitored and predicted, and devise solutions for a sustainable future.

Graduates undertake work in policy development with government agencies, mining companies and even environmental tourism ventures, or industries requiring sustainability advice, natural resource management, teaching or research.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Earth Resources

Study the physical and geological environment, and develop knowledge and skills to minimise the impact of extraction of minerals, fossil fuels, water and other resources, while gaining an in-depth understanding of geological phenomena such as earthquakes, floods and erosion.

Graduates can find roles in government planning and research agencies, or mining, energy and resource sectors.

View

Ecology and Conservation

Develop your multidisciplinary skills in environmental management, decision-making and problem-solving to minimise conflict between growth, development and the environment by focussing on the relationships between plant and animal species in their natural environments.

There are a variety of fields open to graduates, including work with government and business organisations undertaking environmental monitoring, impact assessment and management.

View

Environmental Toxicology

With this 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.

Graduates can find roles in consulting, teaching and research associated with toxicology, biology or chemistry departments, or within pharmaceutical and petroleum companies, government and environmental protection agencies.

View

Natural Resource Science

As a student in this major, you'll examine the effect of human impact on the physical and biological environment, including soils, water and vegetation.

You'll study environmental processes and how they can be described, monitored and predicted, and devise solutions for a sustainable future.

Graduates undertake work in policy development with government agencies, mining companies and even environmental tourism ventures, or industries requiring sustainability advice, natural resource management, teaching or research.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,504

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,504

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Additional costs

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

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

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

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) is 738001.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) is 2353.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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