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Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3-4 years full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

If you want to help create a more sustainable future, Murdoch University's Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) course is for you. You'll explore the links between air, land, water, biology and human society, focusing on managing natural resources and mitigating the negative impacts we've had on the natural world.

You'll gain an understanding of physical and biological environments, recognise the impact of human activities on the natural environment and learn how to create sustainable ecosystems.

Designed for maximum flexibility, this course is available for study either on campus or online (although some components of the course will require on-campus attendance).


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Achieved a multiple choice score of 135 or above in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed approved university preparation (foundation) studies; OR
  • Completed at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; OR
  • Completed 2 units at an Australian university or through Open Universities Australia

It is highly desirable for students to have undertaken WACE Chemistry 3A/3C and Mathematics 2C/2D.

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

All students must satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Areas of study

In this environmental science course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Building blocks for science students
  • What is science?
  • Environmental biology
  • Fundamentals of chemistry
  • Foundations of the environment
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Foundations of chemistry
  • Psychology: measurement, design and analysis
  • Introduction to research methodology and evidence based practice
  • Research in the physical and life sciences
  • Atmospheric science
  • Ecology
  • Water and earth science
  • Advanced quantitative research methods
  • Innovation and ethics in science
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Advanced research methods in science
  • Environmental policy and law
  • Environmental management
  • Managing wetlands and water

Plus your choice of general elective units.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) from Murdoch University.

This qualification allows you to pursue employment options in the environmental science sector, working within organisations, government bodies and research organisations or providing consultancy services.

Curious about where a career in environmental could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Park Ranger
  • Landcare Worker
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Fisheries Officer
  • Aquaculture Technician

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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