Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management)

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Environmental Scientist | Natural Resource Manager | Environmental Consultant | Conservation Field Officer | Conservation Officer | View All

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Course Rundown

Build a rewarding professional career in conservation and environmental management with this Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) course from Edith Cowan University.

Designed for students with no prior study of science, this foundation course offers the fundamental skills and knowledge required for an exciting career working in environmental science. In this course, you’ll study the multidisciplinary nature of environmental management — learning both the science of environmental and the skills used in its management.

In this course, you’ll study key aspects of environmental science, including biology, chemistry, life sciences, evolution, ecology, pollution, marine science, soil science, geography, biodiversity, and Aboriginal perspectives of environment, building a comprehensive body of knowledge to use in a career in conservation, land management or environmental protection.

If you care about the environment and want an interesting career where you can make a real difference, this qualification is your first career step.



You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum indicative of ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
  • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
  • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
  • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU’s standard requirements; OR
  • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements.

Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. 

If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU’s Experience-Based Entry Scheme. 

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

  • Professional science essentials
  • Form and function in biology
  • Introduction to environmental science
  • Chemistry for the life sciences
  • General chemistry
  • Case studies in science
  • Origins and evolution of life
  • Ecology
  • Physical environments
  • Environmental management and sustainability
  • Ecological restoration
  • Marine and freshwater processes
  • Soil and land processes
  • Geographical information systems
  • Aboriginal perspectives on the environment
  • Australian biota
  • Environmental investigation and monitoring
  • Studies in ecology
  • Science project
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Sustainable natural resource management
  • Environmental investigation and monitoring
  • Introductory statistics
  • Introduction to sustainability
  • Diversity of life
  • Marine and costal ecosystems
  • Environmental study tour
  • Freshwater ecosystems
  • Wildlife management
  • Waste management

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: Joondalup

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) from Edith Cowan University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek work in the exciting and diverse field of environmental management. You'll likely choose to seek employment at a government agency or not-for-profit organisation working in the fields of conservation, biodiversity, environmental impact assessment and management, environmental planning and ecosystem management and rehabilitation, working as an environmental officer, consultant, conservation field officer or environmental educator.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Fees may be paid up-front, or financial assistance is available to help with study costs.

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Enquire now to find out more!

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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