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Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science)

University of Tasmania
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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33,950 AUD

Program description

Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science)

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) is a multi-disciplinary degree combining the disciplines of biology, chemistry, ecology and geography complemented with studies in environmental policy and management.

The Environmental Science program offered at the University of Tasmania has a strong focus on aquatic science, chemical monitoring and environmental management and overarches a number of the University's theme areas, particularly the Environment, and Antarctic and Marine Studies.

The degree also provides a nexus with research programs in chemistry (environmental chemistry, ACROSS) and geography and environmental (coastal and catchment management, forest ecology and agroforestry), as well as institutes within the University (IMAS, AMC NCMCRS).

This course specifically aims to provide students with competencies, skills, knowledge and awareness, which will prepare them for employment as environmental scientists. The program also develops a wide range of general abilities including communication, analytical and problem solving skills that are widely valued by employers.

Course objectives

This degree combines Biology, Chemistry, Ecology and Geography with studies in Environmental Policy and Management. It prepares you for careers which educate, guide, manage and support both private and public companies in the pursuit of sustainability and environmental understanding and management.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Compulsory major - Environmental Management (73U)

  • Global Geographies of Change
  • Space, Place and Nature
  • Catchment and Coastal Geomorphology
  • Environmental Management

Compulsory reverse major - Environmental Monitoring (73U)

  • Chemistry 1A
  • Data Handling and Statistics 1
  • Chemistry 1B
  • The Sciences and Society
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Physical and Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Monitoring and Remediation
  • Instrumental Chemistry

Compulsory minor - Aquatic Biology (BEnvSc)

  • Biology of Animals
  • Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution
  • General Microbiology
  • Data Analysis and Presentation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course students will have:

  • An understanding of the environment and how components of the environment interact with each other;
  • An appreciation of the values society places on our environment and how these values may transfer to environmental policy and practice;
  • An appreciation of the changes in the environment from an historical perspective;
  • An understanding of how we use the environment and how these uses impact on the integrity of the environment and its sustainable management;
  • An understanding of the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment;
  • The capacity to undertake environmental monitoring and relate findings of monitoring to practices associated with land use and industry;
  • The capacity to plan and execute small field projects associated with the above.

Continuing studies

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

Career opportunities

The degree will prepare students for a wide range of careers in industry, government, private consulting firms, non-profit organisations and educational institutions performing duties such as environmental and natural resource management, pollution monitoring and environmental impact assessments, water and waste water management, and policy analysis and implementation. An educational background in environmental science will be attractive to a wide range of employers given the impact of environmental issues on most employment sectors.

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About this institute

University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

Tasmania is a place unlike any other.  Our island is a living laboratory where environment, industry and society are uniquely connected.  With 45% of the island being National Park or World Heritage listed it is a stunning place to get...

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Why study at University of Tasmania

Australia ranked #2 study abroad country

Australia has been ranked the #2 study abroad country in the world for 2020! With everything from the tranquility of the Gold Coast beaches to the adventure of the Australian Alps, take a trip “Down Under” and discover why Australia is a great choice for an exceptional study abroad experience.

Tasmania is unique and so are Tasmanians. We believe in our island. We embrace the unusual. And we love imagination.

From our vibrant cities to the stillness of our World Heritage-listed wilderness, our incredible island is a place of contrasts – and we embrace its character in everything we do.

We offer great courses in an extraordinary location, and our teaching is supported by world-leading research, so you know you’re getting direct access to the best expertise. We’re the only university in the state, which means you will get unparalleled access to industry connections through our institution’s partnerships.

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University of Tasmania

Private Bag 51
TAS 7001 Hobart

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