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A degree in environmental science and management incorporates knowledge from a wide range of fields including biology, ecology, chemistry, geology and the social sciences to understand human impacts on the environment and to develop ways to address these problems.

When you study the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management at the University of Newcastle you will learn about:

  • Biological and earth processes
  • Environmental planning and impact assessment
  • Environmental remote sensing and computer-based mapping
  • Environmental sampling and data analysis
  • Environmental values, sustainability and ethics
  • Land management
  • Social development and the environment.


You will also have the opportunity to undertake a major. A major is an area you can specialise in within your degree. It allows you to gain detailed skills and a strong understanding of key principles in your chosen speciality.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management allows you to choose from one of the four majors:

  • Earth systems – you will be able to focus on climatology and soils, climate change, river basin processes, protection and management of waterways and catchments and global change
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity – you will be able to focus on ecology and conservation and management of flora and fauna
  • Marine science – you will be able to focus on the biology, ecology, protection and management of estuaries, fisheries and coral reefs
  • Sustainability – you will be able to focus on human geography, ecology, sustainability, social research, environmental economics, leisure, tourism and environmental issues, globalisation, program management, policy development and evaluation

This environmental science degree can be completed in three years of full time study (or equivalent part-time) and can be undertaken at our Newcastle campus (Callaghan) or the Central Coast campus (Ourimbah).

If you perform well in your Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management you are encouraged to undertake another year of study to obtain an Honours degree, which will give you a competitive edge and enhance your career prospects.

For more detailed program information about the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management, please refer to the handbook.

As a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management graduate, career opportunities include:

  • Biologist
  • Conservationist/Ecologist
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Consultant
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geologist
  • Laboratory/Research Assistant
  • Marine Biologist
  • Mining/Exploration Geologist
  • Science Teacher
  • Scientific Writer
  • Urban/Regional Planner

Environmental Science and Management Courses

ENVS1001 Environmental Concepts and Methods
ENVS2004 EcologyField Trip
ENVS2005 Ecology and Management of Australian Flora
ENVS2006 Ecology and Management of Australian FaunaFeild Trip
ENVS2009 Catchment and Water Resource ManagementField Trip
ENVS3001 Integrated Impact Assessment
ENVS3002 Applied Environmental Science
ENVS3003 Conservation Biology
ENVS3004 Ecotoxicology
ENVS3007 Environmental Remediation
ENVS3008 Organisational Placement in the Environmental Sector


Courses by Major

 Earth Systems