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C10223v2 Bachelor of Environmental Biology

Award(s): Bachelor of Environmental Biology (BEnvBio)
UAC code: 607033 (Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 079561C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Notes

For international students, mid-year (July/August) intake may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the faculty.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Environmental Biology focuses strongly on ecosystem protection and management, and in practical experience undertaken during field excursions. Students are introduced to the latest findings by lecturers actively engaged in research solutions to environmental problems such as climate change and sustainability. Studies focus on the foundation components of the natural systems, how these systems work, and how detrimental impacts on them can be assessed and recovered.

This course gives students a thorough understanding of the way living organisms function in terrestrial and aquatic environments, acquisition of skills to study them and the ability to detect and assess detrimental effects on the environment such as climate change, pollution and human resource use. Students learn these skills and concepts through a dynamic combination of theory, field and laboratory experiences. Excursions undertaken in the seniors years are particularly valued for the opportunities they provide to consolidate knowledge, apply new skills and learning through experience.

Course aims

This course aims to produce professional environmental scientists with a solid scientific background. Graduates gain skills to detect and assess detrimental effects on their function and the environment through a dynamic combination of theory, laboratory experience and field trips.

Career options

Career options in environmental sciences include positions as scientific officers, research scientists in organisations concerned with environmental protection, national parks and wildlife, water and coastal resources, CSIRO, and at universities in research, or as an environmental analysts and consultants. Graduates are also employed by local, state or Commonwealth agencies as education officers, environmental officers or managers of parks, reserves and bushland and consulting firms, as teachers at schools and TAFE, and in the private sector as environmental and sustainability consultants.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline.
2.0 Encompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition.
3.0 The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas, e.g. time management skills, personal organisation skills, teamwork skills, computing skills, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills.
4.0 The capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts that is based on the ability to make effective judgments about one's own work. The capacity to learn in and from new disciplines to enhance the application of scientific knowledge and skills in professional contexts.
5.0 An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute actively to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant.
6.0 An understanding of the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening -, including visual and graphical, within science and beyond and the ability to apply these appropriately and effectively for different audiences.
7.0 An ability to think and work creatively, including the capacity for self-starting, and the ability to apply science skills to unfamiliar applications.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics; any two units of English; and any two units of science.

Course duration and attendance

Students can complete the course over three years full time. Full-time attendance involves approximately 20 hours each week on campus. Students may also be able to complete the course part time, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking six years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 144 credit points, made up of 120 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of elective subjects. The elective subjects enable students to increase their expertise in other areas of science or in other disciplines in the University. This can be in the form of a specialised 24-credit-point sub-major or by a varied selection of subjects. Students must satisfactorily complete all core subjects and the required number of credit points of elective/sub-major subjects for award of the degree.

Industrial training/professional practice

There are many subjects with a major fieldwork component, and opportunities for practical experience also exist through electives which include a substantial research component.

Students studying this course have an opportunity to undertake an internship subject and receive academic credit for their placement off campus (an external business or research institute) or on campus (UTS research institutes or departments), in a capacity relevant to their academic studies.

Course completion requirements

STM91002 Foundation stream (Environmental Sciences) 48cp
STM90739 Core disciplinary subjects (Environmental Biology) 36cp
CBK90577 Sub-major/Electives (Environmental Science) 24cp
91155 Stream and Lake Assessment 6cp
91116 Wildlife Ecology 6cp
91309 Biodiversity Conservation 6cp
91363 Animal Behaviour and Physiology 6cp
91270 Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology 6cp
Select 6 credit points of options: 6cp
91163 Alpine and Lowland Ecology6cp 
91371 Forest and Mountain Ecology6cp 
91370 Semi-arid Ecology6cp 
Total 144cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91107 The Biosphere   6cp
33116 Statistical Design and Analysis   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
Spring session
91123 Biocomplexity   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
65621 Environmental Chemistry   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
91149 Geological Processes   6cp
91110 Experimental Design and Sampling   6cp
91154 Ecology   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
91363 Animal Behaviour and Physiology   6cp
91270 Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology   6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91120 GIS and Remote Sensing   6cp
91116 Wildlife Ecology   6cp
91121 Aquatic Ecology   6cp
91309 Biodiversity Conservation   6cp
Spring session
91155 Stream and Lake Assessment   6cp
91145 Environmental Protection and Management   6cp
Select one of the following: 6cp
      91371 Forest and Mountain Ecology 6cp  
      91370 Semi-arid Ecology 6cp  
      91163 Alpine and Lowland Ecology 6cp  
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
91123 Biocomplexity   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
91107 The Biosphere   6cp
91154 Ecology   6cp
33116 Statistical Design and Analysis   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
91363 Animal Behaviour and Physiology   6cp
91270 Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
65621 Environmental Chemistry   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91149 Geological Processes   6cp
91110 Experimental Design and Sampling   6cp
91116 Wildlife Ecology   6cp
91121 Aquatic Ecology   6cp
Spring session
91155 Stream and Lake Assessment   6cp
91145 Environmental Protection and Management   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91163 Alpine and Lowland Ecology 6cp  
91370 Semi-arid Ecology 6cp  
91371 Forest and Mountain Ecology 6cp  
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
91120 GIS and Remote Sensing   6cp
91309 Biodiversity Conservation   6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp

Honours

Honours is available as an additional year to meritorious students.

Professional recognition

Australian Institute for Biology, Australian Ecological Society, Australian Society for Plant Physiology, Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology, Australasian Marine Science Association.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
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or +61 2 9514 1222
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