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C10223v3 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
Pathway course
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
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 include scientific officer or research scientist 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

1.1 Apply: Illustrate the fundamental principles of biodiversity, ecosystem function, and the evolution of life on Earth.
1.2 Analyse: Assess how ecological processes are influenced by human activity.
1.3 Synthesise: Design interventions combining the principles of sustainability and conservation to support the protection and management of the environment.
2.1 Apply: Demonstrate the application of research methods to design appropriate ecological field and laboratory studies to test scientific questions.
2.2 Analyse: Investigate and critically evaluate scientific evidence and literature.
2.3 Synthesize: Discover and hypothesize solutions to new and emerging environmental problems.
3.1 Apply: Demonstrate proficient time management, personal organization, teamwork skills, data collection, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative modelling, and computer literacy skills.
3.2 Analyse: Select and use mathematical and statistical approaches to problem-solving and ethical decision-making for biological, ecological, and conservation purposes.
3.3 Synthesise: Explain the requirements of compliance with workplace health and safety procedures, animal ethics, and environmental impact assessments.
4.1 Apply: Demonstrate the ability to reflect and make effective judgments about one's own work as a professional environmental scientist.
4.2 Analyse: Evaluate and use appropriate technological and scientific skills to investigate ecological issues and use initiative to adapt to new situations.
4.3 Synthesise: Appraise evolving concepts in environmental science, including mainstream and alternative sources of knowledge and technology, to enhance the application of scientific practice and skills in a professional context.
5.1 Apply: Communicate effectively across a range of technologies, matching the structure and level of communication to the target audience.
5.2 Analyse: Examine and articulate the role of environmental science within local, regional, and global settings.
5.3 Synthesise: Use evidence-based approaches to actively engage with communities on complex issues around environmental science matching the structure and level of communication to the target audience.
6.1 Apply: Demonstrate an appreciation of historical and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges relevant to environmental science.
6.2 Analyse: Develop cultural awareness for ethical and respectful practices, and when developing community relations.
6.3 Synthesise: Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, as both experience and analysis, into professional practice.

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.

Pathway course

Successful completion of the Insearch Diploma of Science (Life Science) guarantees entry into the course with 48 credit points of recognition of prior learning.

Assumed knowledge

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

Course duration and attendance

Students can complete the course over three years of full-time or six years of part-time study. 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 or internship.

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
Select 6 credit points of options: 6cp
91118 Fisheries Resources6cp 
91167 Introduction to Oceanography6cp 
91126 Coral Reef Ecosystems 6cp
91156 Marine Productivity and Climate Change 6cp
91157 Marine Communities 6cp
CBK90577 Sub-major/Electives (Environmental Science) 24cp
91363 Animal Behaviour and Physiology 6cp
91270 Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology 6cp
Total 144cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10223

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:

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