University of Technology Sydney

C10399v1 Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment

Award(s): Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment (BSustEnv)

UAC code: 609803 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 102816M
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

This is a new course from 2021. Students may use the 2020 selection rank for the Bachelor of Science as a guide. The lowest selection rank for Autumn 2020 intake for the Bachelor of Environmental Biology was 73.40 and the Bachelor of Marine Biology was 79.90.


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

Overview

The Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Sustainability & Environment combines a focus on ecosystem protection and management with broad knowledge and professional skills to work within the social, economic and regulatory systems that intersect with and impact ecosystems. Students choose a major in either environmental or marine biology. Studies focus on the foundational components of 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 and studios with industry and community partners undertaken the latter years of study provide opportunities to consolidate knowledge, apply new skills to creative solutions and learn through experience.

Career options

Careers are usually determined by the professional degree and span roles in industry, science, public and private sectors, academia, business. Roles include Sustainability Project Officer, Sustainability Consultant, Environmental Scientist, Sustainability Director, Social and Environmental Impact Lead, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Business Analyst, Environmental Compliance Specialist, Environmental Planner, Sustainability Evaluation Lead

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Apply: Demonstrate knowledge of discipline relevant topics
1.2 Analyse: Explain the basic applications of discipline knowledge within context
1.3 Synthesise: Integrate discipline knowledge and apply it to key processes
2.1 Apply: Investigate effective application of experimental design and sampling for hypothesis testing
2.2 Analyse: Develop critical thinking skills including critiquing, interpreting and questioning scientific evidence
2.3 Synthesise: Apply the scientific method to real world problems and evaluate experimental outcomes
3.1 Apply: Participate in team based data collection, recording and management, with an understanding of ethical limitations
3.2 Analyse: Use an appropriate range of techniques to investigate data and test hypotheses within the context of the workplace
3.3 Synthesise: Explain the impact and role of science in addressing current and future challenges within the context of the workplace or wider community
4.1 Apply: Develop tools and aptitudes that create flexible and adaptive approaches to learning within a discipline context
4.2 Analyse: Source and reflect on multiple sources of information to develop innovative solutions to real world problems
4.3 Synthesise: Understand and utilise the breadth and interrelationship of disciplines in creative problem solving
5.1 Apply: Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills with peer and professional colleagues
5.2 Analyse: Identify and practice appropriate communication approaches using a variety of methods and media
5.3 Synthesise: Create effective communication protocols to convey appropriate scientific information to a range of audiences
6.1 Apply: Demonstrate an appreciation of historical and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges relevant to 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.
SE1.1 Employ teamwork and independent insight to understand and operationalise sustainability objectives
SE1.2 Evaluate and assess the impact of sustainability initiatives
SE2.1 Conduct multi-disciplinary research into sustainability issues
SE2.2 Devise creative and evidence-based solutions to sustainability challenges
SE3.1 Employ knowledge from and about local and international contexts to account for the differential impacts of sustainability needs and solutions
SE4.1 Value indigenous knowledges as relevant precedents to understand the human-nature coexistence in Australian and international settings
SE5.1 Act ethically and responsibly to promote sustainability within civic and international contexts
SE6.1 Communicate complex concepts clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences

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; any two units of science.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered over four years full time. Students may also complete the course part-time over eight years. Part-time students may need to attend science classes for at least one half-day a week, in addition to evening classes.

Course structure

Students are required to complete a total of 192 credit points, comprising 96 credit points of science subjects and 96 credit points of Sustainability and Environment subjects.

Graduation with a Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment is only possible as part of a combined degree. Students may apply for an Internal Course Transfer to graduate with a Bachelor of Science, but they must satisfy all applicable course requirements.

Course completion requirements

STM91519 Sustainability and Environment Core 48cp
STM91521 Major choice (Science) 96cp
CBK91944 Stream Choice plus Electives (Science) 48cp
Total 192cp

Course program

The program shown is for a full-time student.

Environmental Biology, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
33116 Design, Data, and Decisions   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91107 The Biosphere   6cp
Spring session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91950 Industry Stream 12cp  
65621 Environmental Chemistry   6cp
91123 Nature and Evolution   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
91110 Experimental Design and Sampling   6cp
91154 Ecology   6cp
Spring session
91363 Animal Behaviour and Physiology   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91947 Governance Stream 12cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91952 Electives (Science) 12cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
91309 Biodiversity Conservation   6cp
91145 Environmental Protection and Management   6cp
Spring session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91947 Governance Stream 12cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91915 Options (Data Science and Innovation) MDataScInn 32cp  
91270 Plant Physiology and Climate Change   6cp
91159 Environmental Remediation   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91950 Industry Stream 12cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91915 Options (Data Science and Innovation) MDataScInn 32cp  
91168 Ecological Genetics   6cp
91121 Aquatic Ecosystems   6cp
Spring session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91952 Electives (Science) 12cp  
91155 Stream and Lake Assessment   6cp
Marine Biology, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
33116 Design, Data, and Decisions   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91107 The Biosphere   6cp
99221 Sustainability in Context   6cp
Spring session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91950 Industry Stream 12cp  
65621 Environmental Chemistry   6cp
91123 Nature and Evolution   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
99223 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning   12cp
91110 Experimental Design and Sampling   6cp
91154 Ecology   6cp
Spring session
91157 Marine Communities   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91947 Governance Stream 12cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91952 Electives (Science) 12cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
91121 Aquatic Ecosystems   6cp
91145 Environmental Protection and Management   6cp
99220 Complexity and Sustainable Futures   12cp
Spring session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91947 Governance Stream 12cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91915 Options (Data Science and Innovation) MDataScInn 32cp  
91270 Plant Physiology and Climate Change   6cp
91170 Microbial Ecology   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91950 Industry Stream 12cp  
91118 Fish Biology and Fisheries   6cp
91120 GIS and Remote Sensing   6cp
91126 Coral Reef Ecosystems   6cp
Spring session
99222 Sustainability Studio   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91952 Electives (Science) 12cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91915 Options (Data Science and Innovation) MDataScInn 32cp  

Honours

Honours is available as an additional year to meritorious students.

Other information

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