Environmental Science

An interdisciplinary perspective on how science can help understand and address environmental management problems.

Coordinator: Professor Michael McCarthy


This specialisation examines how science can help understand and address environmental management problems emphasising: the role of quantitative methods in environmental science; the skills required to analyse and model environmental systems and processes; and a high level of ability to analyse and evaluate environmental issues.

Students will focus on processional practice for the private and government sectors and can gain real-world experience through internship and industry-based research subjects.

  • Designed for

    Students seeking an interdisciplinary scientific perspective, with some background (at least 25 points of subjects) in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry or Earth Sciences.

  • Example Career outcomes

    Graduates of this stream can expect to pursue scientific and environmental careers. They should be well-placed to offer leadership through a solid understanding of environmental modelling, monitoring and assessment techniques and application of technology.

    Example roles:

    • Environmental Impact Assessor
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Environmental Modeler
    • Environmental Consultant

View full list of Environmental Science subjects in the Handbook

Example study plan (200 point program)

Year 1

Semester 1

Sustainability Governance and Leadership

Global Environmental Change

Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry

Thinking and Reasoning with Data

Semester 2

Graduate Seminar, Environmental Science

Management of Plant and Animal Invasions

Environmental Risk Assessment

Monitoring Environmental Impacts

Year 2

Semester 1

Soil Science and Management


Integrated River and Catchment Management

Wildlife management

Semester 2

Research project