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 with a strong background in Biology, Chemistry or Earth Sciences seeking an interdisciplinary Environmental perspective or students with a strong quantitative skills in other disciplines eg Engineering.

  • Example Career outcomes
    • Environmental Impact assessor
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Environmental Modeller
    • 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


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