Undergraduate major

Environmental Science

To fix it, you need to understand it. Prepare to address the environmental challenges arising from how and where we choose to live by exploring the links between air, land, water, plants, animals and people.

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Murdoch code

MJ-ENV

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Selection rank

70

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Get up close with nature

Our on-campus conservation category wetlands and banksia woodland is home to turtles, quendas and cockatoos, plus more.

Get hands-on experience

Expand your practical experience with a range of field trips, like research camps to Coral Bay when you study Marine Biology.

Volunteer for projects

Participate in environmental social groups where you can participate in environmental initiatives, network and socialise. 

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Overview

The environment is a complex, interdependent system of the atmosphere, water and soils, and the plant, animal, and human communities that rely on them.

Effective solutions to environmental challenges are dependent on science. Learn how the environment works, and how we interact with it both on a daily basis and as part of large institutions and organisations. You’ll gain interdisciplinary knowledge in water and earth sciences, ecology, policy, law, and environmental management, and learn how to integrate this knowledge to sustain healthy environments.

You’ll apply your knowledge with hands-on field and laboratory based practical learning that will bring scientific principles to life. Tap into your passion for the environment and you gain real-world skills that will give you an edge in future employment.

5 reasons to study Environmental Science at Murdoch

  • Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality.*
    *Source: Good Universities Guide 2021
  • Your coursework takes advantage of stunning ‘natural laboratories’ right here on campus, with two conservation category wetlands, a banksia woodland, turtles, quendas, endangered Carnaby’s and other black cockatoos, and more than 200 species of plants.
  • You’ll create new environmental knowledge through research study embedded in your degree – for example you could design and investigate an environmental issue to develop management guidelines for your favourite wetland ecosystem.
  • Create networks with a work placement with one of our many committed partners in industry, government and non-governmental organisations.
  • Volunteer with external organisations or get involved in restoration projects and research on campus.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • atmospheric processes and relationships to climate change
  • how water, soils and plants interact and shape natural and human landscapes and waterbodies
  • how to conduct ecological research to understand and mitigate threats to biodiversity
  • effective, science-based techniques in environmental assessment of wetlands
  • how legislation and policy underpin conservation and natural resource management.

Mix and match up to two minors with your major; great choices include Applied Statistics, Resource Management, Sustainable Development, and more.

Your future career

Pursue a career in the fields of air and water quality, biodiversity and ecosystem restoration, climate change adaptation and mitigation, ecotourism, education, forestry, fisheries and wildlife, green/alternative energy, mining rehabilitation, natural resource management, parks management, policy formation, sustainability, urban planning or waste management.

Careers could include:

  • Atmospheric or Climate Change Scientist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Ecologist
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Restoration Ecologist.

You could work in the private sector as a consultant, in government organisations across all levels – local through international, or in a research facility.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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