Provides the research basis for solving environmental problems.


Environmental Science assesses the impact of human activity on the global environment and develops scientific, risk-based, solutions to help secure sustainable natural and managed systems. It encompasses both the biological and the earth sciences.

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Course description, features and facilities

Environmental issues are many and varied, and an interdisciplinary approach is followed.

Environmental scientists concern themselves with issues such as:

  • climate change
  • carbon trading
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • land and water resource management
  • salinity
  • land degradation and rehabilitation
  • flora and fauna
  • habitat destruction
  • deforestation
  • energy and mineral depletion
  • air and water pollution
  • soil health
  • soil erosion and groundwater contamination

Teaching methods consist of lectures from leading experts and industry representatives, weekly practical, computer and laboratory classes and tutorials.This major also includes field work and extended fieldtrips.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in environmental science and our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Initiative, the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Biodiversity Conservation Centre and the Ecosystem Restoration Laboratory.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.

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Student profile – Georgia Brund

I am really interested in the science behind climate change and studying Environmental Science has allowed me to explore the concepts and theories driving these changes. Pairing this major with Geography has allowed me to gain a complete understanding of how earth system processes are interlinked on a number of temporal and spatial scales.

Studying in the ‘Earth stream’ I was exposed to a broad range of units from soil science and hydrology to atmospheric based content. This major exposes you to a lot of fieldwork; with an overnight fieldtrip in third year to the UWA Future Farm and many day trips throughout the entire course, visiting dune/vegetation systems and wetlands/waterways.

I was able to use the knowledge I gained in this degree to obtain vacation work within the mining sector during my summer break.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

Graduates may apply for membership to the Institute of Australian Geographers. Students completing the earth stream may also be eligible for accreditation and membership with the Certified Professional Soil Scientists (CPSS).

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Career opportunities

Environmental Science graduates possess a diverse set of skills across earth, biological and environmental processes and they understand the role of humans in landscapes. 

Environmental Science graduates work for the mining and resources sector (minerals, petroleum and groundwater) to manage environmental compliance, and state government agencies as well as non-government agencies to regulate and manage land and water resources in natural and agricultural landscapes as well as urban environments.

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Further study opportunities

Students with an Environmental Science major can pursue further studies at honours level and/or at masters level.

A master's degree can be studied either by coursework (available specialisations include Environmental Management, Geographic Information Science and Environmental Management, Land and Water management, or Marine and Coastal Management) or by research (thesis and coursework in, for example, Environmental Economics).

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Prerequisites and recommended courses may not apply to students completing this major as a second major in a degree other than the Bachelor of Science.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Environmental Science: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
(+61 8) 64887333
Additional information