UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Environmental Science

An Honours in Environmental Science will prepare you with advanced training in areas of land and water management, climate science, biogeochemical processes, ecology and soil science related to natural and disturbed environments, enabling you to successfully complete a research project. The project consists usually of field work and will often be associated with industry partners. You will learn how to manage your time, interact with scientists and stakeholders and be trained to communicate with confidence in both written and oral form. Employment opportunities will include taking on management roles within companies overseeing environmental compliance, being part of investigative teams assessing environmental impacts, often within consulting companies, working within government agencies and departments managing natural, agricultural and urban environments, and being involved in regulating users of land and water resources.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) undertake independent research design, data collection and data analysis; (2) communicate ideas, concepts and research findings in a succinct and effective manner via written, verbal and visual methods; and (3) work independently, think and act laterally and use their initiative to resolve issues and problems encountered during the research process.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Environmental Science major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (30 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2GEOG5021Honours Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1Prerequisites: enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geography or Environmental Science
S1, S2GEOG5022Honours Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2None
S1, S2GEOG5023Honours Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 3Prerequisites: GEOG4011/GEOG4012 Honours Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1/Part 2
Co-requisites: GEOG4014 Honours Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 4
Incompatibility: SCIE4501/SCIE4502/SCIE4503/SCIE4504 Science Research Dissertation Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4
S1, S2GEOG5024Honours Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 4None
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural SciencesPrerequisites: enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points (at least one of which is Level 4):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field MethodsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of BiodiversityPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 ) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water EconomicsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or honours in the Faculty of Science or honours in the Business School; ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 or ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets or ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance or ECON2224 Environment Economics 2 or ECON4410 Environmental and Resource Economics (most recommended) or equivalent. Students who do not meet the prerequisites can contact the unit coordinator to discuss a possible exception.
NSENVT4401Advanced Land Use and ManagementPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Natural Resource ManagementPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Economics (42620) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Incompatibility: ECON3320 Analysis for Natural Resource Economics
NSENVT4403Coastal and Estuarine ProcessesPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT4404Environmental Planning and ManagementPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Economics (42620) or Master of Ecotourism (coursework) (73510) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility: EART3304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability; EART8304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability
NSENVT4406Catchment and River ProcessesPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems ApplicationsNone
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and ManagementPrerequisites: SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility: EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management; EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and GroundwaterPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT5510Soil DynamicsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental ManagementPrerequisites: ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem BiogeochemistryPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540).
Incompatibility: ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
N/AGEOS4413Environmental GeosciencePrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
N/APLNG4411Urban and Regional AnalysisPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Curriculum Studies (32510) or Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (32310) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or enrolment in honours in the Faculty of Science
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and PlanningPrerequisites: enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility: ENVT3321 Climate Change Policy and Planning, ENVT8321 Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSPLNG5512Regional PlanningPrerequisites: PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis or PLNG5411 Urban and Regional Analysis or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural SystemsPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science