Double Major Overview

Description

Environmental Science assesses the impact of human activity on the global environment and develops scientific, risk-based solutions to help secure a sustainable future. Environmental scientists deal with issues such as climate change, carbon trading, greenhouse gas emissions, water resource management, salinity, land degradation and rehabilitation, flora and fauna, habitat destruction, deforestation, energy and mineral depletion, air and water pollution, soil erosion, and groundwater contamination.

Using interdisciplinary and holistic approaches, students develop techniques in problem recognition and assessment followed by scientific modelling to achieve practical solutions to environmental problems. As a student of the Environmental Science and Management major students will be trained to apply scientific, economic and regulatory knowledge to help society resolve these conflicts.

The extended major in Environmental Science and Management will equip students for a career in Environmental Science or a pathway to postgraduate study. Students taking the extended major in Environmental Science and Management will position themselves well in the job market by gaining fundamental scientific skills as well as being trained in networking, team work, leadership and communication of complex issues essential for future leaders. The extended major further allows students the shortest possible pathway into all specialisations in Environmental Science Masters program at UWA excepting Marine and Coastal Processes.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) apply economic principles to evaluate environmental policy decisions

; (2) evaluate alternative policy instruments for managing the environment across local, regional, and global scales; (3) integrate models for environmental management using social science and environmental science principles; (4) characterise the main drivers of environmental change from a scientific, social, cultural, and economic perspective.; (5) demonstrate an understanding of the skills and knowledge to assess environmental systems, using field, laboratory, modelling and statistical methodologies; (6) integrate ecological, physical and chemical processes to guide decision making with respect to human intervention in the environment; (7) demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge to manage and rehabilitate disturbed systems such as natural and agricultural catchments, post mining landscapes, contaminated sites, urban environments, etc; and (8) demonstrate competency in, report writing, oral presentation and team work skills suited to gain employment in Environmental Science and Management.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office. If you are completing this major in a Combined Bachelor's masters Course, you have elected to pursue a highly specialised and in-depth program of study in your chosen field. While you are encouraged to use the free elective units available in your course to study in other disciplines offered at UWA, your formal requirement to broaden your course will be met through the Honours and Postgraduate units which form an integral part of your course.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher or Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year. Students without ATAR mathematics will take two first year mathematics units.

Chemistry ATAR or an additional chemistry unit taken in the first year.

Courses

Environmental Science and Management can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (30 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology None
S1, S2 ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 None
S1 ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology None
S1, S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Applications or equivalent
or Mathematics Methods or equivalent
or Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Co-requisites
Enrolment in
Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Or SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Successful completion of
Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Or SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Incompatibility
Successful completion of
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Applications
or ATAR Subject(s) WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or equivalent
Co-requisites
Enrolment in
Or Successful completion of
Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Bridging units

Bridging units must be successfully completed within the first 48 points of study. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete SCIE1500. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720 and SCIE1500.

Note: Students who have completed MATH1721, are not required to complete SCIE1500.

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete CHEM1003.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50] or with permission
Incompatibility
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of 50 or greater] or Equivalent or higher
S1, S2 SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Subject Mathematics Applications
or Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (ID 5107)
Incompatibility
ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Methods
and Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (ID 5108)

Level 2

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (36 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one level 1 Unit(s) ECON1xxx
S1 ENVT2220 The Climate System None
S1 ENVT2236 Soil Science
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
or ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) EART1105 Dynamic Planet
or Unit(s) ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
or Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Incompatibility
Unit(s) EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils
S2 ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) EART1105 Dynamic Planet
or Unit(s) ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
or GEOG1103 Urbanisation and Sustainability
or GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites
36 points of prior study
S2 SCIE2267 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Management
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or prior approval

Level 3

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (42 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ECON3323 Business and the Environment
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2
or Unit(s) ECON2105 Rise of the Global Economy
or Unit(s) ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications
or Unit(s) ECON2234 Macroeconomics: Policy and Applications
or Unit(s) ECON2245 Business Economics
or Unit(s) PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning
S1 ENVT3338 Land Capability Assessment
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ENVT2220 The Climate System
or Unit(s) ENVT2236 Soil Science
or Unit(s) EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils
or Unit(s) EART2231 Earth Materials
or Unit(s) EART2234 Earth Processes
or Unit(s) ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management
or Unit(s) ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or Unit(s) ENVT2250 Ecology
S2 ENVT3339 Land Rehabilitation
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ENVT2236 Soil Science
or Unit(s) EART2231 Earth Materials
or Unit(s) EART2234 Earth Processes
or Unit(s) ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management
S1 ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ENVT2236 Soil Science
or Unit(s) ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management
or Unit(s) ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or Unit(s) ENVT2250 Ecology
S2 ENVT3362 Environmental Dynamics
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ENVT2250 Ecology
or Unit(s) ENVT2220 The Climate System
or Unit(s) ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management
or Unit(s) SCIE2204 Marine Systems
or Unit(s) EART2204 Coastal Processes
or Unit(s) SCIE2267 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Management
S2 GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
S2 GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
MJD-CONBI Conservation Biology
or MJD-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or MJD-GGRPY Geographical Sciences
or MJD-HGYPL Human Geography and Planning
or MJD-WLCDM Wildlife Conservation
or MJD-ENVDM Environmental Science and Management
or MJD-ENVMT Environmental Management
or MJD-ENGEO Environmental Geography and Planning
or MNR-SAPEP Science and Policy: Environmental Planning
or MNR-SPCEU Science and Policy: Climate Change, Environmental Planning and Urban Environments
or MNR-ENVST Understanding the Environment
and Successful completion of
72 points in your chosen degree
Incompatibility
Unit(s) PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning