Environmental Science and Management major (MJD-ENVDM)

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.

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

Overview of unit sequence

Environmental Science and Management is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • five Level 1 units
  • six Level 2 units
  • seven Level 3 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
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
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)
Co-requisites:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 ENVT2220 The Climate System
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Environmental Science and Management degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Environmental Science course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.