Environmental Science and Management [not available in 2020] major

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 double major in Environmental Science and Management will equip students for a career in Environmental Science or a pathway to postgraduate study. Students taking the double 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 double 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 ab 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) apply the knowledge and skills required for employment related to environmental science and management..

Degree-specific major

Environmental Science and Management [not available in 2020] can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Environmental Science and Management [not available in 2020] 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
S1, S2 ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1
S1 ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Co-requisites:
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B;
or
equivalent
or
higher.
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed Maths Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrollment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH 1720.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 ECON unit
S1 ENVT2220 The Climate System
Prerequisites:
none;
for pre-2012 courses: none
S1 ENVT2236 Soil Science
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology and (SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics)
Co-requisites:
Chemistry ATAR
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
or
with the permission of the unit coordinator.
Incompatibility:
EART2230 Soil Science Essentials
or
EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils
S2 ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
or
GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Incompatibility:
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
S2 SCIE2267 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
any unit co-ordinator approved first year statistics unit

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:
ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2
or
ECON2105 Rise of the Global Economy
or
ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications
or
ECON2234 Macroeconomics: Policy and Applications
or
ECON2245 Business Economics
or
PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning
or
PLNG2201 Geographies of Economic Development
S1 ENVT3338 Land Capability Assessment
Prerequisites:
ENVT2220 The Climate System
or
ENVT2236 Soil Science
or
EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils (formerly EART2222 Earth Surface Processes and Soils)
or
EART2231 Earth Materials
or
EART2234 Earth Processes
or
ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
ENVT2250
Incompatibility:
EART3323 Land, Soil and Water Systems, EART8823 Land, Soil and Water Systems, EART3338 Land Capability Assessment
S2 ENVT3339 Land Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
ENVT2236 Soil Science
or
EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils (formerly EART2222 Earth Surface Processes and Soils)
or
EART2231 Earth Materials
or
EART2234 Earth Processes
or
ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management (formerly ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3333 Land and Water: Case Studies in Land and Water Management, ENVT8333 Land and Water: Case Studies in Land and Water Management, EART3339 Land Rehabilitation
S1 ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment
Prerequisites:
ENVT2236 Soil Science
or
ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management
or
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
Co-requisites:
Chemistry ATAR
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
or
equivalent
or
permission of the unit coordinator.
Incompatibility:
ENVT3336 Land, Soil and Water Research Project; ENVT8336 Land, Soil and Water Research Project
S2 ENVT3362 Environmental Dynamics
Prerequisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2220 The Climate System
or
ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology
or
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
or
EART2204 Coastal Processes
or
SCIE2267 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Management
S2 GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Prerequisites:
GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
S2 GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
72 points of study
Incompatibility:
PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning

Choosing your degree-specific major

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 [not available in 2020] degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course .

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