Environmental Science and Ecology 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, rehabilitation and renaturation, habitat destruction or environmental impact assessment.

As a student of the Environmental Science and Ecology extended major, you will be trained to apply a combination of scientific knowledge from environmental science, botany and animal science for real world problems. The acquired skills and knowledge are highly relevant for the work force in this field. The extended major further allows the shortest possible pathway into most specialisations in the Environmental Science Master's program at UWA excepting Management. It further allows the entry of the honours in botany as well as the MSc in Biological Sciences (for the latter one conversion unit will be necessary).

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical knowledge and applied technical skills in the disciplines of Environmental Science and Ecology; (2) apply scientific principles as well as creative and communication skills in diverse contexts relevant for Environmental Science and Ecology; (3) critically review, statistically analyse, and synthesise knowledge around ecological, physical and chemical processes in the environment following scientific principles in natural sciences; (4) exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems around climate change impacts, environmental assessments as well as ecological and environmental rehabilitation with intellectual independence; and (5) demonstrate competency in laboratory practice, fieldwork study, report writing, oral presentation and team work skills suited to gain employment in the disciplines of Environmental Science and Ecology.

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. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so and to pursue as many areas of interest as you can during your course of study. At the same time, we know that many of you value the University's guidance and assistance in planning your enrolment throughout your course, so we offer the following suggestions for your consideration as possible avenues to broaden your degree.

Students who are interested in continuing an Honours program in Botany should take two additional level 3 units in the field of botany.

PLNT3301 Plant Physiological Ecology S1
ENVT3060 Soil Plant Interactions S1

A minor in Science Communication or Data Science would also complement the extended major in Environmental Science and Ecology.

Do always remember, however, that there is no wrong way to broaden your studies as long as you complete at least four units not associated with your Degree Specific Major.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year. Students without ATAR mathematics will take two first year mathematics unit.
Chemistry ATAR or an additional chemistry unit taken in the first year.

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

Overview of unit sequence

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

  • four Level 1 units
  • eight Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
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
Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Applications ATAR Subject(s) WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Enrolment in
Or
Successful completion of 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
ENVT2220—take all units (48 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANIM2220 Animal Diversity
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology (ID 1244)
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
S1 ENVT2250 Ecology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
Unit(s) ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 PLNT2201 Plants in Action
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (ID 1254)
or
Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology (ID 1244)
or
Unit(s) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1019)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Evolution
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (ID 1254)
or
Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology (ID 1244)
or
Unit(s) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1019)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
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 ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ENVT2250 Ecology (ID 1228)
or
Unit(s) ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity (ID 1293)
or
Unit(s) SCIE2204 Marine Systems (ID 1524)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
NS PLNT3306 Australian Vegetation
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Evolution (ID 1302)
or
Unit(s) ENVT2250 Ecology (ID 1228)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

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 Ecology 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.