Natural Resource Management major

Note: this major is only available to re-enrolling students.

Growing populations in less developed countries and rising incomes in more developed countries are placing increasing demands on the Earth's resources. Consequently, there are many unresolved conflicts over the use of natural resources and the conservation of the environment. As a Natural Resource Management student you will learn how to apply scientific, economic and social knowledge to help society resolve these conflicts. If you have a strong interest in science, a commitment to conserving natural resources in a sustainable manner, and want to play a role in the future of our environment you will be well-suited to study this major. The standard program of study for Natural Resource Management students includes an international fieldwork experience. Students may seek financial support for the international fieldwork experience. in line with University policy. Students not able to complete international field work will be offered a comparable experience on campus.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) apply economic principles to environmental management decisions; (2) understand the policy instruments available for managing environmental problems at the individual, firm and global scale; (3) understand and use environmental valuation techniques; (4) frame natural resource management problems as quantitative problems; (5) understand the role of each tier of government in environmental policy and planning; (6) apply project and risk management concepts and techniques in practical situations; (7) demonstrate a broad understanding of the main drivers of environmental degradation from a scientific,
social, cultural, and economic perspective across local, regional, and global scales; (8) assess the impact of social, economic, and cultural differences when designing strategies for long term
management of environmental pollution across local, regional and global scales; and (9) apply the knowledge and skills required for employment related to natural resource 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. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. 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.

Prerequisites

ATAR Mathematics Methods or equivalent or higher.

Natural Resource Management can 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

Natural Resource Management is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • four Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • four 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
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:
Nil
Co-requisites:
ATAR Subject Mathematics Applications ATAR
Or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (ID 5107)
Incompatibility:
Unit STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics (ID 397)
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.
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 ECON unit
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
6 Points Unit BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (ID 1254)
Or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology (ID 1244)
Or
EART1105 Dynamic Planet (ID 1247)
Or
ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology (ID 5950)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
NS GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes
Prerequisites:
GEOG1103 Urbanisation and Sustainability
OR
GEOG1104 Disasters!
OR
GEOG1106 Climate Change: Environment and Society
OR
Approval of Unit Co-ordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
NIL
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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
Completion of 72 Points Course Enrolment MJD-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 256)
Or
MJD-NRMGT Natural Resource Management (ID 1237)
Or
MJD-GGRPY Geographical Sciences (ID 1240)
Or
MJD-HGYPL Human Geography and Planning (ID 1550)
Or
MJD-WLCDM Wildlife Conservation (ID 4836)
Or
MJD-ENVDM Environmental Science and Management (ID 4842)
Or
MJD-ENVMT Environmental Management (ID 4847)
Or
MJD-ENGEO Environmental Geography and Planning (ID 4869)
Or
MNR-SAPEP Science and Policy: Environmental Planning (ID 59)
Or
MNR-SPCEU Science and Policy: Climate Change, Environmental Planning and Urban Environments (ID 60)
Or
MNR-ENVST Understanding the Environment (ID 73)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning (ID 1313)

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 Natural Resource Management degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-NRMGT

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 require you to choose a degree-specific major.

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Natural Resource Management degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-NRMGT-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .