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Environmental Science (Advanced)
- Environmental Science Major (BAdvSci) (Honours)
- Admission criteria
- Guaranteed ATAR 95
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
The Environmental Science major (BAdvSci) (Honours) provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying environmental science with students able to explore the field through opportunities for immersive research experiences, industry placement and team-based projects.
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Global environmental problems require innovative solutions from creative thinkers with a deep scientific understanding of the environment, including its underlying physical, chemical and biological processes. Environmental scientists focus on applying scientific techniques to study interactions between people and the rest of the world, including living and non-living environments.
This major is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours). It provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying environmental science with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects. The major culminates in a capstone experience.
Your first years of study provide an appropriate foundation for studying the physical, chemical and biological conditions of various environments and their effects on organisms. In your later years you’ll cover a wide range of environmental science topics, including study conservation biology and sustainability, chemical structure and spectroscopy, ecotoxicology, analytical chemistry, environmental impact assessment, environmental restoration, ecology and environmental geoscience.
Students in this course gain practical experience programming in both R and Python and exposure to data science professionals. Work-based learning is ensured through the requirement to engage in immersive industry and/or research experience.
The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) provides opportunities through second and third year to undertake internal and external internships and immersive work experience, sourced by the student, which can be used for course credit.
This major sits within the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
The majors in Curtin’s Advanced Science (Honours) are unique in Western Australia in their combination of discipline focus, capacity to specialise within that discipline or pursue other interests, and research and work experience within the course. You will have a distinctive set of skills and experience that lay the foundation for a career as a scientist able to work across the range of ‘science’ jobs.
How this course will make you industry ready
In this major you will have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of industry experts. Through embedded research and industry engagement you will have the opportunity to investigate multiple areas of specialisation and tailor you final year experience that prepares you for the industry of your choice.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
Depending on the area of specialisation, graduates will be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Biology, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Australian Mathematics Society or the Australian Institute of Physics.
- Conservation scientist
- Environmental scientist
- Life scientist
- Mine restoration consultant
- Natural resource manager
- Remediated lands consultant
What you'll learn
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the nature of science, its methods and processes, and an advanced knowledge in environmental science area; contribute new knowledge to the field of Environmental Science.
- Critically analyse challenging and multi-faceted environmental problems, address them by applying practical and theoretical tools; critically evaluate findings within the current body of disciplinary knowledge.
- Access and make judgements on the value of available knowledge using a variety of tools, and incorporate them into the planning, conduct and communication of their own work.
- Communicate approaches and solutions, ideas and findings to informed professional scientific and industry audiences.
- Use established and emerging technologies related to Environmental Science and apply them within the context of the profession.
- Engage in self-driven continuous discipline and professional education and training in Environmental Science.
- Participate in the generation and application of science in addressing global problems; demonstrate compliance with international ethical and professional standards.
- Work collaboratively and respectfully with scientists from a range of cultural backgrounds and understand the cultural issues that impact research in Environmental Science or the broader profession.
- Be able to work as an independent environmental scientist and collaboratively within teams either as a professional leader or collaborator using effective problem solving and decision making skills within the professional context of their area of study.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.
|GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three)||14|
|Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6)||90|
|ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE)||95|
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Other requirements and notes for this course
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
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Fees & charges
Please view the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree for indicative fees.
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- Curtin course code: MJRH-ADENV
- Last updated on: August 28, 2020