73U Bachelor of Applied Science (EnvSc) - Courses & Units (2024)

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Overview 2025

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Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

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The Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) is a multi-disciplinary degree combining the disciplines of biology, chemistry, ecology and geography complemented with studies in environmental policy and management. The Environmental Science program offered at the University of Tasmania has a strong focus on aquatic science, chemical monitoring and environmental management and overarches a number of the University's theme areas, particularly the Environment, and Antarctic and Marine Studies theme areas.

The degree also provides a nexus with research programs in the Schools of Chemistry (environmental chemistry, ACROSS) and Geography and Environmental Studies (coastal and catchment management, forest ecology and agroforestry), as well as institutes within the University (IMAS, AMC NCMCRS). This course specifically aims to provide students with competencies, skills, knowledge and awareness, which will prepare them for employment as environmental scientists. The program also develops a wide range of general abilities including communication, analytical and problem solving skills that are widely valued by employers.

Note, there will be no further intakes into this course at the Cradle Coast Campus from Semester 2, 2016.

Course objectives

Learning Outcomes

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    Career outcomes

    The degree will prepare students for a wide range of careers in industry, government, private consulting firms, non-profit organisations and educational institutions performing duties such as environmental and natural resource management, pollution monitoring and environmental impact assessments, water and waste water management, and policy analysis and implementation. An educational background in environmental science will be attractive to a wide range of employers given the impact of environmental issues on most employment sectors.

    Course structure

    Compulsory major

    Environmental Management

    Year 1

    KGA171

    Global Geographies of Change

    Details

    KGA171 Global Geographies of Change introduces you to the study of geography and environment by considering the critical intersections of climate, hazards, vulnerability, and sustainability alongside pressing issues related to population, development, and territory. In this unit, you will develop…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    KGA172

    Nature, People, Place

    Details

    This introductory unit develops your knowledge of how people depend on nature, and how increasingly the conservation of nature depends on people. We will explore these relationships through a values lens: how nature is important for its own sake, how…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    Year 2

    KGA223

    Environmental Management

    Details

    Society needs professional environmental managers who have the knowledge and skills to effectively tackle problems of sustainable resource use, climate change and biodiversity conservation. Environmental managers also play an important role in helping communities identify and move towards sustainable and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    Year 3

    Choose 50 credit points (four units) from the following

    JFA316

    Marine Protected Area Management

    Details

    In this unit, you will investigate the global role of marine protected areas (MPAs) in balancing biodiversity conservation and sustainable food production. Using examples worldwide, you will study various MPAs and other types of area-based management - from small fishery…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

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    KGA326

    Rivers and Coasts

    Details

    Coastlines and river catchments undergo processes of change, bringing complex management issues. Focus is on sedimentary environments of hill slopes, river channels, beaches and estuaries, including natural hazards such as flooding, landslides and coastal erosion. Vulnerability of different types of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

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    KGA331

    Fire, Weeds and Ferals: Conserving Nature in Protected Areas

    Details

    A unit essential for those working towards a career managing natural environments and people in protected areas. For those with other vocational interests, the unit is a way to learn about natural ecosystems and the principles of conservation management. Fire,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

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    KGA381

    Environmental Impact Assessment

    Details

    This unit introduces legal, administrative, social and scientific aspects of environmental impact assessment using case studies. The unit emphasises the practical aspects of environmental impact assessment in Tasmanian contexts, but environmental impact assessment processes and legislation are similar in many…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

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    KLA381

    Agricultural Landscape Systems

    Details

    This unit links your knowledge in agronomy, horticulture and business to the area of agricultural land resource assessment. We will develop your understanding and land management skills via practical experiences with SE Tasmanian soil and land resources. This unit will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

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    Compulsory reverse major

    Environmental Monitoring

    Year 1

    KMA153

    Data Handling and Statistics 1

    Details

    Data Handling and Statistics 1 is the first of three applied statistics units offered by the School of Natural Sciences (Mathematics). Statistics is the science of decision making, and as such forms a key foundation of any scientific research. This…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    Year 2

    KRA211

    Environmental Chemistry

    Details

    Understanding the sources, fates and transport mechanisms of chemicals in the environment is critical to our ability to minimise or avoid anthropogenic impacts on the environment that we live and work in. Many industrial and everyday practices have had, or…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    KRA242

    Physical and Analytical Chemistry

    Details

    This unit builds on KRA113/114 or KRA101/102, and consolidates the theoretical and practical framework required by students who intend to major in chemistry or who need additional chemistry to support their studies in other science areas. The Physical Chemistry component…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    Year 3

    KRA300

    Environmental Monitoring and Remediation

    Details

    KRA300, Environmental Monitoring & Remediation utilises the diversity of examples of environmental chemistry in natural, urban and industrial environments within Tasmania to develop an understanding of the sources and fate of chemical contaminants in the environment, and an understanding of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    Compulsory minor

    Aquatic Biology (BEnvSc)

    Year 1

    KPZ164

    Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution

    Details

    Cell Biology, Genetics & Evolution is a core first year unit for BSc students majoring in Plant Science and important for any student studying Biological Sciences. Cell biology, genetics and evolution are fundamental to an understanding of the processes of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    KZA161

    Biology of Animals

    Details

    KZA161 Biology of Animals provides an introduction to the scientific study of animals. Students are introduced to animal diversity through studying the major invertebrate and vertebrate phyla with an emphasis on Australian examples. We consider the structural and functional characteristics…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    Year 2

    JFA207

    Data Analysis and Presentation

    Details

    JFA207 Data Analysis and Presentation builds upon your first-year units that include data analysis and presentation. The emphasis in this unit is on training you to be literate in data presentation and statistical analysis so that you can effectively communicate…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    JFA214

    General Microbiology

    Details

    Microbiology is the study of single-celled organisms and viruses, which are ubiquitous on Earth and which are intimately involved in our lives, with both good and bad effects. General Microbiology is an introductory unit that gives students an overview of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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    Other Requirements

    A choice of student electives. A maximum of 25 credit points may be taken at introductory level

    Experience and Engagement/Student electives (advanced)

    Experience and Engagement electives are your choice of units from any study area across the University, subject to meeting relevant prerequisites and quotas. You may choose to enrol in additional discipline/study area units or a study area from another degree.

    Unit list

    Experience and Engagement electives are your choice of units from any study area across the University, subject to meeting relevant prerequisites and quotas. You may choose to enrol in additional discipline/study area units or a study area from another degree.

    Experience and Engagement/Student electives (intermediate)

    Experience and Engagement electives are your choice of units from any study area across the University, subject to meeting relevant prerequisites and quotas. You may choose to enrol in additional discipline/study area units or a study area from another degree.

    Experience and Engagement - Intermediate level units

    Experience and Engagement electives are your choice of units from any study area across the University, subject to meeting relevant prerequisites and quotas. You may choose to enrol in additional discipline/study area units or a study area from another degree.

    Experience and Engagement/Student electives (introductory)

    Experience and Engagement electives are your choice of units from any study area across the University, subject to meeting relevant prerequisites and quotas. You may choose to enrol in additional discipline/study area units or a study area from another degree.

    Unit list

    Experience and Engagement electives are your choice of units from any study area across the University, subject to meeting relevant prerequisites and quotas. You may choose to enrol in additional discipline/study area units or a study area from another degree.

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    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    This is a full-fee course, which means you’ll need to pay the full amount for your studies. Commonwealth Supported Places are not available in this course. However, there are still support options available for eligible students to help you manage the cost of studying this course.

    You may be able to fund all or part of your tuition fees by accessing a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists domestic full-fee students to pay for University, which is repaid through the Australian Tax System once you earn above a repayment threshold. This means you’ll only have to start repaying the loan once you start earning above a specific amount

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    73U Bachelor of Applied Science (EnvSc) - Courses & Units (2024)

    FAQs

    What is the subject of Bachelor of Science in environmental science? ›

    Students in this program take up chemistry, biology, ecology, earth science, physics, and mathematics as the foundation courses to help them analyze the environment in an interdisciplinary and integrative approach.

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    How hard is an environmental science degree? ›

    Majoring in environmental science can be challenging due to the rigorous nature of scientific and technical courses. But at the end of the day, this degree opens the door to many rewarding career opportunities in the environmental science field, making the challenge worthwhile for many learners.

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    Is environmental science a lot of math? ›

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    Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field of study encompassing aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, geography, and other disciplines. It aims to understand the environment and how humans impact it.

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    Environmental Studies (abbreviated as EVS) is a multidisciplinary academic field that involves studying human interaction with the environment. Environmental studies connect the physical sciences, commerce/economics, the humanities, and social sciences to address complex contemporary environmental issues.

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