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Environmental Biology

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology) - BSc(Curtin) - MJRU-ENBIO Science and Engineering
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Not accepted. STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full time

Course overview

From 2019 onwards the Environmental Biology Major will be combined with the Environmental Science Major into a NEW Major in Environmental Science. The new BSc (Environmental Science), will include streams in Wildlife Biology, Environmental Restoration, Environmental Genetics, and Environmental Chemistry.

Environmental exploitation has taken a serious toll on the planet. Environmental biologists are needed to solve issues such as environmental degradation, the impacts of urban and regional development, mining, oil and gas extraction and processing, as well as biodiversity loss and pollution.

In this course you will learn how organisms are structured and how they interact with their surroundings. You will study areas such as environmental management, botany, genetics, ecology and ecotoxicology, which examines the effects of contamination on ecosystems.

You will also gain skills in zoology, biomonitoring, conservation biology and environmental management. Working in both the laboratory and the field, you will develop practical skills combined with a strong scientific foundation. You are encouraged to develop specialist interests through project work and industry-based work experience.

You can study this major as part of a Science and Arts or Science and Commerce double degree. 

See the Courses Handbook for the structure of this part of the double degree.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

Desirable WACE courses

Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology

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.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

You will be eligible for an associate membership of the Australian Institute of Biology and the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. Full membership becomes possible after three or four years of professional practice.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on or 1300 222 888.

Why Environmental Biology?

  • This course has a strong research component, and you can choose a year-long research project in third year. You will work one-to-one with a researcher and are closely supervised, which provides an excellent introduction to research, with the possibility of undertaking Honours and graduate studies. Research strengths in the Department include plant and animal physiology, zoology, ecotoxicology, aquatic health, biodiversity and climate change.
  • The course has a very strong hands-on component, focusing on real-world situations which are linked to the learned theoretical knowledge. You will become skilled in practical applications, and learn how to apply them in management. This achieves much better environmental management, and makes our graduates sought-after by industry.
  • A very high percentage of our graduates are working in their chosen field within a year of completing their degree.

How this course will make you industry ready

Conservation, sustainable development, restoring degraded land, and climate change are all urgent issues and there is a growing market for environmental professionals trained to tackle them.

Increasing demand for environmental scientists is spurred partly by public policy, which requires industries to comply with environmental laws and regulations, particularly for rehabilitation, environmental impacts of anthropogenic activities and conservation of natural resources.

Government agencies, local authorities, industry, urban planners, environmental consultancies, research and education are all career options for the environmental biologist.

Student profile

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.