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Environmental Biology

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology) - BSc(Curtin) - MJRU-EBIOL Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

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

What the course involves

In your first year you will complete an environmental science foundation year that provides an appropriate basis for studying the physical, chemical and biological conditions of various environments and their effects on organisms. This foundation year acts as a pathway to the major in environmental biology in your second year.

The environmental biology major develops your expertise in zoology, botany, ecology, biomonitoring, ecotoxicology, environmental impact assessment, conservation biology, and environmental management.

You will develop your skills through practical experience, which is 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.

To enrol in any of the environment majors, you must apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science) and satisfy the necessary preprequisites for your chosen major.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry 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.

Not accepted.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics 2C/2D
  • At least one science course. Biological Sciences 3A/3B, Chemistry 3A/3B, Earth and Environmental Science 3A/3B, Human Biological Science 3A/3B, Integrated Science 3A/3 or Physics 3A/3B; or TEE Biology, TEE Chemistry, TEE Human Biology, TEE Physical Science or TEE Physics satisfies this requirement.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2016 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. 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.

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

Fees are indicative first year only.

*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.

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.