|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.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
Environmental scientists focus on applying scientific techniques to study interactions between people and the rest of the world, including living and non-living environments. Unlike environmental biologists, they focus more on the physical environment than the animals that inhabit an ecosystem.
Because environmental science is interdisciplinary, you will focus on biology and chemistry. You will cover a wide range of topics, including conservation biology and sustainability, chemical structure and spectroscopy, ecotoxicology, analytical chemistry, environmental impact assessment, water resource management, ecology, environmental geoscience and restoration.
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.
In your second and third years you may cover a wide range of environmental science topics, including study conservation biology and sustainability, chemical structure and spectroscopy, ecotoxicology, analytical chemistry, environmental impact assessment, water resource management, ecology and environmental geoscience.
To enrol in any of the Environment majors, you must apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science) and satisfy the necessary prerequisites for your chosen major.
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.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Chemistry 3A/3B
- Mathematics 3C/3D
If you do not meet the requirements for entry into the honours component of this course by the end of your third year, you may graduate with the Bachelor of Science.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
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.
If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty to discuss eligibility for recognition of prior learning.
This course can help you become a:
- Natural Resource Manager
- Life Scientist
- Environmental Scientist
- Our science departments are highly regarded in the international environmental community and renowned for their excellent research reputation.
- Students in their final year conduct a significant research project in conjunction with research groups and industry partners involved in research.
As the human population grows, it takes work to keep the natural environment safe. Businesses and governments hire scientists to make sure they effectively manage natural environments, follow strict environmental laws, and restore and remediate degraded environments.