Bachelor of Environmental Science
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: BP192
- Campus: City campus
This environmental science program is concerned with the evaluation and management of all aspects of the environment including the atmosphere (air), hydrosphere (oceans, rivers and lakes), biosphere (plants, animals and micro-organisms) and the lithosphere (soil).
You'll learn in detail about the processes that occur in both natural and degraded environments before you specialise in 2 areas of environmental study.
One of the specialisations will be either environmental chemistry or environmental biology, and the other can be chosen from environmental engineering, environmental management, instrumental analysis or geospatial science.
In this environmental science program you'll:
- gain considerable hands-on experience with equipment, both in the laboratory and in the field. This is done in small groups to give each student equal opportunity.
- take part in many field trips. There are usually 2-3 field trips per semester.
- be given the opportunity to work on collaborative projects with industry. This generally involves working in small teams.
Considerable emphasis is placed on enabling each student to settle into this program and providing additional academic help, where needed.
3 years full-time or part-time study may be available.
Program structure and features
Learning and teaching
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
You'll study chemistry and biology related to the environment, the processes involved in the development of the Earth, statistics, scientific communication, and ideas of environmental thought and action.
There are a number of excursions during the year.
You'll choose your two specialisations.
All students study the processes that occur in the hydrosphere and biosphere and take part in several excursions each semester.
You'll continue with your specialisations and explore processes occurring in the atmosphere and lithosphere.
In first semester you'll undertake a week-long field trip and learn how to work effectively in teams on a set project.
Currently this project takes place in Lakes Entrance and investigates the health of a local river and lake.
In the second semester, you'll work in a team on a science project of your choice, generally with an industry partner.
As an alternative to the science project, you may apply to be part of the Vietnam project, or attend an excursion to Lizard Island in Queensland.
Handbook (program guide)
To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).
Regular field trips are a feature of this program. They involve teamwork and are often carried out in association with government agencies, environmental agencies and consultancies.
All students also engage with industry in their final-year project.
There is an opportunity to undertake a team research project in Vietnam.
The training and the experiences provided by this program are modelled on the type of work likely to be required after graduation.
This makes our graduates in environmental science highly employable.
They find jobs in environmental consultancies, government agencies, resource management, research and education, and the mining/manufacturing industry.
Typical tasks graduates perform include:
- sample collection and analysis
- waste management
- ongoing monitoring and assessment
- environmental impact assessment
- site remediation
- policy development
- cleaner production
- environmental education and training
- environmental auditing.
Your work as an environmental scientist may involve report writing, laboratory work, field work, research or any combination of these.
A number of graduates are now in senior positions in several industry areas, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial and Research Organisation (CSIRO), catchment management authorities, agricultural and research agencies.
Professional recognition and accreditation
All graduates will be eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
Those with sufficient chemistry may apply to the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for membership.
You can do one or more semesters at an overseas institution through Education Abroad at more than 120 partner universities.
Our students have studied in Denmark (Technical University of Denmark), Canada (Concordia), Sweden (Lund University), Holland (Delft University of Technology) and the USA (Buffalo State University).
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics; and a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online.
How to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply.
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section).
- Choose your application method and apply.
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section).
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.
Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.
In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.
As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:
- pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
- defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.
You'll be required to purchase a laboratory coat, approved safety glasses, a pipette filler, textbooks and lecture notes.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
RMIT graduates of the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management may be eligible to apply for exemptions of up to one year.
An Honours year is available.
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.