Bachelor of Environmental ScienceProgram details
This degree covers the evaluation and monitoring of all aspects of the environment including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere.
You'll learn in detail about the biogeochemical processes that occur in both natural and degraded environments and specialise with a minor in either environmental chemistry or environmental biology.
You can also choose to minor in geoscience (environmental engineering) or geospatial science, or gain breadth across the minors, depending on your preferred career path.
Practical and industry-relevant activities you’ll undertake as part of your studies include:
- considerable hands-on experience with equipment, both in the laboratory and in the field
- frequent field trips during second and third year
- working on collaborative projects with industry
Many activities involve working in small groups to foster teamwork and a collaborative approach to research and projects.
How you will learn
Participating organisations have included:
- Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
- Agriculture Victoria
- water utility companies
- Parks Victoria
- municipal councils
- West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
- Sustainable Regions program (DOTARS)
- Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC)
There is also an opportunity to undertake a team research project. Designed to replicate a professional consultancy practice, this project enables final-year students to apply their knowledge to an environmental issue from a range of perspectives.
Finally, you will hear from and visit a range of environment industries, before doing a final project in your industry of choice.
You can study for up to one year at any of RMIT’s 120 partner universities through the Education Abroad program. Students have previously studied in:
- Denmark (Technical University of Denmark)
- Canada (Concordia)
- Sweden (Lund University)
- Holland (Delft University of Technology)
- the USA (Buffalo State University)
You’ll study fundamental chemistry, biology, earth sciences and physical energetics related to the environment. Your studies will also include mathematics, scientific communication and an introduction to geospatial science.
In second year, you will study the processes that occur in the hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere, with frequent field work. You will also start to study courses from your chosen minor of either environmental biology or environmental chemistry. There’s also the opportunity to study a second minor or choose breadth across our minors.
You will continue with your minor area of study and further explore processes occurring in the atmosphere.
A week-long field trip in first semester will help you learn how to work effectively in teams on a set project. This project investigates the health of a local river and lake.
The Science Project course in the second semester gives you the opportunity to work in a team on a project of your choice, generally with an industry partner.
The Professional Environmental Scientist course will prepare you to work in the environment industry.
Timothy Coggan decided to study environmental science at RMIT because of the ability to tailor the program and focus on a specific area of interest.
With a love of the outdoors and a passion for science, Phoebe Lewis was excited by the prospect of regular field trips and meeting like-minded people when studying Environmental Science at RMIT.