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3 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2018: AUD$ 30,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Key features

  • Develop a career in environmental sustainability.
  • Learn about ecology, soil science, geography and social sciences.
  • Undertake in-depth examinations in biological and earth sciences.
  • Master the essential skills of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS).
  • Gain practical experience through field trips and real-world projects.
  • Learn in an immersive virtual environment using Project Live visualisation technology which transforms traditional classroom activities into flexible, interactive and engaging learning experiences.
  • Research rated above world-class in environmental science and management.1
  • A common first year with the Bachelor of Geospatial Science, so you can transfer and retain the credits for courses you’ve completed.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



If you have genuine concern for the environment and a commitment to sustainability, a degree in Environmental Science can help to launch your career.

In this degree you will address today’s scientific issues and explore how humans interact with the environment, how we can manage it best, and how we can better influence positive attitudes.

You will do hands-on field work in the natural environment as you learn biology, soil science, ecology, conservation and geology. Field work can range from exploring the campus to visiting Hallett Cove, Second Valley, Arkaroola in the Flinders Ranges, or even a trip up north to look at arid species.

You can complete this degree together with the Bachelor of Geospatial Science in four years. You can discuss this option once you have enrolled with UniSA.

Why Bachelor of Environmental Science

Why this Degree

Bringing about real change in the way society interacts with the environment requires not only knowledge, but the ability to encourage community participation and coordinate community activities.

Your studies will involve in-depth examinations in biological, earth and social sciences. You will master the basic skills of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and develop your problem-solving skills on the many field trips offered throughout the degree. We actively encourage our students to do work experience during their studies. You will have opportunities to develop professional connections, and participate in field studies interstate and internationally.

Through Project Live, an immersive virtual environment, you will experience field trips in an entirely new way. In this unique environment, you’ll access remote drone photogrammetry, gigapixel photography, 360-degree panoramic photos and videos, virtual reality platforms using mobile and headset technology to analyse imagery and data relevant to your studies in environmental and/or geospatial sciences.

This degree has a highly supportive learning environment, with dedicated, internationally experienced staff. Our world-class facilities at Mawson Lakes – such as the multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub – offer an inspiring environment for collaborative learning, innovation, sustainability and excellence.

With one more year of full time study, you could use this degree to become a secondary school science teacher.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – we offer our students plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and make industry connections. We host regular university-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA - 2015) rated our research as above world-class in environmental science and management. You will benefit from links to our Future Industries Institute and the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), both of which do research into the environment and sustainability:

  • The Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC)has partnerships with industries, local councils, governments, communities and other research organisations. They address the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments.
  • The Future Industries Institute brings together our world-class strengths in advanced manufacturing, nanomedicine, minerals and resource engineering and environmental science. It encourages researchers to blur the boundaries and build new relationships between industry and academia.

Your career

Employment prospects in environmental science, surveying, and the spatial sciences in Australia are expected to grow between now and 2020. The availability of roles is expected to increase by:

  • 3 per cent over for environmental scientists
  • 12.1 per cent for surveyors and spatial scientists1

Careers to consider:

  • ranger: managing natural values (making sure the natural environment and cultural sites are protected); managing visitor services (helping visitors to enjoy and understand parks and reserves); extensive planning, researching, strategic thinking and people management to effectively balance conservation and recreational values of parks and reserves
  • environmental adviser (construction): offering environmental support to construction sites; ensuring compliance with environmental regulations; helping to achieve environmental targets (e.g. sending zero waste to landfill); liaising with site teams, the client, stakeholders and other environmental teams
  • land management officer: engaging with land managers to continuously improve management of their land and water through a whole of landscape approach to natural resources management; contributing to the operational management of parks and reserves; delivering on-ground works, community events, activities and minor projects
  • sustainability officer: setting sustainability policies, goals and objectives; reducing a company's carbon footprint in compliance with government environmental regulations; developing partnerships (e.g. with government agencies and the community) to deliver environmental sustainability projects

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

Industry facts


Employment for environmental scientists in Australia is projected to increase by 3 per cent by November 20201.

 1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 


Employment in the renewable energy sector is expected to be 1.2 to 4 times higher by 20201

1 Renewable Energy Jobs in 2009 and Forecasts to 2020

What others are saying

You will be surprised by how much fun you will have studying at UniSA; you meet new people and learn exciting things. You can really tailor your degree to suit your needs and there is plenty of support to help you make the right decision about what area you specialise in.

Angus Droogan

Bachelor of Environmental Science

Angus Droogan

Angus Droogan

Bachelor of Environmental Science

I chose UniSA because the subjects in the course looked interesting. As part of my studies, I enjoy practical sessions such as field work and field trips including ecology camp. Plus UniSA teach staff are helpful if you ever need help or assistance.

Mutsumi Katayama

Bachelor of Environmental Science

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Mutsumi Katayama

Bachelor of Environmental Science

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Your learning will cover ecology, soil science, geography and social sciences. To develop strong skills in an area that interests you, you will study a minor in Community Engagement and Sustainability or Biodiversity and Earth Systems.

Through Project Live, we’ll provide you with access to cutting-edge digital imagery from your own local environments and further afield, along with tools to process and evaluate this data to critically assess its meaning. From aerial imagery of erosion patterns along the South Australian coastline and ancient landforms in central Australia, to infra-red surveys of vegetation health in Barossa Valley vineyards and satellite monitoring of ice sheet stability in Antarctica, this imagery will give you hands on experience in data creation and manipulation and help you become familiar with the latest digital imaging, mapping and spatial analysis techniques.

This degree shares a common first year and other core courses with the Bachelor of Geospatial Science, allowing you to change specialisation or graduate with two qualifications in four years.

If you complete this degree with an average grade of credit or above and you're interested in postgraduate research, you can apply to enter the Bachelor of Sustainable Environments (Honours).

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports and project documentation
  • research projects, group projects
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • field studies

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Biodiversity for the Environment BIOL 1014 4.5
Earth Systems EART 1010 4.5
Environment: A Human Perspective ENVT 1013 4.5
Principles of Geospatial Science GEOE 1018 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Environmental Analytical Methods ENVT 1016 4.5
Land Use Planning ARCH 1011 4.5
Soils in the Australian Landscape EART 1011 4.5
Sustainable Ecosystems BIOL 1015 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Caring for Country ENVT 1017 4.5
Ecology BIOL 2023 4.5
Environmental Interpretation and Community Engagement ENVT 3016 4.5
Geospatial Data Acquisition and Analysis GEOE 2026 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Environmental Policy and Regulations ENVT 2014 4.5
Minor Course 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor Course 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 1
Environmental Conflict and Public Consultation ENVT 3020 4.5
Environmental Remote Sensing GEOE 2022 4.5
Minor Course 3 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 1
Environmental and Geospatial Field Project ENVT 3030 9
Minor Course 4 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Community Service Learning Project 1 EDUC 4186 4.5 Note(s): 2
Sustainable Development: A Global Perspective POLI 2019 4.5
Park and Wilderness Management ENVT 2004 4.5
Sustainability and Entrepreneurship ENVT 3032 4.5
Conservation Biology BIOL 2022 4.5
Engineering and Environmental Geology EART 3012 4.5
Restoration Ecology ENVT 3028 4.5
Environmental Monitoring ENVT 3031 4.5

I am a geologist and geochemist. I am particularly interested in how mountains form in the centre of tectonic plates, how fluids control the strength of rocks and trigger earthquakes, and how some of the hottest rocks in the world are distributed through southern Australia. I am proud to have been chosen as one of ABC Radio National and UNSW's "Top 5 Under 40" for 2017. As part of this honour, I will have a short residency at the ABC studios in Sydney where I can share my research and my passion for science via the media.

AsPr Tom Raimondo

Program Director

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Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You will have access to our multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub at the Mawson Lakes campus. The $50 million facility supports our world-class research in minerals and materials science. It’s a place that blends teaching and research environments, making you part of a vibrant learning community.

You'll also be exposed to virtual environments through Project Live a purpose built facility that will help you experience different environments without leaving the campus. From this facility you’ll have access to remote drone photogrammetry, gigapixel photography, 360-degree panoramic photos and videos, virtual reality platforms using mobile and headset technology to analyse imagery and data relevant to your studies in environmental and/or geospatial sciences.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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