This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.
Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Associate Professor Richard Reina
Environmental science is a discipline that deals with the rapidly changing environmental issues facing the world today. Environmental science at Monash gives students a multi-disciplinary perspective of current environmental challenges, such as climate change, water and land management, resource use and sustainability. Understanding our environment and the biological, geographical and physical processes that occur within it is key to effective management, planning and policy. The extended major in environmental science equips students with the knowledge and skills to span disciplines and understand interactions between the biosphere and the physical environment. A fundamental understanding of science and the application of this science to address environmental issues are core to environmental science at Monash. We begin with a strong basis in environmental biology, environmental earth sciences, chemistry, and the challenges facing the world. The environmental science extended major then includes the choice of three streams - ecology, climate, and environmental earth sciences - which build upon this knowledge to understand principles and application of ecology, conservation, climate change and earth sciences. Students completing the extended majoring in environmental science are equipped with the capability to seek, measure, understand and apply scientific information for the management of our natural systems in a broad scientific context.
Environmental science has wide-reaching applications in society and can contribute to:
There are many career options available for graduates in environmental science, particularly when combined with a complementary knowledge of environmental legislation, policy, systems analysis, decision-making, or management. Locally and internationally, environmental science graduates are in demand. They work directly in science or management roles for non-government organisations such as Landcare Australia; for environmental consultancies; in research for organisations such as the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial and Research Organisation (CSIRO), or universities; developing policy for government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); in science communication; or helping manage the environmental footprint of local government, industry, or mining or engineering companies.
Environmental science is listed in S2000 Bachelor of Science, S3001 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) and S3002 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours) at Clayton as an extended major.
In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this extended major will be able to:
18 points at level 1, 24 points at level 2 and 30 points at level 3. Students can choose units from a particular stream or mix units across streams to complete a general stream.
a. The following six units (36 points):
b. Two units (12 points) chosen from:
Environmental earth sciences stream:
c. One unit (6 points) chosen from:
d. Three units (18 points) chosen from:
* This unit has additional prerequisites.
Environmental earth sciences stream:
Any units from those listed under the streams above in section d., and also including:
Students completing the extended major in environmental science are eligible to take honours in the School of Biological Sciences or the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, both of which offer programs in the field of environmental science. Entry to honours requires successful completion of 24 points of relevant level 3 units, of which normally 18 points are from the units listed above.
Refer to S3701 Bachelor of Science (Honours) for full details.
Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*
Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Science component in the following double degrees:*
* Students cannot complete a minor, major or extended major in the same area of study.