Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBEnvEng/BSc
CRICOS code069010F
Total credit points required240
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Engineering: Telephone +61 3 9905 3404, email or visit

Science: email

Course coordinator



  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This double degree course provides an excellent opportunity to combine studies in relevant areas of science with a specialisation in environmental engineering.


This course provides students with the broad-based capability for the solution, implementation and management of engineering and science activities in an environmental context. On completion of this course, graduates will have developed a detailed knowledge of environmental engineering and in one of the science areas of study along with a foundation in a second area of science.

Vacation employment/industrial experience

In order to fulfil the requirements of the various degree regulations and Engineers Australia, all engineering students must complete 12 weeks of approved engineering vacation employment and submit a report on that work. Such work is normally undertaken in the vacations between second and third years and/or between third and fourth years (but may also be taken between first and second years). Students who have completed all academic requirements for their degrees are not eligible to graduate until this vacation employment has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Professional recognition

For information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses visit


In the double-degree course structure, restrictions have been imposed in terms of prescribed units to ensure that students pursue studies that suitably equip them for the subsequent levels in science and engineering.

Students must complete a major and minor sequence in different science areas of study along with core units in environmental science towards the science component. The science major sequence must be selected from those outlined under 'Requirements'.

For details of major and minor sequences in science, refer to the 'Science areas of studies and sequences - Clayton' in the Faculty of Science section of this handbook at Students should contact the appropriate science or engineering course adviser before enrolling in any level of the double-degree program, to ensure that the program they wish to follow will satisfy prerequisites necessary for higher levels. In some special cases, students may choose to overload at levels two or three if they have not completed all of the prerequisites for their chosen science major sequences.

The award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement. An honours degree in science can be achieved by taking an additional year of study in the Faculty of Science, on completion of the science requirement for the double degree (see below). The honours year in science may be undertaken by intermitting from the double degree, or on completion of the double degree.


Important note: this was a new course structure for students entering the program from 2011 onwards. Students who entered the program prior to 2012 should refer to the Handbook for the year in which they commenced the course. Archived Handbooks are available at

Please contact your course adviser in the relevant faculty if unsure of course progression.

Students must complete units as listed below.

The engineering component requires 138 points that must be obtained in units prescribed by this course list and the science component requires 102 points, with no more than 36 points of science units at level one and at least 24 points at level three.

Over the five stages of the course students must complete all of the following:

  • at least one major sequence in a science area of study chosen from astrophysics, atmospheric science, ecology and conservation biology, genetics, marine and freshwater biology, plant sciences, zoology, chemistry, computational science, geographical science, geosciences, mathematics and statistics or physics (48 points)
  • two core biology units (BIO2011, BIO2040) (12 points)
  • one core mathematics unit (MTH1030) (6 points)
  • three core environmental science units (ATS2548, ENV2022, ENV3022) (18 points)
  • 18 engineering units (108 points)
  • five environmental engineering electives from within one of three streams (30 points)
  • any additional science units to complete a total of 102 points of science

Study sequences and patterns of study

Stage one

  • ENE1621 Environmental engineering
  • ENG1010 Process systems analysis or MTH1020 Analysis of change (for students without VCE specialist mathematics)
  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • MTH1030 Techniques for modelling

Select two pairs of level one science units from the following:

  • BIO1011 Biology I and BIO1022 Biology II or BIO1042 Environmental biology
  • CHM1011 Chemistry and CHM1022 Chemistry
  • ESC1011 Planet earth and its environment: The cosmic connection and ESC1022 Planet earth: Dynamic systems, environmental change and resources
  • ATS1310 Extremes: Natural hazards and human vulnerability and ATS1301 Australian physical environments: Evolution, status and management or ATS1309 The global challenge
  • FIT1029 Algorithmic problem solving and FIT1002 Computer programming
  • PHS1011 Physics (or PHS1080 Foundation physics) and PHS1022 Physics
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science and MAT1830 Discrete mathematics for computer science
  • ASP1010 Earth to cosmos – introductory astronomy and ASP1022 Life and the universe

Total: 48 points

Stage two

  • ENG1020 Engineering structures
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
  • ENV2022 Environmental analysis 1: Sampling and monitoring
  • BIO2011 Ecology and biodiversity
  • BIO2040 Conservation biology
  • science elective or ENG1010 Process systems analysis (if not taken at stage one)
  • 12 points level two units which count towards the major sequence in science

Total: 48 points

Stage three

  • CHE2162 Material and energy balances
  • CHE2164 Thermodynamics I
  • CIV2263 Water systems
  • CIV2282 Transport and traffic engineering
  • ATS2548 Environmental policy and management
  • ENV3022 Environmental technology
  • 12 points science units which count towards the major sequence in science

Total: 48 points

Stage four

  • CHE3163 Sustainable processing I* or + CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers**
  • CIV3248 Groundwater and environmental geoengineering
  • ENE2503 Materials properties and recycling
  • ENE3048 Energy and the environment
  • ENE3606 The air environment
  • APG4429 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world
  • 12 points science units towards the science major sequence

Total: 48 points

Stage five

  • BTC3100 Sustainability and the law
  • CIV3264 Urban water and wastewater systems
  • ENE3608 Environmental impact assessment and management systems
  • ENE4607 Environmental risk assessment
  • 12 points of Group A engineering electives

One of the following 12 point environmental engineering stream design/project options:

Total: 48 points

* For students undertaking the environmental process engineering stream.

** For students undertaking the water and land management or transport and the built environment streams.

Group A environmental engineering elective units
Environmental process engineering
Water and land management
  • CIV2207 Computer and water systems modelling
  • CIV3247 Geoengineering
  • CIV3204 Civil engineering investigations
  • CIV4248 Geoengineering hazards
  • CIV4261 Integrated urban water management
  • CIV4268 Water resources management
  • ENE4604 Environmental project B
  • MTE4593 Materials and the environment
Transport and the built environment

Progression to further studies

Students may apply for admission to an honours level in science, following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 points of units including all of the science requirements for that branch of the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering. Students who are considering doing honours in science prior to completing the double degree should consult with the Faculty of Science regarding their unit selection prior to re-enrolling for level three.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with a Bachelor of Science, following the completion of at least 144 points of units including all of the science requirements.

Should a student discontinue the double degree program and seek to take out the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, it is necessary to complete all of the requirements of that single degree.


Bachelor of Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (with Honours)

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.