Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBEnvSc
CRICOS code078847G
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 4604, email or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Rowan Brookes


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • The maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission. Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 144 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take additional units can only do so on a single subject basis (full-fee paying basis) with the approval of the faculty.


The course provides students with a solid foundation in traditional areas of science (chemistry, geosciences, biological sciences, physics, geographical science, and mathematics) together with a range of units specifically targeting environmental issues including environmental policy and planning, environmental risk and impact assessment, sampling and monitoring methods for air, surface water, groundwater, soils, and biological communities.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate broad knowledge and technical skills in at least one area of science, and a basic understanding of the multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary nature of science relevant to the environment
  • develop, apply, integrate and generate scientific knowledge in professional contexts to analyse challenges and to develop effective solution
  • collect, organise, analyse and interpret data meaningfully, using mathematical and statistical tools as appropriate to the discipline of specialisation
  • apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking to analyse challenges and to contribute effectively to designing scientific and technical environmental monitoring and sampling programs, to conduct environmental studies, and to develop environmental policy
  • convey ideas and results effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of formats
  • work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives
  • exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.


This course consists of core units and a major and minor sequence in different areas of science. The major and minor sequences must be taken from the specified areas of science listed under 'Requirements'.

Areas of study

The major and minor sequences must be selected from two of the following areas. Note: Students can select only one of the biological science areas:

Biological science areas:


Students must complete 144 credit points covering all of the following:

  • six core environmental science units (36 points)
  • a level-one mathematics or statistics unit (6 points)
  • at least one level-one chemistry unit (6 points)
  • at least one level-one biology unit (6 points)
  • one level-one physics unit (6 points)
  • a major and a minor sequence in different science areas of study.

For more information refer to the science areas of study detailed under 'Areas of study'.


  • It is highly recommended that students discuss their choice of units and program at each stage with the environmental science course coordinator and area advisers.
  • A maximum of 10 level-one units (60 credit points) can be taken overall.

Recommended program of study

Stage one

  • CHM1011 Chemistry I or CHM1051 Chemistry I advanced
  • ENV1011 Planet earth: Our place in the universe
  • ENV1022 Australian physical environments: Evolution, status and management
  • either SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning, or 6 points of mathematics (recommended STA1010 Statistical methods for science)*
  • 6 points of biology (recommended BIO1042 Environmental biology)
  • 6 points of physics (recommended PHS1042 Physics, energy and the environment)
  • 12 points of units chosen from level one units offered by the Faculty of Science or other faculties

Note: If necessary, students may use ENV1011 and ENV1022 as a level one sequence for a major or minor sequence in geographical science.

Students are encouraged to select at least two, and preferably three, areas in which they may develop their major and minor sequences and to undertake the level one requirements for each of these at stage one.

Students may complete up to 60 points of level one units and if necessary may delay completing the level one physics unit to their second year of study.

* The level one mathematics/statistics unit taken will depend on the mathematics background and interests. SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning) is for students without a strong mathematics background, while STA1010 (Statistical methods for science) requires students to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or approved equivalent).

Stage two

  • ATS2548 Environmental policy and management
  • ENV2022 Environmental analysis 1: Sampling and monitoring
  • at least 12 points of units offered in each of two of the following areas at level two: atmospheric science, biological sciences, chemistry, geographical science and geosciences
  • up to 12 points of units chosen from level one or level two units offered by the Faculty of Science or other faculties

Stage three

  • ATS3546 Environmental assessment and decision making
  • ENV3022 Environmental technology
  • additional points as required to complete a major and a minor sequence (in different areas of study) from units offered in the following areas at level three: atmospheric science, biological sciences, chemistry, geographical science and geosciences (at least 48 points)
  • the remaining points can be taken from units offered by the Faculty of Science or other faculties (up to 12 points)


Bachelor of Environmental Science