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What will I learn?

With human exploitation of the environment having taken a serious toll on the planet, environmental scientists are needed to solve issues related to land degradation, urban and regional development, pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the impacts of mining, oil and gas extraction and processing.

In this course you will undertake environmental research and develop expertise in zoology, botany, ecology, genetics, environmental management, sustainability and statistics.

After your first year of study you’ll specialise in one of the following streams:

Wildlife Biology

Conservation and management of wildlife is increasingly important in the protection of global biodiversity.

This stream provides the knowledge and skills needed to work with wildlife, with a focus on Australia’s unique fauna. It provides you with opportunities to work towards research programs with leading wildlife biologists.

Restoration

Restoration is an AUD$2 trillion global enterprise encompassing aquatic-to-terrestrial, desert and marine ecosystems.

This unique study stream can place you at the forefront of this discipline and set you on the path to advanced training, through Curtin's leading role in the national Centre for Mine Site Restoration.

Genetics

Genetics and genomics have expanded rapidly in recent years and offer various career opportunities.

In this stream you will develop the practical and theoretical skills required to contribute to the field of genetics and microbiology. You’ll interact with several research teams that use genetic or bioinformatic approaches in the environmental and agricultural disciplines.

Environmental Chemistry

There is an increasing need to understand and manage the adverse effects of contaminants on the environment.

This stream will give you the chemical and toxicological skills necessary to evaluate degraded environments and implement strategies to restore environmental health.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree. It can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science course.

Professional recognition

Depending on the area of specialisation, graduates will be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Biology, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Australian Mathematics Society or the Australian Institute of Physics.

Career information

Careers

Conservation scientist
Environmental consultant
Environmental scientist
Mine restoration consultant
Natural resource manager
Remediated lands consultant

Industries

Environmental
Government policy and planning
Research and development
Urban and regional planning

What you'll learn

Apply principles of the biological and physical sciences to theoretical and practical sciences to theoretical and practical environmental situations
Apply critical thinking, process skills, and the scientific method to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to environmental problems
Use a range of technologies to locate, extract and critically appraise existing scientific knowledge; use scientific knowledge to develop coherent and logical arguments
Communicate scientific information concisely and accurately using written, visual, and verbal means appropriate to the audience
Employ new and established technologies to collect and interpret scientific data; argue the merits and limitations of current and emerging technologies
Evaluate their own learning and development as a student, and develop strategies to take control of their own learning and development, and to continue to learn as a graduate.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering

CRICOS

061600D

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,000.00 (US$ 23,891) per year
Total indicative course fee: AUD $97,400

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected March, July 2022

Venue

Dubai Campus

Curtin University,

Block 11, 4th floor, Dubai International Academic City,

345031, DUBAI, UAE

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,000.00 (US$ 23,891) per year
Total indicative course fee: AUD $97,400

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected March, July 2022

Venue

Curtin Malaysia

CDT 250, 98009 Miri Sarawak,

98000, Sarawak, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students from different countries should have qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12. English Language Requirements: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A) - Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 58; Overall band score – 50; C1 Advanced (CAE) - 176 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking; Overall score 169; C2 Proficiency (CPE) - 190 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking; Overall score 176. Better in 12th grade and a combined score of at least 1090 out of 1600 in the Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math in the SAT from the same sitting, with a minimum of 510 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing and 500 in Math component or a composite score of 24.

For international students

Students from different countries should have qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12 and a scaled mark of at least 50 in English, Literature, or English as an Additional Language or Dialect.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.0; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 50; Overall band score 58; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and PBT (Paper Based Test) - 570 and 4.5 in TWE; C1 Advanced Formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 176 with 169 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. C2 Proficiency Formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 190 with 176 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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