This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science
|Total credit points required||192|
|Standard duration of study (years)||4 years FT, 8 years PT|
|Study mode and location||On-campus (Clayton)|
|Admission, fee and application details||http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/2340|
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.
The course can be awarded as either a pass or honours degree.
Upon completion of this course, students will have skills and knowledge in a traditional area of science and an understanding of the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of science in the environment. Graduates will be able to contribute effectively to designing scientific and technical environmental monitoring and sampling programs, to conduct environmental studies, and to contribute to environmental policy development.
To be admitted to the honours program students must have completed 144 points of units including all of the stage one to three requirements, with at least a distinction grade average (70 per cent) in 24 points of level three units in the relevant science discipline. These 24 points of units will normally include at least 18 points of units in the area of study in which honours will be undertaken.
This course comprises 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 the the Requirements section below.
The requirements to complete a major and/or minor sequence in an area of science are described in the 'Science areas of study and sequences - Clayton' section of this handbook available via http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2012handbooks/undergrad/sci.html.
Students must complete the following:
(a.) at stages 1-3:
The major and minor sequences must be selected from two of the following five areas:
For more information please refer to the science areas of study listed in the section 'Science areas of study and sequences' in this handbook available via http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2012handbooks/undergrad/sci-aos-clayton.html.
Note: 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.
(b.) at stage four the program of study will be determined by the course progression requirements and/or the student's interests and will comprise either:
Note: Students must complete no more than ten level-one units overall.
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 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 the student to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or approved equivalent).
Additional points as required to complete two major sequences, or a double major and a minor sequence (in different areas of study) from units offered in the following areas: atmospheric science, biological sciences, chemistry, geographical science and geosciences.
The remaining points can be taken from relevant units to complete an individual program developed between the student and the course coordinator. This program will involve units in the science areas relevant to environmental science, environmental engineering, law, or business, and will take into account the interests of the student.
Students complete 48 points of level four science honours units in one of the following areas of study in accordance with the requirements for the Honours degree of Bachelor of Science:
Students are eligible to apply to graduate with a Bachelor of Science after successfully completing all of the requirements for stages one to three.
Bachelor of Environmental Science
The honours degree of Bachelor of Environmental Science
Where more than one award is listed 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.