BP193 - Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Environment and Society

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Plan: BP193ENSDD - Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Environment and Society
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Environment and Society
Award abbreviation: BEnvSc/BEnvSoc
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full time/ 8 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/global-urban-and-social-studies
ASCED code: 050999
CRICOS code: 048147G

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Purpose of the Program

This program will prepare you to work in the contested areas of environmental science, policy and politics. The program is informed by both the applied science and social science disciplines and is designed to prepare you to respond effectively to emerging global environmental problems and issues. The program bridges traditional disciplinary boundaries to address the most pressing issues of the new century: ways of managing and adapting to a changing environment. 

This program emphasises the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to work effectively in the fields of environmental science, environmental management, and environmental education, and provides opportunities for graduates to work in government agencies, the corporate sector or environmental consultancies or non-government organisations. As a graduate, you will be able to work in a number of roles including environmental advocacy, environmental consultancy, environmental education and training and environmental sustainability research and development.

Through your study of environmental sciences, you will develop your knowledge of scientific methods and the skills required to apply this knowledge to the changing physical world.

Through your study of the social sciences, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to critically engage in the development, implementation and communication of strategies aimed at achieving environmental sustainability for particular organisations or communities, in Australia or overseas.

Environmental Science courses in this program are designed to produce graduates with a broad and coherent body of knowledge in Earth System processes, particularly the hydrosphere, ecosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere. You will have the opportunity to develop in-depth understanding of underlying principles and concepts in one of two areas: Environmental Chemistry, or Environmental Biology, You will learn how to interpret scientific inquiry and effectively distil and communicate the implications of scientific research to a wide range of audiences.

The Social Science courses are designed to develop your knowledge of the social, cultural and political processes that influence the ways in which people and communities respond to the non-human world. You will develop new understandings of the relationships between local and global environmental and social challenges and learn how to identify, research and advocate for more effective  responses to the challenges we face, both in Australia and at a global level. 

The program is offered on campus in face to face mode of delivery. Program design emphasises fieldwork, collaborative work, and applied research and development. In the final year of the program you have the opportunity to work with outside organisations or communities to develop project management and other applied work ready skills. 

You will work independently and  collaboratively,  including in multidisciplinary teams , as you develop the professional communication skills required to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders.  You  will apply your knowledge  of relevant legislative and policy frameworks, working within an enhanced ethical framework..

A capstone experience is provided through the course ENVI1213 Environment Capstone Project in which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge, connect theory to practice and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

Successful completion of this program provides a pathway into a Masters. Upon successful completion of this program you may also be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Master of Urban Planning and Environment, Master of Public Policy and Master of Global Studies, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

The final intake for this program was Semester 1 2022. This program is now closed for any further intakes.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification. 

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country Equivalency web page on the RMIT website.


2022 and 2023: Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.

2024 and beyond: Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Further Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics

International English language requirement

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of Environment and Society program is currently accredited by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) www.eianz.org/

You can elect to undertake 48 credit points in environmental chemistry or environmental biology as part of the program, and upon successful completion are eligible to become an Associate Member of either the Royal Australian Chemical Institute www.raci.org.au, in the case of chemistry, or the Australian Institute of Biology www.aibiol.org.au/, in the case of biology.

Academic staff undertake collaborative research projects with industry and government and as such, are abreast of current environmental debates. Industry Advisory Committee members include industry and government representatives

The program will provide you will opportunities to undertake projects with diverse industry and community partners. Many of these projects provide opportunities for formal work placements, some of which lead to full-time employment on graduation.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

The development of information literacy is an essential aspect of lifelong and life-wide learning and will be incorporated within programs in line with the Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework (2004). These standards will be developed through the information experiences provided as a matter of course within the program as well as through dedicated activities conducted in conjunction with the library.

Library information literacy sessions are a continuing feature and are taught into a key course in each program. They emphasise the ability to understand and analyse a research question; awareness of the range of information resources available for searching scholarly literature, including specialist and generalist databases; the ability to search and modify searches in key resources; knowledge of issues around the access to and management of information through programs such as Endnote.

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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