Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) [Academic Year 2017]

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A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

This program is available for applications from first semester, 2017.

NOTE:  Details of this degree are not yet available on the ANU Programs and Courses website.  The information on this page is provided as guidelines until details are available on Programs and Courses, at which point the information on this page will be superseded. Programs and Courses provides the official ANU version of all degree, major, minor, specialisation and course rules, admission requirements and other related information.

Majors

 

Description

The complex and interconnected challenges of creating sustainable societies within a healthy global environment demand an integrative, holistic appreciation of environment and sustainability that requires a broad understanding of the world.

This contemporary cross-disciplinary degree prepares you to address the complex challenges of sustainability by giving you a broad environmental education with a sound basis in theory and methods and a focus on hands-on applications and field-based, research-led learning. You will learn to link perspectives from the natural and social sciences with their applications in your chosen major in environmental science, sustainable natural resource management or sustainability studies; and can select from minors that range from biodiversity conservation, environmental policy, climate change and water resources to indigenous studies, international relations and development studies.  In particular you will gain the research skills needed to develop new knowledge and insights in environment and sustainability.

If you care about meeting the challenges and opportunities facing us this century this degree will prepare you for further Master of PhD research, and for an effective career in environmental science, sustainable natural resource management and developing pathways to a sustainable future.

"Why Study Environment and Sustainablity at the ANU?  <https://youtu.be/WxIHNyZZrpc>

  • Length:                                  4 years full-time
  • Minimum:                              192 units
  • Bonus point availability:        See below
  • Academic Contact:                Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • Academic Plan:                     AENSU
  • CRICOS Code:                      091181C
  • UAC Code:                            TBA

 

Career Options

The flexibility of this degree means that graduates find employment in a wide range of areas in the public sector and private enterprise, and in community groups such as Landcare and Greening Australia.

The roles our graduates work in, both in Australia and internationally, reflect our main teaching themes including: evolution of the Earth and its landscapes; ecosystem processes and products; human society and environment; resource conservation, land management and land use; environmental and resource policy; and supporting sciences and technologies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Systematically evaluate current understandings of environmental science, resource and environmental management and sustainability, and of a range of response strategies for sustainable resource management and development.
  2. Integrate knowledge from relevant scientific areas and from policy approaches across disciplines into approaches designed to address complex contemporary environment and sustainability issues, in global, national and local contexts.
  3. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a research topic relevant to environment and sustainability to generate new knowledge in this field.
  4. Collect, analyse and interpret original research data using appropriate methodologies and methods to draw evidence-based conclusions.
  5. Apply a range of written, oral and visual communication skills to effectively convey and discuss complex concepts about environmental science, sustainable development and resource management decisions and relevant policies across disciplines.
  6. Engage with and inform ongoing debates on environmental science, resource management and sustainability issues, recognising the importance of biophysical and socio-political and cultural contexts.
  7. Appreciate and apply, where appropriate, personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

  • An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR

  • A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR

  • At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree-level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR

  • An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

Below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

  • ATAR: 95
  • QLD Band: 4
  • International Baccalaureate: 37

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants.  The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies.

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/ for more information.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) requires the completion of 144 units, of which:

  • A maximum of 60 units can come from completion of 1000-level courses
  • A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses from the Science course list
  • A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of Honours Pathway Courses or Honours Pathway Options from the Science course list

The 144 units must include:

48 units from completion of one of the following majors:

  • Environmental Science
  • Resource and Environmental Management
  • Sustainability Studies

Either:

24 units from completion of one of the following minors:

72 units from completion of elective courses offered by the ANU

Or:

48 units from completion of a second major from the following list:

  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Resource and Environmental Management
  • Geography
  • Marine Science
  • Sustainability Studies

 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by the ANU

48 units from completion of the Environment Honours specialisation

A maximum of 12 units from completion of 1000-level courses may contribute towards meeting the requirements of two Science majors with common 1000-level course requirements.

In such cases, an equal number of units must come from the completion of additional courses from the Science course list.

Students must complete 144 units and achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark (calculated from the 36 units of courses in disciplines cognate to the Honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses, with the highest marks) and satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation in order to commence the Honours specialisation. Students who do not achieve the 70% weighted average mark after 144 units or do not satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation will be transferred to the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability.

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective major, minor or specialisation.

Minors that may particularly complement the majors and minors listed in the Program Requirements for this degree include:

Anthropology

Asia-Pacific Security Studies

Biological Anthropology

Corporate Sustainability

Development Studies

Evolution and Ecology

International Relations

Latin American Studies

Pacific Studies

Philosophy and Science

Political Science

Sociology

Science Communication

Sustainable Systems

Study Options

Year 1

Science Major

1000-level

6 units

Science Elective

1000-level

6 units

Elective

1000-level

6 units

Elective

1000-level

6 units

Science Major

1000-level

6 units

Science Elective

1000-level

6 units

Elective

1000-level

6 units

Elective

1000-level

6 units

Year 2

Science Major

2000-level

6 units

Science Minor

2000-level

6 units

Science Elective

2000-level

6 units

Elective

6 units

Science Major

2000-level

6 units

Science Major

2000-level

6 units

Science Elective

2000-level

6 units

Elective

6 units

Year 3

Science Major

3000-level

6 units

Science Minor

3000-level

6 units

Science Minor

3000-level

6 units

Elective

6 units

Science Major

3000-level

6 units

Science Major

3000-level

6 units

Science Minor

3000-level

6 units

Elective

6 units

Flexible Double Degree Options

The Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) can be taken together with one of a wide range of other ANU degrees as a Flexible Double Degree.  The Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) flexible double degree component requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 36 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses from the Science course list.

Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability (Honours)

The Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability (Honours) degree builds on the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability with the Environment Honours specialisation, reflecting ANU national and international leadership in research in this field.  You will design and implement a unique research project on a topic relevant to environment and sustainability, preparing you for a professional career or for a higher degree by research through the development of advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of your discipline. Your research will provide new understandings of or solutions to complex problems; and you will develop skills valued by employers, including holistic thinking and evidence-based decision making.

Honours in the Environment and Sustainability field of study is taken by enrolling in the Honours Specialisation in Environment (48 units).

The Honours program has specific dates which are advertised in the Honours Handbook. If you complete the requirements for the pass degree at the end of first semester in any year it is possible, subject to the approval of the School concerned, to commence the Honours program mid-year.

Fees

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students: $36,720

Some courses that may be taken as electives within the program include additional field trip fees. These are kept as low as possible and are advised to students via course websites. The existence of field trip fees is advised in the course descriptions on Programs and Courses, and such fees are advertised via the online Science Shop and updated annually.

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

MAJORS

Environmental Science [Academic Year 2017]

The long term survival of humanity relies on sustainable management of our natural environment, including its landscapes; and sustainable management is dependent upon our having a strong scientific understanding of the fundamental processes that interact to shape the complex environmental system.

The major in Environmental Science develops that understanding by providing an integration of scientific knowledge and practice in environmental and landscape sciences. It focuses on how key areas of environmental science relate to and are underpinned by landscape processes. Only by understanding these key landscape processes can successful environmental outcomes be achieved. The major includes a focus on current understandings of the science of the environment, and a range of response strategies for their sustainable management. Students develop their ability to evaluate recent and current advances in environmental science, and in policy and management approaches; and to integrate a range of discipline-based knowledge relevant to specific regions or issues in sustainable environmental and landscape management.

Learning Goals

On completing the major in Environmental Science, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Think critically about environmental science issues, integrate information, and construct logical, consistent and synthesised arguments.

  2. Explain the scientific underpinning and environmental implications of critical issues in ecological and landscape processes, across a range of likely scenarios.

  3. Engage with a range of stakeholders, including environmental scientists, land managers, government extension officers and private consultants, on a range of environmental and landscape issues.

  4. Analyse and interpret complex processes and apply solutions across a range of environments and landscapes.

Major Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code

Title

Units

ENVS1003

Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

6

ENVS1004

Australia's Environment

6

EMSC1006

The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science

6

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

ENVS2002

Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

6

ENVS2015

GIS and Spatial Analysis

6

ENVS2018

Environmental Science Field School

6

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

EMSC2021

Fundamentals of Climate System Science

6

ENVS2001

Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

6

ENVS2004

Weather, Climate and Fire

6

ENVS2020

Water Science

6

ENVS2023

Sustainable Agricultural Systems

6

18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

ENVS3008

Fire in the Environment

6

ENVS3011

Severe Weather

6

ENVS3013

Climatology

6

ENVS3014

Ecological Assessment and Management

6

ENVS3019

Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

6

ENVS3020

Climate Change Science & Policy

6

ENVS3029

Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

6

ENVS3039

Biodiversity Conservation

6

Additional Information

Advice to Students

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? EMSC1006, ENVS1004 and ENVS1003 plus a minimum of 6 units chosen from BIOL1003, BIOL1009, EMSC1008 or a 1000-coded CHEM, MATH, PHYS or SCOM course.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Environmental Science major.

Relevant Degrees

MAJOR

Resource and Environmental Management [Academic Year 2017]

The major in Resource and Environmental Management is designed for students seeking careers as environmental scientists and natural resource managers who will be able to meet the sustainability challenges and opportunities of this century. It is structured around a core of natural and social sciences courses, and links that set of knowledge and skills with a range of applications in environmental conservation and sustainable resource management. The major in Resource and Environmental Management emphasises experiential and field based learning, and combines broadly based environmental education with focused professional development and opportunities for specialisation. The flexible nature of the curriculum means that students are able to develop a version of the major tailored to their particular interests and goals; consult the convener for assistance in selecting courses for the major (and associated minor/s).

Learning Goals

On completing the major in Resource and Environmental Management, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Think critically about natural resource and environmental management issues, and integrate information and construct logical, consistent and synthesised arguments about these issues.

  2. Collect, analyse, interpret and present resource and environmental management data (including empirical field data, remotely sensed data and published literature) at a range of scales.

  3. Understand and contribute to the development and application of resource and environmental management techniques and policy in the Australian context.

  4. Discuss the principles of managing natural resources and the environment with practitioners and stakeholders such as land holders, extension officers, consultants and policy makers.

  5. Conduct research into a variety of aspects of resource and environmental management.

Major Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code

Title

Units

ENVS1003

Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

6

ENVS1004

Australia's Environment

6

ENVS3040

Complex Environmental Problems in Action

6

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

ENVS2002

Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

6

ENVS2014

Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability

6

ENVS2018

Environmental Science Field School

6

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

ENVS2007

Economics for the Environment

6

ENVS2011

Human Ecology

6

ENVS2013

Society and Environmental Change

6

ENVS2025

Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management

6

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

ENVS2001

Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

6

ENVS2004

Weather, Climate and Fire

6

ENVS2020

Water Science

6

ENVS2023

Sustainable Agricultural Systems

6

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

ENVS3007

Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders

6

ENVS3015

Essentials of Environmental Law

6

ENVS3028

Environmental Policy

6

ENVS3033

International Environmental Policy

6

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

ENVS3004

Land and Catchment Management

6

ENVS3005

Water Management

6

ENVS3008

Fire in the Environment

6

ENVS3011

Severe Weather

6

ENVS3013

Climatology

6

ENVS3014

Ecological Assessment and Management

6

ENVS3019

Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

6

ENVS3020

Climate Change Science & Policy

6

ENVS3039

Biodiversity Conservation

6

ENVS3041

Managing Forested Landscapes

6

 

Additional Information

Advice to Students

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? ENVS1004 and ENVS1003 plus a minimum of 6 units chosen from BIOL1003, EMSC1006, ENVS1001 or ENVS1008.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Resource and Environmental Management major.

Relevant Degrees

MAJOR

Sustainability Studies [Academic Year 2017]

Description

High quality, integrative research plays a critical role in identifying pathways towards sustainability. The Sustainability Studies major builds the fundamental understandings and skills necessary to develop research projects that effectively address complex problems of environment and sustainable development. It focuses on a core set of research skills- and design-based courses, with key choices in areas of quantitative, qualitative and spatial approaches. The skills developed in these courses are extended and applied in a wide range of research and policy relevant courses. This is a 'hands-on' major, with many opportunities to conduct small-scale research built into its components.

The major is intended to complement more topic-related minors (e.g. Soil and Land Management, Climate Science and Policy, Environmental Policy) by developing and strengthening broad-based research skills and embedding them in an understanding of the role of research in addressing complex sustainability issues. Its completion at the appropriate level is good preparation for fourth-year Honours, and is recommended for students considering a sustainability-related career or research higher degree.

Learning Goals

On completing the Sustainability Studies major, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Build an understanding of the role of research in sustainability, both within and beyond academic domains.

  2. Learn and apply the fundamental skills and processes of research design, as they apply to sustainability-related challenges.

  3. Learn and apply a range of research methods from different disciplines.

  4. Integrate different forms of disciplinary research into more complex, problem-oriented approaches.

  5. Develop and conduct research both individually and in teams.

  6. Apply a range of written, oral and visual communication skills to communicate research outcomes effectively.

Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code

Title

Units

ENVS1001

Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability

6

ENVS1003

Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

6

ENVS1008

Sustainable Development

6

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

ENVS2011

Human Ecology

6

ENVS3021

Human Futures

6

ENVS3040

Complex Environmental Problems in Action

6

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

ENVS2002

Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

6

ENVS2014

Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability

6

ENVS2015

GIS and Spatial Analysis

6

ENVS2018

Environmental Science Field School

6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code

Title

Units

ENVS3001

Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice

6

ENVS3004

Land and Catchment Management

6

ENVS3005

Water Management

6

ENVS3007

Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders

6

ENVS3008

Fire in the Environment

6

ENVS3011

Severe Weather

6

ENVS3013

Climatology

6

ENVS3014

Ecological Assessment and Management

6

ENVS3019

Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

6

ENVS3020

Climate Change Science & Policy

6

ENVS3028

Environmental Policy

6

ENVS3029

Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

6

ENVS3033

International Environmental Policy

6

ENVS3039

Biodiversity Conservation

6

ENVS3041

Managing Forested Landscapes

6

INDG3002

Indigenous Peoples and Development

6

Additional Information

Advice to Students

What 1st year courses should you enrol in?   ENVS1001, ENVS1003 and ENVS1008, plus a minimum of 6 units chosen from ENVS1004, STAT1003 or EMSC1006.

Courses from outside the Fenner School may be accepted for this major, subject to approval by the major convener or the Fenner School Associate Director (Education).

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Sustainability Studies major.

Please note that students undertaking a Bachelor of Science in a Flexible Double Degree will only be able to choose courses with ENVS codes from the lists above to count towards a science degree.

Relevant Degrees

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