Bachelor of Environmental Systems

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Environmental Systems comprehensively examines both natural and agricultural systems. How we manage our environment and natural resources will arguably determine Australia’s economic future, and ensuring ecologically-sustainable production is one of the greatest challenges facing our society. You will explore the ways that we might respond to these challenges, and as a graduate you will meet the national and international demand for well-trained environmental scientists with strong quantitative skills and a thorough understanding of the physical, chemical and biological interactions in the environment. The Bachelor of Environmental Systems focuses on the application of systems-thinking to the issues of the day such as climate change, water, food security and carbon emissions.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


The Bachelor of Environmental Systems is offered in two streams: Agricultural Systems and Natural Terrestrial Systems. Completion of one stream is a requirement of the course. You will complete a first year of core units of study spanning plant sciences, hydrology, geomorphology, soil science and atmospheric-biospheric interactions. Prior to selecting second year units of study, all candidates should seek advice from the degree coordinator on which stream to pursue.

Further course information

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives are selected from the pool offered in a given year and may include units of study from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment or from other faculties within the university (subject to permission from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment).

Course opportunities

Course opportunities not available for Bachelor of Environmental Systems.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

There is an enormous demand for graduates in the environmental science sector. Bachelor of Environmental Systems graduates may pursue careers in environmental consultancy, catchment management, climate change research, plant breeding, ecology, environmental protection, sustainable agriculture, production in natural and managed environments, soil science, land and water conservation, forestry and bushfires, and hydrology.

Further study

The faculty invites outstanding and suitably qualified graduates to express their interest in joining our postgraduate coursework program (see our website at http://sydney.edu.au/agriculture/future_postgraduates/coursework_degrees/) in the Master of Agriculture and our current research projects in the degrees of Master of Agricultural Economics, Master of Science in Agriculture, and Doctor of Philosophy (see our website at http://sydney.edu.au/agriculture/future_postgraduates/research_degrees/).

About honours

An honours year in the Bachelor of Environmental Systems is available.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission requirements not available for Bachelor of Environmental Systems.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and Chemistry

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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