Bachelor of Environmental Systems

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

Your role is vital. Environmental science has a key part to play in determining Australia’s economic future with our need for sustainable and environmentally conscious food production. You’ll need to be up to embracing important mental, physical and entrepreneurial challenges to fix some of the greatest problems of our generation.

The Bachelor of Environmental Systems is your first step in the journey. This unique, three-year course addresses the tensions and energies of ecosystems. You’ll develop skills across a variety of science disciplines with a focus on finding solutions to our biggest environmental challenges, including climate change, food security, water management and carbon emissions.

After laying down a solid foundation in the fundamentals of plant sciences, hydrology, geomorphology, soil science and atmospheric-biospheric interactions, you will be able to specialise in one of two majors: Agricultural Systems or Natural Terrestrial Systems. There’s an exciting option to complete part of your degree at an overseas university via our International Specialisation program. You might also choose to pursue your particular passion by completing an Honours research project as an added fourth year.

Qualifications from our faculty are so highly regarded that many students have accepted jobs well before they graduate. And this course is no exception. Your Bachelor of Environmental Systems will open the doors to a wide range of exciting fields including environmental consultancy, catchment management, climate change research, plant breeding, ecology, environmental protection, sustainable agriculture, soil science, land and water conservation and hydrology. That is, jobs where you will be a key player in protecting the world’s resources.

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.

SAMPLE STUDY PLAN

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
AGEN1001 Shaping our Landscapes AGEC1006 Economic Environment of Agriculture
BIOL1001 Concepts in Biology (or BIOL1901) AGEN1002 Sustaining our Landscapes
CHEM1101 Chemistry 1A (or CHEM1001 or CHEM1901) AGEN1004 Applied Biology for Ag and Environment
ENVX1002 Introduction to Statistical Methods AGEN1006 Biological Chemistry
24 credit points 24 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
AGEN2001 Plant Function AGEN2005 Plant Systems Biology
ENVX2001 Applied Statistical Methods ENVX3001 Environmental GIS
SOIL2003 Soil Properties and Processes LWSC2002 Introduction Hydrology
Agriculture Elective Agriculture Elective
24 credit points 24 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
SOIL3009 Contemporary Field and Lab Soil Science ENSY3001 Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions
LWSC3007 Advanced Hydrology and Modelling AGCH3033 Environmental Chemistry
Stream Elective Stream Elective
Stream Elective Stream Elective
24 credit points 24 credit points

Please note: stream electives are chosen from the areas of Agricultural Systems or Natural Terrestrial Systems.

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 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 to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

A limited number of applicants may be eligible for admission to the course under one of the University’s alternate pathway schemes. For further details please see Access Sydney – Alternative Pathways at http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/domestic/undergraduate/access-sydney/

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.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and Chemistry

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 2015 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 2014 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 2015, 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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