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Teachers’ Seminar - June 12, 2008 Presented by Assoc Prof Tony Patti Coordinator – Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - a 21st Century challenge The 21 st Century Environmental Challenges

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The 21st Century Environmental Challenges

  • Current Issues related to the Environment and a Sustainable Future for our planet:
  • - Climate Change
  • - Energy Supplies
  • - Water (and Soil)
  • - Food Supply
  • Population (and social structure)
  • Health

Growing Public Concern

The job market for people with training in environmental science related areas is growing strongly


The Nature of Environmental Science?

  • Misconception
  • There is no such thing as a traditional “Major” in
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science requires skills that encompass a
  • range of scientific disciplines including:
  • chemistry, biology, earth sciences, atmospheric science,
  • statistics/mathematics and geography
  • Hence Environmental Scientists need to have a firm scientific grounding in one or more of these disciplines

Where do environmental scientists work?

Typical Career Areas:

Atmospheric Scientist, Chemist, Geologist Biologist, Forest Management, Ecologist, Environmental Policy Development, Environmental Management, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Monitoring, Minerals Exploration, Mining and Rehabilitation, Resource Management, Waste Management, Water Quality Management, Research and Development

Potential Employers:

Government & local government, EPA, Department of Primary Industry, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Water Authorities, Environmental Consulting firms, Private Industry

some graduate careers
Some graduate careers

Actuarial analyst

Animal keeper


Atmospheric scientist


Aurora researcher






Business analyst





Database manager


Ecologist/marine/ wildlife/ecosystems


Embryologist (IVF)


Environmental (health or policy) scientist

Food technologist

Forensic chemist

Genetic engineer




Hospital scientist

Human resources Consultant


Information systems analyst


Laboratory technician



Logistical analyst

Marine biologist

Market researcher

some more graduate careers
Some more graduate careers

Materials scientist


Medical scientist/ researcher

Medical technician

Medical imaging




Molecular biologist


Operations research consultant

Optical systems developer

Palaeontologist/ archaeologist

Paper-fibre quality controller

Park ranger

Patent attorney

Pharmaceutical representative


Polysomnographic technician


Quality control officer


Reproductive biologist

Research fellow

Research scientist

Science journalist

Science teacher

Scientific sales representative

Student counsellor

Statistical consultant Trainee manager

Technical officer

Weather forecaster

World wide web consultant



Challenges for Australia

Develop a scientific work-force to

protect and sustain our environment

Encourage young people to study basic

sciences leading to many career opportunities


Great shortage of chemists in

Australia (Kelly Scientific Resources)

Growing opportunities in Local Government

Waste: collection, tips, recycling, landfills

Recreation: parks, ovals, Natural resource

and land management, Public Health,

Town planning, water etc


Pathways to becoming

an Environmental Scientist

Study the appropriate disciplines through

various Science degree options

Single Degrees 2008 ENTER

  • Science Scholar Program 99.50
  • Science Advanced with Honours 95.45
  • Science 75.00
  • Environmental Science 75.20

Double Degrees with Science including:

Arts, Commerce, Computer Science,

Education, Engineering and Law

the bachelor of environmental science
The Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Appeals to

Those interested in a course structured to meet a specific career in an area of science related to the environment

“Environmental Science” spans numerous disciplines

  • Features
    • Structured course with core units
    • Common first year with flexibility
    • Pass or honours degree
    • Professional qualification in specific

vocational areas (e.g chemist, geologist etc)

structure of the bachelor of environmental science
Structure of the Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Four year degree
  • Option of taking a Pass or Honours degree

Pass degree

  • Each year consists of 8 units (subjects) and each unit is worth 6 points. A full year of study entails completing 48 points
  • Students completing a Pass degree complete 2 majors
  • To Graduate, students need to complete 192 points
choice of majors and minors

Core area

Host school

Atmospheric science

Mathematical SciencesGeography and Environmental Science


Biological Sciences






Geography and Environmental Science

Choice of Majors and Minors

Choices from one or two of the following:

Major = 48 points of study (8 units) Minor = 24 points (4 units)

why choose the bachelor of environmental science at monash
Why Choose the Bachelor of Environmental Science at Monash?
  • Excellent vocational prospects
  • Workplace Training option available to all students
  • Wide choice of units within discipline majors available
  • Degree offering one relevant major and a minor (Honours degree) or two majors (Pass degree) plus environmental science specialisation
  • Excellent international academic reputation in research and teaching
  • Extensive field work and laboratory experiences
  • Develops desirable Graduate Attributes
  • Pathway to Masters and PhD degrees (environmental research)
why monash
Why Monash?

Excellent Teaching & Facilities

  • Research strengths
  • Analytical Science
  • Astrophysics and general relativity
  • Atmospheric science
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Ecology and conservation biology
  • Environment and green chemistry
  • Environmental geoscience
  • Functional biology of plants and algae
  • Geodynamics, ore deposits and crustal


  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Synchrotron science
  • X-ray physics and imaging

International Reputation

faculty of science research centres with environmental research programs
Faculty of Science Research Centres with Environmental Research Programs
  • Australian Centre for Biodiversity,
  • Australian Crustal Research Centre
  • Centre for Dynamical Meteorology and Oceanography
  • CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC)
  • CRC for Freshwater Ecology
  • Member of Centre for Environmental Stress and
  • Adaptation Research
  • Centre for Green Chemistry
  • Centre for Biospectroscopy
  • Water Studies Centre
how is this degree structure different from a bachelor of science
How is this degree structure different from a Bachelor of Science?

Distinguishing features:

  • Four years obligatory
  • Environmental focus through 6 compulsory units
  • Field trips and site visits a major feature of the course
  • Two Majors may be completed (Pass degree)
  • Majors limited to five areas
  • Honours degree requires a major project in the fourth year, with a strong environmental focus



bachelor of environmental science 4 years
Bachelor of Environmental Science (4 years)
  • VCE prerequisite
  • Unites 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English
  • Chemistry and Mathematics highly recommended

Major and/or minor studies in two of

  • Atmospheric science, Biology/ecology, Chemistry, Earth sciences (Geology/Geophysics), Geography

Pass or honours degree options


Contact us

Faculty of Science

Monash University

Victoria 3800 Australia

Telephone +(613) 9905 4604

Fax +(613) 9905 5692


Web www.sci.monash.edu.au