Environmental Management - 3965

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Science


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 144

UAC Code: 429540

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Environmental Management

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Environmental Management program contains a core sequence of compulsory courses, a choice of disciplinary Majors and choices from a group of Directed Electives. The Majors include Biology, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Geography and Marine and Coastal Science.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The aim of the program is to provide a strong education in the skills and knowledge necessary to work or carry out research as an environmental scientist. In addition to the graduate attributes applicable to 3970 Bachelor of Science, graduates of the B. Env. Mgmt. will need to be able to place their understanding of the scientific aspects of the environment within the general context of the policy and legal framework of environmental regulations, as well as economic and social dimensions to environmental policy and management. The B. Env. Mgmt. is designed as a 3 year (full-time) program. There is also an opportunity for students to continue onto an Honours year in Program 4500 Science (Honours), if they satisfy the entry requirements (usually a Credit WAM) or to combine the B. Env. Mgmt. with the Masters of Environmental Management (Program 8623).

Program Structure

When completing the Bachelor of Environmental Management as a single degree, students must complete a minimum of 144 UoC (UoC). This 144 UoC is comprised of an approved Major, compulsory courses, Directed Electives, Free Electives and General Education as shown below:

120 UoC
* An approved Major (listed below)
* Compulsory courses (listed below)
* Prescribed Electives (listed below)
12 UoC
* Free electives: these courses can be taken from any Faculty of the university.
12 UoC
* General Education courses: these courses cannot be Science courses.

When a student studies the Bachelor of Environmental Management as part of a dual degree with another UNSW undergraduate degree program, they are required to complete a minimum of 120 UoC comprised of an approved Major, compulsory B. Env. Mgmt. courses and Prescribed Electives.

Stage 1
Recommended Electives:
Stage 2
Recommended Electives:
Stage 3
PLUS at least one of:

Sample Program

The Faculty of Science has created Undergraduate Program Guides to help students choose courses based on the requirements of their chosen major/s. The documents should be used as a guide only and in conjunction with the Academic Rules outlined above. To access the Program Guide for your major visit

General Education Requirements

Students in this program must follow the UNSW Rules for General Education. Students must take 12 UOC of courses that are not classified as 'Science' courses (see Table 1). Courses with identifying codes GEN# can only be used to fulfil the General Education requirement of the program. GEN# courses cannot count towards the free elective component, or towards science core courses or science electives in the program. GENS courses cannot count towards this program.


Progression to Honours in Environmental Management is described in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Program 4500). Entry to the BSc (Honours) Program is subject to academic performance and the number of places available in a School’s Honours program. Typically students require a minimum overall WAM of a Credit for entry into Honours, although due to the competitive nature of Honours in some Schools, the level of academic performance required may be higher. Where students have an overall WAM that is less than, but close to the entry requirements, Schools may consider academic performance in the major area of study. All decisions regarding entry to the BSc (Honours) are subject to the approval of the Program Authority.

Students seeking to enrol in Honours are required to have completed all the requirements for the B. Env. Mgmt. and satisfied all prerequisite requirements for Honours as specified by the relevant School. Students should check prerequisite requirements for Honours with the relevant School and consider potential projects and supervision as early as possible.

It is recommended that students who are granted admission into the BSc Honours Program delay their graduation from 3965 until after they complete Honours and so graduate with Bachelor of Environmental Management in [name of Major completed] and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in [name of Honours Plan completed].

The completion of Honours is a typical pathway for students who wish to undertake a postgraduate research qualification.

The B. Env. Mgmt. and Honours in Environmental Management is also articulated with the Masters of Environmental Management (Program 8623) and the nested Graduate Diploma (Program 5499) and Graduate Certificate (Program 7339). Students who have completed the B. Env. Mgmt. may receive recognition of prior learning and some Advanced Standing in these postgraduate coursework programs.

Academic Rules

1. A student must complete a minimum of 144 Units of Credit (UOC) in Stages 1-3.

2. Students must complete a discipline core of courses in the B. Env. Mgmt. totalling 120 UOC. This discipline core must contain 60 UOC of compulsory courses, one approved Major, plus courses from the Prescribed Electives list as required to bring the total to 120 UOC.

A course can only count once as 6 UOC towards the 144 UOC: if a course is in both the compulsory course list and within an approved Major, then additional Prescribed Electives must be taken so that the compulsory courses, approved Major and Prescribed Electives totals 120 UOC.

3. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Management as a single degree are also required to complete 12 UOC of Free Electives (that may be taken from any Faculty of the university) and 12 UOC of General Education (please see the rules for General Education below).

4. A maximum of 72 UOC of Level 1 courses can be taken, including any GEN# course or mainstream Level 1 course taken to fulfil the free elective or General Education requirement.

5. The 60 UOC of compulsory courses in the B. Env. Mgmt. Program are listed under “Program Structure” above.

6. The approved Majors in the B. Env. Mgmt. Program are:
7. The approved Major must be declared before enrolling in level II courses. (Students do not need to declare a Major in their first year as they are encouraged to try a variety of level 1 Science courses to enable them to select an appropriate Major before commencing level II courses. Information on how to declare a Major can be found on the Science Student Centre website.) It is not possible to complete a 'double major' in this Program: if you wish to attempt more than one Major you should consider Program 3970.

8. The Prescribed Electives in the B. Env. Mgmt. Program are:
Students who do not undertake the Geography approved Major in the B. Env. Mgmt. can also use the following courses towards their Prescribed Electives:
Students may apply for additional courses to be considered for this list through the Science Student Centre. Courses will be considered by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) or nominee if they fulfil the objectives of the B. Env. Mgmt. Program.

9. No student may normally commence Level 2 courses until 24 UoC Level I have been successfully completed unless approved by the Program Convener or Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs).


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Table 1: Definition of 'Science' Courses

'Science' courses are courses offered by the following Schools. The course prefixes that are associated with each School are in bold:
 Aviation  AVIA
 Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences  BEES, BIOS, CLIM, ENVS, GEOS, MSCI
 Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences  BABS, BIOC, BIOT, INOV, MICR
 Chemistry  CHEM
 Computer Science  COMP
 Data Science  DATA
 Food Science  FOOD
 Materials Science and Engineering  MATS
 Mathematics and Statistics  MATH
 Medical Sciences  ANAT, NEUR, PATH, PHAR, PHSL, SOMS
 Psychology  PSYC
 Physics  PHYS
 Optometry and Vision Science  OPTM, VISN
 Science Faculty  SCIF

Award with Distinction

The Faculty of Science will award a Pass degree in the B. Env. Mgmt. with Distinction to students who obtain a minimum WAM of 75 across their Program and complete at least 72 UoC at UNSW.

Faculty of Science Rules

The Faculty of Science has some rules that relate to all students enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty in relation to recognition for prior learning, general education, course exclusions, study load, and cross-institutional study. All students should read the information contained on the Faculty General Rules and Requirements page in this Handbook.

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