Do you love nature, variety and challenges? Worried about the impact that humans are having on our world?

Making efficient use of scarce resources for the management and conservation of the environment is a major challenge within the sphere of environmental science. This major will enable you to help identify and solve our world’s pressing environmental problems, through studies in disciplines ranging from biology to earth science and chemistry. It will also equip you with valuable experience in environmental monitoring and management, as well as skills in risk and issues assessment.

Anwar Hossain

"The environment and its biodiversity is our natural capital. However, the way in which we are exploiting natural resources, destroying natural forests, diminishing our wildlife, and warming the global temperature no amount of money could help us in the coming future. We need to protect our environment, ecosystem and associated biodiversity through insightful research for our own well-being."


  • Career Outcomes

    An Environmental Science major will provide you with opportunities for employment or research careers in environmental consulting, natural resource management, and chemistry.

    Environmental Scientists have an above average proportion of full-time jobs. Earnings are high and unemployment is average.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a major in Environmental Science will be well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Environmental Science

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective