A knowledge of how to manage environments, whether they be our forests, river catchments or oceans is a key to influencing the sustainability of our future.
This combined degree in Environmental and Marine Science prepares you with an understanding of the complex environments in which we live and the keys to solving environmental problems at a local and global level.
You will be able to focus your interest in species conservation and sustainability across terrestrial and marine environments, learning from international experts in cutting edge facilities and in the field in world heritage rainforests, reefs and coastal catchments.
Graduates of this unique program will have careers in national parks, environmental protection, marine care programs across the private and government sectors, and will be the leaders in managing impacts of human activities and ensuring sustainability for the future.
Careers in environmental science include national parks and protected area management, environmental protection, waste management, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, environmental education and interpretation, sustainable forestry, fisheries management, aquaculture, ecotourism, land/river/coast care programs; and in environmental science research. Careers in marine science include as a consultant, marine park planner, marine biologist and ecologist, marine reserve officer, aqua-culturalists, fisheries manager, project officer, technical officer, state coordinator; and in marine research.
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
Students have the opportunity to undertake an eight-week industry internship during their studies for practical experience to supplement the theory components of the course. Interns can work with organisations across the environmental science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies; private consultancies; or business enterprises in Australia or overseas.
Students also choose between completing an industry placement or a self-directed major project.
Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Fourth (final year) units are taught in intensive mode at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.
Online students attend compulsory workshops.