The Department of Environment and Agriculture will help you develop sustainable solutions to feed humanity. You will use scientific research and technological innovation to protect, manage and restore native species and ecosystems.
We cater for students who are passionate about agriculture, biology, conserving biodiversity and the environment, or management of coastal zones. Our courses provide the knowledge and skills as well as the opportunity to observe the environment and food production systems in real life situations, enhancing your depth of understanding.
Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to study either a Bachelor of Agribusiness or a Bachelor of Science degree, specialising in either Coastal and Marine Science, Environmental Biology or Environmental Science.
The Coastal and Marine Science major provides students with the knowledge and practical skills to plan and manage human activities while conserving the marine and coastal environment. The emphasis of the course material is on science and management techniques for the aquatic environment. Fields of study include biology, sustainable aquaculture, environmental impact assessment, aquatic resource management, marine taxonomy and biodiversity, geographic information systems (GIS), geomorphology and the physical environment of the coastal zone. The curriculum focuses on the Australian coastal zone, however, international case studies are incorporated. This degree is an opportunity to meet the need for increased research into the coastal environment while managing the sustainability of the current and future anthropogenic activities within the coastal zone.
The Environmental Biology major develops expertise in zoology, botany, ecology, biomonitoring, ecotoxicology, environmental impact assessment, conservation biology, and environmental management. Students will develop skills through practical and real life experiences combined with a strong scientific foundation. Students are encouraged to develop specialist interests through the completion of project work and/or industry-based work experience. Graduates may find employment in the areas of environmental management, conservation biodiversity, zoology, environmental impact assessment, land rehabilitation, and research.
The Environmental Science major develops expertise in management of human impacts on the environment through the application of expertise in the physical and biological sciences to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to environmental issues. This may involve skills such as monitoring the impact of industrial, urban and agricultural development, measuring and analysing pollutants, developing conservation and management plans, and conducting research. Graduates will be able to apply a flexible and multifaceted approach to environmental problem-solving through their scientific knowledge, research capability and practical skills in disciplines such as environmental impact assessment, geology, chemistry, water resource management and conservation biology and sustainability.