Environmental Biology

The need to restore and sustain Australia’s natural environment is more important than ever as we face an uncertain future driven by land degradation, climate change, increasing resource extraction and increasing numbers of threatened species. A strong scientific understanding of the complexities of natural ecosystems is developed alongside the skills to apply relevant practical and technological tools toward conservation, restoration, and environmental management.


Environmental biology students

Curtin’s Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology) reflects the ongoing need to protect and manage Australia’s natural environment. In your first year you will complete core foundation units that provides an appropriate basis for studying the physical, chemical and biological conditions of various environments and their effects on organisms. This foundation year leads into a 2nd year that develops your understanding of the diversity, evolution and ecology of plants and animals. The course culminates with a 3rd year applying your skills to environmental management (conservation, restoration, environmental impact assessment) and research (Walpole field project unit).

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Why study Environmental Biology?

  • Undertake extensive fieldwork skills including a final year 5 day project-based field trip to WA’s southwest;
  • Network with researchers active in a wide range of environmental specialities including ecology, physiology, animal behaviour, and restoration;
  • Graduates from this major are sought in numerous industries and organisations due to their specialist science training, critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities;

You can make a difference to the future the natural environment.

Student experience

In your second and third year, you will study the complexity of natural environments, why they are vital to our existence, and how they might be protected through hands on practical experiences, relative global and local examples, and a sound theoretical understanding. Third year students travel to Walpole for a five day field trip during which time they undertake an independent study project. Other disciplines studied throughout the degree include climate change, behaviour, physiology, genetics, ecotoxicology, zoology, plant diversity, conservation biology, advanced marine science and technology, experimental design and analysis, habitat mapping, ecology, restoration, and environmental impact assessment. There is also opportunities to undertake work experience, engage with your peers in the Curtin Environment and Agriculture Club, and use elective units to build complimentary skills.

Government and industry partnerships

You will interact with people working in environmental management such as the Department of Environment and Conservation, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, the WA Environmental Protection Authority, Perth Zoo, WaterCorp, the mining industry, and Curtin’s Sustainability Policy Institute.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with skills aligned to the needs of a number of government agencies: Department of Environment and Conservation; Office of the Environmental Protection Authority; Department of Transport and the Water Corporation. The course will also prepare students for employment as Environmental Officers in Regional Development Commissions and local governments. Graduates will be suited to employment within the private sector, including companies involved with resource extraction and post-extraction restoration, environmental consultancies, eco-tourism enterprises, and environmental restoration.

If you’d like to speak with somebody about studying Environmental Biology at Curtin please contact us.