Bachelor of Environmental Science
- Learn how to address the many challenges arising from diminishing natural resources and degrading environments.
- Undertake extensive practical experience to develop your skills to deliver a range of environmental strategies, solutions and programs.
- Enhance your scientific knowledge of resources, ecology, conservation, environmental toxicology and natural resource science.
How you'll learn
Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.
Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.
- Work placements
- Laboratory work
What you'll study
At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:
- Landscape Ecology
- Ecology Field Studies
- Global Challenges in Biology
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Aquatic and Soil Environments
Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:
- Environment adviser
- Impact assessment scientist
- Aviation and wildlife consultant
- Bushland conservancy officer
- Soil carbon researcher
- Toxicology consultant
- Water quality specialist
- GIS scientist
- Bushland conservancy officer
- Customer engagement specialist
Next steps after graduation
As a graduate, you will contribute to environmental decision-making and management, and address global environmental challenges. You can find employment in organisations and sectors such as:
- consultant companies dealing with environmental monitoring, impact assessment and management
- government agencies, nationally and internationally
- mining industries
- private companies, providing sustainability advice
- natural resource management, including coastal, river and catchment systems
- national parks and wildlife conservation
- policy development for government
- teaching and research
- environmental tourism
- international agencies.
Because of our strong research profile, many of our graduates choose to further their research ambitions by enrolling in Master of Philosophy or PhD programs, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.
Entry score threshold
|ATAR / Rank||IB|
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2022. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
There's still time to join us in 2023. Check the latest ATAR thresholds and apply now to start in Semester 1.
English language requirements
IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ
TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.
TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.
Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.
BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.
CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.
OET is not accepted.
There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.
International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Environmental Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).
There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Environmental Science for Semester 1, 2022
|Without adjustments||With adjustments|
Who you'll study with
Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2022:
|Applicant background||Number of students||Percentage of all students|
(A) Higher education study
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study
(C) Work and life experience
|(D) Recent secondary education|
"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.
Need help meeting the entry requirements?
We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.
If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.
Fees and Scholarships
Indicative annual fee
Domestic places in the Bachelor of Environmental Science are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.
Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.
HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.
The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students.
Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:
How to apply
If you’re studying Year 12 in Australia, go to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program.
If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is:
- To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
- To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.
To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.
Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.
We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.
A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.
If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.