Environmental scientists are concerned with addressing the world’s biggest environmental challenges, including climate change impact, sustainability, ecosystems management, biodiversity preservation, clean water security, and food and planetary function.

Our Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) degree program will equip you with a range of scientific skills and knowledge to tackle these issues, as well as an understanding of the legal, political and social aspects of environmental management. 

You’ll study fundamental environmental processes, the way they can be described, monitored and predicted, and the effect of human impact on the physical and biological environment. Specialising in one of four key areas (Earth Resources, Ecology and Conservation, Environmental Toxicology or Natural Resource Science), you’ll study core and advanced science and regulatory topics, participate in field trips and complete a substantial research project that includes an environmental impact assessment or environmental audit.

Why choose Environmental science at UQ?

UQ is ranked 6th in the world and number 1 in Australia for environmental sciences research* - you’ll learn from world-class specialists in one of Australia's largest groups of environmental experts.

You’ll participate in a range of excursions and field trips to subtropical and tropical ecosystems, including World Heritage-listed rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, North Stradbroke Island and outback Australia.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

Undergraduate programs

You can study the following program with us:

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours): courses and program information.

You can specialise in:

Application information

For answers to frequently asked questions, and information about programs, applications, fees and student life, visit UQ's Future Students website.

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