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Bachelor of Environmental Science Major Water Science

Bachelor of Environmental Science Major Water Science (BENV)

Entry requirements
ATAR 65.60
Study mode
  • External
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul

Overview

  • The Water Science major is an integration of water dynamics, surface processes, climate and resource utilisation and management, with a focus on Australia’s unique inland river, floodplain and groundwater systems.
  • Within this practical and industry-orientated major you will explore different aspects of water science and hydrological modelling.
  • USQ is at the forefront of water modelling as part of water science and engineering, working closely with the Queensland Government, consulting firms, Natural Resource Management groups and the Queensland Water Modelling Network (QWMN).
  • Explore and expand your knowledge with field studies of water resources and freshwater ecosystems, survey and monitoring techniques, data analysis, and site visits to water resource and renewable energy facilities.
  • Study alongside our expert lecturers, researching relevant and innovative topics such as how the changing climate affects water resources.

Further study

Graduates may choose to undertake further study in environmental science (e.g. Bachelor of Science (Honours), Master of Science, or PhD) in collaboration with one of our closely aligned research centres: Centre for Applied Climate Sciences and Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems.

Career outcomes

  • Graduates may find work as hydrologist, water scientists, water modeller, or choose to work as Science Teachers (with further study) or Science Journalists.
  • Graduates may work for consulting firms, resources/mining industries, national parks, universities, defence organisations, CSIRO, State and Federal Government departments, and other organisations contributing to sustainable utilisation and management of our water resources.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 65.60 -

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

  • Subject pre-requisite: General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent.
  • Recommended prior study: Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C) and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C), or equivalent. If students do not have the recommended Mathematical Methods level for entry then they will be required to undertake MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals as an elective.

Special entry schemes for admissions may increase your Rank, through the allocation of additional points in certain circumstances, such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
1 x 8-unit major 8
8 x electives, or
1 x second 8-unit major, or
2 x 4-unit minors, or
1 x 4-unit minor and 4 x electives
8
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Some courses within this degree contain residential schools:

  • WAT1101 Introduction to Water Science: you will be required to attend a Highly Recommended residential school consisting of a one day excursion to sites within the Toowoomba/Darling Downs region
  • WAT2202 Catchment & Water Resources Management: you will be required to attend a Highly Recommended residential school consisting of a two day excursion to sites within the Toowoomba/Darling Downs region.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 6824
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 25270

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 907375
Toowoomba 906441

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Apply directly to USQ

You may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:

  • are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Friday 5 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 19 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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