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Bachelor of Environmental Science Major Water Science

Bachelor of Environmental Science Major Water Science (BENV)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul
Note: This degree is pending CRICOS registration. Offers will not be issued to International Students wanting to study on campus until CRICOS endorsement is granted. Please continue to check the USQ website for the latest information on degree availability.

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

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 and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics 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.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

Pathways

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

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 international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
On-campus

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

AUD 34800

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.

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

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

CRICOS:

Note: This degree is pending CRICOS registration. Offers will not be issued to International Students wanting to study on campus until CRICOS endorsement is granted. Please continue to check the USQ website for the latest information on degree availability.
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