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Bachelor of Environmental Science Major Wildlife & Pest Management

Bachelor of Environmental Science Major Wildlife & Pest Management (BENV)
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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

  •  As climate change, agriculture, forestry, urban development, and mining disturbs landscapes, pest animal numbers are set to rise, leading to increased risk of disease, environmental problems and wildlife issues. Be prepared for this growing demand for highly skilled wildlife and pest management professionals.
  • Study Australia’s only specialised major in vertebrate pests, blending the theoretical and practical elements of managing wildlife and pest animals, embedded within broad environmental and ecological knowledge.
  • Study animal health, welfare and behaviour and learn how to implement game, pest and wildlife management plans.
  • Undertake a 2-week field trip from your first year, to a local site abundant with native and introduced wildlife species such as deer, wild dogs, ibis, kangaroos, bettongs, potoroos, bandicoots, and brushtail possums.
  • Learn about the environment, wildlife, vertebrate pests and biosecurity, resolving human-wildlife conflict, as well as a wide range of ecological methods, sensors and technology.
  • In an elective within your final year of study (dependent on COVID-19) you may have the opportunity to travel to southern Africa to extend your skills and knowledge by being involved in wildlife and pest animal research (e.g. lion and monkeys).

Further study

Graduates may choose to undertake further study in environmental science or wildlife management (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 work as a biosecurity officer, ranger, pest control officer, wildlife ecologist, wildlife scientist, and game management officer.
  • Graduates may work for 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 natural 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. 

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

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning 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.

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.

The field skills for the Wildlife, Game and Pest Management course has a mandatory 2-week field trip in South-East Queensland. Some courses in this degree have 3-day highly recommended residential schools, including Management of Wildlife and Vertebrate Pests and Biosecurity.

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.

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2022 - Monday 21 February, 2022
  • Semester 2, 2022 - Monday 11 July, 2022
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