Bachelor of Environmental Science

RMIT University

In this course you'll learn to identify and solve problems occurring in the environment, and communicate this information to a range of audiences. This course focuses on the Earth's 4 main systems - the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere. You'll learn about the process that occur in both the natural and degraded environments. You can choose to complete a minor in either environmental biology or environmental chemistry. You may also choose to specialise in a second minor study area or broaden your knowledge by selecting sources from areas like geosciences or geospatial science. In this course, you'll gain considerable hands-on experience with equipment, both in the laboratory and in the field. You'll also take part in field trips during 2nd and 3rd years, and you'll have the opportunity to work on collaborative industry projects. Considerable emphasis is placed on enabling you to settle into this program and providing additional academic help, where needed.

Course Fee:

Australian: $89,280
International: $103,680

Entry Requirements:

Current Year 12 prerequisites units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematics (any); and a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).


Year 1 - You'll study fundamental chemistry, biology, earth sciences and physical energetics related to the environment. Your studies will also include mathematics, scientific communication and an introduction to geospatial science. Year 2 - In second year, you will study the processes that occur in the hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere, with frequent field work. You will also start to study courses from your chosen minor of either environmental biology or environmental chemistry. There's also the opportunity to study a second minor or choose breadth across our minors. Year 3 - You will continue with your minor area of study and further explore processes occurring in the atmosphere.

Subjects you can Study:

Catchment management, Conservation, Ecology, Environmental analysis, Environmental biology, Environmental chemistry, Environmental engineering, Environmental monitoring, Environmental policy and management, Geospatial science, Recycling.

Study Pathways:

RMIT graduates of the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management may be eligible to apply for exemptions of up to one year.

Further information:

Graduates obtain jobs in environmental consultancies, government agencies, resource management, research and education, and the mining/manufacturing industry. Typical tasks that graduates undertake include sample collection and analysis, waste management, ongoing monitoring and assessment, environmental impact assessment, site remediation, policy development, cleaner production, environmental education and training and environmental auditing. A number of past graduates are now in senior positions in several industry areas, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


All graduates will be eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 61.3 No Full time 3 years
City 61.3 No Part time 6 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

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  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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