Bachelor of Environmental Science / Bachelor of Environment and Society

RMIT University

Break traditional disciplinary boundaries and address the most pressing issue of the new century: environmental changes and the ways in which people might respond and adapt to them. This unique course combines science, policy making and social change to give students the skills and knowledge to become a leader in sustainability and help protect our natural environment. Through the combination of classroom work, laboratory work and fieldwork students gain an understanding of both scientific and social theory. Students engage in a number of real-life projects that provide them with the practical experience to reconsider theoretical concepts. Make a positive difference in a career that strives to protect many of the world's precious ecosystems, as well as shape the future of humanity.

Course Fee:

International: $130,560

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.


Year 1 - You'll cover the fundamentals of the environmental sciences as well as the history and philosophy of contemporary environmental movements. Year 2 - You'll study social science courses that inform sustainability practices. You'll be introduced to key economic concepts, to how environment systems work and to how they might be better managed. Year 3 - You will engage in policy formulation, writing and implementation, and learn about environmental and natural resource management. You can specialise in either applied chemistry, ecology or geospatial science. Year 4 - Your skills and knowledge will come together through client-based projects, field-based projects and a work placement centred on real-life environmental issues. Choose from electives in substantive environment sub-fields such as agriculture, catchment management, planning and ecotourism.

Subjects you can Study:

Analytical and environmental chemistry, Australian society, Biology, Catchment and coastal management, Conservation biology/ecology, Energy studies, Environmental impact assessments, Environmental law, Environmental management, Environmental sustainability, Environmental thought and action, Geospatial studies, Global society, Policy studies, Politics, Pollution studies, Professional practice, Resource management.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria): Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), Advanced Diploma of Interpreting, Advanced Diploma of Translating, Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Financial Counselling.

Further information:

You'll have the opportunity to study at a university in north-west Europe where progressive environmental practices have been widely adopted, or in Asian countries such as China and Vietnam where there is a need to adopt such practices. The type of careers this qualification leads to may include environmental advocate and activist, environmental manager, environmental policy officer, environmental protection officer, policy maker, sustainability consultant, sustainability manager, community education officer, scientist.


The program is accredited by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. All graduates will be eligible for membership. You can elect to undertake 48 credit points in environmental chemistry or ecology as part of this program, and upon successful completion you will be eligible for associate membership of either the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (chemistry) or the Australian Institute of Biology (biology).

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 54.4 No Part time
City 54.4 No Full time 4 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:

  • International student support and personal counselling
  • Career advice and resume building workshops
  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
  • Accommodation assistance 
  • Disability services
  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
  • Health information 
  • Safety and security services
  • Legal advice
  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • 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. 

Interest areas include:

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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