Courses & Units

Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies 73Q

Hobart

Introduction

The BNatEnvWildStud degree combines disciplinary rigor in two fields with the ability to spread your studies over other approaches to the study of wilderness and natural environments. Many students see the degree as an integrative field science but with numerous options to undertake studies in units from disciplines outside the BSc related to the management and understanding of the natural environment. Others approach the degree from the perspective of environmental policy but take units from the field sciences to deepen their understanding of the natural world.

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies
Course Abbreviation BNatEnvWildStud
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code 033976D
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

Intake

Locations

Location Semesters
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2

Contact

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Dr Aidan Davison, Degree Coordinator, (03) 6226 7590, email: Aidan.Davison@utas.edu.au

Objectives

The Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies is for students who are interested in gaining a wide interdisciplinary understanding of natural environments and wilderness and developing knowledge, skills and techniques that are useful in employment or other activities related to natural environments and wilderness.

The structure of the degree ensures that students gain a broad understanding of the field, while being able to specialise in areas of interest to them. The major and reverse majors are focused on units in the discipline that are relevant to the objectives of the degree.

The program develops a wide range of general abilities including:
* communication skills;
* data collection skills;
* analytical skills;
* information retrieval, manipulation and presentation skills;
* the ability to work across traditional discipline areas.

Career Outcomes

This interdisciplinary course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that will help them gain employment related to natural environments and wilderness. Opportunities for such employment exist in a wide variety of areas such as nature-based tourism, natural area management and natural area interpretation. The broad nature of the course also provides more general employability in the same way as the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts.

Prerequisites

Satisfaction of the University's minimum entry requirements for degree courses. Subject prerequisites apply within the course unless waived by the degree coordinator. While many units accept alternative prerequisites for BNatEnvWildStud students, the scientific and technical units often require specific, discipline-based prerequisites.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Credit for relevant units will be given to students transferring from other courses.

The course leads on to the Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies with Honours. Honours in the BNatEnvWildStud is the program specified by the School in which you wish to undertake the research project. In the case of Plant Science, Zoology and Geology, this will require using two of your student electives to take additional third year units from the discipline. Students interested in honours in Government or Aquatic Biology should consult the degree coordinator and the relevant School at an early date.

The degree consists of a total of 24 units comprising:

  • A standard major of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate and 4 advanced
  • A reversed major of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate and 2 advanced.
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory and 2 intermediate.
  • Four student elective units which may be chosen from this or any other subject area within the University, provided they meet the unit level requirements for the degree (see next point below), unit pre-requisites and quotas. You may take individual units, study the equivalent of a second minor, or upgrade the reverse major to a standard major.
  • Unit level requirements for the degree are: between 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level.

Course Structure

Compulsory major

Compulsory minor

Choose 1 reverse major from the following list:

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


  1. These Specifications apply to the single Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2010 and shall apply to all candidates for the Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A.

  2. Candidates for the Bachelor degrees shall be admitted in accordance with Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

  3. Candidates for the degrees shall complete the degree requirements in not more than the degree maximum, which will be twice the course length and one additional year. The maximum completion time will be calculated from the commencement of the first unit which is passed and which counts towards the degree requirements.

  4. Bachelor degree requirements

    1. Requirements for Bachelor degrees comprise a minimum of 24 units, comprising 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level. For Bachelor degrees with requirements over 24 units, all additional units will be at advanced level.
    2. Required units
      Course duration Unit numbers and levels
      Units required Nominal degree length Introductory Intermediate Advanced
      24 3 year 8-10 6-10 6-10
      28 3.5 year 8-10 6-10 10-14
      32 4 year 8-10 6-10 14-18
      40 5 year 8-10 6-10 18-22

      The ranges in unit numbers accommodate choice in the levels of units in the degree electives and student electives only.

  5. Degree models

    1. There will be two Bachelor degree models: General and Specialist, which are defined by the combination of modules and electives of the first 24 units.

      • A standard major module is comprised of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate and 4 advanced;
      • a reversed major module is comprised of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate and 2 advanced;
      • a minor module is comprised of 4 units: 2 introductory and 2 intermediate;
      • degree electives units are those chosen from a schedule provided by the faculty;
      • student elective units are those selected by candidates from any available units in which they are qualified to enrol.
      • The models are identified in Schedule A and details of the availability of modules and units are listed in Schedules B and C respectively.

    2. General model

      The first 24 units of a General degree will comprise: one standard major, one minor, 4 degree elective units and 8 student elective units.

    3. Specialist models

      The first 24 units of a Specialist degree will follow either:

      • Specialist model 1: two standard majors, one minor and 4 student elective units, or
      • Specialist model 2: one standard and one reversed major, one minor and 4 student elective units, or
      • Specialist model 3: either two standard majors, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student electives, or one standard and one reversed major, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student elective units.

  6. Enrolment conditions

    1. Enrolment in all units will be in accordance with requisites determined by the relevant Faculty.
    2. When two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

  7. Enrolment exemption - credit for previous studies

    Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree and a course plan developed to detail the units required by the student to qualify for the degree. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

  8. Transition

    Students who have passed units towards degrees under the previous specifications will be entitled to transfer to the degrees under these specifications with full equivalent credit. The transition for continuing students to these specifications will be managed to ensure that students are not disadvantaged.

NB: Academic Senate noted (31.10.08) that is it recognised that professionally accredited degrees required for entry to professional practice will not be compromised by the move to standard course structures. UTAS will have the opportunity to put its position on the benefits on implementing the standard course structures to accreditation bodies when these programs come up for reaccreditation. If accrediting authorities or any national curriculum arrangements require a structure which does not fit a model already approved, then the UTLC will be requested to develop an additional model.