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2012 Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies(73Q)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Mr Greg Unwin, Degree Coordinator, (03) 6324 3822, email:

Anyone wishing to commence the course at the Burnie campus should contact the Degree Coordinator to discuss.


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.

Admission & 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.

Course 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.

Articulation to/from Course

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.

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