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2013 Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies(S3T)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Cradle Coast: First year only
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 6 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125


Admission & Prerequisites

Satisfaction of the University's minimum entry requirements for degree courses. Subject prerequisites apply within the course.

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 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.
Another related course offered by this University is the S3G Bachelor of Science (Natural Environment and Wilderness Management) with Honours.

The course leads on to the Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies with Honours.

Miscellaneous Information

The formal rules of the degree are outlined in the next section. The following comments are merely suggestions on one strategy used to structure a useful degree. Other strategies are feasible as the BNEWS is a highly flexible degree. However, you need to be careful to put together a useful degree rather than a random collection of units.

In first year, a student would be well advised to study three core disciplines: ie 25% in each of three conventional discipline areas rather than a large number of unconnected units. This makes selection of the upper level units easier. While many units accept alternative prerequisites for BNEWS students, the scientific and technical units often require specific, discipline-based, prerequisites.

In years 2 and 3, you must take 25% from each of the four schedules for a total of 100%. Another 50% must be taken from within the schedules and a further 50% (25% per year) may be taken from the schedules or from other subjects offered by the university. A good strategy is to combine flexibility of the BNEWS with the rigour of the classic degrees. You would be well advised to have a classic major (75% which is normally six - level 2/level 3 units) from one of the mainstream disciplines utilising both on schedule and off schedule units. You can then organise the remaining units in different ways. Some could support the major. Others should extend the major into cross-disciplinary areas, while others might develop personal interests and strengths.

Please note: Students wishing to enrol in units offered by the AMC which are not listed on the Schedules MUST obtain Degree Co-ordinator approval. Pre-requisites and the overlapping of unit content will need to be considered on a unit by unit basis.

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