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Natural Environment and Wilderness

Understand the environmental issues facing our planet and develop the skills to build a better future.

An ability to think critically and creatively across disciplines, in the intersection between nature and human society, is vital for informing the management, protection, and use of the natural environment. People with this knowledge will work to protect and restore nature on our one planet.

There’s no better place to study natural environments and wilderness than Tasmania. Our state is a living laboratory, steeped in World Heritage wilderness that’s all accessible from our campus doors.

Course Options

Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness

Minimum 3 years, up to a maximum 7 years
Hobart CRICOS 033976D

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Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness with Honours

Minimum 3 years, up to a maximum 7 years
Hobart CRICOS 030420J

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Study in a living laboratory. Find yourself immersed in our pristine environments and diverse range of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, many of which are accessible right from the campus door.

Learn to manage complex environmental challenges. Interaction with Tasmania’s distinctive cities, people and nature, and our world leading experts will give you flexible, practical skills to address global challenges.

Go beyond the classroom, and get genuine experience with summer research projects, field trips and field-based units starting from your very first year.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

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Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

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Study options

Natural Environment Management

Gain a solid, field-based foundation in the relationships between people and nature. Plus, develop the knowledge, experience and skills in understanding and managing natural environments and wilderness.

Ecology

You can select units in the Discipline Study and Elective components of your degree to focus your environment and wilderness education on Ecology. Learn about the ways in which living things interact with their environment in one of the world's greatest environments for learning - Tasmania. You will study climate, soil, flora, fauna and geology, and have many opportunities to do fieldwork in a diversity of landscape. Our staff include Aboriginal Tasmanians who can give a deep perspective of place and value that is important for managing our environment.

Emergency Management

You can select units in the Discipline Study and Elective components of your degree to focus your environment and wilderness education on Emergency Management. Emergency Management is one of the essential activities of any organisation, and especially those involved with managing the potential environmental consequences as a result of disasters impacting the wilderness. These units involve the plans, structures and arrangements that coordinate the actions of a multitude of agencies in a comprehensive and coordinated way to deal a range of environmental disasters.

Natural Resource Management

You can select units in the Discipline Study and Elective components of your degree to focus your environment and wilderness education on Natural Resource Management. Learn about resource economics and the conservation of nature in productive landscapes. From wood to wool production, you will learn in the field and from people who have close connections with primary producers, regulators and other land managers. This area of study will appeal to a people who want to work to balance conservation with production.

Society and Culture

You can select units in the Discipline Study and Elective components of your degree to focus your environment and wilderness education on Society and Culture. Learn about the ways that politics, social systems and cultural beliefs affect the nature of our environment, and our ability to successfully manage it around the world. You will explore a range of complex problems, such as food security, energy futures, and climate warming, using a variety of tools including fieldwork and case studies.

Course breakdown

Natural Environment Management Major (100 credit points)

You will complete eight units in the compulsory Natural Environment Management major as a core component of this degree.

Discipline Study (100 credit points)

Eight units that broaden your knowledge of Natural Environment and Wilderness. In first year, you’ll choose four units from a range of exciting topics, which can also contribute to a second major. In second year, you’ll study four units that provide essential experience in nature and its interactions with people.

Elective Units (100 credit points)

These units will broaden your learning experience and complement your major area of study with other discipline-specific studies. You may choose from any units offered from the College of Sciences and Engineering, or other areas of the University that are available as electives.

Career outcomes

Learning in the uniquely Tasmanian outdoors

Gemma Rushton first found her passion for the outdoors growing up on the north coast of New South Wales. Her interest took her to Tasmania, where she studied Natural Environment and Wilderness. Now she’s thinking about postgraduate study in Environmental Management or Planning.

Read more about Gemma's story

Careers in Natural Environment and Wilderness

This interdisciplinary degree provides you with the knowledge and skills to gain employment in a variety of sectors.

There are endless opportunities across government, private and not-for-profit industries. These include eco-tourism, natural area management, protection and interpretation, emergency management and planning, and natural resource management.

Occupations forecast for high growth by 2024* include:

* ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Urban and regional planners

13.8%

increase by 2024

Environmental Scientists

12.5%

increase by 2024

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

14%

increase by 2024

Study Experiences

Field based learning for practical careers

Right from first year, our units have you learning in the field, exploring Tasmania’s distinctive mix of natural, urban and social geography.

Examples include Fire, Weeds and Ferals and Environmental Impact Assessment. These involve you working with teams of students, undertaking intensive field work, and producing natural environment management plans.

These plans provide a direct benefit to the environment and community while you study, and give you experiences that will to put you ahead as a graduate.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.