Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science

Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science is the first award level of an articulated program which gives qualified applicants the opportunity for study at progressive postgraduate levels in Environmental Science.

Who should take this course

This program is designed as a professional development course in areas relevant to natural resources and environmental management. The flexibility of the program gives students the opportunity to gain a broad skill set in environmental science or to develop their professional knowledge and management skills in a chosen area of study.

Course content

Students are required to complete a total of 8 subjects from the listed units:

Two of the following subjects:

  • BIOL110 Biology I
  • BIOL120 Biology II
  • CHEM110 Chemistry I
  • CHEM120 Chemistry II
  • ECOL100 Ecology: Concepts and Applications
  • MTHS120 Calculus and Linear Algebra I
  • RSNR110 Sustaining Our Rural Environment I
  • RSNR120 Sustaining Our Rural Environment II
  • STAT100 Introduction to Statistical Modelling

And two of the following:

  • BOTY202 Plant Physiology and Anatomy
  • BOTY203 Plant Diversity
  • ECOL202 Aquatic Ecology
  • ECOL203 Ecology - Populations to Ecosystems
  • ECOL204 Ecological Methods
  • EVOL211 Evolution and Biogeography
  • SOIL222 Soil Science
  • ZOOL210 Invertebrate Zoology

And four of the following:

  • AGEX310/510 Agricultural and Natural Resource Extension
  • BOTY302/502 Plant Function and Environment
  • BOTY370 Mycology and Plant Pathology
  • BOTY390 Field Botany
  • BOTY402 Plant Physiology and Anatomy
  • BOTY403 Plant Diversity
  • CANI310/510 Wild Dog Ecology
  • ECOL300 The Research Process
  • ECOL307/507 Ecology of Plant Populations
  • ECOL311/511 Ecology of Australian Vegetation
  • ECOL320/520 Molecular Ecology
  • ECOL402 Aquatic Ecology
  • ECOL403 Ecology - Populations to Ecosystems
  • ECOL404 Ecological Methods
  • EM311/511 Land Assessment for Sustainable Use
  • EM312/512 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • EM323/523 Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • EM334/534 Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking
  • EM351/551 Ecosystem Rehabilitation
  • EM353/553 Conservation Biology
  • EM433/533 Spatial Analysis and Modelling
  • EM436/536 Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
  • ENGT352 Principles of Hydrology
  • ERS301 Applied Research Skills in Environmental and Rural Science
  • ERS381/581 Project Report in Engineering and Environmental and Rural Science
  • EVOL411 Evolution and Biogeography
  • EVOL501 Biological Systematics
  • GEPL308/508 Environmental Change in Australia
  • GEPL407 Climate Change and Future Planning
  • GEPL409 Natural Hazards
  • GEPL415 Uncertainty, Science and Policy-Making
  • NR331/531 Remote Sensing and Surveying
  • NR411/511 Natural Resource Policy and the Community
  • NR495A Project Report A
  • NR495B Project Report B
  • OSSE300/500 Overseas Study Experience
  • RSNR301/501 Pollution Management
  • RSNR402/502 Integrated Water Resource Management
  • RSNR403/503 Sustainable Land Management
  • RSNR404/504 Innovation, Projects and People
  • SOIL310/510 Soils, Pollution and the Environment
  • SOIL422 Soil Science
  • SOIL 431/531 Soils for Sustainable Ecosystems
  • ZOOL326 Animal Behaviour
  • ZOOL327 Ecological and Comparative Physiology
  • ZOOL328/528 Insect-Plant Interactions
  • ZOOL410 Invertebrate Zoology
  • ZOOL420 Entomology

About Course Provider

Our aim is to offer you the most flexible study options without losing any of the rigour required in a quality tertiary education. You can study on campus for a traditional face-to-face education experience, or from wherever you are; our new generation of online study is making tertiary education more accessible than ever. Originally named New England University College, UNE was established as a college of the University of Sydney in 1938. It was the second university established in New South Wales and Australia’s first regional university. In 1954 the University became fully independent as the University of New England and pioneered teaching by correspondence to external students.

UNE offers a distinctive on-campus experience which is strengthened by one of Australia’s oldest residential systems. Living in any of the eight colleges offers students the best in modern on-campus living with superb academic support, pastoral care and the opportunity to partake in a wide range of social and sporting activities. UNE is internationally recognised for its innovative approach to online teaching and research excellence with 87% of its research fields rated world standard or above.

Research endeavours are supported through a number of flagship research centres:

  • The Animal and Genetics Breeding Unit (AGBU)
  • The Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw)
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Institute for Rural Futures (IRF)
  • The Paleoscience Research Centre and
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR).

As the biggest regional employer and an externally engaged organisation, the University actively pursues effective partnerships and plays a significant role in Armidale and wider rural and regional communities.

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