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Biology and Environmental Sciences

Love the great outdoors? Care about our fragile environment and how we can sustain it?

If you prefer the idea of an office that looks like a boat, a tent or a laboratory, this study area is made for you.

Our School of Natural Sciences prides itself on its teaching excellence in the areas of Biology and Environmental Management, and on being a leader in research.

All courses have a strong practical component and most include work experience in an organisation that relates to your studies. Come on in, the water's fine.

Sustainability: lead the change

As an ECU Sustainability student, you'll learn to be a leader of change, tackling some of society's difficult questions.

You'll be taught by highly qualified staff with experience in environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability, who are working with government and industry to create real outcomes for change.

And with studies that emphasise field-based exercises and workplace learning, you'll graduate ready to lead the charge to secure a better future for our planet.

Course information.

Study tours

Study tours are a great way to develop your knowledge and practical skills while receiving credit towards your ECU degree.

They're also a great way to enhance your resume and stand out from the competition!

Our study tours are group programs led by an academic staff member and can run from 1 - 6 weeks in length (usually between semesters).

Past tours have included Vietnam, Thailand, China and the USA.

Internship programs

The School of Natural Sciences invites students to apply for internship programs with key organisations in the natural science and management sectors.

Internships are open to students wishing to undertake studies in environmental management, marine and freshwater biology, conservation biology or general science, with majors in a relevant discipline.

As a successful applicant, you'll gain invaluable experience in your chosen field and an edge over others in a competitive employment market.

More about internships.

Access to scholarships

With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.

Why Study Online

Why Study Online?

At ECU we understand that everyone is different.

Different work arrangements, different family responsibilities, different locations or different learning styles.

That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our courses online.

Now you can study where you want, when you want.

Balance your study with family and work commitments. Or advance your career without leaving the workplace.

And just because you're not on campus doesn't mean we'll forget you. Online students get our full support too.

Why Postgrad Study

Why Postgrad Study?

Are you passionate about a particular area or field of work?

Have you just completed a degree and think you’d like to go onto postgraduate study?

Maybe you've been working as a professional and you’d like to gain a competitive advantage or change career direction?

Whatever your reason or background, we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU.

And because we understand that your life is already busy, we offer the flexibility and convenience of part-time and online study options too.

Your Degree

Your Degree

With an ECU natural sciences degree, you can pursue a career in areas as diverse as marine and freshwater biology, environmental management, conservation and wildlife biology and sustainability.

Industry professionals regularly give lectures, and you'll be exposed to genuine issues and experiences in the classroom, in our laboratories and on field trips.

You'll also have the chance to conduct research that will benefit the community and the environment.

Study Areas, degrees and majors

To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU – Biology and Environmental Sciences is one of those study areas.

Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Sustainability.

For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Environmental Management, Marine & Freshwater Biology or Conservation & Wildlife Biology.

Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. For example, you can study our Master of Science (Chemistry) by Research degree or a Master of Environmental Management (by Coursework).

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

Our Natural Sciences students and researchers have access to excellent facilities and equipment in the University's award winning, state-of-the-art Science and Health building.

The building includes environmentally friendly features to reduce energy consumption - by maximising the use of rainwater, solar energy and natural light. The principles of sustainability are also reflected in its design.

As a student, you'll have access to specialist laboratories for plant ecology, analytical and environmental chemistry, molecular biology, freshwater and marine science, and geographic information systems.

Not to mention computer and aquarium rooms, outdoor experimental aquatic facilities, glasshouses, shade houses, two large boats, several dinghies and a fleet of 4WD and 2WD vehicles!

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Meet Holly Winkle, Marine and Freshwater Biology and Environmental Science graduate.

Field experience and flexibility

Holly Winkle was impressed with how much time she got to spend in the field (or the lake) as a Natural Sciences student. And ECU's legendary flexibility allowed her to combine her favourite subjects too.

Active research centres

The School of Natural Sciences is home to two of the University's most productive research centres - the University Centre for Ecosystem Management and the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research. Both centres focus on the application of high quality science to better manage natural systems. The School of Natural Sciences is housed in modern, state-of-the-art facilities located on ECU's Joondalup Campus.

The Payoff

The Payoff

In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for their overall satisfaction, the quality of our teaching and for the generic skills they developed during their studies.

We've now achieved 5-star ratings for the past six years.

There is a high demand for generic skills in the workplace, with employers increasingly recruiting graduates who can demonstrate more than technical skills. This includes the ability to manage your time, being culturally aware, being a team player and being flexible and adaptable in your work.

So when you graduate with a Science or Sustainability degree at ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work.

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Conservation & Widlife Biology student, Shanaaz Badat talks about her experience.

Hear from our students

Marcus Cosentino

"My course allowed me to do things most people only dream of."

"Fieldwork is an important part of the course. I was able to help with reptile surveys and research projects all over the state. These opportunities took me to stunning areas of WA, including the Kimberley, and allowed me to get up close and personal with elusive species of native fauna that most people don’t even know exist."

Marcus Cosentino

ECU Biological Sciences graduate

Jessamy Ham

"I was offered a job before I graduated."

"One of my greatest experiences during my studies was taking part in a student exchange program, which gave me the opportunity to do research on Vancouver Island. I have never once regretted my decision to study in a field I find so interesting. It is my passion and the employment opportunities are endless. I am already employed as a scientist and could not be happier or more certain of my decision to study."

Jessamy Ham

ECU Science graduate

Our student community

We have an active student community at ECU. Most faculties or schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.

You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.

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