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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
This double degree will provide you with the skills required to contribute to the development and marketing of products and services which utilise Australia’s strong scientific and technological expertise.
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!
Meet Holly Winkle, Marine and Freshwater Biology and Environmental Science graduate.
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.
From the field to the lab, our Biology and Environmental Sciences students enjoy the benefits of some great facilities.
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.
In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for the quality of our teaching and for the starting salaries they've secured since graduating.
We've now achieved 5-star ratings for teaching quality for the past seven years, while consistently rating highly on overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills development during that time.
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 - and you may be rewarded with a better salary too!
Conservation & Wildlife Biology student, Shanaaz Badat talks about her experience.
"ECU provided me with all of the theory and field experience I needed for the real world."
"ECU’s Science degree was extremely flexible and gave me the opportunity to study across a number of faculties and study a range of units. What really surprised me about ECU was how much field experience there was. Going out in the field, working, networking and really practicing what I had learned in lectures while outdoors was really important in the area I was studying."
Marine and Freshwater Science graduate
"I got real-world experience with dolphins in Monkey Mia."
"I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to work outdoors. I chose the ECU course because of how practical it was. The facilities were great, the lecturers were really helpful and I made life‑long friends. I was also able to get real-world work experience with the Department of Environment and Conservation in Monkey Mia at the dolphin reserve. It was one of my favourite experiences throughout uni."
Conservation and Wildlife Biology graduate
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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