Environmental Ecology

Clean green landscape, Environmental Science

Environmental ecology is the study of environmental systems, and the interrelationships between plants, animals, and the world around them.

Ecologists use their expertise to solve a wide range of environmental problems from cleaning up waterways to reducing human impact on native ecosystems. If you enjoy working with data, are interested in the natural environment, and fascinated by the world around you – a career in ecology may be for you.

Where do I start?

If you’re keen to work in environmental ecology, then a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biological Sciences is a great place to start. Biology graduates are sought after for their ability to innovate and solve complex problems. Even if you aren’t pursuing a science career, a Biological Sciences degree develops a valuable set of transferable skills that can be applied to many roles.

A BSc is just the beginning. You could boost your career options further by gaining a postgraduate degree.

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences degree from UC will prepare you well for a career in environmental ecology. You’ll get to do science right from your first year – with trips to our many field stations, hands-on research in state-of-the-art labs, exciting courses, and opportunities to work alongside leading scientists on real-world research.  

If you’re interested in this area of science you could do a BSc in Biological Sciences; with Geography and Environmental Science as additional subjects.

Degree Structure

This table outlines the range of courses you can take to complete a BSc in Biological Sciences. There is some flexibility in the courses you can do for this degree. See our Student Advisors for help with this.

Transferable skills

Ability to solve complex biological challenges, advanced written and oral communication skills; innovative thinking; computing; cooperation, teamwork, leadership; numeracy and statistical analysis; critical analysis of information.

Postgraduate study

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)), Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc), Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Career options

Biologist, data analyst, ecologist, entrepreneur, environmental scientists, field technician, freshwater scientist, laboratory manager, quality manager, secondary school teacher, science communicator.

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