Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) / Bachelor of Environmental Science

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Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) / Bachelor of Environmental Science


Program summary

Become a skilled environmental professional and manage human interaction with the environment

Gain a broad foundation in engineering and enabling sciences, before you choose to specialise your studies in either construction or environment and water.

During the program, you develop skills in problem-solving, teamwork and communication, and gain technical, business management and scientific environmental knowledge. Build your expertise in areas including environmental management, planning and restoration, managed ecosystems and marine science.

Earn invaluable work experience, completed over 60 days, examining current engineering professional practice with emphasis on the creative nature of engineering. At the end of your studies you will have the scientific skills needed to make judgements on the conservation and use of Australia's natural ecosystems and resources.


Construction; Environment and water

Special selection criteria

Students who enter the program having achieved a 'Very High Achievement' in Maths C in secondary school will be eligible for an exemption for the courses MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics and MTH104 Introductory Calculus on application to the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering and may substitute two engineering relevant courses  in order to fulfil the requirements of the degree.

Post-admission requirements

Students must complete 60 days of suitable field experience.

Career opportunities

You can find employment pathways in Government agencies, construction companies, engineering consultancies, building industry, water supply authorities, mining industry, research organisations. As a specialist in environmental science, you can pursue career paths in environmental management and protection, parks and wildlife, resource management, waste and pollution control, catchment management agencies, local councils and environmental consultancies.


Graduate membership of Engineers Australia (Professional Engineer) available on individual application; Australian Network for Plant Conservation; Australian Water Association; Ecological Society of Australia; Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand; Australian Marine Sciences Association.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (11)

COR109 Communication and Thought
ENG101 Foundations of Engineering
ENG102 Engineering Statics
ENG103 Introduction to the Internet of Things
ENS103 Earth's Surface Processes
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus
SCI102 Biodiversity and Ecology
SCI105 Chemistry
SCI107 Physics
SCI110 Science Research Methods

Advanced courses (21)

ENG202 Introduction to Engineering Design
ENG211 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
ENG302 Engineering Project Management
ENG312 Soil Mechanics
ENG401 Engineering Project 1
ENG402 Engineering Project 2
ENG403 Engineering Research Methodology
ENG422 Design of Roads and Drainage
ENS221 Plant Diversity and Ecology
ENS222 Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity and Ecology
ENS224 Soil Properties, Processes and Rehabilitation
ENS253 An Introduction to Geographic Information Science and Technology
ENS321 Restoration Ecology
ENS325 Population Ecology and Genetics
GEO201 Hydrology and Geomorphology
GEO302 Coastal Geomorphology
MTH201 Calculus II and Linear Algebra
MTH203 Numerical Analysis
PHY201 Fluids, Waves and Thermodynamics

PLUS select 1 course from:
ANM203 Statistics with Teeth: Understanding Ecological Data
SCI202 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics

PLUS select 1 course from:
ENS317 Coastal Conservation Planning
ENS330 K'gari-Fraser Island Field Studies
ENS333 Special Field Studies Topic
SRP301 Special Research Project
WPL310 Workplace Learning I

Major studies courses (8)

Students must select 1 of the following Engineering majors:

Construction major
Environment and Water major

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 480

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 480 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Select a major in either Construction or Environment and Water
  • Complete a minimum of 60 days of suitable work experience. Students must meet all costs associated with the acquisition of practical experience to satisfy this requirement
  • Register your selected major and/or minor 
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the 'Planning your study' page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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