Pre-2011 requirements for the Bachelor of Environments

  1. Students will complete a breadth component of 75 points (six subjects) normally with 25 points (two subjects) taken each year.
  2. Normally students will take 25 points (two subjects) at each year level i.e.: two 100 level or first year subjects; two 200 level or second year subjects and two 300 level or third year subjects.
    This can be varied to allow students to take up to 37.5 points at 100 level, 25 points at 200 level and 12.5 points at 300 level.
  3. Students must complete at least one 300 level breadth subject which will, in many cases, require prerequisite 100 and 200 level study.
  4. Students may take all of their 75 points in one breadth discipline (e.g.: 75 points of a language or music studies).


Breadth Subjects Available for BEnvs Students:

  • University Breadth Subjects;
  • Non Core subjects available as breadth;
  • Subjects from the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science that are designated as available as breadth subjects; and
  • English as a Second Language Subjects.
  • Any other subject available as breadth that contrasts with the student's major.

The dot points below provide guidance on which BEnv-listed subjects contrast with which majors. For non-BEnv-listed subjects students may seek advice from the Environments Student Centre about whether there is sufficient contrast with their major (or intended major). For example, the following combinations are normally not permitted:

  • Majoring in Civil Systems, Physical Systems or Environmental Science and taking maths, science, technology or engineering subjects as breadth.
  • Majoring in Landscape Management and taking horticulture, ecology, biology, earth sciences, physical geography, geology, environmental science or plant science subjects as breadth.
  • Majoring in Landscape Architecture and taking horticulture, ecology, plant science or design subjects as breadth.
  • Majoring in Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures and taking social science subjects (including anthropology and social theory, development studies, psychology, international studies, Asian studies, Australian indigenous studies, Australian studies, linguistics, cultural studies, criminology, economics, sociology and political science) as breadth.

It was also noted that Architecture would discourage its major students from taking art history subjects as breadth.

In the first year, students can take any two 100-Level subjects from the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Science as well as the University Breadth Subjects and the non core subjects available as breadth.

In the second and third years of the BEnvs, students will choose their major field of study and they must choose breadth studies that contrast with their major. The eleven major areas of study are grouped into four clusters based on the types of knowledge they represent: scientific, socio-cultural, design and business.

For example, a student taking a scientific major such as Civil Systems or Environmental Science will take breadth studies that contrast with the scientific way of knowing, such as literature, economics, politics, languages or psychology. Students may also choose any subject from the list of University breadth subjects.

Some BEnvs students may also choose up to 25 points of breadth study from within the BEnvs as long as these subjects come from a different cluster to their major area of study – see above.