A Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies gives your a broad, multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and tackling environmental issues, and develops your skills to build a better future for us all.
Nature, and especially wild nature, has become increasingly important for human mental and physical well-being. At the same time, it is fast being disappeared on the planet as a whole. An ability to think critically and creatively across disciplines, in the intersection between the nature and human society, is vital for informing the management, protection, and use of the natural environment.
There is also no better place to study the natural environment and wilderness than Tasmania. Our state is a living laboratory, with a fifth of it classed as world heritage areas, and half as protected areas, plus it's all accessible straight from the campus door. However, it's also not just our natural assets to immerse yourself in, with Tasmania also offering a vibrant scope of urban, social, and environmental geography to engage with, learn from, and live amongst.
As a wide, interdisciplinary degree, you’ll have a wealth of areas to contribute your skills and experience, which are in high demand world-wide as every country has a natural environment which must be managed and protected.
This degree combines a breadth of environmental related disciplines plus gives you the option to widen your studies and include other approaches to the study of wilderness and natural environments.
It is a practical, field science focused degree, providing many options related to the management and understanding of the natural environment as well as geography and environmental policy.
The structure of the degree ensures that you gain a broad understanding of the field, while being able to specialise in areas of interest.
Areas of study covered by this degree include:
The program also develops a wide range of general abilities including:
Your study experience will be a combination of classroom, laboratory and in-the-field learning.
Tasmania is literally a living laboratory
The University of Tasmania has with six diverse ecosystems all within 30 minutes of the Sandy Bay campus, and the world’s second largest temperate rainforest only an hour away. We’re the gateway to Antarctica and, as the birthplace of the green movement, celebrate our biodiversity and environmental sustainability. Many of your classes will be conducted outside in this natural environment, and your proximity to a wide range of pristine, diverse environments, and the researchers who travel from around the world to work in them, give you unparalleled practical field experience while you study. Plus, it makes Tasmania an amazing place to live!
"The varied and often unique environments of Tasmania provide an immensely valuable ‘living laboratory’ for ecological research. Practical, field based study is increasingly rare in university courses, but is one area where UTAS excels."
Dr Steve Leonard, Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies graduate
Learn from the best, and learn by doing
Our world-class teaching staff bring their cutting-edge findings and examples to your lessons. And not just in the laboratory and classroom, but outside doing real-world tasks such as environment management plans and heritage assessments. Research in scientific fields of ecology, physical geography, plant biology, zoology, agriculture, horticulture is ranked well above world-class*, meaning that you’re learning from some of the best in the world in the same environment where they conduct their world-class research.
*Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 National Report
STEM Student Ambassadors
Students can also serve as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Student Ambassadors. The goals of the program are to provide exceptional STEM education, outreach and community engagement in schools and elsewhere. The program provides opportunities and experiences that will lead to personal and professional growth for participants, particularly improving public speaking skills.
Study overseas at one of our partner institutions
Our international exchange program offers opportunities to study at universities around the world, and it counts towards your degree. Exchange can allow you to have an affordable educational and cultural experience in a foreign country for a semester, or a full year. To facilitate this, we offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance. You may also be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses.