Environmental Science

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary science that explores the interactions and interconnectedness between humans and their environments and analyses the functions of both living and non-living elements that sustain Earth Systems.

Knowledge of environmental science provides continuing study pathways in landscape, architecture, engineering, urban planning, mining, agriculture and construction.

The subject requires the ability to write short answers using the clear scientific language.

Environmental science Unit 1 and 2 has two exams, one at mid year and one at the end of the year.

Environmental science unit 3 and 4 has one external exam at the end of the year.

Major Topics in Unit 1 and 2 (proposed to start in 2017)

  • The interconnecting systems of atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere and how they sustain life
  • The effects of human and natural change in ecosystems
  • Pollution management (monitoring and treatment)

The course has an extended investigation which includes ecosystem monitoring.

Major Topics in Unit 3 and 4 (proposed to start in 2018)

  • Biodiversity maintenance
  • Sustainable development
  • Impacts of human energy use
  • Comparing energy sources

Students will complete a practical investigation related to biodiversity or energy use from an environmental management perspective.

Pre-requisite subjects: There is no pre-requisite for entry to Unit 1 or 2. Students entering Unit 2 or 3 without Unit 1 or 2 may be required to undertake additional reading and exercises as prescribed by their teacher. Unit 3 is a prerequisite for Unit 4.

For further information, click on the study summary link that will take you directly to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) website.

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