Environmental management and ecology

Why study Environmental management and ecology?

Learn about environmental management and ecology and how to study, protect and manage ecosystems in an Australian context.

This specialised program based at the Albury-Wodonga campus is supported by scientists at the co-located Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre and local natural resource managers.

Learn the essentials of population, community and conservation ecology with an emphasis on freshwater ecosystems and management of our natural resources including water treatment for human use.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in catchment management, waste management, and natural resource management. You can work in government organisations, research institutes and private industry, including biotechnology, conservation, ecology, horticulture and agriculture. You will be uniquely prepared to help employers, politicians and communities confront the problems facing any ecosystem.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Bachelor of Biological Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent 5 years

Featured course

Bachelor of Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent. 3 years

Ecology placements

Students participate in field trips in second and third year. These include the Murray River floodplain, the Australian Alps, Mount Hotham, Falls Creek, the South Australian desert and Western Plains Zoo. You will do research in areas that are environmentally sensitive and have relevant management issues. There is a compulsory work placement in third year where you participate in management and research activities of your host organisation.

You can also gain an understanding of industry career paths and the specialisations available by undertaking an industry cadetship. Cadetships  usually take place during the summer and winter study breaks, but some longer placements are available for one or two semesters.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.