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Bachelor of Environmental Systems

Course rules


Bachelor of Environmental Systems

Bachelor of Environmental Systems (Honours)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Bachelor of Environmental Systems


Bachelor of Environmental Systems (Honours)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Streams

The Bachelor of Environmental Systems is available in the following streams:
Agricultural Systems; and
Natural Terrestrial Systems.
Completion of one stream is a requirement of the course. Candidates should seek advice from the degree coordinator on which stream to take, prior to selecting second year units of study.

4 Admission to candidature

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

5 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Bachelor of Environmental Systems table of units of study. The Dean may approve some variation in units of study required for the degree for exceptionally talented students.
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must complete 144 credit points, including:
102 credit points of core units of study
18 credit points of elective second year units and 24 credit points of elective third year units in a single stream.
To qualify for the award of international specialisation, a candidate must complete a minimum of 48 credit points in approved units of study for two semesters at an approved university. Once a student has applied for and been accepted for International Exchange, the student may then apply for the International Specialisation. For detailed information on the application procedure, requirements and approved universities, please see the Faculty website:

6 Weighted average mark (WAM)

For the Bachelor of Environmental Systems, the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment uses a Year 2/3 WAM that includes all 2000 level, 3000 level units of study and 4000 level units of study taken to fulfil requirements of the pass degree.
The WAM calculations use the following formula:
WAM = 
sum(Wc x Mc)  
where Wc is the unit of study credit points x the unit weighting and Mc is the mark achieved for the unit. The mark used for units with a grade AF is zero. Pass/fail units and credited units from other institutions are not counted. All units carry a weighting of one, except the individual research components of undergraduate degrees, which carry a weighting of two.

7 Requirements for the Honours degree

To enter the honours year, all candidates must have:
(a) qualified for the award of a relevant pass degree from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, or the Faculty of Science, or
(b) be a pass graduate holding an equivalent qualification from another institution, and
(c) achieved a Year 2/3 WAM of at least 65 (or the equivalent). For those candidates entering from another institution, to be determined by the Degree Coordinator.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Environmental Systems Honours are required to complete the following units of study.
(a) A 24 cp research project comprising AFNR4101 Research Project A and AFNR4102 Research Project B, and
(b) ENSY4001 Scientific Method and Communication, and
(c) Three 6 cp units of study from:
(i) the list of Year 3 Bachelor of Environmental Systems core and elective units, subject to meeting prerequisites, which have not been previously completed by the candidate, and/or
(ii) any other Level 4XXX unit offered by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, subject to Department permission being granted
The level of honours to be awarded is determined by the HWAM, which is the weighted average mark for the six units comprising the student's approved Honours course. All 6 cp units have a weighting of 6/72=1/12. The 12 cp units, AFNR4101 and AFNR4102, each have a weighting of 24/72=1/3. The levels of Honours to be awarded are:

Level of honours


First Class

mark >= 80

Second Class, Division 1

75 - 79

Second Class, Division 2

70 - 74

Third Class

65 - 69


mark <65

Absent fail

mark <65

*In these cases the award of a pass degree may be recommended.

8 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2013 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2018. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.