Bachelor of Science in Environmental Forensics
Environmental Forensics is an undergraduate degree in UTS: Science that focuses on environmental chemistry, biology, ecology and environmental forensic law.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Forensics graduate, Marina Abdelmaseih says she enjoyed the law component of her course, which considers the impact of various processes on the environment in accordance with the law.
"I initially commenced my tertiary studies at another university for a semester in the generic Bachelor of Science degree but later transferred to UTS because of this new course which is one of its' kind in Australia. I came into this degree thinking, 'I hate law, it's all about memorising laws' but when I did environmental forensic law, I found it to be very interesting and easy to apply."
"I learned that it's quite important to know about the legislation that governs procedures as it is a prerequisite to management and protects the environment."
"The combination of different concepts and skills provides you with a solid foundation on which to build more scientific and practical knowledge - in other words, if you don’t know how or when to apply the law, then you will not be able to manage nor protect the environment."
"Environmental science covers a wide spectrum of aspects and is an important subject that is still growing in Australia and on a global scale. Learning about the contemporary environmental issues, such as global warming, climate change, the low freshwater budget, the ozone, air and water pollution, and the threatened flora and fauna were fascinating but was also an eye-opener. Linking these issues to others and acknowledging their effects and impacts on the natural environment and on us was thought provoking."
Marina says two of the most important lessons she's learnt from her undergraduate degree are to abide by what you are most passionate about and to do the best you can.
"I think it's really important to make sure that you love what you study and that you can see yourself working in that particular field in the future. When you’re undertaking the course, make sure you put in the effort as your marks will often be a reflection of your work ethic to future employees."
Marina has been offered a position as an environmental scientist at an international environmental planning and project management firm through the UTS careers fair.