The study of the relationships between living organisms and the natural, rural, industrial and urban environments. It includes the study of the impact humans have upon the natural environment. The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the scientific aspects of the environment and the procedures required to establish an environmentally sustainable society. It also involves developing an understanding of how physical, economic, social and technological factors affect the environment.
Environmental Studies develops skills in:
- applying the principles and practices of managing natural ecosystems
- assessing the impact of humans on the environment
- preparing environmental impact statements
- identifying, evaluating and analysing environmental issues of current and future significance.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics