Timothy Coggan decided to study environmental science at RMIT because of the ability to tailor the program and focus on a specific area of interest.
Bachelor of Environmental Science
I’ve had the opportunity to spend almost two weeks at the Australian Museum Lizard Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef. Many of the people that I shared the experience with have become some of my closest friends.
I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors, exploring the natural environment and have an extremely inquisitive mind. Studying science is a way to feed my fascination and increase my knowledge of environmental systems.
I decided to study at RMIT because the Environmental Science program is really flexible. You’re able to tailor the program, allowing you to focus on your specific area of interest, whilst collaborating and utilising a broad range of skills that your peers poses.
The highlight of my studies has been being able to get out into the field and explore some interesting places. We’re not just expected to learn all the theory; we actively participate in science in the field.
I’ve had the opportunity to spend almost two weeks at the Australian Museum Lizard Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef. It was an amazing experience in such a beautiful place, offering an opportunity to study tropical coral reef ecology.
We learnt about tropical coral reef ecology in the field and through presentations. Every day we were on boats heading to different reefs to dive and observe the reef.
I’ve also undertaken vacation work at Melbourne Water, working on a number of interesting projects including raising awareness of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) systems around Melbourne.
As a result, I secured casual employment with them during my final year of study.
Through the program we are taught real world skills and exposed to industry connections. This means that we are not only ready for the work force, but have the practical knowledge to succeed in any environment.
At Melbourne Water I have enjoyed creating and managing my own project and gaining professional experience and exposure. The outcomes of the project will potentially become a part of their website and communications tools.
For my final year project I was able to do a team based research project culminating in a work integrated learning experience in Vietnam. This involved a semester long research project, then we travelled to Vietnam to present our findings at a workshop with Vietnamese students, researchers and officials.
It was hard work but absolutely worth it as we learned valuable skills in communication and research and came back with a greater understanding of science in an international setting.