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About Us

Established in 2004, the School of Natural and Built Environments (NBE) is located across two campuses: in the heart of Adelaide at the City East Campus and at the expanding and vibrant new suburb of Mawson Lakes on the northern fringe of the City.

As part of the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, the School offers applied and relevant programs that take students out of the classroom and into the field.

Studies include Environmental and Civil Engineering, Hydrology and Water Resources, Construction Management and Economics, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Geoinformatics and Geographic Information Systems, Urban and Regional Planning and Project Management.

The School prides itself on practising innovative teaching methods, with our graduates widely sought after due to the practical experience gained throughout their programs. We have developed strong links with industry and government bodies to ensure students gain relevant practical experience to complement their studies.

NBE provides coursework programs and undertakes research to support improved environmental and socio-economic sustainability. As well as being involved in several national Cooperative Research Centres, the School also hosts and collaborates with The Barbara Hardy Institute and the Centre for Water Management and Reuse.


Our disciplines

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers design, maintain and improve the infrastructure components and resources of our cities, towns and rural areas. They design, build and manage the components of this infrastructure, whilst taking into consideration any social, environmental and financial constraints.

The modern civil engineer understands and tries to minimise the possible impact of development on the natural environment and consults regularly with community representatives on community concerns. Civil engineers work in multi disciplinary team environments and therefore need to develop the ability to effectively communicate, manage people and resources.

Construction and Project Management

Modern construction is a complex, highly organised commercial business dealing with large capital investments, sophisticated construction techniques, highly skilled labour and real-time project information systems. Every construction project is different, with new challenges in planning, design, construction, commissioning and evolving project teams. This brings alternative ideas and fresh problems to solve. Rapid changes in technology continue to test the ingenuity and enterprise of estimators, project managers, contract administrators, schedulers and other experts in the field.

The Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics is a recognised program providing the educational requirements for purposes of admission to corporate membership of the following professional associations, provided you choose appropriate courses and program options:

  • The Australian Institute of Building
  • The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
  • The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
  • The Board of Quantity Surveyors, Malaysia
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK)

Environmental and Geospatial Sciences

In recent years there has been a growth interest in caring for the environment. The development of new government services, private business and community activities are indicative of this interest area. Our Environmental Science degree stands demonstrates our strong commitment to field studies and the way we integrate subjects such as ecology, soil science, geography, geospatial analysis, society and the environment.

The need to know every corner of the planet, to understand how environmental issues, population growth and natural disasters affect us all, has created a growing demand for Geospatial Scientists. These scientists gather, manage, analyse and present geospatial information for a huge range of application s and contribute to the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning systems (GPS).

Our Bachelor of Geospatial Science offers a blend of the fundamentals of Geospatial Science with applications in environmental management and modelling. With a hands-on approach we strongly focus on the applications of Geospatial Science to environmental issues. We also undertake numerous field studies to give you the opportunity to see first-hand how Geospatial and Environmental Sciences relate to each other.

Urban and Regional Planning

Our landscape is made up of a mosaic of cities, towns, suburbs, neighbourhoods and rural areas. The practice of urban and regional planning is essentially about designing and managing the shared spaces in which people live. Planners have the social responsibility of setting the policy framework within which land use is managed and development takes place. This important role aims to make our cities, towns and regions visually appealing, ecologically sustainable, socially inclusive, efficient and economically productive.

A particular emphasis is placed upon ensuring that areas cater for different groups and individuals in an equitable, ethical and inclusive manner and that our cities, towns and regions provide a high quality of life and a range of opportunities for all.

While there are no particular prerequisite courses or programs required, studying Urban and Regional planning at UniSA will ensure that you have the appropriate education required to become a planner.You will also have completed the educational requirements prescribed by the peak professional planning body in Australia, namely the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

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