The bachelor of spatial science (honours) program provides students with the educational requirements to become a professional spatial scientist and the ability to undertake postgraduate studies. The program equips students with a core of basic theoretical, scientific, analytical, managerial, professional, research and communication skills that will permit them to undertake an in-depth study of the fundamental science and practice of spatial science in urban and regional planning. In addition, students obtain knowledge of the natural, legal, commercial, industrial and social environments in which they will function as professionals. The program instills in students the need for continuing professional development and gives them the ability to adapt to change. The program is designed to identify, and award honours to, students who have the capacity to undertake study at an advanced level and to make an original contribution to the fundamental science and practice of spatial science. The award of honours will be determined by academic performance and is normally based on a student's grade point average (GPA). Urban and regional planning provides students with the knowledge and skills required to design communities and assess the impact of their development. Students will work with community groups, government and developers, urban and regional planners prepare plans for residential, retail and industrial areas, transport links, as well as conduct environmental impact assessments. They work closely with other professionals in architecture, environment and conservation, engineering, community services and property development. As a graduate, students will have knowledge and skills to work as a professional planner in local, state and federal government agencies, property development companies or in private enterprise. Career possibilities include commercial and retail developments, urban renewal projects, transport planning, environmental protection and regional and residential planning. Professional accreditation of the bachelor of spatial science (honours) (urban and regional planning) will be sought from the planning institute of Australia.