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Southern Cross University (SCU)

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Bachelor of Environmental Science

  • Bachelor

Knowledge of the interaction between ocean, atmosphere, land, biota and humans is the key to the management of our built and natural systems and to finding solutions to the problems they face. Field trips feature in many units, enabling you to gain hands-on skills in many diverse environments.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Course Code
3007318, 0102159
Study Mode
In person, Online
International Fees
$30,400 per year / $91,200 total
ATAR
60

About this course

Knowledge of the interaction between ocean, atmosphere, land, biota and humans is the key to the management of our built and natural systems and to finding solutions to the problems they face.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science focuses on building scientific knowledge and practical skills in land, water, and flora and fauna conservation. As well as lectures and tutorials, you undertake classes in scientific laboratories equipped with advanced analytical equipment. You may choose an 8-unit major to focus your studies, or a specialisation in the growing field of regenerative agriculture.

Field trips feature in many units, enabling you to gain hands-on skills in many diverse environments. The University is located near a variety of unique study environments, including significant wetlands and estuaries, forests, coastal and inland national parks, and urban and rural development.

Graduates are not just knowledgeable and innovative, but industry-ready, with practical skills to manage the environment for the future.

Study locations

Lismore

Online

What you will learn

Majors

Land and Water Management

This major explores the processes and systems that impact land and water management including soil, land rehabilitation, catchment management, wetland ecosystems, coastal biogeochemistry, pollution and wastewater engineering.

Fauna and Flora Conservation

This major explores biological sciences and systems involved in species conservation, including plant and wildlife identification and conservation, protected areas, biology, soil processes, wetland ecosystems and genetics.

Environmental Stewardship

Students will gain insight into how to engage with communities and increase awareness about managing natural resources, including scientific concepts and creative problem-solving in communities.

Shared majors

You can also choose a shared major as part of your degree.

Specialisation

Regenerative Agriculture

This specialisation delves deeply into the emerging practices of, and growing evidence-base for regenerative agriculture, examining human ecology, agroecology, regenerative agronomy and soil management as well as the planning of rural landscapes.

Career pathways

Graduates have established careers in natural resource management authorities including government and non-government organisations such as Departments of Primary industries, Environment Protection Authorities, National Parks, Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, Local Councils.

Course structure

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Environmental Science, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • 8 core units (96 credit points), 1 major (96 credit points) and 8 elective* units (96 credit points); OR
  • 8 core units (96 credit points), 2 majors (192 credit points); OR
  • 8 core units (96 credit points), 1 major (96 credit points) and 1 shared major (96 credit points); OR
  • the Regenerative Agriculture Specialisation, comprising 16 units (192 credit points), and either 1 major, 1 shared major or 8 elective* units (96 credit points).

*In addition to the listed elective units in the BEnvSc, equivalent units may be drawn from any Major in the BEnvSc degree or from university-wide electives.

No unit will be credited to more than one major.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree of Environmental Science after completing 16 units (192 credit points) comprising 4 core units and 12 other units from the listed majors.

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Environmental Science after completing 8 units (96 credit points) comprising 2 core units and 6 other units from the listed majors.