Bachelor of Environmental Science

Southern Cross University (SCU)

This course produces graduates who can manage the environment for future generations and focuses on building scientific knowledge and practical skills in land, water, and flora and fauna conservation. Students can elect to complete an internship as part of the course to gain workplace experience. As well as lectures and tutorials, students undertake classes in the School's scientific laboratories that are equipped with advanced analytical equipment and supported by technical staff. Field trips feature in many units offered in this course, with the University located near a variety of unique study environments including significant wetlands and estuaries, forests, coastal and inland national parks, and urban and rural development.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; Recommended: any 2 units of English; or TAFE and VET Awards (Certificate III and above); or Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; or Work Experience (minimum of 1 year full-time equivalent)


24 units. Students have the opportunity to undertake an industry internship during their studies for practical experience to supplement the theory components of the course. Distance education students must attend residential workshops at Lismore campus.

Subjects you can Study:

Coastal management; Environmental resource management; Fisheries and aquaculture management

Study Pathways:

This course offers intermediate awards (early exit points) at Diploma and Associate Degree levels. An Honours year is available for selected students.

Further information:

Graduates are employed in national parks and protected area management, environmental protection, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, environmental education and interpretation, sustainable forestry, fisheries management, aquaculture, ecotourism, and land/river/coast care programs; and in the private sector and all tiers of government.


Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 01241G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Lismore 68 Yes Online 3 years
Lismore 68 Yes Full time 3 years
Lismore 68 Yes Part time 6 years
Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary university with a growing teaching and research profile. The University was ranked in the top 150 universities in the world under 50-years-old by the Times Higher Education World Young University Rankings 2017. The University achieved a rating of 'at world standard' or above in 24 research areas in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia national report (

The University's campuses are inspiring places at which to study - from the southern Gold Coast, to Lismore and Coffs Harbour, where the University's National Marine Science Centre is also located. The University operates The Hotel School Sydney and The Hotel School Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia and branch campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in collaboration with EduCo.

Southern Cross welcomes students from more than 50 countries throughout the world and offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a supportive learning environment. Degrees are delivered across a broad range of disciplines, and are designed in consultation with industry.

Southern Cross has built on strengths in the environmental sciences, expanding its undergraduate profile to include Honours degrees in civil, mechanical and coastal systems engineering.

Students access state-of-the-art specialised laboratories and teaching resources for health science degrees and the Southern Cross University Health Clinic provides services to the public as well as placements for students.

Specialised teaching facilities for music, visual arts and media include recording, performance and music production studios; radio and television studios; and purpose-built studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics and digital art and design.

Provider CRICOS: 01241G

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