Course summary

Explore your passion for environmental management, sustainability and species conservation in our Bachelor of Environmental Science degree.

Develop foundational scientific knowledge and gain hands-on skills in state-of-the-art facilities and on field trips in the living laboratory of World Heritage rainforests, reefs and rivers that surround our campuses.

The course includes core units combined with a specialisation in either coastal management, environmental resource management, fisheries and aquaculture management or waste management and resource recovery.

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

Coastal Management provides insights into processes that affect our use of the coastal zone. Students explore the impact of climate change, land use planning, protected area management, economics, and people in the coastal environment.

Environmental Resource Management focuses on conducting wildlife surveys, conserve fauna and flora and rehabilitating degraded land for future generations.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Management integrates fisheries biology, stock management, habitat protection, and aquaculture studies with environmental management. Students focus on developing strategies to maintain a sustainable fishery/ aquaculture enterprise. Some third-year subjects for this major will be taught as intensive residential courses at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.

Waste Management and Resource Recovery develops multidisciplinary skills that will support their innovation in providing solutions for dealing with waste and waste minimisation, now and in the future. 

Students may also choose to study a self-directed Integrated Project or undertake an internship. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis, and application of scientific methods in environmental science and management/Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to environmental science and management.

Creativity

Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving/Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability/Demonstrate well developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of environmental science and management/Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings/Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more disciplines, or areas of practice.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning /Critically reflect on practice /Demonstrate information literacy skills.

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in environmental science and management contexts/Collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment.

Students can complete an eight-week professional placement to gain industry experience. Interns can work with organisations across the environmental science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies; private consultancies; or business enterprises in Australia or overseas.

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


Course overview

Course code

3004100

Course abbreviation

BEnvSc

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 N/A N/A
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $30,400 ($3,800 per unit) 016152G

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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/s (96 credit points),
  • 8 equivalent elective units (96 credit points)

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Environmental Science after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising 8 core units and 8 elective/major/minor units.

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Environmental after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising 8 core units.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core

BIO00201 - Biology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Challenges Introductory Note 2 Note 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory Note 2 Note 2
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2

Major

Electives

Title Level of learning Note
CHE00073 - Environmental Chemistry Intermediate Note 2, Note 4 Note 2, Note 4
ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
FOR00100 - Fire Ecology and Management Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
FOR00101 - Plant Physiology and Ecology Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
FOR00110 - Natural Resources Policy Intermediate
BIO72020 - Genetics Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
GLY00232 - Coastal Biogeochemistry Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
ISY01224 - Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Intermediate
BIO10185 - Marine Mammals: Biology and Conservation Advanced Note 2 Note 2
FOR00109 - Forest Modelling and Management Advanced
ENV10655 - Coastlines - Diversity, Dynamics and Risks Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
EDU01290 - Outdoor Education I Introductory
ENG20005 - Hydrology Intermediate
BIO30001 - Scientific Diving Advanced Note 2 Note 2
MNG10253 - Sustainable Business Management Advanced
BIO10121 - Successful Sampling Advanced Note 2 Note 2
BIO10125 - Sustainable Use of the Marine Environment Advanced Note 2 Note 2
BIO10126 - Marine Pollution Advanced Note 2 Note 2
BIO10124 - Ocean Change Biology Advanced Note 2 Note 2
MNG10724 - Coastal and Marine Tourism Intermediate
FOR00102 - Measuring Trees and Forests Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
FOR00103 - Native Forest Silviculture Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
FOR00104 - Forest Operations Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
FOR00105 - Plantation Silviculture Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
FOR00106 - Wood Science and Utilisation Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
FOR00107 - Forest Health: Pest and Disease Management Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
FOR00108 - Agroforestry and Farm Forestry Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
ACC10707 - Accounting and Finance for Business Introductory
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
FOR00112 - Product Development and Marketing Intermediate
HIS10018 - Writing Place: Landscapes, Memory, History Intermediate
LAW00214 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution Introductory
MKT00106 - Marketing Research Advanced
MNG00724 - Human Resource Management Advanced
ENO72001 - Policy and Legislation for Waste Management Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
SOC73001 - Caring for Country Advanced Note 2 Note 2
MNG10247 - Managing Organisations Introductory
SUR73001 - Drone Technology and Use Advanced Note 2 Note 2

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Most units studied Online will have a compulsory residential component.
Session 1, Year 1
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory Note 2 Note 2
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Session 2, Year 1
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Exit Point: Diploma of Environmental Science
Session 1, Year 2
AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
BIO00213 - Plant Identification and Conservation Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
2 elective units offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Session 2, Year 2
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management Advanced Note 2 Note 2
BIO00212 - Wildlife Conservation Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced Note 2 Note 2
1 elective unit offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Exit Point: Associate Degree of Environmental Science
Session 1, Year 3
4 elective units offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Session 2, Year 3
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced Note 2 Note 2
SCI00211 - Integrated Project OR ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced Advanced Note 3 Note 3
GLY03113 - Geographical Information Systems Intermediate Note 2 Note 2

Title Level of learning Note
Most units studied Online will have a compulsory residential component.
Session 1, Year 1
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory Note 2 Note 2
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Session 2, Year 1
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Exit Point: Diploma of Environmental Science
Session 1, Year 2
BIO01204 - Wetland Ecosystems Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
BIO00232 - Coastal Marine Ecosystems Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
2 elective units offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Session 2, Year 2
BIO00105 - Fisheries Biology Advanced Note 2 Note 2
BIO01209 - Aquaculture Management Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
ENV10656 - Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced Note 2 Note 2
1 elective unit offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Session 1, Year 3
BIO00233 - Fisheries Management Advanced
3 elective units offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Session 2, Year 3
SCI00211 - Integrated Project OR ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced Advanced Note 3 Note 3
2 elective units offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering

Title Level of learning Note
Most units studied Online will have a compulsory residential component.
Session 1, Year 1
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory Note 2 Note 2
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Session 2, Year 1
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Exit Point: Diploma of Environmental Science
Session 1, Year 2
BIO00232 - Coastal Marine Ecosystems Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
BIO00213 - Plant Identification and Conservation Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
2 elective units offered by the School of Environment, Science & Engineering
Session 2, Year 2
BIO01230 - Principles of Coastal Resource Management Advanced
ENV10656 - Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced Note 2 Note 2
PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning Introductory Note 2 Note 2
1 elective unit offered by the School of Environment, Science & Engineering
Exit Point: Associate Degree of Environmental Science
Session 1, Year 3
4 elective units offered by the School of Environment, Science & Engineering
Session 2, Year 3
SCI00211 - Integrated Project OR ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced Advanced Note 3 Note 3
1 elective unit offered by the School of Environment, Science & Engineering
Study Period 6, Year 3
BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Most units studied Online will have a compulsory residential component.
Session 1, Year 1
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory Note 2 Note 2
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Session 2, Year 1
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Exit Point: Diploma of Environmental Science
Session 1, Year 2
One elective offered by the School of Environment Science and Engineering
PLN20005 - Community Engagement Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
2 elective units offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Session 2, Year 2
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced Note 2 Note 2
2 elective units offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering Note 3 Note 3
Study Period 6, Year 2
ENS00218 - Waste Technology Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
Exit Point: Associate Degree of Environmental Science
Session 1, Year 3
CHE73005 - Hazardous Waste and Leachates Advanced Note 2 Note 2
ENO73001 - Resource Recovery - Chemical and Engineering Solutions Advanced Note 2 Note 2
2 elective units offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Session 2, Year 3
ENO73005 - Social and Economic Perspectives in Resource Recovery Advanced
1 elective unit offered by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering Note 2 Note 2
SCI00211 - Integrated Project OR ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced Advanced Note 3 Note 3

Notes

Note 1: Intensive mode with field camp
Note 2: Compulsory Residential for Online Students
Note 3: ENV00224 - Internship Study and SCI00211 - Integrated Project are both double-weighted units
Note 4: This unit is a pre-requisite for an Advanced Core unit in the Waste Management and Resource Recovery major.