Course summary

The Bachelor of Science at Southern Cross University is a flexible, multidimensional degree that allows you to incorporate a wide range of subjects with career-focused science specialisations. 

You can focus on an area of professional practice by choosing a specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems, Marine Systems, Forestry Systems or Regenerative Agriculture. These specialisations are identified on your graduating testamur. Alternatively, you can choose a major from Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Environmental Solutions or a shared major from disciplines across the University.

You can effectively design your own science degree. All students study seven core units that provide a strong foundation in science, including field and laboratory experimentation and analytical techniques, as well as socio-ecological systems, management and critical thinking. Core skills and knowledge are reinforced and expanded across the three-year program, finishing with capstone research projects in Impactful Science and Practice. 

The Bachelor of Science is characterised by a high level of practical and field experience in all years, making use of our easy access to a variety of subtropical terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. 

The Bachelor of Science at Southern Cross University is a flexible, multidimensional degree that allows you to incorporate a wide range of subjects with career-focused science specialisations. 

You can focus on an area of professional practice by choosing a specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems, Marine Systems, Forestry Systems or Regenerative Agriculture. These specialisations are identified on your graduating testamur. Alternatively, you can choose a major from Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Environmental Solutions or a shared major from disciplines across the University.

You can effectively design your own science degree. All students study seven core units that provide a strong foundation in science, including field and laboratory experimentation and analytical techniques, as well as socio-ecological systems, management and critical thinking. Core skills and knowledge are reinforced and expanded across the three-year program, finishing with capstone research projects in Impactful Science and Practice. 

The Bachelor of Science is characterised by a high level of practical and field experience in all years, making use of our easy access to a variety of subtropical terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. 

Specialisations

Specialisations are a group of units which develop specialist skills and knowledge. All specialisations provide capstone units that reinforce your chosen field via research and applied practice.

  • Earth and Environmental Systems Specialisation develops your skills in and understanding of environmental science to address how we interact with Earth systems in the Anthropocene. You will study units covering ecology, ecosystem regeneration, biogeochemistry, modelling and resource management (including water, catchments and waste/resources in the circular economy). You can choose a shared major as part of this specialisation or choose from a range of elective units, including ecological economics, wildlife conservation, and protected area management.
     
  • Marine Systems Specialisation builds on introductory earth systems knowledge by studying units at our National Marine Science Centre adjacent to the Solitary Islands. These cover oceanography, marine ecology, fish and aquaculture, reefs, fisheries and marine parks management. You can choose a shared major as part of this specialisation or choose from a range of elective units including marine megafauna, ocean change biology, drone technology and special analysis, and coastal fluvial hydrodynamics.
     
  • Forestry Systems Specialisation covers the vital roles forest play in natural and managed systems. Building on core science principles you will study units addressing native forest silviculture, fire ecology and management, planted trees and forests, wood science and utilisation, forest operations and technology. You can choose a shared major as part of this specialisation or choose eight from a range of elective units including modelling natural systems, plant and disease management, agriculture and forest value chains, and plant biology.
     
  • Regenerative Agriculture Specialisation is the only undergraduate specialisation addressing regenerative agriculture in Australia and globally. You will study human ecology, soil processes, regenerative strategies and soil management as well as the planning of rural landscapes, developing specialist knowledge and taking a holistic approach to food production and farm management. A key aspect of this practice specialisation are on-farm residential schools. You can choose seven units from any other specialisation.
     

Majors

Course Learning Outcome

Use complexity thinking and critical analysis in relation to scientific methods of inquiry.

Respond creatively to complex intellectual, professional, practical and societal challenges in the Anthropocene.

Apply professional judgement based on ethical behaviour, academic integrity, professional standards, regulatory frameworks, and respect for principles of social justice to support adaptability.

Select and apply appropriate practical and theoretical scientific methods, techniques and tools to collect and accurately record data through systematic inquiry.

Demonstrate broad and well-developed knowledge of the theory and application of scientific principles, system knowledge and associated practices

Synthesise, critically evaluate, and interpret scientific data and other information to draw rigorous conclusions and solve problems with intellectual independence

Reflect on the role of self in the context of learning, professional development and ethical practice in science.

Effectively communicate science and practice in a systems approach using a variety of modes to engage with a range of audiences.

Work collaboratively, responsibly and safely as part of a team.

Incorporate diverse cultural perspectives and Indigenous ways of knowing to inform understandings of complex and interconnected physical, social and economic systems.

Within their study program, students will have the option for an internship placement at career-relevant workplaces. 

Graduates may be eligible for membership of professional associations such as the Institute of Foresters of Australia, depending on the specialisation or major studied.


Course overview

Course code

3007004

Course abbreviation

BSc

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 N/A N/A
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour Session 1 N/A N/A
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $30,400 ($3,800 per unit) 104730A
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour Session 1 $30,400 ($3,800 per unit) 104730A

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 Science, students must complete the equivalent of 24 equivalent unit/units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • 1 specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems or Marine Systems or Forestry Systems or Regenerative Agriculture (288 credit points); or
  • 7 core equivalent unit/units  (84 credit points), 1 science major (96 credit points), and 9 elective equivalent unit/units  (108 credit points); or
  • 7 core equivalent unit/units  (84 credit points), 2 science majors (192 credit points), and 1 elective equivalent unit/units (12 credit points); or
  • 7 core equivalent unit/units  (84 credit points), 1 science major (96 credit points), 1 shared major (96 credit points), and 1 elective equivalent unit/units  (12 credit points).

Schedule of units

Title Note

Core Units

Specialisations

All specialisations include the seven Core Units

Title Note
Take all of the following 16 units (192 credit points):
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
STAT2003 - Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
INDG3001 - Caring for Country
SCIN3002 - Impactful Science and Practice I
SCIN3003 - Impactful Science and Practice II
CHEM1001 - Chemistry
SCIN1005 - Organisms and Environments
ERTH2002 - Ecosystem Regeneration
PLAN3001 - Waste as a Resource
ERTH2003 - Aquatic Pollution and Catchment Management
BIOL2011 - Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
CHEM2001 - Environmental Chemistry
FORS3006 - Ecosystem Modelling for Management
ENVR3009 - Biogeochemistry
Choose a further eight units (96 credit points) from the following list of recommended units, or eight Elective Units (96 credit points), or choose a Shared Major.
SOIL2001 - Soil Processes Note 1
AGRC2005 - Ecological Perspectives: Human Ecology
FORS2001 - Fire Ecology and Management Note 1
MRNE2009 - Invertebrate Life
MRNE2010 - Oceanography
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules Note 1
GENG3001 - Drone Technology and Spatial Analysis
CIVL3005 - Water and Wastewater Engineering
ERTH3001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics
ENVR2010 - Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Note 3
CIVL2016 - Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Note 3
ENVR3003 - Internship Study Note 2
ENVR2002 - Wildlife Conservation Note 1
BIOL2001 - Genetics
CIVL1002 - Humanitarian Projects
ENVR3004 - Protected Area Management
ERTH3002 - Analysis of Food and Natural Products
ENVR2011 - Ecological Economics Note 1
AGRC2007 - Plant Biology
FORS3007 - Pest and Disease Management
GENG2001 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Note 1

Title Note
Take all of the following 16 units (192 credit points):
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
STAT2003 - Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
INDG3001 - Caring for Country
SCIN3002 - Impactful Science and Practice I
SCIN3003 - Impactful Science and Practice II
FORS1001 - Introduction to Forest Science and Management
FORS2011 - Native Forest Silviculture
FORS2001 - Fire Ecology and Management
FORS3005 - Planted Trees and Forests
FORS2012 - Wood Science and Utilisation
FORS2010 - Forest Operations and Technology
CHEM1001 - Chemistry
SCIN1005 - Organisms and Environments
BIOL2011 - Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
Choose a further eight units (96 credit points) from the following list of recommended units, or eight Elective Units (96 credit points), or choose a Shared Major.
SOIL2001 - Soil Processes Note 1
AGRC2004 - Soil Management Note 1
FORS3006 - Ecosystem Modelling for Management Note 1
ENVR3004 - Protected Area Management Note 1
AGRC2007 - Plant Biology Note 1
AGRC2008 - Agricultural and Forest Value Chains Note 1
FORS3007 - Pest and Disease Management Note 1
GENG3001 - Drone Technology and Spatial Analysis
ERTH3001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics
ENVR2010 - Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Note 3
CIVL2016 - Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Note 3
ENVR3009 - Biogeochemistry
ENVR2011 - Ecological Economics Note 1
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules
BIOL2001 - Genetics
ENVR2002 - Wildlife Conservation

Title Note
Take all of the following 17 units (200 credit points):
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
AGRC1003 - Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture
SCIN1005 - Organisms and Environments
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
CHEM1001 - Chemistry
STAT2003 - Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
SOIL2001 - Soil Processes
BIOL2011 - Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
AGRC2004 - Soil Management
AGRC2006 - Regenerative Agricultural Practices
AGRC3003 - Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
AGRC3004 - Planning Rural Landscapes
SCIN3002 - Impactful Science and Practice I
SCIN3003 - Impactful Science and Practice II
INDG3001 - Caring for Country
AGRC2005 - Ecological Perspectives: Human Ecology
Choose a further seven units (84 credit points) from either the following list of recommended units or Elective Units.
CIVL1002 - Humanitarian Projects
ERTH2003 - Aquatic Pollution and Catchment Management Note 1
AGRC2007 - Plant Biology Note 1
ENVR2010 - Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Note 3
CIVL2016 - Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Note 3
ENVR2002 - Wildlife Conservation
BIOL2001 - Genetics Note 1
ENVR2011 - Ecological Economics Note 1
ERTH2002 - Ecosystem Regeneration
FORS3007 - Pest and Disease Management Note 1
ENVR3004 - Protected Area Management
FORS3006 - Ecosystem Modelling for Management
AGRC2008 - Agricultural and Forest Value Chains Note 1
ENVR3003 - Internship Study Note 2
CIVL3005 - Water and Wastewater Engineering
GENG3001 - Drone Technology and Spatial Analysis

Science Majors

Shared Majors

Elective Units


Course progressions

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

Notes

Note 1: Highly recommended unit for this specialisation
Note 2: Double-weighted unit
Note 3: Half-weighted unit

Unit groups