Course summary

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

Focus on an area of professional practice by choosing a specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems, Marine Systems, Forestry Systems or Regenerative Agriculture or a double specialisation in Earth and Environmental and Marine Systems. These specialisations are identified on your graduating testamur. 

Alternatively, you can choose a major from Applied Chemistry, Biology, Applied Mathematics and Physics. Or you can include a second major from other disciplines across the University.  

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

Bachelor of Science students have opportunities to form strong networks with industry and government through exciting work integrated learning opportunities.  

Southern Cross University Bachelor of Science graduates are sought after here in Australia and across the globe. 

Learn more about the specialisations and majors available in this degree.

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

Focus on an area of professional practice by choosing a specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems, Marine Systems, Forestry Systems or Regenerative Agriculture or a double specialisation in Earth and Environmental and Marine Systems. These specialisations are identified on your graduating testamur. 

Alternatively, you can choose a major from Applied Chemistry, Biology, Applied Mathematics and Physics. Or you can include a second major from other disciplines across the University.  

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

Bachelor of Science students have opportunities to form strong networks with industry and government through exciting work integrated learning opportunities.  

Southern Cross University Bachelor of Science graduates are sought after here in Australia and across the globe. 

Learn more about the specialisations and majors available in this degree.

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 covers ecology, ecosystem regeneration, biogeochemistry, modelling and resource management (including water, catchments and waste/resources in the circular economy). You can choose from a range of elective units, including ecological economics, wildlife conservation, and protected area management.
     
  • Marine Systems 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 from a range of elective units including marine megafauna, ocean change biology, drone technology and special analysis, and coastal fluvial hydrodynamics.
  • A double specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems and Marine Systems is also available.
     
  • Forestry Systems 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 elective units including modelling natural systems, plant and disease management, agriculture and forest value chains, and plant biology.
     
  • Regenerative Agriculture covers 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 specialisation is on-farm residential schools. 
     

Majors

You can choose one major plus a range of elective units or a double major and an elective unit. Majors available include:

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 Term 1 N/A N/A
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour Term 1 N/A N/A
Online Term 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Term 1 $31,600 ($3,950 per unit) 104730A
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour Term 1 $31,600 ($3,950 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 units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • 1 specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems or Marine Systems or Forestry Systems or Regenerative Agriculture or a double specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems and Marine Systems; (288 credit points) or
  •  6 core units (72 credit points), and 1 science major (96 credit points), and 10 equivalent elective units  (120 credit points); or
  •  6 core units (72 credit points), 2 science majors (192 credit points), and equivalent 2 elective unit/s (24 credit points); or
  •  6 core units (72 credit points), 1 science major (96 credit points), 1 shared major (96 credit points), and equivalent 2 elective unit/s  (24 credit points).

 


Schedule of units

Title Note

Specialisations

Title Note
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
STAT2003 - Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
INDG3001 - Caring for Country
ERTH2004 - Project Management and Professional Development
ENVR1005 - Ecosystem Management and Regeneration Note 5
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules Note 1, Note 4
CHEM1001 - Chemistry Note 4
SCIN1005 - Organisms and Environments Note 4
PLAN3001 - Waste as a Resource
ERTH2003 - Aquatic Pollution and Catchment Management Note 5
BIOL2011 - Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
CHEM2001 - Environmental Chemistry Note 4
FORS3006 - Ecosystem Modelling for Management
ENVR3009 - Biogeochemistry Note 5
Select eight (8) units (96 credit points) from the following list of option units:
GENG1003 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
CIVL1002 - Humanitarian Projects
SOIL2001 - Soil Processes Note 1
ENVR2002 - Wildlife Conservation Note 1
FORS2001 - Fire Ecology and Management Note 1
BIOL2002 - Molecular Genetics
ENVR2011 - Ecological Economics Note 1
MRNE2009 - Invertebrate Life
MRNE2010 - Oceanography
FORS3007 - Pest and Disease Management
AGRC2007 - Plant Biology
ERTH3001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics
ENVR3003 - Internship Study Note 2
GENG3001 - Drone Technology and Spatial Analysis
ENVR3004 - Protected Area Management
ERTH3002 - Analysis of Food and Natural Products
CIVL3005 - Water and Wastewater Engineering
AGRC2005 - Ecological Perspectives: Human Ecology
SCIN3004 - Integrated Project

Title Note
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
STAT2003 - Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
ERTH2004 - Project Management and Professional Development
INDG3001 - Caring for Country Note 5
FORS1001 - Introduction to Forest Science and Management
CHEM1001 - Chemistry Note 4
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules Note 4
FORS2011 - Native Forest Silviculture Note 5
FORS2001 - Fire Ecology and Management
SCIN1005 - Organisms and Environments Note 4
AGRC2007 - Plant Biology Note 5
FORS2012 - Wood Science and Utilisation Note 1
BIOL2011 - Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
FORS3005 - Planted Trees and Forests
FORS2010 - Forest Operations and Technology
Select seven (7) units (84 credit points) from the following list of option units:
GENG1003 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
SOIL2001 - Soil Processes Note 1
AGRC2004 - Soil Management Note 1
FORS3006 - Ecosystem Modelling for Management Note 1
ENVR3004 - Protected Area Management 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
ENVR3009 - Biogeochemistry
ENVR2011 - Ecological Economics Note 1
BIOL2002 - Molecular Genetics
ENVR2002 - Wildlife Conservation
ENVR1005 - Ecosystem Management and Regeneration
HRMT6003 - Human Resource Management

Title Note
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
STAT2003 - Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
INDG3001 - Caring for Country Note 5
ERTH2004 - Project Management and Professional Development
AGRC1003 - Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture Note 5
SCIN1005 - Organisms and Environments Note 4
CHEM1001 - Chemistry Note 4
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules Note 4
AGRC2007 - Plant Biology Note 5
SOIL2001 - Soil Processes Note 4
BIOL2011 - Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
GENG1003 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
AGRC2004 - Soil Management Note 4
AGRC2006 - Regenerative Agricultural Practices
AGRC3003 - Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
AGRC3004 - Planning Rural Landscapes
AGRC2005 - Ecological Perspectives: Human Ecology
Select five (5) units (60 credit points) from the following list of option units:
NUTR1001 - Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity
BUSN1007 - The Interconnected World
CIVL1002 - Humanitarian Projects
INDG1002 - Indigenous Knowledge
BUSN1004 - Starting a Business
ERTH2003 - Aquatic Pollution and Catchment Management Note 1, Note 4
LAWS2065 - Ecological Jurisprudence
ENVR2002 - Wildlife Conservation
FORS2001 - Fire Ecology and Management
MRNE2009 - Invertebrate Life
BIOL2002 - Molecular Genetics Note 1
ENVR2011 - Ecological Economics Note 1
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
ENVR3009 - Biogeochemistry Note 5
ERTH3002 - Analysis of Food and Natural Products
SCIN3004 - Integrated Project
ENVR1005 - Ecosystem Management and Regeneration

Title Note
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
STAT2003 - Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
INDG3001 - Caring for Country Note 5
ERTH2004 - Project Management and Professional Development
ENVR1005 - Ecosystem Management and Regeneration Note 5
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules Note 4
CHEM1001 - Chemistry Note 4
SCIN1005 - Organisms and Environments Note 4
MRNE1001 - Marine Science and Management Note 5
BIOL2011 - Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
ERTH2003 - Aquatic Pollution and Catchment Management Note 5
CHEM2001 - Environmental Chemistry Note 4
MRNE2008 - Fish Ecology and Aquaculture
MRNE2009 - Invertebrate Life
MRNE2010 - Oceanography
PLAN3001 - Waste as a Resource
FORS3006 - Ecosystem Modelling for Management
ENVR3009 - Biogeochemistry Note 5
MRNE3007 - Fisheries and Marine Parks Management
MRNE3006 - Reefs Note 5
Select 2 (two) units (24 credit points) from the following list of option units:
GENG1003 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
CIVL1002 - Humanitarian Projects
SOIL2001 - Soil Processes
ENVR2002 - Wildlife Conservation
FORS2001 - Fire Ecology and Management
BIOL2002 - Molecular Genetics
ENVR2011 - Ecological Economics
FORS3007 - Pest and Disease Management
AGRC2007 - Plant Biology
ERTH3001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics
ENVR3003 - Internship Study Note 2
GENG3001 - Drone Technology and Spatial Analysis
ENVR3004 - Protected Area Management
ERTH3002 - Analysis of Food and Natural Products
CIVL3005 - Water and Wastewater Engineering
AGRC2005 - Ecological Perspectives: Human Ecology
MRNE3008 - Marine Megafauna
MRNE3003 - Ocean Change Biology

Major Option Pathway

Science Majors

Shared Majors

Elective Units

Choose elective units from any of the specialisation units or any university wide elective unit.

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search.

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Note

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
CHEM1001 - Chemistry Note 4
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules Note 4
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
Elective
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
ERTH3002 - Analysis of Food and Natural Products Note 5

Second Year

CHEM2002 - Organic Chemistry
CHEM2001 - Environmental Chemistry Note 4
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
ERTH2004 - Project Management and Professional Development
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
ERTH2003 - Aquatic Pollution and Catchment Management Note 4
Elective
STAT2003 - Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis

Third Year

Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
BIOL2007 - Biochemistry
INDG3001 - Caring for Country Note 5
ENVR3009 - Biogeochemistry Note 5
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective

Title Note

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules Note 4
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
Elective
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
SCIN1005 - Organisms and Environments Note 4

Second Year

BIOL2011 - Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
ERTH2004 - Project Management and Professional Development
MRNE2009 - Invertebrate Life
Elective
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
STAT2003 - Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
BIOL2002 - Molecular Genetics

Third Year

MRNE2008 - Fish Ecology and Aquaculture Note 5
AGRC2007 - Plant Biology Note 5
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG3001 - Caring for Country Note 5
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
ENVR2002 - Wildlife Conservation Note 5
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective

Title Note

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
Elective
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
MATH1001 - Foundation Mathematics
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
MATH1005 - Introductory Algebra and Calculus

Second Year

MATH2003 - Calculus and Linear Algebra I
PHYS1004 - Physics I: Motion, Mechanics and Waves Note 4
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
ERTH2004 - Project Management and Professional Development
MATH2002 - Calculus and Linear Algebra II
Elective
STAT2003 - Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective

Third Year

MATH3001 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
PHYS2001 - Physics II: Electricity and Circuits
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG3001 - Caring for Country Note 5
MATH3003 - Computational Analysis
Second Science Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective

Notes

Note 1: Highly recommended unit for this specialisation
Note 2: Double-weighted unit
Note 3: This unit replaces BIOL1005 Cells and Molecules in the Applied Chemistry major when students choose a double major in Biology and Applied Chemistry
Note 4: This unit has a compulsory residential for online students
Note 5: This unit has a compulsory residential

Unit groups