Bachelor of Environmental Science

Southern Cross University

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. 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.

Course Fee:

International: $87,600

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. Online students must attend residential workshops at Lismore campus.

Subjects you can Study:

Coastal management; Environmental resource management; Fisheries and aquaculture management; Waste management and resource recovery

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:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Lismore 53.3 Yes Online 3 years
Lismore 53.3 Yes Full time 3 years
Lismore 53.3 Yes Part time 6 years
Southern Cross University is a multi-campus university on Australia's east coast with a dynamic teaching and research profile. We have three main campuses: at the Gold Coast in Queensland, and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. The University is proud of its reputation as a progressive institution, engaging with the communities we serve to create change that has impact around the world. The regions we call home all have unique characteristics as study locations - from cosmopolitan cities, thriving industries and coastal lifestyles to living laboratories of great natural beauty and ecological diversity - all just outside the classroom. Branch campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth operate in collaboration with EduCo. The University also operates The Hotel School Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in partnership with Mulpha Australia. Southern Cross offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in science and health disciplines, law, engineering, education, humanities, creative arts, tourism, business and information technology. Specialist degrees in Indigenous knowledge, marine science, osteopathy, midwifery and psychology as well as a suite of double degrees round out a rich academic portfolio. Our online courses are delivered with teaching technologies that offer interactive and immersive learning experiences. Work placements and developing practical, industry-specific skills are a feature of our degrees, as is hands-on learning in laboratories, on field trips or through real-world projects. The University is home to nine research centres with global relevance, be it marine ecology, flood mitigation, organic agriculture, plant and geoscience or adolescent development. In the latest 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia report, Southern Cross achieved outstanding ratings of at world standard or above in 23 research fields.

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