School of Environment, Science and Engineering

The School of Environment, Science and Engineering is a leader in environmental sustainability and draws on the University's outstanding research strengths. The School offers a comprehensive suite of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, which specialise in environmentalmarine, forest science and engineering management, providing students with opportunities to develop innovative, contemporary skills and knowledge in their chosen discipline.

The School's four-year degrees in civil engineering, mechanical engineering and coastal systems engineering enable students to develop the theoretical knowledge and skills vital to the engineering profession.

Students access state-of-the-art facilities in the science and engineering precinct at Lismore campus. The University's National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour provides advanced analytical equipment and resources for marine science students and researchers.

Our courses combine academic rigour and laboratory work within our stunning, ecologically diverse region, and professional experience through industry internships for a well-rounded education and enhanced career opportunities. Many of our units have flexible study options, with all environmental science courses available online.


With a 30-year history of excellence in teaching and research, Southern Cross University's School of Environment, Science and Engineering has an outstanding international research profile.

The World Heritage rainforests, reefs, beaches, estuaries, large rivers, mountains and national parks within close reach of our campuses provide living laboratories for learning and research.

The School is a highly successful competitor for large Australian Research Council grants, and a preferred partner for significant industry-sponsored research.

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International short-term study programs

Scholarships are now available through the New Colombo Plan for current students in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering.  Programs include: marine sustainability in Indonesia, tropical marine biology and aquaculture in Vietnam, protecting globally valuable resources in Indonesia, understanding climate change and responses in the Pacific, or working with elephant conservation in Indonesia.

The short term programs are accompanied by a Southern Cross University academic and provide direct credit back to your studies. All trips are subsidised by the New Colombo Plan and additional funding is also available through OS-HELP.

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