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 (new in 2018) enable students to develop the theoretical knowledge and skills vital to the engineering profession.

Students access new state-of-the-art in the science and engineering precinct at Lismore campus and 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, 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 by distance education.


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 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.

Cooper Schouten - PhD Candidate

Cooper Schouten with PNG local
"I'm currently working in the Eastern Highlands Province of Goroka, Papua New Guinea. Over the last week I’ve been 4-wheel driving up some wild mountains to meet rural farmers who support their livelihoods through beekeeping and to discuss issues they’re facing.
This is Mr. Bako Zephyr. He inherited no land on which to build a house and grow food for his family.... He was struggling to eke out an existence and heard news that the Australian Department of Primary Industries were holding a beekeeping training day. He figured it was his only hopes of making a living, as he wouldn't require any land to keep bees. He took out a loan to buy three hives and placed them on a friend’s property the day after the course. From that day he taught himself the magic art of beekeeping and managed to multiply his colonies and sell enough honey to repay his loan and provide for his family.
He now owns his little timber house that’s surrounded by flowers, fruits and vegetables, which he built himself and he proudly explained to me with utter contentment in his eyes how he feels he has succeeded in life because he can now afford for his children to go to school".