Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Environmental Science concentrates on ways of restoring land and water quality, coastal management, and wildlife conservation with a focus on how scientific information can be integrated with sound management principles. Students can choose from a selection of majors that include coastal management; environmental resource management; fisheries and aquaculture; and waste management and resource recovery.

Other course options include a combined degree in environmental and marine science and management and an honours qualification.

On campus at Lismore, students have access to a range of facilities and resources for laboratory work as well as equipment for studies in situ during field trips.

An introduction to studying Environmental Science at Southern Cross University.

Major areas of study

Coastal Management

Coastal Management provides insights into processes that affect our use of the coastal zone. Students explore the impact of climate change, land use planning, protected area management, economics, and people in the coastal environment.

Environmental Resource Management

Environmental Resource Management focuses on conducting wildlife surveys, the conservation of fauna and flora, and rehabilitating degraded land for future generations.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Management

Fisheries and Aquaculture Management integrates fisheries biology, stock management, habitat protection, and aquaculture studies with environmental management. Students focus on developing strategies to maintain a sustainable fishery/ aquaculture enterprise. Some third-year subjects for this major will be taught as intensive residential courses at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.

Waste Management and Resource Recovery

Waste Management and Resource Recovery develops multidisciplinary skills that will support innovation in providing solutions to dealing with waste and waste minimisation, now and in the future.