Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
Location
Lismore, Online
Lismore
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
3207274
Course abbreviation
BEnvSc/BMarSc&Mgt
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

A knowledge of how to manage environments, whether they be our forests, river catchments or oceans is crucial to influencing the sustainability of our future.

This combined degree brings together the terrestrial aspects of environmental management with marine science and management, developing knowledge of the complex environments in which we live and the keys to environmental problems at a local and global level.

You will be able to focus your interest in species conservation and sustainability across terrestrial and marine environments. Build your practical skills by learning from leading experts in contemporary facilities and through field trips to World Heritage rainforests, reefs and coastal catchments.

Fourth (final year) units are taught in intensive mode at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour. 

A knowledge of how to manage environments, whether they be our forests, river catchments or oceans is crucial to influencing the sustainability of our future.

This combined degree brings together the terrestrial aspects of environmental management with marine science and management, developing knowledge of the complex environments in which we live and the keys to environmental problems at a local and global level.

You will be able to focus your interest in species conservation and sustainability across terrestrial and marine environments. Build your practical skills by learning from leading experts in contemporary facilities and through field trips to World Heritage rainforests, reefs and coastal catchments.

Fourth (final year) units are taught in intensive mode at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour. 

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

  • 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 focuses on conducting wildlife surveys, conservation of fauna and flora and rehabilitating degraded land for future generations.
  • 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 are taught as intensive residential courses at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.
  • Waste Management and Resource Recovery develops multidisciplinary skills that support innovation in providing solutions for dealing with waste and waste minimisation, now and in the future.

Students also choose between completing an industry placement or a self-directed major project.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2

Lismore students complete the final-year units in intensive mode at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.

Online students attend compulsory residential workshops at Lismore campus and at the National Marine Science Centre.

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1, 2$30,400 ($3,800 per unit)086340B
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis, and application of scientific methods in environmental and marine science and management

Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to environmental and marine science and management

Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability

Demonstrate well developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of environmental and marine science and management

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more disciplines, or areas of practice

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning

Critically reflect on practice

Demonstrate information literacy skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in environmental and marine science and management contexts

Collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment


Assessment methods

Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note: 

Fourth (final year) units are taught in intensive mode at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.

Online students attend compulsory workshops.

Career opportunities

Careers in environmental science include national parks and protected area management, environmental protection, waste management, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, environmental education and interpretation, sustainable forestry, fisheries management, aquaculture, ecotourism, land/river/coast care programs; and in environmental science research. Careers in marine science include as a consultant, marine park planner, marine biologist and ecologist, marine reserve officer, aqua-culturalists, fisheries manager, project officer, technical officer, state coordinator; and in marine research. 

Professional placement

Students have the opportunity to undertake an eight-week industry internship during their studies for practical experience to supplement the theory components of the course. Interns can work with organisations across the environmental science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies; private consultancies; or business enterprises in Australia or overseas.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:
    1. all 14 units listed in Part A; and
    2. one major from Part B; and
    3. ten(10) units from Part C
  2. Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, who have successfully completed eight (8) units from Part A with no more than four (4) units awarded as Advanced Standing may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the combined Bachelor Degree.
  3. Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, who have successfully completed the requirements of the Associate Degree of Environmental Science, may elect to be awarded that degree following withdrawal from candidature for the combined Bachelor Degree.
  4. Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, who have successfully completed the requirements of the Bachelor of Environmental Science, may elect to be awarded that degree following withdrawal from candidature for the combined Bachelor Degree.
  5. Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, who have successfully completed the requirements of the Bachelor of Marine Science and Management may elect to be awarded that degree following withdrawal from candidature for the combined Bachelor Degree.

Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Part A

BIO00201 -  BiologyIntroductory
BIO00202 -  EcologyIntroductory
BIO10187 -  Science and Global ChallengesIntroductory
CHE00201 -  ChemistryIntroductory
ENS00203 -  Earth Systems II: The HydrosphereIntroductory
GLY00201 -  Earth Systems I: The LithosphereIntroductory
MAT00211 -  Environmental Information AnalysisIntroductory
SUR00201 -  Environmental MappingIntroductory
BIO10120 -  Marine Systems Science and ManagementAdvanced
BIO10121 -  Successful SamplingAdvanced
BIO10123 -  Marine Communities as Sentinels of ChangeAdvanced
BIO10124 -  Ocean Change BiologyAdvanced
BIO10125 -  Sustainable Use of the Marine EnvironmentAdvanced
BIO10126 -  Marine PollutionAdvanced

Part B

Part C

TitleLevel of learningNote
BIO10127 -  Coral Reefs on the EdgeIntermediate
BIO10185 -  Marine Mammals: Biology and ConservationAdvanced
ENV10655 -  Coastlines - Diversity, Dynamics and RisksIntermediate
EDU01290 -  Outdoor Education IIntroductory
CHE00073 -  Environmental ChemistryIntermediate Note 2
AGR00214 -  Soil ProcessesIntermediate
AGR00215 -  Water and Catchment ManagementAdvanced
AGT00217 -  Land Degradation and RehabilitationAdvanced
BIO00105 -  Fisheries BiologyAdvanced
BIO00212 -  Wildlife ConservationIntermediate
BIO00213 -  Plant Identification and ConservationIntermediate
BIO00232 -  Coastal Marine EcosystemsIntermediate
BIO00233 -  Fisheries ManagementAdvanced
BIO00244 -  Protected Area ManagementAdvanced
BIO01204 -  Wetland EcosystemsIntermediate
BIO01209 -  Aquaculture ManagementIntermediate
BIO01230 -  Principles of Coastal Resource ManagementAdvanced
ECO00202 -  Ecological Economics for Sustainable DevelopmentIntermediate
ENV10656 -  Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource ManagementAdvanced
FOR00100 -  Fire Ecology and ManagementIntermediate
FOR00101 -  Plant Physiology and EcologyIntermediate
FOR00109 -  Forest Modelling and ManagementAdvanced
FOR00110 -  Natural Resources PolicyIntermediate
GLY00223 -  Introduction to Geographic Information SystemsIntermediate
GLY20001 -  Environmental Analysis: SolidsIntermediate
GLY00232 -  Coastal BiogeochemistryIntermediate
ISY01224 -  Remote Sensing and Spatial AnalysisIntermediate
ENS00218 -  Waste TechnologyIntermediate Note 2
PLN10001 -  Rural and Regional PlanningIntroductory
ENG30012 -  Water and Wastewater EngineeringAdvanced
BIO72020 -  GeneticsIntermediate
ENV00224 -  Internship StudyAdvanced Note 1
SCI00211 -  Integrated ProjectAdvanced Note 1


Course progressions

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

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
BIO00201 -  BiologyIntroductory Note 3
BIO10187 -  Global Environmental IssuesIntroductory Note 3
GLY00201 -  Earth Systems I: The LithosphereIntroductory Note 3
SUR00201 -  Environmental MappingIntroductory Note 3
Year 1, Session 2
ENS00203 -  Earth Systems II: The HydrosphereIntroductory Note 3
MAT00211 -  Environmental Information AnalysisIntroductory
CHE00201 -  ChemistryIntroductory Note 3
BIO00202 -  EcologyIntroductory Note 3
Please select Major before proceeding to Year 2
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00232 -  Coastal Marine EcosystemsIntermediate Note 3
BIO00213 -  Plant Identification and ConservationIntermediate Note 3
Choose 2 units from: (Part C)
Year 2, Session 2
BIO01230 -  Principles of Coastal Resource ManagementAdvanced
ENV10656 -  Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource ManagementAdvanced Note 3
Choose 2 units from: (Part C)
Year 3, Session 1
4 units from: (Part C)
Year 3, Session 2
BIO00244 -  Protected Area ManagementAdvanced Note 5
ENV00224 -  Internship Study OR SCI00211 -  Integrated ProjectAdvanced Note 1
PLN10001 -  Rural and Regional PlanningIntroductory
Year 4, Session 1
BIO10123 -  Marine Communities as Sentinels of ChangeAdvanced Note 4
BIO10120 -  Marine Systems Science and ManagementAdvanced Note 4
BIO10121 -  Successful SamplingAdvanced Note 4
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)
Year 4, session 2
BIO10124 -  Ocean Change BiologyAdvanced Note 4
BIO10126 -  Marine PollutionAdvanced Note 4
BIO10125 -  Sustainable Use of the Marine EnvironmentAdvanced Note 4
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
BIO00201 -  BiologyIntroductory Note 3
BIO10187 -  Global Environmental IssuesIntroductory Note 3
GLY00201 -  Earth Systems I: The LithosphereIntroductory Note 3
SUR00201 -  Environmental MappingIntroductory Note 3
Year 1, Session 2
ENS00203 -  Earth Systems II: The HydrosphereIntroductory Note 3
MAT00211 -  Environmental Information AnalysisIntroductory
CHE00201 -  ChemistryIntroductory Note 3
BIO00202 -  EcologyIntroductory Note 3
Please select Major before proceeding to Year 2
Year 2, Session 1
AGR00214 -  Soil ProcessesIntermediate Note 3
BIO00213 -  Plant Identification and ConservationIntermediate Note 3
Choose 2 units from: (Part C)
Year 2, Session 2
AGR00215 -  Water and Catchment ManagementAdvanced Note 3
BIO00212 -  Wildlife ConservationIntermediate Note 3
AGT00217 -  Land Degradation and RehabilitationAdvanced Note 3
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)
Year 3, Session 1
Choose 4 units from: (Part C)
Year 3, Session 2
ENG30012 -  Water and Wastewater EngineeringAdvanced
SCI00211 -  Integrated Project OR ENV00224 -  Internship StudyAdvanced Note 1
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)
Year 4, Session 1
BIO10123 -  Marine Communities as Sentinels of ChangeAdvanced Note 4
BIO10120 -  Marine Systems Science and ManagementAdvanced Note 4
BIO10121 -  Successful SamplingAdvanced Note 4
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)
Year 4, Session 2
BIO10124 -  Ocean Change BiologyAdvanced Note 4
BIO10126 -  Marine PollutionAdvanced Note 4
BIO10125 -  Sustainable Use of the Marine EnvironmentAdvanced Note 4
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
BIO00201 -  BiologyIntroductory Note 3
BIO10187 -  Global Environmental IssuesIntroductory Note 3
GLY00201 -  Earth Systems I: The LithosphereIntroductory Note 3
SUR00201 -  Environmental MappingIntroductory Note 3
Year 1, Session 2
ENS00203 -  Earth Systems II: The HydrosphereIntroductory Note 3
MAT00211 -  Environmental Information AnalysisIntroductory
CHE00201 -  ChemistryIntroductory Note 3
BIO00202 -  EcologyIntroductory Note 3
Please select Major before proceeding to Year 2
Year 2, Session 1
BIO01204 -  Wetland EcosystemsIntermediate Note 3
BIO00232 -  Coastal Marine EcosystemsIntermediate Note 3
Choose 2 unit from: (Part C)
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00105 -  Fisheries BiologyAdvanced Note 3
BIO01209 -  Aquaculture ManagementIntermediate Note 3
ENV10656 -  Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource ManagementAdvanced Note 3
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)
Year 3, Session 1
BIO00233 -  Fisheries ManagementAdvanced Note 3
Choose 3 units from: (Part C)
Year 3, Session 2
SCI00211 -  Integrated Project OR ENV00224 -  Internship StudyAdvanced Note 1
Choose 2 units from Part C
Year 4, Session 1
BIO10123 -  Marine Communities as Sentinels of ChangeAdvanced Note 4
BIO10120 -  Marine Systems Science and ManagementAdvanced Note 4
BIO10121 -  Successful SamplingAdvanced Note 4
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)
Year 4, Session 2
BIO10124 -  Ocean Change BiologyAdvanced Note 4
BIO10126 -  Marine PollutionAdvanced Note 4
BIO10125 -  Sustainable Use of the Marine EnvironmentAdvanced Note 4
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)

TitleLevel of learningNote
Session 1, Year 1
BIO00201 -  BiologyIntroductory Note 3
BIO10187 -  Global Environmental IssuesIntroductory Note 3
GLY00201 -  Earth Systems I: The LithosphereIntroductory Note 3
SUR00201 -  Environmental MappingIntroductory Note 3
Session 2, Year 1
ENS00203 -  Earth Systems II: The HydrosphereIntroductory Note 3
MAT00211 -  Environmental Information AnalysisIntroductory
CHE00201 -  ChemistryIntroductory Note 3
BIO00202 -  EcologyIntroductory Note 3
Exit Point: Diploma of Environmental Science
Session 1, Year 2
CHE00073 -  Environmental ChemistryIntermediate Note 3, Note 2
PLN20005 -  Community EngagementIntermediate Note 3
Choose 2 units from: (Part C)
Session 2, Year 2
ENS00218 -  Waste TechnologyIntermediate Note 3, Note 2
ENO72001 -  Policy and Legislation for Waste ManagementIntermediate Note 3
Choose 2 units from: (Part C) Note 1
Session 1, Year 3
CHE73005 -  Hazardous Waste and LeachatesAdvanced Note 3
ENO73001 -  Resource Recovery - Chemical and Engineering SolutionsAdvanced Note 3
Choose 2 units from: (Part C)
Session 2, Year 3
ENO73005 -  Social and Economic Perspectives in Resource RecoveryAdvanced
ENG30012 -  Water and Wastewater EngineeringAdvanced Note 3
ENV00224 -  Internship Study OR SCI00211 -  Integrated ProjectAdvanced Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
BIO10123 -  Marine Communities as Sentinels of ChangeAdvanced Note 4
BIO10120 -  Marine Systems Science and ManagementAdvanced Note 4
BIO10121 -  Successful SamplingAdvanced Note 4
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)
Year 4, Session 2
BIO10124 -  Ocean Change BiologyAdvanced Note 4
BIO10126 -  Marine PollutionAdvanced Note 4
BIO10125 -  Sustainable Use of the Marine EnvironmentAdvanced Note 4
Choose 1 unit from: (Part C)


Notes

Note 1: ENV00224 and SCI00211 are both double-weighted units
Note 2: This unit is a pre-requisite for an Advanced Core unit in the Waste Management and Resource Recovery major.
Note 3: Compulsory Residential for Online Students
Note 4: Offered at the National Marine Science Centre in a 3 week intensive mode, with a compulsory one week residential.
Note 5: Intensive mode with field camp

Unit groups

Part C

TitleLevel of learningNote
BIO10127 -  Coral Reefs on the EdgeIntermediate
BIO10185 -  Marine Mammals: Biology and ConservationAdvanced
ENV10655 -  Coastlines - Diversity, Dynamics and RisksIntermediate
EDU01290 -  Outdoor Education IIntroductory
CHE00073 -  Environmental ChemistryIntermediate Note 2
AGR00214 -  Soil ProcessesIntermediate
AGR00215 -  Water and Catchment ManagementAdvanced
AGT00217 -  Land Degradation and RehabilitationAdvanced
BIO00105 -  Fisheries BiologyAdvanced
BIO00212 -  Wildlife ConservationIntermediate
BIO00213 -  Plant Identification and ConservationIntermediate
BIO00232 -  Coastal Marine EcosystemsIntermediate
BIO00233 -  Fisheries ManagementAdvanced
BIO00244 -  Protected Area ManagementAdvanced
BIO01204 -  Wetland EcosystemsIntermediate
BIO01209 -  Aquaculture ManagementIntermediate
BIO01230 -  Principles of Coastal Resource ManagementAdvanced
ECO00202 -  Ecological Economics for Sustainable DevelopmentIntermediate
ENV10656 -  Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource ManagementAdvanced
FOR00100 -  Fire Ecology and ManagementIntermediate
FOR00101 -  Plant Physiology and EcologyIntermediate
FOR00109 -  Forest Modelling and ManagementAdvanced
FOR00110 -  Natural Resources PolicyIntermediate
GLY00223 -  Introduction to Geographic Information SystemsIntermediate
GLY20001 -  Environmental Analysis: SolidsIntermediate
GLY00232 -  Coastal BiogeochemistryIntermediate
ISY01224 -  Remote Sensing and Spatial AnalysisIntermediate
ENS00218 -  Waste TechnologyIntermediate Note 2
PLN10001 -  Rural and Regional PlanningIntroductory
ENG30012 -  Water and Wastewater EngineeringAdvanced
BIO72020 -  GeneticsIntermediate
ENV00224 -  Internship StudyAdvanced Note 1
SCI00211 -  Integrated ProjectAdvanced Note 1

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