Bachelor of Forest 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
3004101
Course abbreviation
BForScMgt
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

If a career in recreation, conservation or resource management in a vital global industry interests you, then you should consider this unique degree.

Forestry industries are enormously dynamic and are often key to the success of developing economies. This degree focuses on implementing environmentally-sound practices across a variety of forest environments world-wide.

The Bachelor of Forest Science and Management not only equips you with foundational scientific knowledge in forest systems, it prepares you with the know-how to find solutions. 

You will learn to use contemporary applications in geographic and environmental mapping approaches and information analysis, and study subjects from ecology to policy models, agroforestry to chemistry and more. You will gain hands-on practical skills and experience in the field in a range of native and plantation forest environments.

If a career in recreation, conservation or resource management in a vital global industry interests you, then you should consider this unique degree.

Forestry industries are enormously dynamic and are often key to the success of developing economies. This degree focuses on implementing environmentally-sound practices across a variety of forest environments world-wide.

The Bachelor of Forest Science and Management not only equips you with foundational scientific knowledge in forest systems, it prepares you with the know-how to find solutions. 

You will learn to use contemporary applications in geographic and environmental mapping approaches and information analysis, and study subjects from ecology to policy models, agroforestry to chemistry and more. You will gain hands-on practical skills and experience in the field in a range of native and plantation forest environments.

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.

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.4
Bangladesh HSC3.6
Brazil SSLC8.2
Canada High School OSSD50
Chile PSU6.0, overall 600-649
China Gao Kao449
Colombia CB (NAT)81, overall 300-349
Denmark USSLE6.2
France FB11
German Abitur3
Hong Kong HKDSE14
India CBSE (best 4)8.5 in external exam
India CISCE71
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)78 in academic
Indonesia SMA8.2
International Baccalaureate24
Japan USSLC4
Korea, Republic of, CSAT298
Malaysia ICSSUEC71
Malaysia STPM5 in best 3 A levels
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate73
Nepal Proficiency Certificate82
Norway GPA1.5
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams77
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams31
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)2.5 pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE17
Phillipines NSAT89
Russia FCCSE4.3
Saudi Arabia MESSLC83
Singapore SCGCE15.5
Spain SSSD8.2
Spain STBPU7.5
Sri Lanka GCE4.5
Sweden SSLC13
Taiwan GSAT54
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate87
Thailand CSE(Matayom) 1.9
Turkey HSD4
UK Board GCE A Levels13
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1410, ACT 20
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 Average

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

The course is distinctive for providing graduates with a strong foundation in forest science and incorporates field-based practicums and interactive tutorials. It also focuses on the business aspects of industrial forest management, while acknowledging the importance of alternatives such as small-scale farm forestry, mixed-species plantations and managed private native forests.

The course places an emphasis on field work and includes many trips to native and planted forest types. These provide an opportunity for students to learn key skills in forest science, in evaluating vegetation and planning management options. The NSW Northern Rivers region offers a variety of accessible subtropical environments close to the Lismore campus.

Forestry students have the opportunity to specialise in small or large-scale plantations, restoration forestry, provision of environmental services, wood utilisation, forest inventory and planning, and international forestry.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2

Online students attend compulsory residential workshops at Lismore campus

 

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1, 2$30,400 ($3,800 per unit)019851A
 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 forest science and management. Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to native forest, plantation and agroforestry 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 forest science and management. Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings. Demonstrate knowledge in several sub-disciplines.

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 forest science and management contexts. Collaborate effectively with academic, operational and technical workers.

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

This course places an emphasis on field work and includes many trips to native and planted forest types. Most lectures and tutorials are taught via online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

The course includes compulsory residential teaching periods at Lismore, which include lab and field work that all students must attend. These occur in the middle of sessions 1 and 2.

Please note: Online students must attend the compulsory residential workshops at Lismore.

Career opportunities

In field forestry in plantation establishment and management; use of geographic information systems; natural resource management and environmental planning; native forest management, fire prevention and control; forest resource assessment; policy development; pest and disease management; agroforestry and farm forestry advisory services; forest growth modelling and yield prediction; protected area management; international forestry focused on developing countries, reserve management; and forestry research.

Changes in the industry drive a continuing demand for degree-qualified foresters able to work in production, conservation and restoration forestry. Native forests continue to be important sources of high-value wood and require managers in public forest agencies and national parks where the focus is on fire management, weed and feral animal control and other important issues.

Professional placement

Students complete 16 weeks of practical workplace experience during in a forestry-related area including plantation and forested regions across Australia. Students are assisted by work experience coordinator to find paid and/or volunteer work placements that complement their studies. 

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

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

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Forest Science and Management students must complete 16 weeks approved work experience and 384 credit points, comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Environmental Science after completing 96 credit points, comprising 8 core first-year units, with no more than 48 credit points awarded as advanced standing.

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Environmental Science after completing 192 credit points comprising 8 core units and 8 elective units with no more than 96 credit points awarded as advanced standing.


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Core units

AGR00214 -  Soil ProcessesIntermediate Note 1
AGT00217 -  Land Degradation and RehabilitationAdvanced Note 1
BIO00201 -  BiologyIntroductory Note 1
BIO00202 -  EcologyIntroductory Note 1
BIO00213 -  Plant Identification and ConservationIntermediate Note 1
CHE00201 -  ChemistryIntroductory Note 1
ECO00202 -  Ecological Economics for Sustainable DevelopmentIntermediate
ENS00203 -  Earth Systems II: The HydrosphereIntroductory Note 1
FOR00100 -  Fire Ecology and ManagementIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
FOR00101 -  Plant Physiology and EcologyIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
FOR00102 -  Measuring Trees and ForestsIntermediate Note 1
FOR00103 -  Native Forest SilvicultureIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
FOR00104 -  Forest OperationsIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
FOR00105 -  Plantation SilvicultureIntermediate Note 1, Note 2
FOR00106 -  Wood Science and UtilisationIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
FOR00107 -  Forest Health: Pest and Disease ManagementIntermediate Note 1, Note 2
FOR00108 -  Agroforestry and Farm ForestryIntermediate Note 1, Note 2
FOR00109 -  Forest Modelling and ManagementAdvanced Note 3
FOR00110 -  Natural Resources PolicyIntermediate
ENV10656 -  Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource ManagementAdvanced Note 1
GLY00201 -  Earth Systems I: The LithosphereIntroductory Note 1
GLY00223 -  Introduction to Geographic Information SystemsIntermediate Note 1
MAT00211 -  Environmental Information AnalysisIntroductory
SUR00201 -  Environmental MappingIntroductory Note 1
BIO10187 -  Science and Global ChallengesIntroductory Note 1

Electives



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 1
BIO10187 -  Global Environmental IssuesIntroductory Note 1
SUR00201 -  Environmental MappingIntroductory Note 1
GLY00201 -  Earth Systems I: The LithosphereIntroductory Note 1
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 -  ChemistryIntroductory Note 1
BIO00202 -  EcologyIntroductory Note 1
MAT00211 -  Environmental Information AnalysisIntroductory
ENS00203 -  Earth Systems II: The HydrosphereIntroductory Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00213 -  Plant Identification and ConservationIntermediate Note 1
FOR00102 -  Measuring Trees and ForestsIntermediate Note 1
FOR00103 -  Native Forest SilvicultureIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
Choose 1 Elective from Elective units
Year 2, Session 2
FOR00100 -  Fire Ecology and ManagementIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
FOR00101 -  Plant Physiology and EcologyIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
FOR00105 -  Plantation SilvicultureIntermediate Note 1, Note 2
Choose 1 Elective from Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
AGR00214 -  Soil ProcessesIntermediate Note 1
ECO00202 -  Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable DevelopmentIntermediate
FOR00107 -  Forest Health: Pest and Disease ManagementIntermediate Note 1, Note 2
FOR00104 -  Forest OperationsIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
Year 3, Session 2
AGT00217 -  Land Degradation and RehabilitationAdvanced Note 1
FOR00106 -  Wood Science and UtilisationIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
FOR00108 -  Agroforestry and Farm ForestryIntermediate Note 1, Note 2
GLY00223 -  Introduction to Geographic Information SystemsIntermediate Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
FOR00109 -  Forest Modelling and ManagementAdvanced Note 3
FOR00110 -  Natural Resources PolicyIntermediate
Choose 2 elective units from Elective units
Year 4, Session 2
ENV10656 -  Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource ManagementAdvanced Note 1
Choose 3 elective units from Elective units

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 -  ChemistryIntroductory Note 1
BIO00202 -  EcologyIntroductory Note 1
MAT00211 -  Environmental Information AnalysisIntroductory
ENS00203 -  Earth Systems II: The HydrosphereIntroductory Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00201 -  BiologyIntroductory Note 1
BIO10187 -  Global Environmental IssuesIntroductory
SUR00201 -  Environmental MappingIntroductory Note 1
GLY00201 -  Earth Systems I: The LithosphereIntroductory Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
FOR00100 -  Fire Ecology and ManagementIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
FOR00101 -  Plant Physiology and EcologyIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
GLY00223 -  Introduction to Geographic Information SystemsIntermediate Note 1
Please 1 Elective unit from Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
BIO00213 -  Plant Identification and ConservationIntermediate Note 1
FOR00102 -  Measuring Trees and ForestsIntermediate Note 1
FOR00107 -  Forest Health: Pest and Disease ManagementIntermediate Note 1, Note 2
AGR00214 -  Soil ProcessesIntermediate Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
AGT00217 -  Land Degradation and RehabilitationAdvanced Note 1
FOR00105 -  Plantation SilvicultureIntermediate Note 1
FOR00108 -  Agroforestry and Farm ForestryIntermediate Note 1
Choose 1 Elective Unit from Elective units
Year 4, Session 1
FOR00109 -  Forest Modelling and ManagementAdvanced Note 3
FOR00103 -  Native Forest SilvicultureIntermediate Note 1
ECO00202 -  Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable DevelopmentIntermediate
FOR00104 -  Forest OperationsIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
Year 4, Session 2
FOR00106 -  Wood Science and UtilisationIntermediate Note 1, Note 3
ENV10656 -  Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource ManagementAdvanced Note 1
Choose 2 Elective Units from Elective units
Year 5, Session 1
FOR00110 -  Natural Resources PolicyIntermediate
Choose 3 Electives from Elective units


Notes

Note 1: Compulsory Residential for External Students
Note 2: This unit is available in ODD years e.g 2015 & 2017
Note 3: This unit is available in EVEN years e.g 2016 & 2018

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