Bachelor of Science

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 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
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Lismore, National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour, Online
Lismore, National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
3007004
Course abbreviation
BSc
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
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

The Bachelor of Science at Southern Cross University is a flexible, multidimensional degree that allows you to incorporate a wide range of subjects with career-focused science specialisations. 

You can focus on an area of professional practice by choosing a specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems, Marine Systems, Forestry Systems or Regenerative Agriculture. These specialisations are identified on your graduating testamur. Alternatively, you can choose a major from Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Environmental Solutions or a shared major from disciplines across the University.

You can effectively design your own science degree. All students study seven core units that provide a strong foundation in science, including field and laboratory experimentation and analytical techniques, as well as socio-ecological systems, management and critical thinking. Core skills and knowledge are reinforced and expanded across the three-year program, finishing with capstone research projects in Impactful Science and Practice. 

The Bachelor of Science is characterised by a high level of practical and field experience in all years, making use of our easy access to a variety of subtropical terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. 

The Bachelor of Science at Southern Cross University is a flexible, multidimensional degree that allows you to incorporate a wide range of subjects with career-focused science specialisations. 

You can focus on an area of professional practice by choosing a specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems, Marine Systems, Forestry Systems or Regenerative Agriculture. These specialisations are identified on your graduating testamur. Alternatively, you can choose a major from Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Environmental Solutions or a shared major from disciplines across the University.

You can effectively design your own science degree. All students study seven core units that provide a strong foundation in science, including field and laboratory experimentation and analytical techniques, as well as socio-ecological systems, management and critical thinking. Core skills and knowledge are reinforced and expanded across the three-year program, finishing with capstone research projects in Impactful Science and Practice. 

The Bachelor of Science is characterised by a high level of practical and field experience in all years, making use of our easy access to a variety of subtropical terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. 

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

Specialisations

Specialisations are a group of units which develop specialist skills and knowledge. All specialisations provide capstone units that reinforce your chosen field via research and applied practice.

  • Earth and Environmental Systems Specialisation develops your skills in and understanding of environmental science to address how we interact with Earth systems in the Anthropocene. You will study units covering ecology, ecosystem regeneration, biogeochemistry, modelling and resource management (including water, catchments and waste/resources in the circular economy). You can choose a shared major as part of this specialisation or choose from a range of elective units, including ecological economics, wildlife conservation, and protected area management.
     
  • Marine Systems Specialisation builds on introductory earth systems knowledge by studying units at our National Marine Science Centre adjacent to the Solitary Islands. These cover oceanography, marine ecology, fish and aquaculture, reefs, fisheries and marine parks management. You can choose a shared major as part of this specialisation or choose from a range of elective units including marine megafauna, ocean change biology, drone technology and special analysis, and coastal fluvial hydrodynamics.
     
  • Forestry Systems Specialisation covers the vital roles forest play in natural and managed systems. Building on core science principles you will study units addressing native forest silviculture, fire ecology and management, planted trees and forests, wood science and utilisation, forest operations and technology. You can choose a shared major as part of this specialisation or choose eight from a range of elective units including modelling natural systems, plant and disease management, agriculture and forest value chains, and plant biology.
     
  • Regenerative Agriculture Specialisation is the only undergraduate specialisation addressing regenerative agriculture in Australia and globally. You will study human ecology, soil processes, regenerative strategies and soil management as well as the planning of rural landscapes, developing specialist knowledge and taking a holistic approach to food production and farm management. A key aspect of this practice specialisation are on-farm residential schools. You can choose seven units from any other specialisation.
     

Majors

Domestic students

LocationSession
Lismore1, 2
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour1, 2
Online1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1$30,400 ($3,800 per unit)104730A
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour1$30,400 ($3,800 per unit)104730A
 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.

Australian/Domestic students

Lismore
Session 2 July 2021
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Session 2 July 2021
Online
Session 2 July 2021

International students studying in Australia

Lismore
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
View domestic application details View international application details

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

Use complexity thinking and critical analysis in relation to scientific methods of inquiry.

Respond creatively to complex intellectual, professional, practical and societal challenges in the Anthropocene.

Apply professional judgement based on ethical behaviour, academic integrity, professional standards, regulatory frameworks, and respect for principles of social justice to support adaptability.

Select and apply appropriate practical and theoretical scientific methods, techniques and tools to collect and accurately record data through systematic inquiry.

Demonstrate broad and well-developed knowledge of the theory and application of scientific principles, system knowledge and associated practices

Synthesise, critically evaluate, and interpret scientific data and other information to draw rigorous conclusions and solve problems with intellectual independence

Reflect on the role of self in the context of learning, professional development and ethical practice in science.

Effectively communicate science and practice in a systems approach using a variety of modes to engage with a range of audiences.

Work collaboratively, responsibly and safely as part of a team.

Incorporate diverse cultural perspectives and Indigenous ways of knowing to inform understandings of complex and interconnected physical, social and economic systems.


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 online lectures and activities and face-to-face tutorials, field work and laboratory-based practicals. 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. Online students may be required to come onto campus for hand-on residentials or for field work and laboratory classes.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Science prepares students for employment or further study in the sciences, developing graduates who can apply science in the context of broader systems to address complex intellectual, professional, practical and societal challenges in the Anthropocene.

Career opportunities are diverse, including natural resource management in local council, state Commonwealth Government or not-for-profit organisations, consulting, as an industry adviser or practitioner, research technician, quality control/quality assurance officer, data analyst or science communicator.

Specialisations allow students to develop expertise in an area of practice such as Marine, Forest, Earth and Environmental Science or Regenerative Agriculture.

Graduate outcomes for specialisations might include:

Earth and Environmental Systems
Career opportunities exist in public and private sectors, national park and protected area management, environmental protection, waste management, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, environmental education and interpretation, ecotourism, land/river/coast care programs; and in environmental science research.

Marine Systems
Career opportunities exist in marine park management, fisheries and aquaculture, reef restoration, marine monitoring, marine-based tourism, state or federal government, marine consulting, or marine research and technical assistance.

Forestry Systems
Changes in the industry drive a continuing demand for degree-qualified foresters able to work in production, conservation and restoration forestry, in plantation establishment and management; 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 and forestry research.

Regenerative Agriculture
Career opportunities exist in public and private sectors as a regenerative agriculture specialist/consultant, farmer, resource manager, regenerative agronomist, sustainability advisor and planner, policy developer, biologist, ecologist, soil health scientist, or in scientific research. Combined with our education course, graduates may also be prepared for roles in high school agricultural science.

 

Professional placement

Within their study program, students will have the option for an internship placement at career-relevant workplaces. 

Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible for membership of professional associations such as the Institute of Foresters of Australia, depending on the specialisation or major studied.

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 Science, students must complete the equivalent of 24 equivalent unit/units (288 credit points), comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleNote

Core Units

Specialisations

All specialisations include the seven Core Units

TitleNote
Take all of the following 16 units (192 credit points):
SCIN1004 -  Earth Systems
ENVR1001 -  Science and Global Challenges
STAT1002 -  Scientific Data Management and Analysis
STAT2003 -  Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
INDG3001 -  Caring for Country
SCIN3002 -  Impactful Science and Practice I
SCIN3003 -  Impactful Science and Practice II
CHEM1001 -  Chemistry
SCIN1005 -  Organisms and Environments
ERTH2002 -  Ecosystem Regeneration
PLAN3001 -  Waste as a Resource
ERTH2003 -  Aquatic Pollution and Catchment Management
BIOL2011 -  Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
CHEM2001 -  Environmental Chemistry
FORS3006 -  Ecosystem Modelling for Management
ENVR3009 -  Biogeochemistry
Choose a further eight units (96 credit points) from the following list of recommended units, or eight Elective Units (96 credit points), or choose a Shared Major.
SOIL2001 -  Soil Processes Note 1
AGRC2005 -  Ecological Perspectives: Human Ecology
FORS2001 -  Fire Ecology and Management Note 1
MRNE2009 -  Invertebrate Life
MRNE2010 -  Oceanography
BIOL1005 -  Cells and Molecules Note 1
GENG3001 -  Drone Technology and Spatial Analysis
CIVL3005 -  Water and Wastewater Engineering
ERTH3001 -  Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics
ENVR2010 -  Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Note 3
CIVL2016 -  Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Note 3
ENVR3003 -  Internship Study Note 2
ENVR2002 -  Wildlife Conservation Note 1
BIOL2001 -  Genetics
CIVL1002 -  Humanitarian Projects
ENVR3004 -  Protected Area Management
ERTH3002 -  Analysis of Food, Soils and Water
ENVR2011 -  Ecological Economics Note 1
AGRC2007 -  Plant Biology
FORS3007 -  Pest and Disease Management
GENG2001 -  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Note 1

TitleNote
Take all of the following 16 units (192 credit points):
SCIN1004 -  Earth Systems
ENVR1001 -  Science and Global Challenges
STAT1002 -  Scientific Data Management and Analysis
STAT2003 -  Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
INDG3001 -  Caring for Country
SCIN3002 -  Impactful Science and Practice I
SCIN3003 -  Impactful Science and Practice II
FORS1001 -  Introduction to Forest Science and Management
FORS2011 -  Native Forest Silviculture
FORS2001 -  Fire Ecology and Management
FORS3005 -  Planted Trees and Forests
FORS2012 -  Wood Science and Utilisation
FORS2010 -  Forest Operations and Technology
CHEM1001 -  Chemistry
SCIN1005 -  Organisms and Environments
BIOL2011 -  Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
Choose a further eight units (96 credit points) from the following list of recommended units, or eight Elective Units (96 credit points), or choose a Shared Major.
SOIL2001 -  Soil Processes Note 1
AGRC2004 -  Soil Management Note 1
FORS3006 -  Ecosystem Modelling for Management Note 1
ENVR3004 -  Protected Area Management Note 1
AGRC2007 -  Plant Biology Note 1
AGRC2008 -  Agricultural and Forest Value Chains Note 1
FORS3007 -  Pest and Disease Management Note 1
GENG3001 -  Drone Technology and Spatial Analysis
ERTH3001 -  Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics
ENVR2010 -  Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Note 3
CIVL2016 -  Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Note 3
ENVR3009 -  Biogeochemistry
ENVR2011 -  Ecological Economics Note 1
BIOL1005 -  Cells and Molecules
BIOL2001 -  Genetics
ENVR2002 -  Wildlife Conservation

TitleNote
Take all of the following 17 units (200 credit points):
SCIN1004 -  Earth Systems
ENVR1001 -  Science and Global Challenges
AGRC1003 -  Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture
SCIN1005 -  Organisms and Environments
STAT1002 -  Scientific Data Management and Analysis
CHEM1001 -  Chemistry
STAT2003 -  Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
SOIL2001 -  Soil Processes
BIOL2011 -  Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
AGRC2004 -  Soil Management
AGRC2006 -  Regenerative Agricultural Practices
AGRC3003 -  Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
AGRC3004 -  Planning Rural Landscapes
SCIN3002 -  Impactful Science and Practice I
SCIN3003 -  Impactful Science and Practice II
INDG3001 -  Caring for Country
AGRC2005 -  Ecological Perspectives: Human Ecology
Choose a further seven units (84 credit points) from either the following list of recommended units or Elective Units.
CIVL1002 -  Humanitarian Projects
ERTH2003 -  Aquatic Pollution and Catchment Management Note 1
AGRC2007 -  Plant Biology Note 1
ENVR2010 -  Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Note 3
CIVL2016 -  Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Note 3
ENVR2002 -  Wildlife Conservation
BIOL2001 -  Genetics Note 1
ENVR2011 -  Ecological Economics Note 1
ERTH2002 -  Ecosystem Regeneration
FORS3007 -  Pest and Disease Management Note 1
ENVR3004 -  Protected Area Management
FORS3006 -  Ecosystem Modelling for Management
AGRC2008 -  Agricultural and Forest Value Chains Note 1
ENVR3003 -  Internship Study Note 2
CIVL3005 -  Water and Wastewater Engineering
GENG3001 -  Drone Technology and Spatial Analysis

Science Majors

Shared Majors

This course has an option to choose a Shared Major, to view the Majors available go to Shared majors

Elective Units



Course progressions

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



Notes

Note 1: Highly recommended unit for this specialisation
Note 2: Double-weighted unit
Note 3: Half-weighted unit

Unit groups

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