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Course summary

The Bachelor of Science provides a thorough grounding in science as well as the opportunity to specialise in an area of interest through the study of a major in regenerative agriculture, environmental chemistry, biology, engineering or mathematics.

The degree is ideal for attaining a general overview of science before specialising in a specific course of study. It offers flexibility in subject choices and a wide range of electives, enabling you to tailor your study to your learning goals.

You will complete either an internship or an integrated project as part of your studies, giving you the opportunity to investigate a particular area in depth and develop your knowledge and skills in a field that interests you.

This course is delivered through the School of Environment, Science and Engineering, a leader in environmental sustainability with state-of-the-art science and engineering facilities and an international research profile.



Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2



Majors to select from include:

(Locations are indicated in brackets. Please note that some majors are only available online.)

Regenerative Agriculture examines human ecology, agroecology, regenerative agronomy and soil management as well as the planning of rural landscapes. It draws on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology, agroforestry, environmental chemistry and socio-ecological systems, developing specialist knowledge in a whole-of-system approach to food production and farm management. Includes on-farm residential schools. (Available online*

Biology provides students with a broad base for understanding principles governing life processes at all levels–molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological. There is a strong focus on human impacts. The management of ecosystems is embedded throughout the major. (Available in Lismore and online*) 

Engineering ensures students have a sound base of environmental engineering knowledge coupled with principles of physical and biological sciences. (Available in Lismore)

Environmental Chemistry gives students the knowledge to solve chemically related environmental problems. Students will also gain an overview of sediment and aquatic chemistry, which includes laboratory analysis of materials.  (Available in Lismore and online*

Mathematics provides an area of specialisation for students in advanced mathematical skills. Subject areas can include an overview of algebra, calculus, physics and more complex analysis and group theories. (Available online)

L = Lismore  O = Online 

*Include on-campus, residential workshops.



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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis, and application of scientific methods in a discipline of science


Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability

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

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of science

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more scientific disciplines

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning

Critically reflect on practice

Demonstrate information literacy skills

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in scientific contexts

Collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms

Cultural competence

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

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.

On campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, field trips, 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: Some units may only be available to study online and some include compulsory residential workshops in Lismore with lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and field trips.

The Regenerative Agriculture major includes on-farm residential schools.

In public and private sectors as a regenerative agriculture specialist, farmer, resource manager and sustainability advisor and planner, policy developer, biologist, ecologist, health scientist, or in scientific research.

You will complete either an internship or an integrated project as part of your studies, giving you the opportunity to investigate a particular area in depth and develop your knowledge and skills in a field that interests you.

The internship may be in an organisation across the science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies, or private consultancies, or business enterprises in Australia or overseas.


The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'