Let your studies in marine and environmental sciences fuel the change generation

Do you have a passion for the environment and sustainable management of our natural resources? Our marine, forest and environmental science degrees are taught by equally passionate academics, from our School of Environment, Science and Engineering, and have a focus on developing practical skills. Gain your scientific diving licence as part of a marine science degree or learn to use drones and GIS equipment for resource mapping and data collection. Fieldtrips are a feature of all our degrees, with living laboratories at our doorstep – World Heritage rainforests, reefs and rivers are all within easy reach of our campuses.

Career opportunities include:

  • Marine biology
  • Natural parks and marine reserves
  • Aquaculture
  • Environmental policy and planning
  • Sustainable resource management
  • Ecological research
  • Waste management and recycling

You can also take advantage of a one-on-one chat with one of our marine and environmental science graduates.

  1. Simply fill in the details below to book a chat.
  2. A team member will contact you to find out more about what you want to study and help you think through what you might like to talk about with our graduate.

What makes Southern Cross different to other universities

  • 84% of graduates are employed shortly after graduation – Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018
  • Outstanding research informs cutting-edge curriculum
  • National Marine Science Centre at Coffs Harbour a hub for scientific excellence
  • Extensive field trips for hands-on tuition, specialist scientific laboratories
  • Drones, GIS mapping and advanced analytical facilities
  • Option to gain scientific diving licence (marine science)
  • Ranked No.1 in Australia for median starting salary in environmental studies, 5-star ranking for learning resources – Good Universities Guide 2019.

Book a chat with one of our amazing graduates

Man with surfboard and underwater camera

Lucas Handley

Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

Lucas has always been a wild child. Growing up on the border of the Booyong rainforest in northern NSW, his playground was the creek and bushland around the family home.

When the family moved to a nearby coastal suburb, his boyhood interest in the natural world shifted towards the ocean. was a natural progression for Lucas and it became the backbone for his exploration of science and conservation through film and photography.

“I was already involved in work around the ocean, but the degree I think legitimised what I was doing in film,” he says.

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