We're located on the doorstep of the Solitary Islands Marine Park and we really make use of our natural environments in our teaching.
So students come here and they can swim with whales they can fly drones they can do debris surveys on our beaches.
So when you enrol in Marine Science one of the first things you can do is come and have a look at the Marine Science Centre and the facilities where we're doing groundbreaking research.
In fact our research is so good that the Australian Government has given it the highest ranking possible.
Our marine and coastal environments matter unfortunately they're experiencing a range of different threats from a whole variety of sources. So it's a really good time for students to get involved and study marine science.
As a student at SCU you'll get the opportunity to be involved with the latest technologies such as drones. SCU has been using drones to monitor whales sharks and dolphins and we've been actively involved in particular things like monitoring white sharks in the in shore areas which is really exciting.
Students who join us will have the opportunity to put their hands up to contribute to our research looking at swimming with whales. This new ecotourism opportunity provides an amazing chance to get up close with these wonderful animals but our job as researchers is to make sure that the whales are minimally impacted by this activity.
We do a wide range of research we look at the effects of climate change on corals on seaweeds on invertebrates we also look at aquaculture and the aquaculture is really important what we're looking at is ways to feed growing population using marine resources.
The world population is increasing and this means that we have to find more sustainable resources and we also have to look after the marine environment.
Because of this there's a great range of careers that are opening up for marine scientists things like working in government working in aquaculture and working in the industry.
Science and Environment
Knowledge of the interaction between ocean, atmosphere, land, biota and humans is the key to the management of our built and natural systems and to finding solutions to the problems they face.
From regenerative agriculture to marine ecology, our degrees cover every aspect of the management of our natural and built environments. Advanced analytical laboratories and a strong field focus prepare you for a range of careers.
Our environmental science programs are taught by passionate academics and have a focus on developing practical skills. You can obtain your Diploma of Science into our Bachelor of Science with a choice of specialisations 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.
Why choose Science and Environment with Southern Cross?
Global top 300
We're ranked in the global top 300 in Agriculture and Forestry (QS Rankings 2020)
Guaranteed entry with Diploma of Science
Guaranteed entry with Diploma of Science into our Bachelor of Science with a choice of specialisations
5-star rating in skills development, student support and teaching quality in Agriculture and Environmental Studies (GUG 2022)
No.1 in Australia for graduate salary
No.1 in Australia for graduate salary in Agriculture and Environmental Studies (GUG 2022)
Our science and environment courses are delivered on our campuses in Lismore, Coffs Harbour, the Gold Coast and at the National Marine Science Centre. Many courses also offer external and flexible study options.
As a leader in environmental sustainability and outstanding research, the Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees which specialise in environmental, marine, forest science and engineering.
Our teaching and research is focused on innovative approaches to contemporary issues including global warming, salinity, sustainable agriculture and forestry.
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