“Wood is the ultimate renewable resource and there is going to be more demand for it.”

Andrew Egan

Bachelor of Forest Science and Management

Study Forest Science

The forests are the lungs of the planet and our forest science courses can breathe life into your dream of pursuing a scientific career. 

We are proud to be ranked in the global top 350 universities for Agriculture and Forestry (QS Rankings 2022), and we offer dynamic forest science courses.  

The Bachelor of Science (Forest Systems) has a focus on sustainable subtropical forestry, developing strong practical skills via extensive field training and exposure to native and planted forest types. The course integrates studies in commercial wood production and sustainable resource management. 

Masters by thesis and doctorate-level studies are also available, drawing on the University’s specialist expertise in forest and plant science. 

We also conduct forest research across regional Australia, South-East Asia and the South Pacific in areas that span subtropical and tropical forestry, agroforestry, biomaterials and energy, beekeeping, ecology and management of forest birds, marsupials and amphibians. In each setting, community engagement is a priority. 

Degree-qualified foresters gain positions in production, conservation and restoration forestry. Native forests require managers in forest agencies and national parks where the focus is on fire management, weed and feral animal control and other important issues.

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Why choose Forest Science at Southern Cross?

Top 400 for Environmental Science

We're ranked in the top 400 universities for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (Global Rankings of Academic Subjects (Shanghai Rankings) 2022)

Global top 3%

We're in the top 3.5% of universities worldwide in Forestry and Agriculture (QS Rankings 2023)

5-star rating

We’re rated 5-stars for teaching quality and student support in Agriculture and Environmental Studies (GUG 2023)

Southern Cross Model is a better way to learn

For almost a century the sandstone walls of Universities housed the same teaching model. The Southern Cross Model is different – immersive, responsive, in tune with the 21st century student. By joining Southern Cross, you are part of a better way to learn.

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Prepare for university with a pathway program

If you have the passion, we have the entry pathway. We offer preparation courses to refresh your academic skills, increase your entry rank, or get you on track for a degree with a short course.

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Entry pathways

There are many ways to get into Southern Cross University. Discover your options with an entry pathway.

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The University offers a wide range of scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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