Bachelor of Science (Forest Systems)



Course overview

A flexible, multi-dimensional degree that allows you to incorporate a wide range of subjects in an integrated way with career-focused science disciplines. The Forestry Systems specialisation will study the vital roles forests 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, and forest operations and technology.

Career outcomes

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.

Graduates are ready for a wide variety of science careers that address urban to agricultural and forest systems, and the science-based industries that focus on solving environmental problems and advising on best practices.

Entry pathways

Graduates of the Diploma of Science are guaranteed entry into this course and receive up to 8 units of credit.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Science (Forest Systems) is comprised of 24 units.

7 foundational core units:
  • Earth Systems
  • Science and Global Challenges
  • Scientific Data Management and Analysis
  • Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis
  • Caring for Country
  • Impactful Science and Practice I
  • Impactful Science and Practice II
Plus 10 specialisation core units:
  • Introduction to Forest Science and Management
  • Soil Processes
  • Organisms and Environment
  • Ecology of Natural and Disturbed Systems
  • Native Forest Silviculture
  • Fire Ecology and Management
  • Planted Trees and Forests
  • Wood Science and Utilisation
  • Forest Operations and Technology
  • Chemistry
Plus choose a further 7 units from the list of recommended elective units below:
  • Agricultural and Forest Value Chains
  • Ecosystem Modelling for Management
  • Pest and Disease Management
  • Cells and Molecules
  • Ecosystem Regeneration
  • Drone Technology and Spatial Analysis
  • Genetics
  • Plant Biology
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Protected Area Management
  • Ecological Economics
  • Introduction to GIS and mapping

Choose elective units from any other specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Earth and Environmental Systems, Marine Systems, Regenerative Agriculture) or from the Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Civil, Mechanical, Coastal Systems), or you can choose a shared major or a combination of elective units from other disciplines across the University.

Why choose Southern Cross University?
  • Ranked number 1 in Australia for graduate salary, overall experience and learning resources in agriculture and environmental studies (GUG 2021*)
  • Top 3% of universities worldwide in Forestry and Agriculture (QS rankings 2020**)
  • Designed in consultation with industry.
  • Focus on sustainable subtropical forestry, developing strong practical skills with extensive field training and exposure to native and planted forest types.

2021 Start:   February, June
Location:  Lismore, Online
Duration:  3 years FT/6 years PT
Admission requirements: ATAR 60 or equivalent

* Good Universities Guide 2021

** QS World Rankings 2020