Bachelor of Environmental Science - CA42
The Bachelor of Environmental Science will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills required for employment in areas related to the environment, environmental monitoring, management and ecologically sustainable development. You will benefit from a combination of theoretical and practical work, including field work.
On Campus, Online
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
English (Units 3 and 4, C)
Social Science and Biology or Chemistry
Do you want to play a key role in environmental monitoring, management and ecologically sustainable development?
The Bachelor of Environmental Science will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to turn your passion into a career in the environment.
At CQUniversity you will develop a wide range of skills through a combination of theoretical and practical work, including both laboratory and field work. You will learn to think systemically and systematically about the environment, natural resource management and social and economic development.
The course will provide you with a broad foundation of knowledge in environmental studies and develop generic skills in the sciences and social sciences and humanities. You will also benefit from the opportunity to undertake a major in Environmental Geography or Integrated Land and Water Management, plus tailor your studies by completing two elective minors.
You will gain broad knowledge from our multidisciplinary approach to environmental science, combining units from biology, chemistry, geography and sociology. This ensures our course is better aligned to what is required in your workplace and environment, as well as making you more employable on completion.
|Core Units||8||Major Units||8|
Course structureYou are required to complete 8 core units, 8 major units, plus a further 8 elective units from a choice of four-unit elective minors.
Unit informationFor information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
Credit transfer informationIf you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
Your courseThe Bachelor of Environmental Science offers a strong science focus with majors in environmental geography or integrated land and water management.
Throughout the course, you will examine, measure, monitor and manage aspects of the Earth’s living and non-living environment. You will study a broad range of environmental science units such as environmental economics, geography information systems, environmental law and community engagement, as well as biological and chemical sciences. Through your chosen major you will gain deep discipline knowledge.
Your studies will equip you with the skills and knowledge to contribute to the sustainability of ecosystems and societies. Throughout the course, you will study skills-focused units that develop your field and laboratory abilities. These skills are useful for research and enhance your work readiness.
Strong career opportunitiesOur course prepares you for a range of careers and further research study options. You will find career opportunities in fields related to ecologically sustainable development including the human and natural environment. Employment options exist with public and private sectors, for example, local catchment authorities, CSIRO, state and federal government departments involved in natural resource management and environmental protection, GBRMPA, environmental consulting firms, local councils and mining companies in roles such as conservation officer, environmental consultant, environmental scientist or park ranger.
Real-word learning experiencesYou will have the opportunity to complete an industry placement or a short research project. This experience allows you to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained throughout your studies to the professional work environment. The skills, knowledge and experience you gain through this professional practice experience enhance your work readiness and the career opportunities you explore when you graduate.
On-campus or onlineThe Bachelor of Environmental Science offers you the flexibility to study on campus in Rockhampton or online. If you study this course online, there are 10 compulsory residential schools. Residential schools allow you to complete specific on-campus requirements, gain practical skills and make valuable connections with your peers and teaching teams.
|Term 1 - 2023||Rockhampton|
|Term 2 - 2022||Rockhampton|
|Term 2 - 2023||Rockhampton|
|Term 1 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2023||Available Online|
Only the first year of the course is available to study on-campus at CQUniversity Bundaberg.
|Environmental Geography (EnvGeo)||8|
|Integrated Land and Water Management (ILWM)||8|
Environmental GeographyThe Environmental Geography major will provide you with an introduction to the relationship humans have with their environment from both a contemporary and historical perspective. System analysis skills are developed and applied to the issue of climate change.
You will develop an understanding of environmental policy and gain important skills that will assist you with preparing Environmental Impact Assessments, analysing demographic data and managing environmental systems.
Integrated Land and Water ManagementThe Integrated Land and Water Management major will introduce you to both water management and to terrestrial systems. You will get a strong understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes that occur in both freshwater and marine systems and field trips to local waterways and an offshore island will be organised to complement your learning. Hands-on practical work in the field and laboratory will also be used to demonstrate the application of the theory to the practical management of terrestrial systems
This major will be suitable for you if you are interested in a career in land and water management and rehabilitation or vegetation management.
Depending on your chosen major, complement your studies with a choice of recommended elective minors. You will complete two, four-unit minors:
Recommended Elective Minors (Environmental Geography Major)
- Advanced Environmental Geography
- Animal Biology
- Biology in Depth
- Environmental Business and Law
- Plant and Crop Systems
- Plant Biology
- Water Quality Assessment
Recommended Elective Minors (Integrated Land and Water Management Major)
- Integrated Land and Water Management
- Advanced Integrated Land and Water Management
- Environmental Business and Law
- Environmental Geography
- Plant and Crop Systems
- Water Quality Assessment
|Environmental Monitoring||ENVR11014||This unit requires students to attend a 5-day long skills-intensive residential school in a remote environment focused on practical activities common in the industry (e.g. animal trapping and vegetation monitoring). Environmental professionals (eg Queensland Parks and Wildlife Rangers) attend and work side by side with students, imparting practical skills, professional knowledge and assisting students in developing work experience and professional networks.|
|Professional Placement or Project||BIOL12050||This unit provides students with an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills attained in their degree course to the professional work environment. Students will undertake either a) an industry placement, or b) a short research project. They will report on their experience in an appropriate format, identifying the nature of the work and activities undertaken. In this report, they will also reflect on how the knowledge gained and the skills developed during placement relate to their course of study and their future career.|
A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.
The rank threshold for this course is: SR 66 | ATAR 66.0
Student profileIf you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.
Institute profileTo find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.
English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
- A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
- An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
- Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
- An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
English and a social science, biological science or chemistry subject.
Completion of the Bachelor of Environmental Science will prepare you to peruse employment opportunities in roles such as:
- environmental officer
- environmental consultant
- environmental scientist
- vegetation management officer
- air quality control officer
- water management officer.
Employment opportunities exist within public and private sectors for example local catchment authorities, regional resource management organisations, State and Federal Government natural resource management departments, environmental consulting firms, local councils and mining companies.
|2022 Indicative Fees|
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$8,016.00|
The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. It is based on a standard full-time study load (generally this is two terms of study, with four units studied per term). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
|Fee Category||Commonwealth Supported Place|
|What is a Commonwealth Supported Place?||A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.|
|Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place?|| You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
|Fee Type||Student Contribution|
|What is a Student contribution?||As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.|
|HECS-HELP and payment options||
HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
|Other Fees||You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.|
|Other study costs||You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.|
At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more.
|Queensland||ROK: 850681; ONL: 850685|
|New South Wales||ONL: 160431|
|Western Australia||ONL: 150431|
If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.
If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.
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What’s the best way to apply?
- Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
- Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
- Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.
Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centreView the table below for the best application option based on where you live.
|If you live in||Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*|
|Queensland||Apply via QTAC|
|New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory||Apply via UAC|
|Victoria; Tasmania||Apply via VTAC|
|South Australia; Northern Territory; Western Australia||Apply via ApplyCQUNI|
*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.
Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUniBenefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.
|If you are studying with:||Study Support|
|Murray River Study Hub||Access to local study facilities.|
Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
- CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
- A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.