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Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours is a year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) directed independent study, which is offered to those students who demonstrate a meritorious performance in their undergraduate studies.

The honours degree may be a completion point for those students who are seeking an opportunity to focus on an area of environmental science or management and improve their employment prospects. Alternatively, honours may provide a starting point for entry into postgraduate studies.

Students are introduced to research methodology under the close supervision of a member of staff who possesses expertise in the chosen area of study. It involves a close working relationship, and mutual responsibilities, between supervisor and student.

Prior to lodging an application, interested applicants must contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic. For more information refer to the School of Environment, Science and Engineering  Honours Handbook.

Career opportunities

Graduates are suited to careers within the public and private environmental sectors in a range of areas including national parks and protected area management, environmental protection, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, environmental education and interpretation, eco-tourism, sustainable forestry, fisheries management, aquaculture, eco-tourism, and land/river/coast care programs. Graduates also have opportunities to develop careers as researchers and can aim for further research qualifications by undertaking a PhD.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Course requirements

Rules concerning Bachelors Degrees with Honours (where Honours is taken as a separate year) can be found under Rule 5 in the University’s Rules Relating to Awards.

The Honours course comprises a Proposal, a Major study, a Minor Study and a Research Seminar. The major Study may be taken in one of the following areas:

  1. Environmental Science;
  2. Coastal Resource Management;
  3. Environmental Planning;
  4. Applied Coastal Studies; or
  5. Resource Technology.

The minor study may be taken from:

  1. the areas of the Major Study; and
  2. in a topic other than the one selected for the Major Study, subject to specific topics being approved by the Head, School of Environment, Science and Engineering.

With the approval of the Head, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, the Minor Study may be substituted by prescribed coursework and examination.

All units listed below must be successfully completed.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'