Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management
About this course
This combined degree brings together the terrestrial aspects of environmental management with marine science and management. It aims to produce graduates who can manage the environment for future generations. The degree focuses on building scientific knowledge and practical skills in land and water management, and flora and fauna conservation, as well as an emphasis on field training in a range of tropical and subtropical coastal and marine environments.
Students can choose between completing an eight-week industry placement or completing a self-directed major project.
Careers in environmental science include national parks and protected area management, environmental protection, waste management, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, environmental education and interpretation, sustainable forestry, fisheries management, aquaculture, ecotourism, land/river/coast care programs; and in environmental science research. Careers in marine science include as a consultant, marine park planner, marine biologist and ecologist, marine reserve officer, aqua-culturalists, fisheries manager, project officer, technical officer, state coordinator; and in marine research.
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
Students have the opportunity to undertake an eight-week industry internship during their studies for practical experience to supplement the theory components of the course. Interns can work with organisations across the environmental science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies; private consultancies; or business enterprises in Australia or overseas.
Major areas of study
- Coastal Management provides insights into processes that affect our use of the coastal zone. Students explore the impact of climate change, land use planning, protected area management, economics, and people in the coastal environment.
- Environmental Resource Management focuses on conducting wildlife surveys, conserve fauna and flora and rehabilitating degraded land for future generations.
- Fisheries and Aquaculture Management integrates fisheries, biology, stock management, habitat protection, and aquaculture studies with environmental management. Students focus on developing strategies to maintain a sustainable fishery/aquaculture enterprise. Some third year subjects for this major will be taught as intensive residential courses at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.
- Waste Management and Resource Recovery develops multidisciplinary skills that support innovation in providing solutions for dealing with waste and waste minimisation, now and in the future.
Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Lismore students complete the final-year units at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour, which are delivered in intensive mode.
Online students attend compulsory residential workshops at the Lismore campus and final-year units at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour, which are delivered in intensive mode.
Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.
- Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
- Recognition of informal learning
Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).
To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.
An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.
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 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.
Students have access to laboratories on Lismore campus across a range of scientific disciplines that feature advanced analytical equipment, specifically for geochemistry, microscopy, aquaculture, genetic analysis, wood science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as well as labs for biology, chemistry and geology.
Field equipment includes boats and 4WD vehicles, fish and animal sampling equipment, sediment samplers, diving equipment, underwater video recorder, geotechnical and geochemical data collection equipment, and a portable weather station and data loggers.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:
- all 14 units listed in Part A; and
- one major from Part B; and
- ten(10) units from Part C
- Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, who have successfully completed eight (8) units from Part A with no more than four (4) units awarded as Advanced Standing may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the combined Bachelor Degree.
- Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, who have successfully completed the requirements of the Associate Degree of Environmental Science, may elect to be awarded that degree following withdrawal from candidature for the combined Bachelor Degree.
- Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, who have successfully completed the requirements of the Bachelor of Environmental Science, may elect to be awarded that degree following withdrawal from candidature for the combined Bachelor Degree.
- Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, who have successfully completed the requirements of the Bachelor of Marine Science and Management may elect to be awarded that degree following withdrawal from candidature for the combined Bachelor Degree.
Schedule of units
How to apply
Applications for this course to study online are made directly to SCU via our online application service.
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'