Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management
About this course
This four-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) 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 having an emphasis on field training in a range of tropical and subtropical coastal and marine environments.
Depending on majors completed in the degree, graduates are suited to positions in national parks and protected area management; environmental protection; environmental impact assessment and monitoring; environmental education and interpretation; sustainable forestry; fisheries management; aquaculture; and ecotourism. Typically, they may also find positions in land/river/coast care programs, within the public and private environmental sectors, as consultant marine park planners; marine biologists and ecologists; marine reserve officers, aquaculturalists; fisheries managers; project officers; technical officers; state coordinators; or as managers in the private sector and all tiers of government.
Graduates also have opportunities to develop careers as researchers by undertaking further studies in Honours and postgraduate research degrees.
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.
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 prepares graduates to work in areas such as protected area management, catchment management and environmental restoration. Students learn how to conduct wildlife surveys, conserve fauna and flora and rehabilitate 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.
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 distance education 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.
Distance education 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 cut months or years off 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, the University has evaluated the learning within some Australian and overseas qualifications/courses, visit SCU Pathways. If your previous study or educational institution is not listed, we still encourage you to apply for advanced standing because you might still be eligible.
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, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
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, especially for geochemistry, microscopy, aquaculture, genetic analysis and wood science. 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, portable weather station and data loggers.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
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
Distance education (external)
Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.
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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