Manage complex environmental issues and create a better future.
Gain the interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills you need for a career as an environmental manager. You’ll learn to minimise human impacts on the environment, manage resources sustainably, and conserve and restore habitats, biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Our program has a strong focus on tropical and subtropical environments and peri-urban areas, making it highly relevant to our region as well as your job prospects. In addition, you will specialise through your choice from a range of minors which include Coastal and Marine Environments, Climate Change Adaptation, Planning Studies, Environmental Health, Geospatial Analysis, Environmental Geography, Journalism, Restoration and Conservation, or Sustainability.
You’ll get plenty of authentic learning experiences with field work activities and interactions with industry partners.
You’ll also have the opportunity in your final year to undertake a work placement or advanced research project related to environmental management, giving you necessary practical experience to enter the job market or pursue further studies.
Careers in the field of environmental management are diverse and include opportunities at local, state, national and international levels, in industry, government, conservation, and research organisations.
Careers in environmental management include environmental assessment and protection (air, water, land), natural resource management, ecosystem conservation and restoration, sustainable procurement and corporate stewardship, communications and public awareness, environmental education, policy and legislation development, international negotiations, and research and development of environmental technologies.
Graduates can apply to become Associate Member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) while they acquire relevant work experience. Graduates can apply for Full Membership in EIANZ after they have acquired two years of professional experience in one or more functional areas of environmental practice.
Application and admission advice
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New degree in Law and Environmental Management
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (5) 60 units
Developing and Graduate courses (11) 132 units
ENP211 Planning and Environmental Law
ENS221 Plant Diversity and Ecology
ENS222 Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity and Ecology
ENS223 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENS253 An Introduction to Geographic Information Science and Technology
ENS300 Environmental and Resource Economics
ENS351 Integrated Environmental Management
GEO310 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
SUS201 Measuring Sustainability
SUS202 Communicating Sustainability
Minor (4) 48 units
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Coastal and Marine Environments
- Environmental Geography
- Environmental Health
- Geospatial Analysis
- Planning Studies
- Restoration and Conservation
Elective courses (4) 48 units
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
- Apply for your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.