Use science to solve environmental problems.
In a changing climate, the ability to solve environmental problems with science is more critical than ever. Environmental scientists help businesses and governments understand and make informed decisions about the preservation of natural ecosystems and resources, and how to balance the needs of humans and the natural world.
- Learn about plant and animal ecology, chemistry, hydrology, Earth sciences, weather and climate, geospatial sciences and resource economics
- Study the interaction between natural and human-managed environments, and develop skills in environmental management, conservation and restoration
- Use advanced visualisation facilities, spatial analysis and drones to gain industry-ready skills
- Build practical knowledge through field trips to USC research sites, including a diverse range of environments on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast
Environmental scientists work across a range of industries and sectors, including: environmental management and protection, restoration and conservation, parks and wildlife, resource management, waste and pollution control, catchment management agencies, local councils, environmental consultancies.
This program qualifies you for associate membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ). Other memberships include the Australian Network for Plant Conservation; Australian Water Association; Ecological Society of Australia; and Australian Marine Sciences Association.
Application and admission advice
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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
ENS221 Plant Diversity and Ecology
ENS222 Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity and Ecology
ENS224 Soil Properties, Processes and Rehabilitation
ENS242 Introduction to Weather and Climate
ENS253 An Introduction to Geographic Information Science and Technology
ENS321 Restoration Ecology
ENS325 Population Ecology and Genetics
GEO201 Hydrology and Geomorphology
GEO302 Coastal Geomorphology
PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from:
ANM203 Statistics with Teeth: Understanding Ecological Data
SCI202 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics
Minor (4) 48 units
- Animal Ecology
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Coastal and Marine Environments
- Environmental Geography
- Environmental Management
- Geospatial Analysis
- 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.
A program may not be offered in full at each location
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
- 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
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
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.