Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

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Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies


Note: this program does not qualify you to teach in schools. If you want to qualify as a teacher, consider USC’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies.

Program summary

Dr Glyn Thomas
Program coordinator

Dr Glyn Thomas

Share your love of outdoor recreation and nature with others.

Our society is becoming more sedentary and disconnected from nature. In this program, you’ll develop the skills to work with people, engaging them in more active lifestyles and helping them to connect with and appreciate nature.

This program is the only one of its kind in Queensland and gives you a broad, versatile education in sport coaching, physical education teaching, outdoor environmental studies, and health education. In addition, it offers the flexibility to tailor your studies to your personal interests and career ambitions. You can select from a wide range of elective courses in complementary areas such as tourism, leisure and event management; sustainability or animal ecology - imagine the opportunities this opens up.

You will also select a minor in Geography, Maths, English or History giving you the discipline studies needed if you choose to enrol in a teaching qualification either concurrently with the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) as a double degree program. If you would prefer to complete your teaching qualifications later, through postgraduate studies, you also have the options of a minor in Biology, Drama or Chemistry minors in addition to Geography, Maths, English or History.

You will participate in more than 25 outdoor environmental studies fieldwork days in the Sunshine Coast area including Fraser Island and you will study an innovative four-course minor culminating with an expedition and leadership experiences.

During your studies you will learn to coach a range of sports, recreational activities, adventure activities, and outdoor environmental education activities and develop your expertise in experiential, active learning and teaching strategies. This program will also equip you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to journey safely with participants in a range of natural environments and to study the relationships that humans have with nature.

Post-admission requirements

Students need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the program. If they have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect their potential participation in some of the practical components of the program, they are invited to discuss their options with the program coordinator.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you can pursue work with secondary schools, private colleges, outdoor/environmental education centres, universities or private companies/businesses.

  • Outdoor leader

  • Outdoor guide

  • Sports coach

  • Outdoor recreation officer

  • Environmental interpretation guide

  • Adventure tourism guide

  • Ecotourism guide


Potential registration with the National Outdoor Recreation Leadership Scheme.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

Introductory courses (4) 48 units

COR109 Communication and Thought
OES100 Outdoor Living and Travel Skills
OES101 Foundations of Outdoor Environmental Studies
SPX102 Introduction to Coaching Science 

Health and Physical Education major (8) 96 units

OES240 Leading Groups in Outdoor Environments
OES300 Outdoor Environmental Expeditions
OES301 Leading Coastal Environmental Studies
NUT203 Active Lifestyle Nutrition
NUT310 Advanced Sports Nutrition
SPX101 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science
SPX103 Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise
SPX231 Motor Control and Learning

Minor courses (4) 48 units

Mathematical Studies

Elective courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 elective courses (96 units) from the undergraduate elective course options.

**Biology minor and Chemistry minor students must use an elective course to complete a prerequisite, in their first year of study.

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.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in program structure
  • Complete no more then 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses (120 units), including the core course
  • Complete 25 days Outdoor Environmental Fieldwork on Fraser Island and other natural environments on the Sunshine Coast

In order to commence Supervised Professional Experience placement you must:

  • Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state/territory authority)
  • Travel to attend field education placements
  • A Blue Card is required, refer to Requirements for placements
Program notes
  • 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 including essays, seminar presentations, reports and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Students will need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the program. If you have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect your potential participation in some of the practical components of the program, you are invited to discuss your options with the program coordinator
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

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
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

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).

Continuing students

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.

Need assistance?

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 dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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