Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) / Bachelor of Environmental Science - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) / Environmental Science

Manage human interaction with the environment. Gain a broad foundation in civil engineering and environmental sciences, and learn how to design systems that anticipate and manage the way humans interact with the environment. During the program, you'll build expertise in areas including environmental management, planning and restoration, managed ecosystems and marine science.

In this program you will:

  • Learn about the creative nature of engineering
  • Develop skills in problem-solving, teamwork and communication
  • Gain technical, business management and scientific environmental knowledge
  • Graduate with the scientific skills needed to make judgements on the conservation and use of Australia's natural ecosystems and resources
  • Complete more than 60 days of work experience

Location

CRICOS code

085715F

Entry threshold

61.00 61.00 ATAR/Rank
ATAR/Rank

Duration

5 years 5 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$7,008 CSP
CSP
A$29,600 / A$148,000 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee

QTAC code

013751 014751

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
40
Total units
480
Duration
5 years 5 years
CRICOS code
085715F
USC program code
SC425
Program coordinator
Program structure
Introductory courses (11) 132 units

ENG101 Foundations of Engineering
ENG102 Engineering Statics
ENG103 Introduction to the Internet of Things
ENG104 Introduction to Engineering Design
ENS103 Earth's Surface Processes
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus
SCI102 Biodiversity and Ecology
SCI105 Introductory Chemistry
SCI107 Physics
SCI110 Science Research Methods

Developing courses (13) 156 units

CIV200 Structural Analysis and Computer Modelling
CIV201 Soil Mechanics
ENS221 Plant Diversity and Ecology
ENS222 Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity and Ecology
ENS224 Soil Properties, Processes and Rehabilitation
ENS242 Weather and Climate
ENS253 Geographic Information Science and Technology
MEC200 Thermofluids 1
MEC221 Mechanics of Materials
MEC225 Engineering Materials
MTH201 Calculus II and Linear Algebra
MTH203 Numerical Analysis

PLUS 1 course from the following:

ANM203 Statistics with Teeth: Understanding Ecological Data
SCI202 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics

Graduate courses (15) 180 units

CIV300 Structural Engineering
CIV301 Design of Roads and Drainage
CIV330 Engineering Hydrology
CIV340 Construction Technology
CIV400 Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment systems
CIV401 Sustainable Transport Systems
CIV404 Engineering Sustainable Design
CIV451 Concrete Structures and Technology
ENG302 Engineering Project Management
ENG304 Engineering Research Methodology
ENG401 Engineering Project 1
ENG402 Engineering Project 2
ENS321 Restoration Ecology
ENS325 Population Ecology and Genetics
GEO302 Coastal Geomorphology

Elective course (1) 12 units

Select 1 elective course (12 units) from the undergraduate elective course options.

Honours

The Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) may be awarded with Honours. The class of Honours to be awarded to a student is dependent upon:

  • the percentage results achieved by study or transfer in eleven courses (132 units) as specified in the table below;

and

  • the student achieving at least 65% in ENG402 Engineering Research Project 2.
COURSES
CIV201 Soil Mechanics
CIV300 Structural Engineering
ENG302 Engineering Project Management
CIV301 Design of Roads and Drainage
ENG304 Engineering Research Methodology
ENG401 Engineering Project 1
ENG402 Engineering Project 2
CIV404 Engineering Sustainable Design
CIV400 Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment systems
CIV451 Concrete Structures and Technology
CIV401 Sustainable Transport Systems
MTH203 Numerical Analysis

A student must complete a minimum of 8 courses (96 units) in the table and the research project for an honours grade to be awarded.

The minimum levels of achievement normally required for each class of honours are shown in the following table:

Honours results classification Overall Percentage attainded in Specified Courses*
Honours Class I 80% - 100%
Honours Class IIA 70% - 79%
Honours Class IIB 60% - 69%

*The percentage result shall be rounded up if ≥ 0.5 or rounded down if < 0.5.

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meed the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 61.00
Moreton Bay 61.00

Additional entry information

Applicants from a non-English speaking background should refer to the  English language requirements for further information.

Prerequisites

English (Units 3 and 4, C); Maths Methods (Units 3 and 4, C)

Recommended prior study
Specialist Maths; and Physics or Chemistry
Program requirements
Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 480 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete a minimum of 60 days of suitable work experience. Students must meet all costs associated with the acquisition of practical experience to satisfy this requirement
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 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.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Engineering programs - Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Building industry
  • Construction companies
  • Engineering consultancies
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Government agencies
  • Mining industry
  • Parks and wildlife
  • Research organisations
  • Resource management
  • Water supply authorities

Memberships

Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • Australian Network for Plant Conservation
  • Australian Water Association
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Engineers Australia
  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$7,008
Annual tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$29,600
Estimated total tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$148,000

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at USC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your USC experience today.

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USC has appointed representatives to assist you with submitting your application and provide information about the steps you need to complete to begin your studies. You can contact a USC Representative in your area.

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QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013751
Moreton Bay 014751
Complete more than 60 days of work experience
Attain Engineers Australia graduate status
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Student story

“I enjoyed the diverse range of subjects, as well as the different options for further study and the learning opportunities that were offered. I also appreciated how hands-on the learning approach was, with field trips and opportunities to learn from practical experiences.”