Bachelor of Environmental Science - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Environmental Science

Start studying this degree from home. Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, USC’s classes in Semester 2, 2020 are ready to be delivered online, though we’ll be teaching face-to-face again as soon as we can!

*International students who are offshore (outside of Australia) should contact USC International to discuss their study options.

QTAC applications are open now.

Understand and solve environmental problems with science

Environmental scientists help businesses and governments understand and make informed decisions about how to preserve natural ecosystems and resources, and how to balance the needs of humans and natural world.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Moreton Bay
CRICOS code
066283E
Commence
Semester 1 or Semester 2
Program length (full-time)
3 years
Annual tuition fee 2020
A$28,000
Estimated total tuition fee *
A$84,000
Footnotes
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2020 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • Campus note: Only first-year courses are offered at Fraser Coast.
    ^First year courses offered at Moreton Bay campus from Semester 1, 2020.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast 013011
  • Moreton Bay 014011^
  • Fraser Coast 019011
Minimum selection threshold
ATAR - 54.55 OP - 18 Rank - 64
USC program code
SC316
Commence
Semester 1 or Semester 2
Duration
3 years full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Recommended prior study
English; Maths B or C; and at least one of the sciences, preferably Chemistry
Other requirements
Applicants from a non-English speaking background should refer to the English language requirements for further information.
Total courses
24
Total units
288
Footnotes
  • Campus note: Only first-year courses are offered at Fraser Coast.
    ^First year courses offered at Moreton Bay campus from Semester 1, 2020.

In this program you'll learn about plant ecology, chemistry, hydrology, soil rehabilitation, climate change, coastal studies, geospatial sciences and conservation and restoration. Study the interaction between natural and human-managed environments and develop skills in environmental monitoring and advanced research methods.

In this program you will:
  • Develop skills in advanced research methods
  • Use technology such as spatial analysis and drones to gain industry-ready skills
  • Participate in field trips to USC research sites
  • Learn how to solve complex environmental problems
  • Choose an area of interest from a range of options including Environmental Management, Sustainability and more
Career opportunities
  • Restoration and conservation
  • Parks and wildlife
  • Resource management
  • Waste and pollution control
  • Catchment management agencies
  • Local councils
  • Science and research agencies
  • Environmental consultant
Graduates are eligible to become members of: 
  • Australian Network for Plant Conservation
  • Australian Water Association
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Australian Marine Sciences Association
And associate members of:
  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand

What will I study?

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