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Bachelor of Environmental Science (with specialisations)

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Bachelor of Environmental Science (with specialisations)

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CSU’s Bachelor of Environmental Science provides you with the ability to address a range of complex environmental problems including those associated with land degradation, loss of biodiversity, climate change and poor water management.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Bachelor of Environmental Science is recognised by every environmental management agency in Australia. CSU works in close association with industry, professionals and government to ensure courses meet and support their needs.

    The Bachelor of Environmental Science at CSU allows you to choose from specialisations in Catchment Management, Conservation and Management, Land and Water, or Landscape Analysis, depending on your interests and goals.

    CSU graduates are holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. CSU gives students the ability to influence the world for the better. At CSU, you will:

    • be taught by dedicated professionals with many years of collective experience in the field
    • have the opportunity to gain practical experience during residential schools using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that emphasise sustainable design
    • have access to a library and world-class learning platforms that provide a broad range of literature and learning materials.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU’s focus is on education programs that prepare graduates for work. Courses are designed with input from industry, professions and government to develop practical, hands-on qualifications to help you gain valuable skills for new employment opportunities. You will graduate with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, habits and professional networks needed for a successful career.

    Catchment Management specialisation

    With an understanding of Australia's unique agricultural systems and the environments that support them, graduates find jobs in:

    • Landcare
    • sustainable agricultural enterprises
    • catchment management agencies
    • agricultural departments
    • community development programs.
    Conservation and Management specialisation

    Graduates enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities, including:

    • conservation biology
    • wildlife management
    • ecosystem restoration.
    Land and Water specialisation

    With a focus on biophysical resource use, graduates find work in:

    • river restoration and management
    • water resource management
    • soil analysis
    • geographic information systems (GIS).
    Landscape Analysis specialisation

    Graduates of this specialisation enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities where environmental impact assessment and land management is essential. Examples include:

    • the mining industry
    • water resource use
    • ecosystem restoration.
  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    No special arrangements apply

  • Workplace learning

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    At CSU, you will:

    • learn through practical and/or field experience.
    • have opportunities to undertake a range of field experiences.There are many opportunities to participate in voluntary and paid field expeditions to areas such as the Australian alps, Mungo National Park and North Head, Sydney
    • be supported in doing professional practice.Placement opportunities in Australia range from the Tasmanian wilderness to Australia's far north
    • travel to places around the world. Each year the School hosts international field trips to locations such as East Timor, Cambodia and Nepal. International experience is also encouraged through CSU's Student Exchange Program.
  • Subjects
    Catchment Management specialisation

    This specialisation is for students seeking in-depth cognitive and technical skills in the sustainable management of catchment communities and environments.

    Conservation and Management specialisation

    In this specialisation you will gain in-depth cognitive and technical skills in the conservation and management of biodiversity.

    Land and Water specialisation

    The Land and Water specialisation offers in-depth cognitive and technical skills in the conservation and management of biophysical resources.

    Landscape Analysis specialisation

    If you are seeking in-depth knowledge and skills in spatial analysis and sustainable management of landscapes, this specialisation is for you.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course is of 192 points duration: comprising 88 points of core subjects and a specialisation sequence of 104 points.

    Core subjects (88 points)

    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    ENM309 Managing Resources and Projects
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    SPA215 Principles of GIS

    Specialisation subjects (104 points)

    Ecological Conservation Specialisation
    Provides knowledge and skills in conservation of the environment

    BIO203 Animal Diversity
    BIO216 Conservation Biology
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
    BIO312 Landscape Ecology
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
    BIO328 Restoration Ecology
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
    GEO303 Climatology
    SPA308 GIS Applications

    Land and Water Specialisation
    Provides knowledge and skills in managing our biophysical resources

    BIO216 Conservation Biology
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
    BIO312 Landscape Ecology
    BIO402 River Restoration and Protection
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
    GEO303 Climatology
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydrology and Mgt
    GEO314 River Hydrology and Geomorphology
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
    SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment
    SPA313 Advanced GIS Modelling
    SPA308 GIS Applications

    Catchment Management Specialisation
    Provides knowledge and skills in managing our natural resources in rural environments

    AGB165 Agribusiness Systems
    AGR237 Property Planning
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
    GEO303 Climatology
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydrology and Management
    GEO314 River Hydrology and Geomorphology
    PSC104 Soil Science
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
    SOC226 Rural Sociology
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment

    Landscape Analysis and Management Specialisation
    Provides knowledge and skills in managing landscapes and the impact of extractive industries

    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
    BIO312 Landscape Ecology
    ENM415 Environmental Management of Mine Sites and Contaminated Lands
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
    GEO303 Climatology
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydrology and Management
    GEO314 River Hydrology and Geomorphology
    SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment
    SPA308 GIS Applications
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing
    SPA414 Critical Review of GIS

    Enrolment pattern

    Normally six years by Part-time Distance Education. Note students may be able to decrease the length of time it takes to do the degree by taking some of the limited number of subjects that are available in Session 3 (90) or increasing their load.

    Common Part-time Distance Pattern For First Year - by Part-time Distance Education Study
    Year 1
    Session 1 (30)
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice

    Session 2 (60)
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    GEO164 Earth System Processes

    Remaining Pattern for Ecological Conservation Specialisation

    Year 2
    Session 1 (30)
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis

    Session 2 (60)
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology

    Session 3 (90)- It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 3
    Session 1 (30)
    SPA215 Principles of GIS
    BIO203 Animal Diversity

    Session 2 (60)
    SPA308 GIS Applications
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building

    Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 4
    Session 1 (30)
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
    BIO216 Conservation Biology

    Session 2 (60)
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 Points)

    Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 5
    Session 1 (30)
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)

    Session 2 (60)
    BIO328 Restoration Ecology
    GEO303 Climatology

    Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 6
    Session 1 (30)
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    BIO312 Landscape Ecology

    Session 2 (60)
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing


    Remaining Pattern for Land and Water Specialisation

    Year 2
    Session 1 (30)
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis

    Session 2 (60)
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology

    Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 3
    Session 1 (30)
    SPA215 Principles of GIS
    BIO216 Conservation Biology

    Session 2 (60)
    SPA308 GIS Applications
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building

    Session 3 (90) It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 4
    Session 1 (30)
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
    SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment

    Session 2 (60)
    SPA313 Advanced GIS modelling
    GEO303 Climatology

    Session 3 (90)- It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 5
    Session 1 (30)
    GEO314 River Hydrology & Geomorphology
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology

    Session 2 (60)
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydrology and Management

    Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 6
    Session 1 (30)
    BIO312 Landscape Ecology
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development

    Session 2 (60)
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    BIO402 River Restoration and Protection

    Remaining Pattern for Catchment Management Specialisation

    Year 2
    Session 1 (30)
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    AGB165 Agribusiness Systems

    Session 2 (60)
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    PSC104 Soil Science

    Session 3 (90) It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 3
    Session 1 (30)
    SPA215 Principles of GIS
    SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment

    Session 2 (60)
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    SOC226 Rural Sociology

    Session 3 (90)- It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 4
    Session 1 (30)
    AGR237 Property Planning
    GEO314 River Hydrology and Geomorphology

    Session 2 (60)
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydrology and Management

    Session 3 (90) It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 5
    Session 1 (30)
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)

    Session 2 (60)
    GEO303 Climatology
    SOC308 Community Analysis

    Session 3 (90) It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 6
    Session 1 (30)
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development

    Session 2 (60)
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management

    Remaining Pattern for Landscape Analysis and Management Specialisation - by Part-time Distance Education

    Year 2
    Session 1 (30)
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    BIO263 Methods of Ecosystem Analysis

    Session 2 (60)
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology

    Session 3 (90) It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 3
    Session 1 (30)
    SPA215 Principles of GIS
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science

    Session 2 (60)
    SPA308 GIS Applications
    GEO303 Climatology

    Session 3 (90)- It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 4
    Session 1 (30)
    SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment
    GEO314 River Hydrology and Geomorphology

    Session 2 (60)
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    GEO305 Groundwater Hydrology and Management

    Session 3 (90) It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 5
    Session 1 (30)
    SPA414 Critical Review of GIS
    BIO312 Landscape Ecology

    Session 2 (60)
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing

    Session 3 (90) It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details

    Year 6
    Session 1 (30)
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    ENM415 Environmental Management of Mine Sites and Contaminated Lands

    Session 2 (60)
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment & Auditing

  • Studying by distance education

    CSU is well-known for its innovative approach to education, offering practical, hands-on courses, supported online to provide students with accessible, world-class education. CSU has an excellent reputation for providing quality education delivered by dedicated academics with relevant industry experience.

    At CSU, you can:

    • study at your own pace. While we regard two subjects as a normal part-time load, you are able to balance your work, life and study commitments by taking between one and four subjects each session
    • study throughout the year. CSU offers a limited range of subjects in Session 3 (November to February) so you can speed your progress through the course
    • choose when to study. Almost all subjects in the School of Environmental Sciences are offered on campus and by distance education, allowing you to combine study modes or vary your choice of subjects to meet commitments during the week
    • take specialised subjects at other universities. Our international program, CSU Global, allows you to spend a session at a university overseas.
  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    PSC104 Soil Science
    BIO203 Animal Diversity
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management
    BIO402 River Restoration and Protection
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    ENM101 People and the Environment

  • Admission information

    Applicants to this course should normally have completed the NSW HSC or equivalent.

    You may be admitted to this course based on previous studies, or other attainments and experience.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8896*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    3200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSES
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESES

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Must complete 192 points at Pass level or better

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Environmental Sciences

    CSU is one of the few universities in Australia to be ranked as ‘above the world standard’ in environmental science and management by the Commonwealth Government in the national evaluation of research strengths of Australian universities. The School of Environmental Sciences is amongst the top five schools of its kind in Australia, offering courses in environmental science, park management, natural resource management, spatial science, and outdoor recreation and ecotourism – with some subjects involving intensive international field trips. The School emphasises applied learning, using real-world examples, field studies, and vocationally focused training to teach students about the environment. On campus study in environmental sciences is located at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga Campus – Australia's first environmentally friendly university campus.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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