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Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management

Curious about protecting the environment?

Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management

Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)

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CSU’s Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management 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?

    Graduates of this course have skills and knowledge in the physical, biological, and social sciences needed to restore damaged environments and create healthy and resilient ecosystems. Graduates are employed by government departments, environmental consulting companies, and a range of other organisations as environmental scientists and managers, Landcare officers, catchment management officers, land and water officers, or ecologists. Graduates will use their skills and knowledge to address a range of complex environmental problems including associated with land degradation, loss of biodiversity, climate change, or poor water management in organised, critical, and imaginative ways

    Graduates of CSU's Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management are holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. CSU gives students the ability to influence the world for the better. You will benefit from:

    • being taught by dedicated professionals with many years of collective experience in the field
    • undertaking a course specifically designed so that students graduate 'ready-to-work' and have undertaken studies in career development and professional practice
    • the opportunity to gain practical experience from the very beginning using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that emphasise sustainable design
    • a library and world class learning platforms that provide a broad range of literature and learning materials.

    CSU is well-known for its innovative approach to education, offering practical, hands-on courses, supported online to provide our students with accessible, world class education.

  • 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.

    Government agencies and departments are big employers of our graduates, ensuring development of resources on public land is sustainably managed. Private industry and consultants also require our graduates to ensure businesses are environmentally responsible and sustainable. Additionally, graduates find employment as environmental scientists and ecological researchers where their careers are focused on exploration of new knowledge to address environmental issues nationally and internationally.

    Graduates have found positions as:

    • field ecologists
    • biodiversity officers
    • ecological assessment officers
    • environmental consultants
    • national park rangers
    • sustainability officers
    • natural resource managers
    • catchment managers
    • fisheries officers
    • environmental scientists
    • water resource managers

    As the course involves training in international environmental issues, and includes international field experience, graduates are well placed to apply for graduate positions with government and international environment and development organisations.

  • 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

    CSU works in close association with industry, professions and government to ensure courses meet and support industry needs. We contextualise learning in a way that empowers and motivates students, while assisting them to develop key skills and knowledge required for employment, further education and active participation in their communities. At CSU, you will:

    • learn through practical and/or field experience. This gives relevance to what you are learning
    • 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. There are also subjects that are solely centred around field ecology and/or special study topics
    • 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 CSU runs international field trips to locations such as Cambodia, East Timor and Nepal. These are part of your degree in your final year of study. International experience and exchange is also encouraged through CSU Global.
  • Subjects

    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 consists of a pass or honours stream. Students choose to undertake the pass or honours degree in the second session of year 3, please see admission criteria for eligibility.

    Pass Degree
    The pass degree consists of the following course subjects and one elective.

    Core subjects
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    BIO203 Animal Diversity
    BIO216 Conservation Biology
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
    BIO327 Wildlife Management (16 points)
    BIO328 Restoration Ecology
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    ENM424 Environmental Management Internship (24 points)
    ENM433 People in the Global Environment
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    SCI302 International Practical Experience 2
    SPA215 Principles of GIS
    SPA217 Principles of Remote Sensing
    SPA308 GIS Applications

    and one elective

    Honours Stream
    The Honours stream consists of the following core subjects.

    Core subjects
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    BIO203 Animal Diversity
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
    BIO327 Wildlife Management (16 points)
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    SCI302 International Practical Experience 2
    SPA215 Principles of GIS
    SPA217 Principles of Remote Sensing
    SPA308 GIS Applications

    Students will undertake the same enrolment pattern as those students enrolling in the Bachelor of Science (Honours), and should consult their School Honours Co-ordinator for advice on their enrolment pattern

    Enrolment pattern

    Normally four years by full-time study (32 Points per semester)

    Note: students may be able to decrease the length of time it takes to complete their degree by enrolling subjects that are available in Session 3 (90).


    The pattern below assumes no session 90 subjects are taken. The pattern would need to be modified so the environmental internship occurs earlier should they wish to do session 90 subjects.

    Year 1- Session 1 (30)
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis

    Year 1- Session 2 (60)
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context

    Year 1-Session 3 (90). It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

    Year 2- Session 1 (30)
    SPA215 Principles of GIS
    SPA217 Principles of Remote Sensing
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
    BIO203 Animal Diversity

    Year 2-Session 2 (60)
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO327 Wildlife Management (16 points)

    Year 2 Session 3 (90). It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

    Year 3 - Session 1 (30)
    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)

    Year 3 - Session 2 (60)
    SCI302 International Practical Experience 2
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    SPA308 GIS Applications
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing

    Year 3 - Session 3 (90). It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

    Year 4 - Session 1 (30)
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
    BIO216 Conservation Biology
    ENM433 People in the Global Environment
    Elective

    Session 2 (60)
    ENM424 Environmental Management Internship (24 points)
    BIO328 Restoration Ecology

    Honours Stream
    The pattern below assumes no session 90 subjects are taken. The pattern would need to be modified should a student become eligible for honours in less than three years

    Year 1- Session 1 (30)
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis

    Year 1- Session 2 (60)
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context

    Year 1-Session 3 (90). It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

    Year 2- Session 1 (30)
    SPA215 Principles of GIS
    SPA217 Principles of Remote Sensing
    GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
    BIO203 Animal Diversity

    Year 2-Session 2 (60)
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO327 Wildlife Management (16 points)

    Year 2 Session 3 (90). It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

    Year 3 - Session 1 (30)
    PKM307 Environmental Planning
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)

    Year 3 - Session 2 (60)
    SCI302 International Practical Experience 2
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    SPA308 GIS Applications
    ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing

    Year 3 - Session 3 (90). It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

    Year 4
    Session 1 (30). Faculty Honours stream (research methods, project and dissertation)

    Session 2 (60). Faculty Honours stream (project and dissertation)


     

  • Residential schools

    This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    BIO203 Animal Diversity
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    ENM101 People and the Environment

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Recommended studies for this course are any two units of Geography or Science at HSC level or equivalent, however this is not essential.

    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

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    3500*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
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSEM
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN214341
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISEM
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113111

    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 256 points at Pass level or better

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    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

    CRICOS Code(s)

    068970K (Albury-Wodonga)

    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.

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