Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism)

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What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) provides you with the ability to conduct a range of outdoor education and recreation activities, including those associated with the outdoor education curriculum in schools, adventure and fitness programs, and tours of wild and remote areas of Australia.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) are employed by outdoor adventure companies, recreation and outdoor education centres, schools, the Department of Sport and Recreation and in the nature tourism industry.

Graduates combine their skills and knowledge in outdoor recreation and education with foundation knowledge of physical, biological and social sciences to design and conduct outdoor recreation and education activities. This knowledge consists of a combination of competencies and degree knowledge recognised nationally and internationally by a range of employers.

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What will I learn?

This course focuses strongly on field instruction and real-world situations. Studies about the natural environment and tourism are underpinned by a strong focus on sustainability and the visitor experience. Students choose one of the two areas of specialisation:


In this specialisation you will study natural environments, human-nature relationships and the practice of nature tourism in a global context. This specialisation prepares you for various professional roles in environmental education and/or interpretation in environmental settings that provide visitor services, including national parks, zoos, botanical gardens and private nature tourism operations.

Studies highlight global challenges and local opportunities, supporting sustainable development of tourism and promoting solutions that balance conservation, communities and sustainable travel. This enables graduates to play a key role in the global ecotourism market.

Outdoor Recreation (Adventure)

In this specialisation, you will study leadership, recreation and conservation at CSU, alongside 10 to 15 weeks of professional training in bushwalking, rock climbing and abseiling through a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation at Wodonga TAFE. Canoeing, ski touring and ski camping, mountain biking, sea kayaking and white water rafting may also be available.

During the Certificate IV, you will complete units in adventure programming and guiding, legal issues, workplace safety, wilderness first aid and emergency care, and information and communication technologies.

Why study this degree?

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

To make sure you have the skills and abilities to use the equipment and conduct the activities required in the workplace, you will benefit from:

  • a course taught by dedicated professionals with many years of collective experience in the industry
  • the opportunity to gain practical experience from the first year of the course using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities on campus in a rural setting
  • small class sizes
  • a library and world-class learning platforms that cover a broad range of literature and learning materials.

The course is recognised as a leading course in its field by Ecotourism Australia. CSU works in close association with industry, professionals and government to ensure courses meet and support their needs. This is why CSU received a five-star rating for 'Getting a Job' in the graduate outcomes category of the Good Universities Guide.

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Flexible study options

Flexible learning is a set of educational philosophies and systems concerned with providing students with increased choice, convenience and personalisation to suit their needs and aspirations. In particular, flexible learning provides choices about where, when and how learning occurs. At CSU, you can:

  • study at your own pace: While the normal full-time load is four subjects per session, you are able to balance your work, life and study commitments by taking as many subjects as you can manage, depending on availability
  • 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 the subjects in the School of Environmental Sciences are offered on campus or by distance education, allowing you to combine study modes or vary your choice of subjects to meet commitments during the week
  • vary your enrolment to suit your career aspirations: We understand you come to CSU because you want an interesting job. You can vary from the recommended pattern, with approval, to meet your career goals. With hundreds of subjects on offer, you can gain an in-depth understanding of a range of topics - everything from adventure to zoos
  • take specialised subjects at other universities: CSU's international program, CSU Global, allows you to spend a session at a university overseas
  • recognise other learning: Recognised academic courses at universities or TAFE can be credited as part of your course. If you have already completed the TAFE Certificate IV, you will be awarded 32 points of credit upon admission. CSU can also give credit based on work experience if you have evidence that you already have the skills and knowledge contained within a subject.

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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Session 1; Session 2




3 years full-time
6 years part-time



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