CDUSSP School of Environment

School of Environment

CDU School Scholars Program - Area of Discipline

ScienceSecondary science students is one of the most versatile areas of study, opening exciting opportunities across a wide range of disciplines. At the School of Environment you'll be empowered to tailor your scientific education to suit your career aspirations. 

We are a research-intensive, dynamic School surrounded by the most spectacular and fascinating natural environments in Australia.

The School of Environment is responsible for teaching and research in the fields of:

  • Biological Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Spatial Science and Remote Sensing
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Wildlife and Conservation Biology
  • Natural and Cultural Resources Management
  • Marine and Coastal Management

Each student will have the opportunity to build professional, technical and other skills (such as team work, cross-cultural and communication skills) by including field intensives and units in their study plan.

Find out more about Field Intensives at CDU (PDF 4.2 MB) and view an insight video on our Facebook page.

Reuters ranks CDU in the top 4 institutions in Australia and NZ for research quality in Environmental Science. 

Times Higher Education ranks CDU among the Top 100 universities in the world under 50 years of age. 

Our flexible and supportive approach allows for students to undertake courses externally, on campus or both. We help students to align comprehensive studies with competing life demands.

Courses of Environment

  • Diploma of Science
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science Honours
  • Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science
  • Master of Environmental Management



Environmental Science


Environmental Management


  • Ecology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Spatial Science
  • Nutrition
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Water and Catchments
  • Landscape and Spatial Ecology
  • Eco-Cultural Resource
  • Ecology
  • Livelihoods
  • Spatial Science
  • Natural Resource Management

Go to the School of Environment main page to find out more.

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Study Pathways

Bachelor of Environmental Science Diploma of Science

Develop your skills and knowledge in science without committing to a three-year Bachelor degree with the Diploma of Science.

This single-year degree gives you a taste of university, and is ideal if you are interested in finding out if education is the right pathway for you.

Bachelor of Environmental Science Bachelor of Environmental Science

This professionally oriented and multidisciplinary program helps you gain a broad base of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in unique environments of the Northern Territory. It includes a strong focus on environmental science and management in tropical and desert environments in the Australian and Asia-Pacific region.

Gain thorough knowledge of environmental science and management, together with the ability to access information efficiently and apply scientific methodologies across a hierarchy of scales ranging from organisms and communities, through to landscape level ecosystem functioning and global processes, in order to evaluate, understand and predict the nature of environmental change.

Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Science

This course offers flexibility and diversity with a focus on gaining professional experience, whether as a biologist, ecologist, spatial scientist, natural resources manager, chemist or other type of scientist, or biomedical scientist, nutritionist with the support of both School of Environment and the clinical sciences discipline in other areas of the University .

Field and laboratory experiences expose you to the distinctive environments and communities of northern Australia and the region, and their associated challenges in environmental management and public health, including Indigenous health.

Study externally or internally and choose to integrate studies from a variety of areas outside of traditional science disciplines in your science degree.

A range of options for pathways to courses offered by Flinders University, James Cook University and Australian National University (ANU) are also available.

Bachelor of Science Honours Bachelor of Science Honours

The Honours course provides an opportunity for students to study a particular area in depth and gain experience in project management.

The course trains students in research techniques and principles, develops advanced information acquisition, analysis and problem solving skills, and develops skills to effectively communicate research results in written and oral formats.

During the research project, the students are mentored and advised by experts in the relevant discipline.

Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science

Spatial science is an integrative approach to the science and technologies used for measuring and mapping the world around us.

Geospatial technologies are advancing rapidly and there is an ever increasing demand for graduates with the capacity to collect, visualise, analyse and communicate spatial information. This can be using new and developing technologies such as remotely piloted aircraft.

Environmental Management Master of Environmental Management

This course provides postgraduate education for existing and future professionals on the backgrounds, principles and practices of environmental management, particularly in the context of wet-dry and semi-arid tropical ecosystems and arid landscapes.

The generic skills concepts and applications covered in this course are highly relevant to those working in other ecosystems.

Download the Study Pathways in Environmental Science at CDU (PDF 375.25 KB)