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Bachelor of Environmental Science

2020

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Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina Campus (CSP)
104531
590450
Online (CSP)
104531
590450
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina Campus
042477D
Course Duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
6 year/s
Annual Fee
$32,336.00
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Semester
International
Semester 1
Semester 2

External: this course is available online through distance education with some on-campus attendance requirements.

Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WENVS1

Award
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
Science and The Environment
Agriculture and Animal Studies

With the Bachelor of Environmental Science your academic studies will be combined with practical experience, allowing you to play an active role in the protection and conservation of the environment.

Foundation knowledge including biology, ecology and spatial analysis will be the base from which you learn to solve complex environmental problems. You will explore human-impact, social and cultural perspectives, identify solutions to environmental challenges, and learn how to effectively communicate information for positive environmental outcomes. Training in critical and systems thinking will empower you to tackle the environmental challenges of our time.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2020 is AUD $32,336.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course prepares you with the skills and knowledge to work within government, private companies or community organisations, in areas including environment and heritage, biodiversity conservation, land and water resource management, mine site rehabilitation, nature-based tourism, Aboriginal land management, wildlife and reserve management, land-care, teaching, consultancy or environmental research.

Credit transfers & pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

  • The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2019.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2019) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    13 33.3
    B. Vocational education and training (VET) study 9 23.1
    C. Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    8 20.5
    D. Recent secondary education
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

    9 23.1
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

    <5 N/P
    International students N/A N/A
    All students N/A N/A

    Notes
    "<5" - the number of students is less than 5
    N/A - Students not accepted in this category
    N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The Bachelor of Environmental Science includes common and core foundation units completed mainly in the first year that provide you with a grounding in biology, ecology, earth systems and an introduction to current national and global environmental issues.

Students can then select one or two majors in Biodiversity and Conservation, Water and Landscapes, or Eco-cultural Resource Management. Specialist electives include exciting field intensives that offer on-the-ground experience within the spectacular environments of northern and central Australia and the Asian-Pacific region. There are also three free elective units which provide additional flexibility and choice.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cp Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)

PLUS EITHER:

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(7 units)
70cp Compulsory Core units totalling 70 credit points as detailed below.

ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV103 Environmental Issues
IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources (replaces ATI140 from 2020)
ENV201 Introductory Ecology
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
 

Specialist Electives
(12 units)
120cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 120 credit points including the completion of at least one major. An option to include two majors is also available.

Option 1: Single major
Students must complete:
•    The requirements of one major of 60cp, plus
•    60cp from remaining Specialist Elective units, with at least 30cp at 300 level. Discipline specific undergraduate units offered by other higher education providers may be included for cross institutional enrolment or credit recognition subject to written approval from the course coordinator.

Option 2: Double major
Students must complete:
•    The requirements of two majors of 60cp each

Majors may be selected from:
•    Biodiversity and Conservation
•    Water and Landscapes
•    Eco-Cultural Resource Management

*From 2020 the following majors are no longer available:
•    Landscape and Spatial Ecology
•    Water and Catchments
Further information about these change is included under Course Changes and Transition arrangements below.

BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION (60 credit points)
Select 6 units (60cp) from the list below including at least 2 units (20cp) at 200 level and at least 3 (30cp) units at 300 level:
ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management (new to this major from 2020)
ENV209 Fauna and Flora Survey and Monitoring
ENV300 Wildlife Management
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity (new to this major from 2020)
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change
ENV303 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV315 Desert Field Ecology

WATER AND LANDSCAPES (60 credit points)
Select 6 units (60cp) from the list below

Include at least 1 unit (10cp) from:
SCH101 Chemical Concepts Chemistry OR SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
ENV202 Introductory Remote Sensing
ENV210 Water Quality, Ecosystems and Processes (previously ENV210 Water Quality Assessment)
ENV211 Aquatic Ecology: Biota and Processes (no longer available from 2020)

and at least 3 units (30cp) from:
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV312 Aquatic Resource Management (next offered in 2021)
ENV313 Hydrology and Catchment Processes
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia
ENV318 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data
ENV323 Environmental Microbiology

ECO-CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (60 credit points)
Select 6 units (60cp) selected from the list of units below including at least 3 units (30cp) of 300 level units:

Select this unit (10cp):
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240 from 2020)

Plus 5 units (50cp) from:
IAS142 Ethics and Protocols in Indigenous Contexts (new from 2020)
IAS223 Representing and Recording Country (replaces CIK210 from 2020)
IAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management (replaces ATI221 from 2020)
IAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management (replaces CIK230 from 2020)
IAS322 Research with Indigenous People (replaces INR200 from 2020)
IAS354 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural Sites (replaces ATI321 from 2020)
ENV317 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available from 2020)
CIK341 Global Perspectives on Indigenous Land and Sea Management (no longer available from 2020)
INR300 Indigenous Research Ethics and Methodologies (no longer available from 2020)

The units below do not form a major, but may be counted toward the additional 60cp of specialist electives in the Single Major option.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND RESEARCH UNITS

SID300 Professional Practice in Science (repeatable)
SID301 Science Research Project (20cp) (no longer available from 2020)
SID305 Environmental Field intensives (repeatable)

Electives
(3 units)
30cp

Elective units totalling 30 credit points may include additional units selected from the Specialist Electives or from any other undergraduate units offered by the University.

When selecting electives, choose units at a suitable level. The first number in each unit code indicates the year level at which the subject is taught. Undergraduate units are coded at 100 to 300 level, therefore units coded as ENV1xx, ENV2xx and ENV3xx would be first, second and third year units respectively.

  240cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2020

Students enrolled prior to 2020 will note the following course structure changes:

Majors have been reduced from 4 to 3 with the merging of Landscape and Spatial Ecology and Water and Catchments into a single major Water and Landscapes. Students undertaking the Landscape and Spatial Ecology or Water and Catchments major should complete the new Water and Landscapes major.

*From 2020 the following majors will no longer available:
•    Landscape and Spatial Ecology
•    Water and Catchments

LANDSCAPE AND SPATIAL ECOLOGY (60 credit points)
Complete all 6 units:
ENV202 Introduction to Remote Sensing (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management (moved to Biodiversity and Conservation major)
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity (moved to Biodiversity and Conservation major)
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
ENV318 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data (moved to Water and Landscapes major)

WATER AND CATCHMENTS (60 credit points)
Select 1 unit (10 credit points) from:
SCH101 Chemical Concepts Chemistry (moved to Water and Landscapes major)
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry (moved to Water and Landscapes major)

Plus all 4 units (40cp) of:
ENV210 Water Quality Assessment (redeveloped and moved to Water and Landscapes major)
ENV211 Aquatic Ecology: Biota and Processes (discontinued but will count towards the new Water and Landscapes major)
ENV312 Aquatic Resource Management (moved to Water and Landscapes major) (next offered in 2021)
ENV313 Hydrology and Catchment Processes (moved to Water and Landscapes major)

Plus 1 unit (10 credit points) selected from:
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change (retained under Biodiversity and Conservation major)
ENV323 Environmental Microbiology (moved to Water and Landscapes major)

Unit Code Changes - 2020

Following is a summary of unit code changes for 2020. Students who have already completed the pre-2020 unit code should not enrol for the replacement unit.

Pre-2020 Unit Code 2020 Unit Code
ATI140 Indigenous Land and Resources (core unit) IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources
ATI221 Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management IAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management
ATI321 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural Sites IAS354 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural Sites
CIK210 Indigenous Knowledges: Representing and Recording Country IAS223 Representing and Recording Country
CIK230 Indigenous Engagements: Land and Water IAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management
CIK240 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment
INR200 Research With Indigenous People IAS322 Research With Indigenous People

 

COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2018

 

Core units:

LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law will continue to be delivered in alternate years only and will continue to count as a core unit in the BES. 

ENV205 Environmental Issues is being discontinued at the end of 2017 and will be replaced by the equivalent ENV103 Environmental Issues.

Specialist electives:

ENV203 Environmental Survey and Monitoring (repeatable) is being discontinued at the end of 2017 and will be replaced by ENV209 Fauna and Flora Survey and Monitoring and ENV210 Water quality Assessment. Students who have completed the fauna and flora version of ENV203 should not complete ENV209 and students who have completed the soil and water monitoring version of ENV203 should not complete ENV210.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
  E = Elective P = Practicum/Placement R = Research

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ENV102 The Diversity of Life CO ENV101 Earth Systems CO
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU ENV103 Environmental Issues CO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources (replaces ATI140 from 2020) CO
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Thinking CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
Year 2
ENV201 Introductory Ecology CO Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 3
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Elective E
Elective E Elective E

Note 1: The order that specialist electives and electives are taken can vary.
Note 2: Students completing a single major can make up their additional 60CP of specialist electives from any of the majors.
Note 3: Additional Specialist Elective units can be taken as Electives.

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE AVAILABILITY
Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2 Summer Semester/Semester 3
BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION
ENV300 Wildlife Management
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change

 

ENV315 Desert Field Ecology

 

ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity (new title from 2019)
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management
ENV209 Fauna and Flora Survey and Monitoring
ENV303 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
 
WATER AND LANDSCAPES

SCH101 Chemical Concepts Chemistry OR SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
ENV202 Introductory Remote Sensing
ENV211 Aquatic Ecology: Biota and Processes (no longer available)
ENV313 Hydrology and Catchment Processes

ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia

 

ENV210 Water Quality, Ecosystems and Processes
ENV312 Aquatic Resource Management (next offered 2021)
ENV318 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data

 

ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (S3)
ENV323 Environmental Microbiology (S3)

 

ECO-CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
IAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management (replaces ATI221)
IAS223 Representing and Recording Country (replaces CIK210)
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240)
CIK341 Global Perspectives on Indigenous Land and Sea Management (no longer available)

 

IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (replaces CIK240) ATI160 Cultural Site Management (no longer available)
IAS322 Research with Indigenous People (replaces INR200)
IAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management (replaces CIK230)
IAS354 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural Sites  (replaces ATI321)
INR300 Indigenous Research Ethics and Methodologies (no longer available)
ENV317 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods(S3)

 

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND RESEARCH UNITS
SID300 Professional Practice in Science (repeatable)
SID301 Science Research Project (20cp) (no longer available)
SID305 Environmental Field Intensives
 
SID300 Professional Practice in Science (repeatable)
SID305 Environmental Field Intensives
SID300 Professional Practice in Science (repeatable)
SID301 Science Research Project (20cp) (no longer available)
 

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU
    ENV101 Earth Systems CO
    ENV103 Environmental Issues CO
    IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources (replaces ATI140 from 2020) CO
Year 2
ENV102 The Diversity of Life CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU Specialist Elective SE
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Thinking CO Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 3
ENV201 Introductory Ecology CO Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Elective E
Year 4
Specialist Elective SE    
Specialist Elective SE    
Elective E    
Elective E    

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Students commencing in Summer Semester

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Year 1
        CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU
        CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
Year 2
ENV102 The Diversity of Life CO ENV101 Earth Systems CO    
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Thinking CO ENV103 Environmental Issues CO    
Specialist Elective SE IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources (replaces ATI140 from 2020) CO    
Specialist Elective SE SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO    
Year 3
ENV201 Introductory Ecology CO Specialist Elective SE    
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE    
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE    
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE    
Year 4
Specialist Elective SE Elective E    
Specialist Elective SE Elective E    
Specialist Elective SE        
Elective E        

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