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Duration

3 year/s full-time
6 year/s part-time
3 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

240

Course code

WENVS1
SATAC/UAC codes
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Overview

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 impacts, 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.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

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

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.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $32,336.00. This equates to $4,042.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, 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.

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Why study Science, Environmental Science and Management at CDU?

If you' re interested in finding solutions to our planet's environmental issues, there's never been a better time to study science, environmental science and management at CDU. You'll be prepared to apply the academic theories and principles you learn in class to real-world problems in a diverse range of careers.

  • #2 Australian uni for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • #2 in Australia for skills development in environmental sciences and agriculture (GUG 2022)
  • Study your way with part-time, full-time, on campus or online flexibility

What will I study?

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.

Course structure

You can then select one or two majors in Biodiversity and Conservation, Water and Landscapes, Spatial and Quantitative Ecology 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 general 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 typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cpCommon 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)
70cpCompulsory 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
ENV311 Practical Statistics and Data Reasoning
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 Aquatic Ecosystems Chemistry (unit title change 2022)
ENV211 Aquatic Ecology: Biota and Processes (no longer available from 2020)

and at least 3 units (30cp) from:
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV311 Practical Statistics and Data Reasoning
ENV312 Aquatic Resource Management
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.

 240cpTotal 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 Aquatic Ecosystems Chemistry (unit title change 2022)
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)
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 ManagementIAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management
ATI321 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural SitesIAS354 Impact Assessment and Management of Cultural Sites
CIK210 Indigenous Knowledges: Representing and Recording CountryIAS223 Representing and Recording Country
CIK230 Indigenous Engagements: Land and WaterIAS254 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management
CIK240 Indigenous Cultures and the EnvironmentIAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment
INR200 Research With Indigenous PeopleIAS322 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 Aquatic Ecosystems Chemistry (unit title change 2022). 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 UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
 E = ElectiveP = Practicum/PlacementR = Research

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
ENV102 The Diversity of LifeCOENV101 Earth SystemsCO
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CUENV103 Environmental IssuesCO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUIAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources (replaces ATI140 from 2020)CO
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial ThinkingCOSBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological StudiesCO
Year 2
ENV201 Introductory EcologyCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Year 3
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSEElectiveE
ElectiveEElectiveE

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 1Intensive Period 4Semester 2Intensive Period 1
BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION
ENV300 Wildlife Management
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change
ENV311 Practical Statistics and Data Reasoning

 

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)
ENV311 Practical Statistics and Data Reasoning
ENV313 Hydrology and Catchment Processes

ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia

 

 

 

ENV210 Aquatic Ecosystems Chemistry (unit title change 2022)
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV312 Aquatic Resource Management
ENV318 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data
 

ENV323 Environmental Microbiology (Intensive Period 1 January)

 

 

 

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)
ENV317 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
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)

 

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)
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 UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU
  ENV101 Earth SystemsCO
  ENV103 Environmental IssuesCO
  IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources (replaces ATI140 from 2020)CO
Year 2
ENV102 The Diversity of LifeCOSBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological StudiesCO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUSpecialist ElectiveSE
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial ThinkingCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Year 3
ENV201 Introductory EcologyCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSEElectiveE
Year 4
Specialist ElectiveSE  
Specialist ElectiveSE  
ElectiveE  
ElectiveE  

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers onlyATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer 58.60 61.50
Median rank to receive an offer 64.75 74.45
Highest rank to receive an offer 97.25 97.25

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

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Course details

Accreditation

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

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

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

Student profile

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, 2021.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021)No. of Students% of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
18 64.0
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/P
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5N/P
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)

<5N/P
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

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

<5N/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)

<5N/P
International students<5N/P
All students 28 100.0

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.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
Science, Environmental Science and Management

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.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104531
590450
Online (CSP)
104531
590450
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
042477D

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