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CA42 - Bachelor of Environmental Science

Overview

Optional Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend an optional Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

This degree program aims to produce high-quality graduates with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for employment in fields related to environmental monitoring and management, and ecologically sustainable development. Students will develop a wide range of skills through a combination of theoretical and practical work, including applied problem-solving, communication and teamwork. The program combines the insights of the chemical/biological sciences with those of the humanities/social sciences and other disciplines.

Career Information

There are many career opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of Environmental Science in fields related to ecologically sustainable development including both the human and natural environment. Employment exists with public and private sectors for example local catchment authorities, CSIRO, state and federal government departments involved in natural resource management and environmental protection, GBRMPA, environmental consulting firms, local councils and mining companies.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study Each unit at this level, typically requires 144 hours of student commitment over a period of 12 weeks.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BEnvSc
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2023

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2023

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2022

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2022

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2020

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2023

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2023

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2018

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 66 | ATAR 66
Entry Requirements

Domestic students -  Nil

International students - refer to the international student section

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

English and a social science subject, or biological science or chemistry;

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Optional Residential School Students studying via distance education will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some courses.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 92
2020 109
2019 104
2018 100
2017 107
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Complying with the University Ethics Committees directions when undertaking research or learning activities.
  • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to adhere to ethics policies and reflecting on ethical dilemmas and issues concerning to practice as well as taking responsibility for ensuring ethical and professional behaviour including when dealing with animals.
  • Participating in activities where it may be necessary to humanely destroy animals (e.g. feral cats and other Class 1 pests captured during trapping activities) or to use dead animals and animal materials in laboratory learning activities (dissections).
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Interacting positively and effectively with other students, while attending all activities related to the course including field work.
  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and other staff.
  • Coping effectively with your own emotions, responses and behaviour, when dealing with challenging situations.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around Occupational Health and Safety including appropriate use of social media.
  • Knowing, understanding and complying with safety requirements which are necessary pre-requisites during field and laboratory work, especially when dealing with chemicals, animals and plants, in order to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Verbally communicating your knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Present scientific work to various audiences.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of peers and others and responding appropriately.
  • Having access to a computer and having some computer skills to engage in on-line learning, reading and responding to emails, and completing relevant tasks and assessments for the course.
  • Constructing your assessment work to academic standards with attention to correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Constructing fluent summarised written text from complex and detailed information.
  • Constructing legible reports in a timely manner to meet professional standards and clearly communicating the intended message.
  • Having access to a computer for your studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information using a variety of specific courses.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Performing your duties within set time-frames.
  • Summarising, paraphrasing and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Actively listening to information within a variety of academic and professional settings.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting scientific information.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying basic mathematics knowledge and skills when reading scientific information and equipment.
  • Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills to record accurate measurements during field and laboratory work.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of settings and situations.
  • Interpreting graphical information when reading scientific publications.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focussing on and recognising objects that are either near or far.
  • Observing and detecting subtle differences and changes in colours, including interpreting aerial photographs and analysing biological and geological samples.
  • Safely operating electronic equipment.
  • Looking through optical equipment such as microscopes.
  • Observing and detecting differences and changes in the physical environment, such as flora, fauna, water, atmosphere, soils geology and the built environment.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • Having sufficient auditory ability to consistently and accurately monitor, assess and manage electronic instruments.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Actively participating in laboratory and field activities.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course, including transporting and operating field and laboratory equipment.
  • Maintaining balance while safely transferring delicate equipment.
  • Moving with ease around equipment items while performing various tasks.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Physically manipulating material, systems and processes, including mixing concrete, sieving soil, and collecting and transporting samples of flora, fauna, water, gas, soil and rocks.
  • Manipulating delicate, breakable equipment with ease and care.
  • Handling test tubes, Petri dishes and other breakable equipment with care.
  • Handling animals both in field and laboratory situations.
  • Handling potentially harmful chemicals.
  • The ability to move through brush and scrub and over or around rough terrain for short distances (<1km).
Interpersonal Engagement
Examples are:

  • Interacting respectfully and constructively with Indigenous Australians, landowners, concerned citizens and industry and government representatives.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Having access to and a beginner level of ability with spreadsheet or data manipulation software (MS Excel, Google Sheets or R).
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Understand the multidisciplinary nature of environmental science while demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the systematic and coherent principles and concepts underlying one or more specific discipline areas
  • 2. Present environmental science concepts, arguments and results to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes and using a variety of modes.
  • 3. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to environmental issues
  • 4. Comprehend and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources across the field of environmental science
  • 5. Review, consolidate, extend and apply knowledge and concepts to the understanding of environmental issues
  • 6. Apply relevant field and laboratory techniques to extend knowledge in a diverse range of contexts in the field of environmental science
  • 7. Undertake self-directed learning and develop an interest in life-long learning
  • 8. Exhibit interpersonal and teamwork skills in a context of ethical practice
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Environmental Geography Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Land Management Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Occupational Health and Safety Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Water Management Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 12 Total credit points: 72

Level 1 Core Courses

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENVR11011 Modern Environmental Issues
ENVR11012 Applications of Environmental Science
GEOG11023 Physical Geography of Australia
GEOG11024 Conservation in Australia
SOCL11058 Science Technology and Society
BIOL11099 Living Systems

Advanced Core Courses

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ECON19031 Environmental Economics
EVST19007 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
EVST19021 Sustainability Issues and Solutions
GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems
LAWS11046 Law and the Environment
BIOL12105 Scientific Analysis and Statistics

First year full-time enrolment

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BIOL11099 Living Systems
ENVR11011 Modern Environmental Issues
GEOG11023 Physical Geography of Australia

Elective or 1st year Minor.

Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENVR11012 Applications of Environmental Science
GEOG11024 Conservation in Australia
SOCL11058 Science Technology and Society

Elective or 1st year Minor.

Students choosing the Water Management minor should do CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences as their elective in Term 1 and BIOL11100 Functional Biology as their elective in Term 2 as they are prerequisites for some advanced courses in this minor.  Students choosing the Land Management minor should do BIOL11100 Functional Biology as their elective in Term 2 as it is a prerequisite for some advanced courses in this minor.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Environmental Geography Minor

Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

Students must take at least one of the following minors (a minor is 36 units of credit from a discipline area, at least 4 courses or 24 units of credit must be at Advanced Level).

 

Level 1 courses

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
GEOH11001 Introduction to Human Geography

Advanced Level courses

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
EVST19008 Development and Environmental Policy
EVST19015 Australian Environmental History
EVST19020 Environmental Management Systems
EVST19022 Climate Change: Risk and Assessments
GEOG19029 Applied Demography

  • Students enrolling in geography courses will need access to a computer with Internet and email capabilities including a CD Rom. These requirements will vary among the geography courses. Student computer labs provide these types of PCs at CQUniversity campuses, while the Queensland Learning Network can also provide access for distance education students in most parts of the state.
  • EVST19020 and FAHE13002 are recommended for Year 3 of study.

 

 

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Land Management Minor

Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

Students must take at least one of the following minors (a minor is 36 units of credit from a discipline area, at least 4 courses or 24 units of credit must be at Advanced Level).

 

Level 1 courses

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
BIOL11100 Functional Biology

Advanced Level courses

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
BIOL13031 Ecology: Theory and Application
BOTN13002 Plants and the Environment
BOTN19001 Australian Botany
EVST13015 Mining, Urban & Industrial Lands Rehabilitation
PHYG12003 Geological Science
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Occupational Health and Safety Minor

Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

Students must take at least one of the following minors (a minor is 36 units of credit from a discipline area, at least 4 courses or 24 units of credit must be at Advanced Level).
 
Students should choose 6 of the following courses:

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS12001 Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
OCHS12005 Risk Management and Safety Technology CQ26
OCHS13010 Applied Worksite Analysis
OCHS13008 Human Factors CQ26
OCHS13016 Advanced Occupational Health

Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
OCHS13011 Occupational Rehabilitation and Compensation
OCHS12015 Occupational Health and Safety Law

Either OCHS13011 OR OCHS12015 but not both.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Water Management Minor

Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

Students must take at least one of the following minors (a minor is 36 units of credit from a discipline area, at least 4 courses or 24 units of credit must be at Advanced Level).

 

Students are required to take 2 Level 1 and 4 Advanced Level courses:

 

Level 1 courses

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
BIOL11100 Functional Biology
CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Advanced Level courses

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
BOTN12010 Botany of Aquatic Environments
EVST13014 Freshwater and Marine Systems
EVST19023 Water Resource Management
MARN13007 Coastal Marine Resources
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

Students may select up to six other relevant courses from other degree programs, or they may choose up to 6 additional electives from the above minors.
 
 
The following courses are recommended as electives:

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
INDG19015 Aboriginal Cultures and Country
SOCL11055 Sociology of Australian Society
SOCL19057 Environmental Sociology
SOCL19060 Human Ecology
SOCL19066 Community Analysis

Additional Electives for the Water Management Minor.

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
ZOOL12009 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL12050 Professional Placement or Project
EVST19020 Environmental Management Systems
MBIO19012 Microbiology

Additional Electives for the Land Management Minor.

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
BIOL12050 Professional Placement or Project
EVST19020 Environmental Management Systems
ZOOL19004 Integrated Pest Management
ZOOL12009 Invertebrate Zoology

Additional Electives for the Environmental Geography Minor.

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
FAHE13002 Special Project
More Details
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