Key information

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Study mode

On campus
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Campus locations

Albury-Wodonga, Port Macquarie
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Duration

4 years full-time
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Session availability

Session 2; Session 1; Session 2 201760; 201830; 201860

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

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On campus

Campus locations

Albury-Wodonga, Port Macquarie
  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

CSU's Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management provides you with the skills and knowledge in the physical, biological and social sciences needed to restore damaged environments and create healthy and resilient ecosystems. You will be able to use your skills and knowledge to address a range of complex environmental problems in organised, critical and imaginative ways.

Aligned with industry

Learn under dedicated professionals who have many years of collective experience in the field and close ties with industry professionals and organisations. 

Broaden your horizons

International filed trip opportunities to locations such as Cambodia, East Timor or Nepal offer a different perspective to environmental issues. You will see firsthand how the theories and concepts learned in the classroom can be applied in a global context. 

Graduate work ready

CSU's course is designed and delivered so that you will graduate ready to work, having completed studies in career development and professional practice. Our focus is on education programs that prepare graduates for work. Courses are designed with input from industry, professions and government to develop practical, hands-on qualifications to help you gain valuable skills for new employment opportunities.

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CSU works in close association with industry, professions and government to ensure courses meet and support industry needs. We contextualise learning in a way that empowers and motivates students, while assisting them to develop key skills and knowledge required for employment, further education and active participation in their communities. At CSU, you will:

  • learn through practical and/or field experience. This gives relevance to what you are learning
  • have opportunities to undertake a range of field experiences. There are many opportunities to participate in voluntary and paid field expeditions to areas such as the Australian alps, Mungo National Park and North Head, Sydney. There are also subjects that are solely centred around field ecology and/or special study topics
  • be supported in doing professional practice. Placement opportunities in Australia range from the Tasmanian wilderness to Australia's far north
  • travel to places around the world. Each year CSU runs international field trips to locations such as Cambodia, East Timor and Nepal. These are part of your degree in your final year of study. International experience and exchange is also encouraged through CSU Global.

Please note that the following subjects may contain a Workplace Learning component.

ENM424 Environmental Internship

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
BIO203 Animal Diversity
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management
BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
ENM101 People and the Environment

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

Infographic - 82.2% of CSU Environmental Studies graduates find full-time employment within 4 months of graduating

Career opportunities

Government agencies and departments are big employers of CSU graduates, ensuring the development of resources on public land is sustainably managed. Private industry and consultants also require our graduates to ensure businesses are environmentally responsible and sustainable.

Australian and international environment and development organisations

The international component of CSU's environmental science management course means that you are well placed to apply for graduate positions around the world.

Government departments and private sector organisations

Roles could include research, environmental scientist and manager, a Landcare officer, a catchment management officer, a land and water officer, or an ecologist.

CSU graduates have found positions as

Field ecologists and national park rangers; biodiversity officers, ecological assessment officers, sustainability officers and fisheries officers; natural resource managers, water resource managers and catchment managers.

Government agencies and departments are big employers of CSU graduates, ensuring the development of resources on public land is sustainably managed. Private industry and consultants also require our graduates to ensure businesses are environmentally responsible and sustainable.

Australian and international environment and development organisations

The international component of CSU's environmental science management course means that you are well placed to apply for graduate positions around the world.

Government departments and private sector organisations

Roles could include research, environmental scientist and manager, a Landcare officer, a catchment management officer, a land and water officer, or an ecologist.

CSU graduates have found positions as

Field ecologists and national park rangers; biodiversity officers, ecological assessment officers, sustainability officers and fisheries officers; natural resource managers, water resource managers and catchment managers.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

No special arrangements apply

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management online or on campus.

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Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
VTAC
Direct
UAC
On campusAlbury-Wodonga
Port Macquarie
CGS
FPOS
YYN
UACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN214341
UACOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYN214340
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISEM
DirectOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKSEN
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSEM
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113111
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNN1300113113

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
VTAC
Direct
UAC
On campusAlbury-Wodonga
Port Macquarie
CGS
FPOS
YYN
UACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN214341
UACOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYN214340
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISEM
DirectOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKSEN
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSEM
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113111
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNN1300113113

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Catherine Conroy - Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honuors)

"As part of my course I went on a short study tour to Cambodia with CSU Global, which gave us some funds reducing the overall cost of the trip for us."

Catherine Conroy - Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honuors)

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

The course consists of a pass or honours stream. Students choose to undertake the pass or honours degree in the second session of year 3, please see admission criteria for eligibility.

Pass Degree
The pass degree consists of the following course subjects and one elective.

Core subjects
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
BIO203 Animal Diversity
BIO216 Conservation Biology
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM101 People and the Environment
ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
ENM424 Environmental Internship (24 points)
ENM433 People in the Global Environment
GEO164 Earth System Processes
GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
PKM307 Environmental Planning
ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
SCI302 International Practical Experience 2
SPA215 Principles of GIS
SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment
SPA308 GIS Applications

and one elective

Honours Stream
The Honours stream consists of the following core subjects.

Core subjects
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
BIO203 Animal Diversity
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM101 People and the Environment
ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
GEO164 Earth System Processes
GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science
GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
PKM307 Environmental Planning
SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
SPA215 Principles of GIS
SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment
SPA308 GIS Applications

Students will undertake the same enrolment pattern as those students enrolling in the Bachelor of Science (Honours), and should consult their School Honours Co-ordinator for advice on their enrolment pattern

Normally four years by full-time study (32 Points per semester)

Note: students may be able to decrease the length of time it takes to complete their degree by enrolling subjects that are available in Session 3 (90).

The pattern below assumes no session 90 subjects are taken. The pattern would need to be modified so the environmental internship occurs earlier should they wish to do session 90 subjects.

Year 1- Session 1 (30)
ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
BIO203 Animal Diversity

Year 1- Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
GEO164 Earth System Processes
ENM101 People and the Environment
ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context

Year 1-Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

Year 2- Session 1 (30)
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
SPA215 Principles of GIS
SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science

Year 2-Session 2 (60)
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)

Year 2 Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

Year 3 - Session 1 (30)
PKM307 Environmental Planning
BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)

Year 3 - Session 2 (60)
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
SPA308 GIS Applications

Year 3 - Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

Year 4 - Session 1 (30)
BIO216 Conservation Biology
ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
ENM433 People in the Global Environment
SCI302 International Practical Experience 2

Year 4 - Session 2 (60)
ENM424 Environmental Internship (24 points)
Elective

Honours Stream
The pattern below assumes no session 90 subjects are taken. The pattern would need to be modified should a student become eligible for honours in less than three years

Year 1- Session 1 (30)
ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
BIO203 Animal Diversity

Year 1- Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
GEO164 Earth System Processes
ENM101 People and the Environment
ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context

Year 1-Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

Year 2- Session 1 (30)
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
SPA215 Principles of GIS
SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environmenting
GEO204 Ecological and Environmental Soil Science

Year 2-Session 2 (60)
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)

Year 2 Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

Year 3 - Session 1 (30)
PKM307 Environmental Planning
BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)

Year 3 - Session 2 (60)
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
SPA308 GIS Applications
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing

Year 3 - Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.

Year 4 - Session 1 (30) - Faculty Honours stream (research methods, project and dissertation)

Year 4 - Session 2 (60) - Faculty Honours stream (project and dissertation)

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Must complete 256 points at Pass level or better

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

31 Aug 2017
2017 Session 3 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

31 Aug 2017
2017 Session 3 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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