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Bachelor of Science (Environment and Sustainability)

Summary
Bachelor of Science Major Environment & Sustainability (BSCI)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

Semester 3 intake is only available via distance education. This program is currently being re-accredited and is as a consequence likely to undergo some changes.
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Program Information Set

A grounded flexible ‘green’ degree

Do you want to study a science degree by distance or on-campus to position yourself for an exciting career in the emerging ‘green’ professions? With a focus on climatology, ecology and conservation, the Bachelor of Science (Environment and Sustainability) is designed for those of you wanting to explore environmental science, biodiversity conservation, and practical aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation and natural resource management for more a sustainable future. Want to understand more about major environmental issues and the social, political and environmental implications of human impacts on the globe? We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with you.

Are you passionate about working in resource management, biodiversity conservation or climate change? Specifically, our graduates find work as Climatologists, Climate Scientists, Climate Policy Analysts, Agricultural Scientists, Conservation and Biodiversity Managers, Environmental Consultants, Environmental Scientists and Natural Resource Managers. Industries and employers you may find yourself working for include the resources/mining industries, National Parks, universities, defence organisations, CSIRO, State and Federal Government Departments, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and many other ogranisations contributing to sustainable utilisation and management of our natural resources. Some of our graduates also choose to work as Science Teachers (with further study) or Science Journalists.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
plus 1 x first 8-unit major
8
plus 1 x second 8-unit major plus 4 x approved courses
or 12 x approved courses
12
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9352
Domestic full fee paying AUD 21640

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

15/68
OP/Rank
This is the 2019 adjusted OP / Rank for this program.

The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 17/62. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2018.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA) or equivalent; from 2019 Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent will also be a subject pre-requisite.
  • Recommended prior study: Mathematics and one of Biology, Mathematics B, Chemistry, Physics or Science21 or equivalent. 
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (4, SA) (until 2019) or equivalent. 
     

If students do not have the recommended Mathematics B Level for entry then they will be required to undertake MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals as an elective.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.

*Further admission information

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.

Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2018.


How to apply

  • Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:
    1. have never studied with USQ before, or
    2. are a Year 12 student, or
    3. want to transfer to USQ from another university.

Please note down the QTAC codes below to complete your application.

  • Alternatively, you may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:
    1. are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
    2. have recently graduated from TAFE.

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 906265
Toowoomba 906261

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 2, 2019 - applications close Monday 1 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.
  • Semester 3, 2019 - applications close Monday 4 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.
  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 28 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.