Bachelor of Sustainability

Bachelor of Sustainability

Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (4,SA), Maths B desirable

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Sustainability at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge of tropics-related sustainability and sustainable development, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles in the discipline of science, business or social science

  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of sustainability and tropical sustainable futures in local, regional and global society

  • Demonstrate broad understanding of problem-oriented sustainability approaches, including stakeholder analysis, values clarification, community engagement and partnerships, interdisciplinary collaboration, and systems and futures thinking

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments and/or field work and/or a sustainability investigation, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools as appropriate to one or more disciplines.

  • Organise, analyse and interpret sustainability data using mathematical, statistical and/or technological skills

  • Convey ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems relating to sustainability of tropical communities and regions by applying knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement

  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure


Level 1

BZ1005:03 Introductory Ecology

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

EV1008:03 Human Geography

EV1011:03 Introduction to Sustainability

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

WS1005:03 Human Rights and Social Issues

Level 2

AN2013:03 Culture, Knowledge and Environment

BZ2880:03 Ecology: Distribution, Abundance and Diversity

EV2003:03 Introduction to Environmental Economics

EV2011:03 The Case for Sustainability

EV2360:03 Cradle to Grave: Population Economy and Environment

Level 3

BZ3520:03 Agroecology

EV5009:03 Foundations of Natural Resource Management

EV3011:03 Sustainability in Practice

WS3214:03 Developmental Approaches to Eco-Social Justice


Select 3 credit points of specified subjects from List 1


Select a major from Table A

List 1

BX2077:03 Project Management

LA2902:03 Environmental Law and Policy

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points










Social Science








Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years (including leave of absence)

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete 12 credit points level 1 subjects before attempting any level 2 or 3 subjects

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements

Not applicable

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards this degree, may, under normal circumstances as approved by the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, be granted a supplementary examination in that final subject, even if that subject does not normally allow a supplementary examination.

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Advanced standing should not be granted for subjects completed more than 10 years prior to enrolment for the award for which advanced standing is being sought.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 6 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any major studied may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Available as an additional year of study


By selection, dependant on availability of supervisory staff.  Normally a minimum average grade of Credit is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Honours is to be taken.