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Bachelor of Environmental Science

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Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies


Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements


Course entry is restricted to students undertaking the program at the National University of Vanuatu (NUV).  Admission will be determined through a list of suitable students as identified and provided to JCU by NUV.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

English Language suitability of students will be determined by the National University of Vanuatu

Additional selection requirements

Not applicable

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion

Students are required to maintain an average passing mark in each semester of study (see Progression Requirements).  Supplementary assessment or supplementary examination may be offered in any subject within this course, at the discretion of the Course Coordinator, for the purpose of allowing individual students to achieve this average passing mark.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Environmental Science at James Cook University, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including underlying concepts and principles, in the environmental science discipline
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of science in society generally, and environmental science in particular, in creating sustainable futures in the tropics, worldwide
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of science, particularly as applied to environmental science, including the creative processes involved in developing scientific knowledge, and its contestable and testable nature
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to the environmental science discipline
  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills
  • Convey scientific 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 by applying environmental scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others

Course Structure


MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems

PH1001:03 Preparatory Physics

EV1011:03 Introduction to Sustainability

EA2404:03 From Icehouse to Greenhouse

SC2202:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

MB2070:03 Marine Biogeography

EV3200:03 Natural Resource Management

EV3020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation

BZ3755:03 Climate Change and Biodiversity

MB3270:03 Coastal, Estuarine and Mangrove Ecosystems

EV3110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV3502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

BZ3225:03 Technological Applications in Ecology


24 credit points of designated cross-institutional subjects from the University of New Caledonia





Students may have the opportunity to undertake a semester of study in Australia via approved study abroad arrangements.


Expected time to complete

3 years full-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

The subjects will be delivered once only by JCU under proposed contract arrangements.

Maximum leave of absence

0 years

Please refer to the Coursework Enrolment Procedure


Course progression requisites

Students must achieve an average passing mark (as agreed by both the Course Coodinator and the University of New Caledonia*) across all subjects studied in a given Teaching Period, inclusive of any supplementary assessment, before they may enrol in subjects in a subsequent Teaching Period.

* The average passing mark will be 50% of the full mark range, regardless of the mark range used for each subject or institution.  That is, 10/20 or 50/100 are equivalent for the purpose of this rule.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Course includes mandatory fieldwork

Yes, this course includes compulsory fieldwork

Special assessment requirements


Professional Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

See course rules regarding availability of supplementary assessment



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

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Approved abbreviation


Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Special awards

Not applicable


Honours availability

Not available