Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

JCU’s Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science degree equips you for environmental decision-making, consultancy and leadership. You will learn about economics for sustainable business, environmental processes and global change, management and sustainability.

Campus
Townsville; Singapore
Available to Australian students for inter-campus study in Singapore.
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English; Maths B
OP/Rank
17/63

Career opportunities

Our graduates pursue a broad range of business careers, and with a major in aquaculture, you can find job opportunities in aquaculture production, environmental policy, marine resource management, and aquaculture marketing and business management.

With further studies in Science, graduates can pursue careers as aquaculture specialists, supervisors, technical managers or operations managers. These positions can involve operating hatcheries, overseeing harvest and post-harvest activities, developing stock nutrition programs, and many other aligned industries servicing aquaculture.

Graduates can work as environmental advisers to businesses, advisers on the use of natural resources, academics, and consultants.

Course highlights

Townsville and Cairns are internationally renowned centres of tropical environmental science.

Our Aquarium Complex in Townsville and Orpheus Island Research Station in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park support your learning and research activities with fieldwork and classroom activities.

Our direct links with the aquaculture industry gives you hands-on practical and research experience and means our teaching programs deliver the latest in Aquaculture teaching practices. We have strong links with peak industry bodies within the aquaculture industry to give you a sound professional network when you graduate.

Course overview

Organisations everywhere are striving to reduce their environmental impact. Few skills are as valuable as an ability to balance the bottom line with environmental impact.

The Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science is available on campus in Townsville and also in Singapore, so our Australian students have the opportunity to study some subjects at JCU’s new campus in Singapore. The subjects you study in Singapore are fully transferable to your Australian degree.

Core subjects provide a solid grounding in business and environmental science topics. You can then choose from an exciting range of elective subjects, including:

  • business
  • environmental science
  • marine science
  • aquaculture
  • ecology.

Aquaculture is a fast-growing primary production industry that requires experts both at home and overseas. If you elect to study the aquaculture major, you will focus on tropical species, conservation, ecosystems, biodiversity and sustainable practices. Our experienced staff deliver hands-on aquaculture teaching practices in modern facilities such as temperature-controlled rooms and laboratories.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316341) - Apply now

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BZ1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity or BZ1006:03 Diversity of Life or BZ1005:03 Introductory Ecology

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

EV1011:03 Introduction to Sustainability or EV1008:03 Human Geography

MA1401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis 1

OPTIONS

Select 12 credit points of BU or BX level 2 subjects

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of BU or BX level 3 subjects

PLUS

Select a major from Table A or no specified major

NO SPECIFIED MAJOR

CORE SUBJECTS

EV2003:03 Introduction to Environmental Economics

MB2060:03 Marine Ecology and Environmental Assessment

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of specified MB, AQ and EA level 2 subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of specified MB, BZ, AQ and EV level 3 or 5 subjects from List 2

List 1

AQ2001:03 Introduction to Aquaculture

AQ2002:03 Aquaculture of Tropical Species

EA2404:03 From Icehouse to Greenhouse

EV2011:03 The Case for Sustainability

MB2080:03 Invertebrate Biology

List 2

AQ3015:03 Sustainable Aquaculture

BZ3001:03 Field Studies in the Equatorial Tropics: Borneo

EV3110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV3011:03 Sustainability in Practice

EV3201:03 Managing Coastal and Marine Environments

EV3203:03 Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles

EV3404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

SC5901:03 Special Topic I

MB3150:03 Fisheries Science

MB3200:03 Marine Conservation Biology

MB3270:03 Coastal, Estuarine and Mangrove Ecosystems

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Optional

Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Special requirements

 

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture

Singapore

Townsville

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Handbook

Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Course code

101510

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

A minimum of four business subjects and four science subjects must be taken at each of levels 1, 2 and 3 or 5.

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 Business and Environmental Science at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the disciplines of business and environmental science, with depth in sustainability principles and tropical contexts

  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of environmental science in international, regional and local business practice and society

  • Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of environmental science as applied in business, including interdisciplinary and stakeholder collaboration, and 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 work and/or business related projects, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools as relevant to the appropriate disciplines

  • Organise, analyse and interpret business and scientific data using mathematical, statistical and 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, in relation to business and the environment in tropical contexts, by applying evidence and theory, and critical, creative and systemic thinking skills

  • 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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BZ1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity or BZ1006:03 Diversity of Life or BZ1005:03 Introductory Ecology

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

EV1011:03 Introduction to Sustainability or EV1008:03 Human Geography

MA1401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis 1

OPTIONS

Select 12 credit points of BU or BX level 2 subjects

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of BU or BX level 3 subjects

PLUS

Select a major from Table A or no specified major

NO SPECIFIED MAJOR

CORE SUBJECTS

EV2003:03 Introduction to Environmental Economics

MB2060:03 Marine Ecology and Environmental Assessment

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of specified MB, AQ and EA level 2 subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of specified MB, BZ, AQ and EV level 3 or 5 subjects from List 2

List 1

AQ2001:03 Introduction to Aquaculture

AQ2002:03 Aquaculture of Tropical Species

EA2404:03 From Icehouse to Greenhouse

EV2011:03 The Case for Sustainability

MB2080:03 Invertebrate Biology

List 2

AQ3015:03 Sustainable Aquaculture

BZ3001:03 Field Studies in the Equatorial Tropics: Borneo

EV3110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV3011:03 Sustainability in Practice

EV3201:03 Managing Coastal and Marine Environments

EV3203:03 Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles

EV3404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

SC5901:03 Special Topic I

MB3150:03 Fisheries Science

MB3200:03 Marine Conservation Biology

MB3270:03 Coastal, Estuarine and Mangrove Ecosystems

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Optional

Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Special requirements

 

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture

Singapore

Townsville

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Singapore

 

Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Students must attend lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials and field excursions as described in the subject schedules.

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

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

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 14 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

Nil

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BBusEnvSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any major studied may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Not available

Eligibility

Not applicable

What is Business and Environmental Science?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.