Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

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Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Today, it is increasingly important for Environmental Scientists to understand the theories of sustainability and the effects of humans on the climate as well as to know how to plan and lead sustainable business and environmental practices. With JCU's Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science you'll learn how to manage the delicate balance between profit, policy and conservation.

You'll develop skills that allow you to integrate and apply theoretical and technical knowledge of business and environmental science, and apply in-depth knowledge of sustainability principles in tropical contexts. Importantly, you will learn how to critically appraise the role and relevance of environmental science in international, regional and local business practice and society.

Townsville, Singapore
Available to Australian students for inter-campus study in Singapore.
Start dates
February, July
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Assumed knowledge
English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA)

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

JCU is internationally renowned for its centres of tropical environmental science, so your qualifications will be highly respected.

Our Townsville and Cairns campuses in North Queensland are perfectly located if you have an interest in environmental science. You'll be able to study some of your subjects at JCU's Singapore campus, too, and the subjects are fully transferrable to your Australian degree.

JCU's modern facilities, including temperature-controlled rooms and state-of-the-art laboratories, along with the JCU Aquarium Complex in Townsville and Orpheus Island Research Station in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park mean that your classroom and research activities are supported with genuine fieldwork.

You'll be able to build industry networks and gain hands-on, practical experience through JCU's direct links with businesses and peak industry bodies.

Course overview

Many organisations around the world are striving to reduce their environmental impact. Your JCU Bachelor of Business and Environment Science will give you highly-valued skills in balancing the bottom line while managing environmental impacts. This course gives you solid grounding in core business and environmental science topics such as:

  • Economics for sustainable business
  • Fisheries science
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Contemporary business communications
  • Environmental processes and global change.

You can then choose from an exciting range of elective subjects including:

  • Marine science
  • Aquaculture
  • Environmental Science
  • Business
  • Ecology.

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

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

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


Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Assumed Knowledge: English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA)

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


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

BS1007:03 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


Select 12 credit points of BU or BX level 2 subjects


Select 12 credit points of BU or BX level 3 subjects


Select a major from Table A or no specified major



EV2003:03 Introduction to Environmental Economics

BS2460:03 Fundamentals of Ecology


Select 6 credit points of subjects from List 1


Select 12 credit points of 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

EV3404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

MB3150:03 Fisheries Science

MB3200:03 Marine Conservation Biology

MB3204:03 Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles

MB3270:03 Coastal, Estuarine and Mangrove Ecosystems

SC5008:03 Professional Placement

SC5901:03 Special Topic I

SC5902:03 Special Topic 2

Table A (Majors)

Type of major

Optional, Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Special requirements















Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites

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

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements

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

Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


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


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

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


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


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 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


Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any major studied may appear on the testamur

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


Honours availability

Not available


Not applicable

What is Business and Environmental Science?

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