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Bachelor of Environmental Practice

Townsville, Cairns
February, July
3 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
OP 17 |
ATAR 57.25 |
Rank 65
Assumed knowledge: English or English (Units 3/4,C), Maths B or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
CNS: 326431
TSV: 316431
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Gain unparalleled skills to address the great sustainability challenges of our lifetime with a JCU degree in Environmental Practice.

Your career options include roles within any organisation that seeks to manage social and environmental issues, including government departments, mining and construction companies, environmental consultancies, renewable energy industries, tourism businesses, local governments, and non-government organisations.

Depending on your choice of majors, you could perform roles such as environmental manager, sustainability adviser, project manager, or urban environments and landscape designer.

Prepare yourself to take on the critical environmental and sustainability challenges facing the world today. Benefitting from JCU’s world-class research* in environmental science and management, you’ll learn how the biological, physical, social, economic and political spheres interact and impact on our environment.

JCU’s Environmental Practice students develop an understanding of how to manage the interactions between people and the environment to find solutions to complicated environmental problems. In your final year, build connections and participate in a final year professional placement and work experience.

Use your skills and knowledge to meet the needs expressed by corporate environmental management organisations. Understand how the triple bottom line outcomes – environmental, social and economic can be integrated to achieve positive solutions for government and organisations.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Environmental Science

We only have one Earth. Positive climate action and systemic change can be influenced by individuals encouraging corporations to have a positive impact on the environment. Work alongside professionals who are solving the most pressing environmental issues of our day – study a Bachelor of Environmental Practice from James Cook University.

Environmental Management Courses That Will Get You Ready Today for Tomorrow

Join JCU’s world-class researches and learn from the experts. Many consumers have lived as if social concerns, economic issues, corporate needs, and the environment were not inter-connected. With the result being global environmental issues like climate change, studying a Bachelor of Environmental Practice will prepare you to be part of the solution.

Lead the way in bringing urban design, corporate action, and government policy in line with best practices in resource management and biodiversity with the skills you learn from JCU’s Bachelor of Environmental Practice. Access unrivalled natural environments such as the Australian Outback, World Heritage Great Barrier Reef or the Wet Tropic’s Daintree Rainforest.

Like a Bachelor in Environmental Science, this degree will prepare you to meet the environmental challenges you are passionate about. Understand the positive and negative impacts of development alongside the ecosystems of coastal regions. Learn how to combine profitable business practices with sustainable environmental policies, and how urban landscapes can become more sustainable for everyone.

An Environmental Management Degree That Will Put You in High Demand

You can make a difference in the corporate world, in public policy decisions, in water preservation, or even in remediation activities. Whether you want to design new sustainable urban environments or help a corporation navigate environmental law, be in high demand with your environmental science degree.

Through your environmental management courses, develop your understanding of how to manage the interaction of people and the environment. Gain practical skills in solving pressing sustainability issues that will contribute to your employability.

With an environmental management degree from JCU, you are learning from expert lecturers who integrate their world-class research into the classroom*.

Choose the area of study that best suits your values and interests. Consider corporate environmental management, land and water management, urban environments, or biodiversity design and management. Whichever area you specialise in, you will be actively contributing to research that makes a difference.

Our Environmental Degrees Are Committed to Student Success

Your world-class education begins here, experience small class sizes and learn from world-class experts in their field. Your lecturers will help you explore the theory being taught and show you how to develop strategic partnerships and community engagement.

Experience has no substitute. JCU offers frequent professional placements and work experience opportunities in real-world environments. Throughout your placements you will gain the opportunity to build global professional networks and connections to last a lifetime.

Develop skills in retrieving and analysing information from your work in the field and complete laboratory and field experiments. You will graduate from your environmental management courses with the tools needed to apply your knowledge to the issues facing our world.

Enrol in JCU's Environmental Science Degree and Forge a Future

Design your own future with your environmental management degree from JCU. Once you graduate, you are prepared for a variety of employment options. You will be ready to manage corporate relations with stakeholders or work in business compliance. Prepare budgets and reports that help corporations meet financial targets in a sustainable manner.

Or work in the field conducting historical research or site assessments prior to developing regulatory recommendations. Build on your passion for a sustainable future for our cities, and manage fresh water supplies or design urban green spaces. Or work in management on various environmental projects.

Whatever you choose to do in environmental practice, the future is yours. Our world needs your skills, and the environmental degrees at JCU will prepare you to make a difference.

*Excellence in Research Awards 2016
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Refer to the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

This unique course offers the opportunity to specialise in one or two of the following four majors.

Biodiversity Assessment and Management

Gain the skills to enable you to assess and manage aquatic and terrestrial species. Learn the essential concepts of biodiversity, biological processes, and ecology.

Students will apply these concepts in upper level specialised classes. Modern field methods are used during field-based subjects in World-Heritage listed coastal, coral reef, and rainforest environments.

Corporate Environmental Management

Combine business literacy and corporate sustainability with environmental skills to tackle key global sustainability challenges in the environmental and socio-political context. Understand how corporations can sustain economic growth and have a positive impact on the environment.

Students learn key concepts in macro and micro economics and their interrelatedness with issues of environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable development.

Land and Water Management

Learn about physical geosciences, environmental processes and impacts on land, wetlands, river catchments, and coasts. You will develop your knowledge of how the Earth functions as a dynamically interactive system.

With tutelage from expert lecturers, students master the fundamentals of hydrology, soil science, geomorphic patterns and processes, and natural hazards. Benefit from field-based studies accessing unrivalled geographical and climatically diverse landscapes, including the Great Barrier Reef catchments.

Urban Environments and Landscape Design

Benefit from an integrated learning approach to understand the interactions between urban planning, urban design, urbanisation issues and urban landscapes. Develop design-based problem solving skills to deal with complicated contemporary urban challenges.

Students develop their knowledge and challenge their assumptions of the theories and principles that underlie urban and regional planning and design practice and traditions. Gain hands-on experience through intensive field studies in a range of rural, urban and overseas locations.

*Excellence in Research Awards 2018

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316431) - Apply now
Cairns (326431) - Apply now

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

Recommended study includes: at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Maths C, Specialist Mathematics or Physics (Units 3/4,C).

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Bachelor of Environmental Practice

Handbook Year


Course code


Course type

BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand accredits individual graduates but not courses -


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

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

Recommended Study: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Maths C or Physics

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.

Additional course requirements

Applicants who select SC1102: Modelling Natural Systems as a part of their degree but have not completed high school intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent) must also select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan.

MA1020 is available on both campuses in full-semester and intensive mode.  The intensive mode option typically starts earlier than the standard course commencement date. Contact JCU on 1800 246 446 for more information. Students can enrol in BU1007 without completing high school intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent).

This course involves mandatory field work and any costs associated with the field work will be at the student's expense.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Study plan may only include a maximum of 30 credit points of Level 1 subjects and a minimum of 18 credit points must be taken at Level 3.

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 Environmental Practice at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge of tropics-related environmental 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 environmental practices 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 Environmental Management 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 the environmental practice 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

EV1010:03 The Environmental Professional

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems or BU1007:03 Principles of Data Analysis for Business

Level 2

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

EV2100:03 International Environmental Policy and Governance

BX2077:03 Project Management

Level 3

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

EV3110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment


Select a major from Table A


Select one of the following Options

Option 1 (Second Major)

Select a second major from Table A


Option 2 (Minors and/or Electives)

Select a Science Minor from Table B that is different to your major or select 9 credit points of any Level 2, 3 or 5 Science subjects PLUS 3 credit points of any Level 3 or Level 5 Science subject


Select a Minor from Table B or select 12 credit points of any Level 1, 2, 3 or 5 subjects

Table A (Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single or Double

Credit points in major

24 credit points




Biodiversity Assessment and Management




Corporate Environmental Management




Land and Water Management




Urban Environments and Landscape Design




Table B (Minors)

Type of minor

Optional, Single or double

Credit points in minor

12 credit points







Physical Geography




Inter-Disciplinary Minors



Please refer to list for details of all minors available for selection









Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9  years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression

Must complete 18 credit points of Level 1 or 2 subjects before attempting any Level 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points

Only one PC grade may be awarded with approval of College or Division examiners meeting, to allow a student to graduate, and that PC grade must not contribute to a core subject within the course or major.

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.



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning 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 subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 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

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

Credit will not be given for SC3008 Professional Placement.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Any major 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 applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: $9,527. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

An OP or ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an OP or ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent rank score. Ranks are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.

Contact us to find about more.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Get prepared – bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Experience has no substitute

Participate in hands-on research and gain valuable practical skills at the world-class facility JCU's Orpheus Island Research Station.

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