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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 53.35 |
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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You'll have a unique set of skills when you graduate with a JCU Environmental Practice degree.

Your qualifications will be sought by government departments, mining corporations, environmental consultants, renewable energy industries, tourism businesses, heritage groups, local governments, and non-government organisations, or you may establish your own company to work with stakeholders and clients.

As well as being able to manage relationships with stakeholders with diverse interests, you'll have the business skills and environmental knowledge required by organisations that need leaders to:

  • Manage corporate environmental projects that require business literacy with environmental skills, ensuring compliance with environmental laws and better management of how business impacts on the environment
  • Manage the provision of fresh water and other essentials for rapidly growing cities
  • Conduct Environmental Site Assessments in residential, commercial and industrial properties
  • Conduct historical and regulatory research
  • Lead contaminated site inspections
  • Manage remediation activities
  • Prepare and review reports and budgets
  • Manage teams of skilled and unskilled workers
  • Design sustainable and green urban places

Environmental Practice is a ground-breaking course offered at JCU.

Take your place among the experts who will be called on to solve the great sustainability challenges that are facing the world. Environmental Practice responds to the stated requirements of corporate environmental management organisations for triple bottom line outcomes – environmental, social and economic. Responding to those needs, this unique course offers students the opportunity to specialise in one or two of four majors:

  • Biodiversity Assessment and Management
  • Corporate Environmental Management
  • Urban Environments and Landscape Design
  • Land and Water Management

Benefit from JCU's consultation with employers and industry to include those skills that they think make a great Environmental Manager. JCU graduates are ready to hit the ground running and contribute to a whole range of organisations who need environmental, social and economic skills from their employees.

Your JCU Environmental Practice curriculum builds on JCU's internationally-acclaimed environmental science reputation and experience. It will make you even more employable. You'll study:

  • Urban design, combining urban planning, urbanisation issues and urban landscapes with a sustainable "design thinking" approach
  • Corporate environmental management, combining business literacy and corporate sustainability with environmental skills
  • Biodiversity Assessment and management teaches skills for assessment and management of all living species, on land and in the water
  • Coastal and Marine Management looks at the interaction of people and communities at the coastal fringe and on the oceans and marine habitats
  • Land and Water Management combines physical geosciences and environmental impacts on land, wetlands, river catchments and below the surface

The College of Science and Engineering at JCU arranges your final year professional placements and work experience.

Additional information

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.

Be 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.

Be 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.

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.

Forging 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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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 -


Division of 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 block-mode.  The block-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 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation 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 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

Level 2

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

EV2100:03 Environmental Management, 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.

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


Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

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

Advanced standing 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: $9,247. (Estimate only)

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

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

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 for more information.

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

The practical experience I gained throughout my degree was amazing. We did field trips to the rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and we even traveled to Phuket, Thailand, to study overfishing.

Kaya Asdal, JCU Alumni, Environmental Practice