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Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Townsville; Singapore
February, July
3 years full-time
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Entry Requirements
English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
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JCU Business and Environmental Science graduates are leaders in sustainable business and implementation of environmental practice.

Graduates pursue a range of business careers, including in environmental policy, marine resource management, and aquaculture.

You could find employment as an environmental advisor, consultant, or academic in both private and public sectors.

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.

Explore the important and challenging work of balancing profit, policy, and conservation with the Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science. Study the effects of human behaviour on climate and learn to plan and lead sustainable business practices.

Integrate environmental science with the ability to create sustainable and competitive business practices. Focus on sustainability principles in tropical contexts in our internationally renowned centres of tropical environmental science.

Learn how to critically appraise the role and relevance of environmental science in global and local business practice and society.

Access some of the most environmentally interesting places on Earth and explore unrivalled World Heritage natural environments. Support your research with genuine fieldwork and build a strong industry network through JCU’s direct links to peak industry bodies.
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About JCU's Double Major in Business and Environmental Science

If you have an eye for business and a conscience for responsible environmental stewardship, the Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science is perfect for you. You know that consumers want responsible action from the corporations they purchase from. You know that successful corporations of the future will be the ones that value sustainability as much as profitability. If you are ready for a career that is part of the solution, JCU’s double major in business and environmental science is for you.

The Environmental Business

With a degree in environmental science and business, you will be poised to spearhead a movement of effective business practices that are also environmentally sustainable. With a strong understanding of climate change, public perceptions and solid business principles, you will be ready to lead the next generation of corporations.

Sustainable business practices and understanding climate change are fundamental components to JCU’s Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science. As a graduate of this flexible degree program, you will be equipped with global business and specialist science skills. You will be ready to succeed in whatever field of work you choose.

As you study environmental science and business, you will be prepared through three key elements:

  • Core foundational knowledge
  • Multiple areas of specialisation
  • Hands-on learning in unique environments

Core Foundational Knowledge on Environmental Science and Business

Through a world-class education at JCU, you will gain all the skills you need to succeed. Equipped with an understanding of IT, training in decision making, and a proficiency in using high-tech equipment, you will be ready to transfer seamlessly from study to the workplace.

You will thrive in JCU’s small class sizes as you learn how to assess the health of a business in the context of environmental concerns. Learning from lecturers committed to student success, you will master core discipline concepts such as:

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

As important as theory is, experience has no substitute. As you study, you will take advantage of JCU’s frequent networking opportunities and connect with leading business and environmental science professionals. You will finish your degree with the skills to apply your technical and theoretical knowledge to the real world.

With your Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science degree behind you, you will know how to access and apply information effectively. You will have experience planning and carrying out reliable projects and field work. You will know how to organise and interpret the business and environmental data you acquire.

Business and Environmental Science - Multiple Areas of Specialisation

You thrive best when you follow your passions. The double major in business and environmental science offers you a range of elective subjects to pursue your interests and prepare you for further specialised study.

Your environmental science specialisation will uniquely equip you for the career you choose. You will be free to choose from majors like aquaculture, marine science, business, ecology, or environmental science. Whatever you choose, your education will be as unique as you are, and you will be ready to lead the way.

Hands-on Learning in Unique Environments

As you conduct research that makes a difference, you will study in some of the most unique and beautiful locations in the world. You can choose from multiple research centres in northern Queensland and gain unparalleled practical experience and specialised coursework.

You don’t have to go far, to go far. Your studies at the JCU Orpheus Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef will give you a hands-on understanding of marine science. In the JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory, you will work in many unique environmental regions.

Even on campus you will work in state-of-the-art facilities, experiencing genuine fieldwork that will prepare you for the environmentally friendly workforce of the future.

Begin Your Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Businesses need to adapt to our growing understanding of responsible and sustainable business strategies. You love the environment and want to help everyone thrive: from corporations, to charities, to the natural world. With your degree in business and environmental science, you will be ready to work in a variety of impactful fields. You might be an environmental adviser to businesses or nonprofit organisations. You might work as an academic or consultant. You might work at hatcheries, in aquaculture programs, or in marine resource management.

Whichever career path you choose, you will be ready to apply an understanding of biodiversity to any business situation. You will be on the forefront of implementing strategies for sustainable change.
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What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

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Help with your application

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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 Principles of Economics

BU1104:03 Introduction to Management Concepts and Application

BU1105:03 Business Communication

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.



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


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$33,280 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

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

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

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