- Townsville: January, May, September
3 years full-time
English (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C), and General Maths or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4, C)
Explore the important and challenging work of balancing profit, policy, and conservation with the Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science. You will learn how to integrate environmental science principles with the ability to create sustainable and competitive business practices. Gain the knowledge and skills to make a difference in tropical contexts through a strong focus on sustainability principles relevant to tropical environmental science.
The Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science emphasises the importance of conducting business and enterprise in consideration of environmental impact and influence. Throughout your studies, you will learn how to critically appraise the role and relevance of environmental science in global and local business practice. Be equipped to guide business and enterprise with strategies that are effective for organisations yet beneficial for the environment. Harness your passion for the natural world and use your business expertise to drive environmental conservation and promotion.
In this business and environmental science degree, you will be empowered to make a difference to the environments and communities within the Tropics. As you gain an in-depth understanding of enterprise through subjects covering accounting, economics and management concepts, you’ll also explore topics such as biodiversity, environmental processes, ecology, and coastal and marine management and conservation. This joint degree offers a major in Aquaculture, available at JCU Townsville and JCU Singapore.
See theory in action with unique access to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef right outside of JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas. With opportunities for field trips, research and fieldwork, and industry placements, you’ll build a strong industry network through JCU’s links with peak industry bodies while developing your hands-on skills.
Consult the handbook for majors available at each campus and a detailed overview of available subjects.
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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Consult the handbook for majors available at each campus and a detailed overview of available subjects.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science.
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, resource management, and aquaculture.
You could find employment as an environmental advisor, consultant, or academic in both private and public sectors.
Entry score threshold
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2023. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in June each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
ATAR/Selection Rank: 63.20
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science for Semester 1, 2023. The table includes offers deferred to Semester 1, 2023 which may have been assessed using the entry score threshold of an earlier year.
<5 – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers made.
* Refer to Adjustment Factors
Find out more about who you might study with by viewing this course’s student profile.
James Cook University applies bonus ranks under the Regional Preference Scheme and QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS). Learn more about JCU’s adjustment factors.
Information valid for students commencing in 2024
Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)
Science and Engineering
Recommended Knowledge: English (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C), and General Maths or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4, C)
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.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
72 credit points as per course structure
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:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making
BU1003:03 Principles of Economics
BU1104:03 Introduction to Management Concepts and Application
BU1105:03 Professional and Academic Skills for Business
BS1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity
EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change
SC2202:03 Quantitative Methods in Science
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
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
AQ2001:03 Introduction to Aquaculture
AQ2002:03 Aquaculture of Tropical Species
EA2404:03 Earth's Climate: Past, Present and Future
EV2011:03 The Case for Sustainability
MB2080:03 Invertebrate Biology
AQ3015:03 Sustainable Aquaculture
BZ3001:03 Field Studies in the Equatorial Tropics: Borneo
EV3011:03 Sustainability in Practice
EV3110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
EV3201:03 Coastal and Marine Management and Conservation
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
MB5001:03 Tropical Marine Ecology and Coastal Impacts
SC5008:03 Professional Placement
SC5901:03 Special Topic I
SC5902:03 Special Topic 2
Table A (Majors)
Type of major
Credit points in major
24 credit points
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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
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 credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
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.
BACHELOR OF BUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
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.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
JCU Prep provides a pathway into this course. Enrolling in this flexible program will enable you to meet entry requirements including subject pre-requisites and ATARs. Introductory academic subjects are also available to prepare you for tertiary study.
*Excludes entry into the Bachelor of Advanced Science, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours).
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
Application dates vary between courses, whether they're delivered in semester, trimester or carousel study modes. View our Application due dates page for more information.
ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science
I choose to study at JCU in Townsville because of its world class education and location – warm and sunny weather all year long, and right on the Great Barrier Reef! On graduation, I hope to get a job within sustainability consulting or investment banking in Australia or England.
Dr Neil Hutchinson
Public awareness of environmental issues is at an all-time high, and the job market internationally is mirroring this, with opportunities increasing. Graduates will have an edge in the job market, as they can demonstrate an understanding of business principles, and how to apply these alongside environmental standards.