- Townsville: February, July
- Cairns: February, July
3 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA)
One of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Maths C or Physics (4,SA)
English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
One of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C)
Bachelor of Environmental Practice
BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)
Professional accreditation status
Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand accredits individual graduates but not courses - http://www.eianz.org/
Tropical Environments and Societies
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
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:
EV1010:03 The Environmental Professional
SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding
EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
EV2100:03 International Environmental Policy and Governance
BX2077:03 Project Management
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
|Not available mid-year|
Table B (Minors)
Type of minor
Optional, Single or double
Credit points in minor
12 credit points
|Please refer to list for details of all minors available for selection|
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Must complete 18 credit points of Level 1 or 2 subjects before attempting any Level 3 subject.
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Maximum allowed Pass
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
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.
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.
A maximum of 6cp credit points of credit may be granted at level 3.
Credit will not be given for SC3008 Professional Placement.
BACHELOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE
Inclusion of majors on
Any major may appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Students who exit the course prior to completion and have successfully completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Certificate of Higher Education.
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.
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.
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
Recommended study includes: at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Maths C, Specialist Mathematics or Physics (Units 3/4,C).
OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Environmental Practice
JCU provided plenty of networking opportunities and showed pathways to many different career pathways throughout the degree. Studying Environmental Practice set me up for a career that is meaningful and brings me so much joy, and makes the world a more sustainable and just place.
Bachelor of Environmental Practice
Environmental Practice has opened my eyes to the current climate change crisis and environmental issues. This degree offers a wide range of subjects in environmental science and management, sustainability, business and economics. I formed long lasting friendships with peers and the highly knowledgeable lecturers.
Corporate Environmental Management
Compared to environmental degrees offered by universities in major capital cities, JCU Bachelor of Environmental Practice students benefit from more practical experiences like field and lab work. Mastering these skills is something that employers really value in our graduates.