Bachelor of Environmental Science

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Apply now for next intake.

  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Career Outcomes:

    Environmental Scientist | Life Scientist | Safety Inspector | Zoologist | Sustainability Officer | View All

Course Rundown

The Bachelor of Environmental Science course offered by Charles Sturt University provides you with the skills and knowledge to play an important role in environmental management.

This online course has a strong emphasis on solid field instruction and application to real-world situations. In addition to fully equipped laboratory facilities, students will be exposed to a range of state-of-the-art field equipment and software.

You’ll study a broad range of subjects covering ecology, wildlife management, vegetation management and the earth sciences while developing practical management, research and planning skills.

Students also have the opportunity to narrow their studies by specialising in either land and water, catchment management, or ecological conservation.

The course is recognised by all national environmental management agencies.

Practical work placement

This course requires that students undertake work placement to ensure that you graduate job-ready, with a strong mix of practical work experience and academic foundation.


Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Have completed the Higher School Certificate or equivalent


  • Have completed or part-completed a course from a university, college of advanced education, TAFE college or other accredited tertiary or post-secondary institution


  • Have sufficient and relevant work experience

Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

Residential School Requirements
This courses may include a residential school component where you will attend a Charles Sturt University campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

What You’ll Learn

In this environmental science course, the subjects you will study include:

Core subjects:

  • Concepts of biology
  • Principles of ecology
  • Methods for environmental data analysis
  • Earth system processes
  • Soils and landscapes
  • Workplace preparation
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental management – administration and practice
  • People and the environment
  • Introduction to spatial science and data visualisation
  • Principles of GIS

Ecological conservation specialisation:

  • Conservation biology
  • Vegetation ecology
  • River and floodplain ecology
  • Vegetation and disturbance management
  • Wildlife ecology and management
  • Environmental impact assessment and auditing
  • Catchment management through community development
  • Principles of Indigenous land management
  • Environmental planning
  • GIS applications

Land and water specialisation:

  • Animal systematics
  • Landscape ecology
  • River and floodplain ecology
  • Restoration ecology
  • Chemical fundamentals
  • Environmental impact assessment and auditing
  • River hydrology & geomorphology
  • Plant taxonomy & systematics
  • Integrated GIS/remote sensing
  • Water policy and management
  • Image analysis
  • GIS applications

Catchment management specialisation:

  • Extension
  • Climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation
  • Agroecosystems & human values
  • River restoration and protection
  • Vegetation ecology
  • River and floodplain ecology
  • Vegetation and disturbance management
  • River hydrology & geomorphology
  • Catchment management through community development
  • Water policy and management
  • GIS applications

Why study with Charles Sturt University?

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

Student Support

CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Where Will It Lead Me?

In the face of exploding populations and looming climate change, Australia and the world face significant environmental challenges. Skilled personnel qualified to apply environmental management practices are in high demand in the public and private spheres, and jobs abound for those who want to make a difference.

Whether it’s managing water resources, analysing soil, conducting impact assessments or using GIS to map the effects of agriculture on a catchment area, numerous roles are open to graduates in landcare and conservation organisations, natural resource management agencies, in academic settings or in environmental roles in local, state and federal government.

Curious about where a career in science could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Austudy/Abstudy or Youth Allowance.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.