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Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours)

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements

The complex and interconnected challenges of creating sustainable societies within a healthy global environment demand an integrative, holistic appreciation of environment and sustainability that requires a broad understanding of the world.

This contemporary cross-disciplinary Honours degree prepares you to address the complex challenges of sustainability by providing a broad environmental education with a sound basis in theory and methods and a focus on hands-on applications and field-based, research-led learning. You will learn to link perspectives from the natural and social sciences with their applications in your chosen major in environmental science, sustainable natural resource management or sustainability studies; and can select from minors that range from biodiversity conservation, environmental policy, climate change and water resources to indigenous studies, international relations and development studies.  In particular you will gain the research skills needed to develop new knowledge and insights in environment and sustainability.

If you care about meeting the challenges and opportunities facing us this century this degree will prepare you for further Master or PhD research, and for an effective career in environment science, sustainable natural resource management and developing pathways to a sustainable future.


Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2017

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Systematically evaluate current understandings of environmental science, natural resource management and sustainability, and of a range of response strategies for sustainable resource management and development.

  2. Integrate knowledge from relevant scientific areas and from policy approaches across disciplines into approaches designed to address complex contemporary environment and sustainability issues, in global, national and local contexts.

  3. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a research topic relevant to environment and sustainability to generate new knowledge in this field.

  4. Collect, analyse and interpret original research data using appropriate methodologies and methods to draw evidence-based conclusions.

  5. Apply a range of written, oral and visual communication skills to effectively convey and discuss complex concepts about environmental science, sustainable development and resource management decisions and relevant policies across disciplines.

  6. Engage with and inform ongoing debates on environmental science, resource management and sustainability issues, recognising the importance of biophysical and socio-political and cultural contexts.

  7. Appreciate and apply, where appropriate, personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to  for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

This program requires completion of 192 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units can come from the completion of 1000-level courses

A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses from the Science course list

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of Honours Pathway Courses or Honours Pathway Options from the Science course list


The 192 units must include: 

48 units from completion of one of the following majors:

Environmental Science

Resource and Environmental Management

Sustainability Studies



24 units from completion of one of the following minors:

Australian Indigenous Studies

Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Climate Change Science and Policy

Environmental Policy

Forest Science and Policy


Human Ecology

Soil and Land Management

Sustainable Development

Water Science and Policy


72 units from completion of elective courses offered by the ANU



48 units from completion of one of the following majors:


Earth Science

Environmental Science

Resource and Environmental Management


Marine Science

Sustainability Studies

48 units from completion of the Environment Honours specialisation


48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU



Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

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