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Bachelor of Environmental Studies

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

Do you want understand the environment, how we can interact with it and learn about more sustainable ways of managing it? This is the degree to help you manage and care for our most precious resources.

The ANU Bachelor of Environmental Studies is designed to give you the multidisciplinary perspectives, skills and knowledge you need to engage meaningfully with the complex problems facing societies and the environment.

Our degree offers a broad range of study options from natural ecological and earth system processes, to environmental management, resource use and policy, to cultural ecology and the history of environmental change, perception and philosophy.

You will develop an understanding of the complex and often conflicting interrelationships between human societies and their environment, and of the available solutions to address the world’s most intractable environmental problems.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find work in government, policy, scientific research, development and aid organisations, multi-national companies, mining and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program enables students to:

  • Comprehensively define current Australian and global environmental issues and the complex human-environment relationships that have created them
  • Critically assess the relationship between human cultures and societies, the institutions, economic and political paradigms that characterise them, and the impacts on the natural environment
  • Critique the developments in current global and Australian environmental thinking and evolving perspectives on society-environment relationships
  • Appreciate the value of multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to tackling complex problems, and to apply these approaches in a variety of contexts (e.g. climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainability in business and industry, regional planning, land care, public participation, and cultural heritage)
  • Employ advanced research, writing and presentation skills, including the preparation of written material which successfully integrates knowledge from the social sciences with that of the natural sciences.

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.

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.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
29

Adjustment Factors

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 http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/  for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$34,944.00

Scholarships

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

The Bachelor of Environmental Studies requires completion of 144 units, of which:

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

The 144 units must include:

48 units from completion of the Environmental Studies major

48 units from completion of two of the following minors:

Biological Anthropology

Development Studies

Environmental Policy

Geography

Human Ecology

Sustainable Development

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

For information about honours, please see the College of Arts and Social Sciences Honours website.

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.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Environmental Studies Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor (1) 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Environmental Studies Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor (1) 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Environmental Studies Major 2000 level Course 6 units Minor (1) 2000 level Course 6 units Minor (2) 2000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Environmental Studies Major 2000 level Course 6 units Minor (1) 2000 level Course 6 units Minor (2) 2000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Environmental Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Environmental Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Minor (2) 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Environmental Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Environmental Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Minor (2) 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

Three years full time (144 units) - four courses per semester (24 units)
A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
An Environmental Studies major (48 units)
Two of the following minors (48 units):
•    Biological Anthropology
•    Development Studies
•    Environmental Policy
•    Geography
•    Human Ecology
•    Sustainable Development
Eight Elective courses (48 units) from across the ANU

Double degree

This degree requires 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
An Environmental Studies major (48 units)
Two of the following minors (48 units):
•    Biological Anthropology
•    Development Studies
•    Environmental Policy
•    Geography
•    Human Ecology
•    Sustainable Development

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take the Environmental Studies major (8 courses) and two minors (from the designated list) (8 courses). You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Environmental Studies degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to take the Environmental Studies major (8 courses) and two minors (from the designated list) (8 courses).

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
•    A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor.
•    You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
•    You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight courses for the year.
•    You need to enrol in courses for the Environmental Studies major
•    You need to enrol in courses for your chosen minor/s if they have 1000 level courses listed in the minor
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Environmental Studies half of the double degree

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You need to enrol in ENVS1001 and ENVS1003 for the Environmental Studies major.
If your chosen two minors have 1000-level courses listed, you need to enrol in these courses.
Most of the listed minors don’t have 1000-level courses listed.  For these minors, check the pre-requisite requirements of the chosen 2000/3000 courses listed in the minor and enrol the 1000-level courses this year so that you can enrol in your chosen 2000/3000 level courses later in your degree.

Electives

Single Degree
While you only need to enrol in courses for one major and two minors, you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for the major you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.


Study Options

Bachelor of Environmental Studies - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Environmental Studies.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability 6 units Minor Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units
ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research 6 units Minor Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units

Bachelor of Environmental Studies - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability 6 units Minor Course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research 6 units Minor Course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
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