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Bachelor of Science (Forest Sciences)

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

BSFS
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Forestry Studies - general
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Forestry Studies - general

If you are passionate about sustainably managing our forests and woodlands, the ANU Bachelor of Science (Forest Science) will give you the grounding you need to ensure they keep growing into the future.

As well as focusing on the physical and biological sciences relevant to forests, you will explore the political, economic and social implications of managing forest ecosystems and learn how to apply that knowledge both in Australia and internationally.

This is a hands-on degree where you will complete research projects in the field, and work with forest sector businesses, management and research agencies, and community and non-government organisations. You will develop knowledge and skills about the relationships between society and environment, with a particular emphasis on forests and woodlands.

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This program is available for applications until second semester, 2016

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 Science (Forest Sciences) 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:

78 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability

ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS1004 Australia's Environment

ENVS2003 Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology

ENVS2004 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS2007 Economics for the Environment

ENVS2010 Australia's Forests

ENVS2015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS2021 Vegetation and Soils: Landscape Co-evolution and Ecology

ENVS3008 Fire in the Environment

ENVS3014 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS3028 Environmental Policy

ENVS3041 Managing Forested Landscapes

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

ENVS3007 Participatory Resource Management

ENVS3010 Independent Research Project

ENVS3039 Biodiversity Conservation in Modified Landscapes

ENVS3040 Solving Complex Environmental Problems

6 units from completion of a 3000-level course from the Science course list

6 units from completion of courses from the Science course list

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

A maximum of 12 units from completion of 1000-level courses may contribute towards meeting the requirements of two Science majors with common 1000-level course requirements.

Honours

If you attain a sufficient standard in the pass degree you may be admitted to the Honours year to become a candidate for the degree with Honours. See the Honours Degree listed in the Bachelor of Science.

Specialisations

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 ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability 6 units Elective Course 6 units ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Science Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units ENVS1004 Australia's Environment 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units ENVS2007 Economics for the Environment 6 units ENVS2010 ENVS2004 Weather, Climate and Fire 6 units Elective Course 6 units
ENVS2021 ENVS2015 GIS and Spatial Analysis 6 units ENVS2003 Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units ENVS3008 Fire in the Environment 6 units ENVS3028 Environmental Policy 6 units ENVS 3000 level course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
ENVS3014 Ecological Assessment and Management 6 units ENVS3041 Managing Forested Landscapes 6 units 3000 level Science course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

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Please note that if you are commencing your studies in semester 2 there may be restrictions on the courses available for enrolment. We strongly recommend that you make an appointment with an academic advisor (science.enquiries@anu.edu.au or phoning 6125 2809) to discuss your options. There will also be advisory sessions offered during the week before semester commences.


If you are passionate about sustainably managing our forests and woodlands, the ANU Bachelor of Science (Forest Science) will give you the grounding you need to ensure they keep growing into the future.

As well as focusing on the physical and biological sciences relevant to forests, you will explore the political, economic and social implications of managing forest ecosystems and learn how to apply that knowledge both in Australia and internationally.

This is a hands-on degree where you will complete research projects in the field, and work with forest sector businesses, management and research agencies, and community and non-government organisations. You will develop knowledge and skills about the relationships between society and environment, with a particular emphasis on forests and woodlands.

Single degree

  • This degree requires 144 units
  • A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
  • A minimum of 36 units 3000 level Science courses
  • Other courses from Science or another ANU College (maximum non-science allowed 48 units)

Double degree

  • This degree requires 96 units Science courses
  • A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level Science courses
  • A minimum of 36 units 3000 level Science courses
  • Other courses from Science

About this degree

Single degree

In a Bachelor of Science (Forest Science) single 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 courses across your whole degree.

You will need to complete a minimum of 16 science courses (96 units) but will also get to choose eight courses (48 units) from other ANU Colleges.  You can try a range of courses or take a major or minor in a non-Science subject, such as history or marketing. The choice is yours.

 

Double degree

In a Bachelor of Science (Forest Science) double 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 Science (Forest Science) degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.





Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

  • 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 for the year.
  • 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 Science (Forest Science) half of the double degree.

Electives

To find 1000-level courses, use the catalogue finder.  Remember you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of Science (Forest Science) program.





Study Options

Bachelor of Science (Forest Science) - single degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Science (Forest Science).

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability 6 units Science or non-science course 6 units Science or non-science course 6 units Science or non-science course 6 units
ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research 6 units ENVS1004 Australia's Environment 6 units Science or non-science course 6 units Science or non-science course 6 units

Bachelor of Science (Forest Science) - double degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Science (Forest Science) (degree A) with another three year degree, such as the Bachelor of Arts (degree B).

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability 6 units Science course 6 units Degree B Course 6 units Degree B Course 6 units
ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research 6 units ENVS1004 Australia's Environment 6 units Degree B Course 6 units Degree B Course 6 units

Academic Advice

For further information you can:


Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Science.Enquiries@anu.edu.au

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