- Length 4 year full-time
- Minimum 192 Units
- Academic plan AENSU
- CRICOS code 091181C
- UAC code
Field of Education
- Environmental Studies
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.
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 degree will prepare you for postgraduate research, and can lead straight on to a PhD, in Australia or overseas. It will also equip you with the scientific and policy knowledge to work on environment and sustainability issues in a range of global, national and local contexts.
Many of our graduates are employed in policy making within government, water resources management, environmental management, urban planning and sustainability, international development and climate change adaption consulting.
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Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
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.
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.
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.
Collect, analyse and interpret original research data using appropriate methodologies and methods to draw evidence-based conclusions.
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.
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.
Appreciate and apply, where appropriate, personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.
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.
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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 an ATAR 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:
ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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
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.
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:
Resource and Environmental Management
24 units from completion of one of the following minors:
Australian Indigenous Studies
Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Climate Change Science and Policy
Forest Science and Policy
Soil and Land Management
Water Science and Policy
24 units from completion of courses from the Science course list
48 units from completion of one of the following majors:
Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
Resource and Environmental Management
48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
48 units from completion of the Environment Honours specialisation
A course can only be counted toward one major or minor, with the exception that a maximum of 12 units of 1000 level courses can count toward two majors that share common first year requirements.
Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in order to continue in the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours). Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability.
Students must complete 144 units and achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark (calculated from the 36 units of courses in disciplines cognate to the Honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses, with the highest marks) and satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation in order to commence the Honours specialisation. Students who do not achieve the 70% weighted average mark after 144 units or do not satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation will be transferred to the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability.
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. You
can make an appointment by using our online booking system here.
Alternatively, you can call Science Central on 6125 2809. There will
also be advisory sessions offered during the week before semester commences.
Are you concerned about the state of the environment and want to be part of the solution?
With a strong emphasis on getting outside and learning in the field, the ANU Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) will give you a broad environmental education, teaching you to link the natural and social sciences with their applications in environmental conservation and sustainable resource management.
If you enjoy the great outdoors and are passionate about keeping them pristine for future generations, this degree will teach you to be an effective environmental scientist and natural resource manager, helping you to meet the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing us this century.
The first three years of this degree is coursework studies. The fourth year is a research intensive honours year.
- This degree requires 192 units
- A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
- A minimum of 36 units 3000 level Science courses
- One Science major (48 units) from a pre-selected list
- Completion of 48 units from either One Science minor + 24 units of Science courses, or a second Science major (48 units) from a pre-selected list
- An average of 70% in Science courses must be maintained each semester to remain in the program
- Completion of at least 4 Honours Pathway Options/Courses in the first 3 years of study
- Other courses from the Science course list or another ANU College (maximum non-science allowed 48 units)
- Completion of 48 units in the Honours year
About this degree
In a Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) single degree program you will study a total of 192 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'll need to take one Science major (8 courses) and one Science minor (or specialisation) (4 courses) from a pre-selected list for this degree, and four Science electives (4 courses). You can also choose to complete 2 Science majors (16 courses) from the list instead. You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU (science or non-science courses). You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Science subject, such as history or marketing.
In your 4th year of study you will undertake the Honours year in a single discipline usually closely related to your major.
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.
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 SCNC1234.
- 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 for the year.
- You need to enrol in courses for at least one potential Science major from the list.
- You need to enrol in courses for at least one potential Science minor or a second potential Science major from the list.
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.
Majors and Minors
A course can only ever be counted toward one major or minor.
Exception: A maximum of 12 units of 1000 level courses can count toward two majors that share common first year requirements.
You can find a list of Majors and Minors for this program on Program and Courses, under the ‘Study’ tab on the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) webpage.
If you aren’t sure what you want to study for your whole degree, that’s fine. You don’t need to commit to majors or minors until after your first year. Using electives can help to keep your options open.
To choose courses for majors and minors, view the Science majors and minors available on the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) webpage that interest you and enrol in the first year courses (1000 level).
Remember you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College in the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) program.
For further information, you can:
Visit the Fenner School of Environment & Society webpage here, or
Download the Science first year course guide available here, or
View our program presentation videos located on our New commencers & first year students page, or
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Come and talk to someone face-to-face. You can make an appointment with an academic advisor here or by calling Science Central on 6125 2809