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  • Length 4 years full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • Internal
Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours)

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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. 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.

Single degree

  • This degree requires 192 units
  • A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
  • A minimum of 30 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.

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.

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

See available majors and minors for this program

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.

Academic Advice

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, 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

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