Environmental Studies

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 19.3 k Foreign:$ 19.3 k Deadline: Dec 12, 2024
59 place StudyQA ranking:6370 Duration:3 years

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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.

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. 

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


Human Ecology

Sustainable Development 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

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 or Graduate Certificate; 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

• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Requirements for domestic applicants:


QLD Band:10

International Baccalaureate:29


For international students:

Refer to the table to see if you meet the requirements:


English Language Requirements:

ANU recognizes a number of English language tests as meeting the University’s English language requirements. The acceptable tests are IELTS (an overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test), TOEFL-paper based test (a score of 570), TOEFL-internet based test (a score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening), Cambridge CAE Advanced (80, grade A), PTE Academic (overall 64, minimum 55 in each section.) 

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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.

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.

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