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What will I learn?

What to expect

Benefit from JCU’s world-class research* in environmental science and management and learn how the biological, physical, social, economic and political spheres interact and impact on our environment.

JCU’s Environmental Practice students develop an understanding of how to manage the interactions between people and the environment to find solutions to complex environmental problems. In your final year, build connections through a professional placement and work experience.

Use your skills and knowledge to meet the needs of corporate environmental management organisations. Understand how the triple bottom line outcomes – environmental, social and economic - can be integrated to achieve positive solutions.

This unique course offers the opportunity to specialise in one or two of the following four majors:

Biodiversity Assessment and Management

Gain the skills to enable you to assess and manage aquatic and terrestrial species. Learn the essential concepts of biodiversity, biological processes, and ecology.

Students will apply these concepts in upper level specialised classes. Modern field methods are used during field-based subjects in World-Heritage listed coastal, coral reef, and rainforest environments.

Corporate Environmental Management

Combine business literacy and corporate sustainability with environmental skills to tackle key global sustainability challenges in the environmental and socio-political context. Understand how corporations can sustain economic growth and have a positive impact on the environment.

Students learn key concepts in macro and micro economics and their interrelatedness with issues of environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable development.

Land and Water Management

Learn about physical geosciences, environmental processes and impacts on land, wetlands, river catchments, and coasts. You will develop your knowledge of how the Earth functions as a dynamically interactive system.

With tutelage from expert lecturers, students master the fundamentals of hydrology, soil science, geomorphic patterns and processes, and natural hazards. Benefit from field-based studies accessing unrivalled geographical and climatically diverse landscapes, including the Great Barrier Reef catchments.

Career Opportunities

Gain unparalleled skills to address the great sustainability challenges of our lifetime with a JCU degree in Environmental Practice.

Your career options include roles within any organisation that manages social and environmental issues, including government departments, mining and construction companies, environmental consultancies, renewable energy industries, tourism businesses, local governments, and non-government organisations.

Depending on your choice of major/s, you could perform roles such as environmental manager, sustainability adviser, project manager, or urban environments and landscape designer.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

CRICOS

093740E

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,160.00 (18,94,397) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 July 2022, 26 February 2023

More details

Start date

25 July 2022, 20 February 2023

Venue

Cairns City campus

36 Shields Street,

CAIRNS CITY,

Queensland,

4870, CAIRNS, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,160.00 (18,94,397) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 July 2022, 26 February 2023

More details

Start date

25 July 2022, 20 February 2023

Venue

James Cook University

Douglas campus,

1 James Cook Drive,

DOUGLAS,

Queensland,

4814, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete academic qualification of Australia grade 12 or equivalent. IB Diploma - 24, 26, 30, 34. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (paper based): 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5); TOEFL (internet-based): 79 (minimum writing score of 19); Pearson (PTE Academic): 57; Occupational English Test (OET): Completion and an overall pass with minimum grades A or B only in each of the four components.

For international students

Students are required to complete academic qualification of Australia grade 12 or equivalent. Entry requirements may vary from country to country.

Course pre-requisites: Assumed knowledge: English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent. Recommended: at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Specialist Maths or Physics (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent.

IELTS - 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet based) - 74 (no component less than 18); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 52 (no component less than 52); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 169 (no component less than 169).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

  • Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world
  • Rated world-class or better in 83 per cent of research areas
  • Top 100 universities in the world for UN SDG
  • Rated 5 stars for employment, student support and skills