Discover what it is like to study science with scholars who are global leaders in research in their fields.
At Southern Cross University we believe nurturing a curiosity about the scientific processes that affect us is the key to understanding and shaping our future, in a way that is compatible with the natural world.
Our Bachelor of Science will build knowledge and skills across the fields that intrigue you, giving you the opportunity to work in our state of the art labs, or in the field – in the world heritage rainforests, reefs, rivers and beaches surrounding our campuses – or online.
With options to pick from a diverse range of majors in biology, engineering, environmental chemistry, mathematics, psychology and more, you will have broad career options, and, importantly, you will be equipped to tackle the big questions and solutions to transform our world.
In public and private sectors as a resource manager and sustainability advisor and planner, policy developer, biologist, ecologist, health scientist; and in scientific research.
Students can elect to complete an eight-week industry internship placement to gain industry experience. Interns work with organisations across the science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies; private consultancies; or business enterprises in Australia or overseas.
Majors to select from include:
(Locations are indicated in brackets. Please note that some majors are only available online.)
Biology provides students with a broad base for understanding principles governing life processes at all levels–molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological. There is a strong focus on human impacts. The management of ecosystems is embedded throughout the major. (L, O*)
Engineering ensures students have a sound base of environmental engineering knowledge coupled with principles of physical and biological sciences. (L)
Environmental Chemistry gives students the knowledge to solve chemically related environmental problems. Students will also gain an overview of sediment and aquatic chemistry, which includes laboratory analysis of materials. (L, O*)
Mathematics provides an area of specialisation for students in advanced mathematical skills. Subject areas can include an overview of algebra, calculus, physics and more complex analysis and group theories. (O)
CH = Coffs Harbour GC = Gold Coast L = Lismore O = Online
*Include on-campus, residential workshops.
Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.
On campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, field trips, online activities and video linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Please note: Some units may only be available to study online and some include compulsory residential workshops in Lismore with lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and field trips.