Why study Sustainability at UNE?

Make your mark in building a sustainable future. The University of New England offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs focusing on sustainability, environmental protection, consultancy and policy and planning. Our degrees will equip you to build solutions for the greatest challenges presently facing society, and develop you as a leader in environmental strategy and policy. They focus on current and future environmental, social, legal and economic sustainability issues.

Our staff are at the forefront of their fields, they are passionate about sustainability and as well as teaching, they also conduct research in: ecosystems, environmental law and policy, carbon and water trading and climate change.

Graduates will become the future leaders of eco-service markets, regulatory agencies, governments and consultancy groups, and are focused on maintaining sustainable landscapes, engaging the community, business and researchers, and finding innovative solutions to sustainability issues.

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Bachelor of Sustainability
Study ModeOn Campus/Online
Duration*Full Time: 3 years
Part Time: Up to 10 years
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The Bachelor of Sustainability at UNE is about understanding social and community sustainability as well as ecologically sustainable development. UNE is the only university in Australia that offers the degree, which provides a unique opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of sustainability in a holistic manner, integrating social science with environmental science. You will study a diverse range of subjects, including environmental management, geography, law, psychology, economics and policy; and you can choose from a broad range of electives. This degree has been designed for graduates to take advantage of the growing demand in the "green collar" sector of the employment market. Graduates will be equipped with the ability to understand the complexities of the environmental and social problems which beset our society, as well as the problem-solving abilities needed to build a sustainable future.

You can tailor your course by choosing from the five majors to enhance your career opportunities:

  • Community engagement and development
  • Cultural heritage management
  • Environmental governance
  • Environmental resilience
  • Governance and regulation

Find out more about the Bachelor of Sustainability course rules and information.

*Maximum duration of the course

Bachelor of Ecology
Study ModeOn Campus/Online
Duration*Full Time: 3 years
Part Time: Up to 10 years
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Ecology is the scientific study of the interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms. An Ecologist is a biologist who studies the relationships between organisms and their environment. On completion of this three-year degree you will be able practice as an Ecologist. Ecologists work outdoors or in laboratories and in this degree we aim to train a work-ready graduate through field and practical laboratories. Employment opportunities for ecologists include government agencies, consulting firms, research laboratories, botanic gardens, museums, and in private industries such as those that produce energy, timber, and aquaculture.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Ecology course rules and information.

*Maximum duration of the course

Bachelor of Environmental Science
Study ModeOn Campus/Online
Duration*Full Time: 3 years
Part Time: Up to 10 years
2014 ATAR/OP72.55/13

You will study environmental issues with experienced biologists, ecologists and environmental managers. This degree provides graduates with an understanding of the building blocks of our environment and their interactions, providing them with the key scientific knowledge and skills required by employers. The program centres on a core of science training placed in the context of the physical and biological environment, with the option of a major in environmental management to gain additional skills in on-ground management of natural resources. Career opportunities are in national parks, natural resources and environmental protection, environmental consultancies, and industries such as mining and agriculture. If you are at all concerned about the natural environment and a sustainable future, you should consider Environmental Science.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Environmental Science course rules and information.

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Assumed or recommended knowledge

Assumed knowledge for the Bachelor of Sustainability is any two units in English, with recommended study in Mathematics. For the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Bachelor of Ecology, it is assumed that students have completed Mathematics and it is recommended that they have completed Chemistry and/or Biology. Foundation level units are available in Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics for those students who do not have a background in these areas.