Selection Rank
62.00
TBC (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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UAC code

484875
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Fees

AUD38,660 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40245
CRICOS code: 102644D

Program handbook

Description

The impacts of climate variability and climate change are affecting our lives like never before. There is an urgent need to better understand, quantify, and adapt to climate-related risks. The Bachelor of Climate Science and Adaptation (BCSA) is a science-based degree program with an emphasis on courses dealing with climate science, earth processes, climate impacts, climate/environmental risk management, and sustainability under existing and future climate conditions. Students will engage in contemporary and emerging issues in climate science from their first day at university, and the program culminates in the integration of the theory/science behind climate variability and change, quantification/modelling of climate impacts, and management of existing and future climate risks. Students will experience relevant field-based scenarios and connect with managers and policy makers from industry, government and the not-for-profit sectors. This will prepare students to progress into a career that spans all sectors affected by the current and future impacts of climate variability and change.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Knowledge: Broad and coherent knowledge of climate change and earth processes and interdependencies between human societies and environments.
  • Knowledge: Understanding of the role of scientific knowledge and other knowledges including Indigenous, expert and lay knowledges in climate change, sustainable transitions and decision-making.
  • Understanding: Ability to acquire, synthesize and apply knowledge from the earth and environmental sciences, and more broadly to develop creative solutions to manage current and future climate challenges at varied scales.
  • Understanding: Understanding of their own and others’ values, knowledge, ethical positions and interests.
  • Skills: Well-developed disciplinary, cognitive and technical skills through choosing and applying appropriate earth and environmental science practices to address complex environmental challenges both independently and collaboratively.
  • Skills: Essential professional skills including the ability to appropriately and effectively communicate ideas, scientific research results and sustainable implementation options with diverse audiences through oral, written and visual means.
  • Ethical practice: Capacity for ethical professional, public and personal conduct through (a) reflecting on their own learning and practice, and (b) promoting the transformation of human societies towards environmental sustainability.

Details

Information correct as at23 Jan 2021 3:03 pm
Program code40245
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian

This program is new for 2020, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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Term typeSemesters
Fees
  • International students - AUD38,660 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code102644D

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible. 

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 240 units, comprised of the following:

  • 180 units of core courses
  • 10 unit mathematics directed course
  • 10 unit 3000 level directed course
  • 40 units of electives (including at least 10 units at 3000 level and no more than 20 units at 1000 level)

Please note: Students must only complete courses that form part of the program. Electives include any unrestricted courses offered within the university. In addition the program must include:

  • No more than 100 units at 1000 level.
  • At least 40 units at 2000 level.
  • At least 60 units at 3000 level.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ENVS1001Environmental Science Concepts and Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOG1020Introduction to Human Geography
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS1040Earth: The Dynamic Planet
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS1050Earth Processes and Products
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
SCIE1001Professional Scientific Thinking
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIE1002Multidisciplinary Laboratories
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2008The Sustainable Society
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS2050Catchments and Climate
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS2161Spatial Science
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
PHYS2300Climate and Energy
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
SCIE2001Professional Employment Skills
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIE2002Interdisciplinary Challenges
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIE2223Weather and Waves
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
GEOS3250Advanced Spatial Science
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS3340Climate Change and Resource Management
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
SCIE3001ATransdisciplinary Capstone: Planning and Implementing
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
SCIE3001BTransdisciplinary Capstone: Implementing and Communicating
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units

Math Directed Courses

Complete 10 units from the following directed courses. Which course you should complete will depend on your previous mathematical background, please refer to each course handbook for more information.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
MATH1001Preparatory Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1002Foundational Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units

3000 Level Directed Courses

Complete 10 units from the following directed courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ENVS3007Environmental Remediation
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOS3280Global Change and the Rise of Modern EnvironmentsNot currently offered10 units

Electives

Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

40 units

Suggested electives

Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.

A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems10 units
COMP1140Database and Information Management10 units
ECON1001Microeconomics for Business Decisions10 units
ECON1002Macroeconomics in the Global Economy10 units
ECON3006Environmental Economics10 units
GEOG1030Global Poverty and Development10 units
INFT6201Big Data10 units
PHYS1210Advanced Physics I10 units
PHYS1220Advanced Physics II10 units
POLI1010Australian Politics and Government10 units
POLI1020Introduction to Politics10 units
POLI2200The Global Politics of Indigenous People10 units
POLI2203International Political Economy and Global Development10 units
POLI3180Politics, Policy and Government10 units
POLI3203Democracy in the 21st Century: Local Power, Policy and Participatory Politics10 units
SENG1110Object Oriented Programming10 units
STAT1100Data Wrangling and Visualisation10 units

Additional information

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.