Southern Cross University School of Environment, Science and Engineering


As pressure mounts on the world’s
natural resources and global biodiversity continues to decline we
need people who can develop solutions to critical environmental problems. Southern
Cross University School of Environment, Science and Engineering is preparing
students to take up that challenge. Throughout our environmental program we try and equip our students for the broadest possible range and destination
so they know the science and they know community engagement and they’re workplace ready. The school’s unique locations – close to marine parks, national parks
forests, beaches and rivers – provide the perfect setting for hands-on learning.
Here I’ve come in and pretty much all my courses have a practical component so
there’s a lot of hands-on work that I wouldn’t normally get. Like actually
handling the mammals today, we were encouraged to go in and grab
this rat or this mouse whereas previously there’d be an
instructor who’d really just show you how to do it, but here at SCU they really
want you to get hands-on and get into the field and learn yourself so it’s been
really great. Undergraduate degrees in environmental, marine and forest science
are available on campus and online with intensive workshops. Students rub
shoulders with world-leading researchers. Third-year marine science students study
at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour, working alongside Masters and PhD students. One of the biggest highlights of my degree would probably
be the mixture of both field and lab work. The facilities at Southern Cross
University are really great, especially here at the National Centre where we
have salt water on tap and really great aquaculture facilities. An environmental
major is a feature of the engineering degrees on offer at SCU. Civil and
mechanical engineering are taught in state-of-the-art facilities at the
Lismore campus with strong industry ties a feature of our degrees. We have a lot
of industry representatives coming in to gives guest lectures. We have a lot of site tours. We have a lot of involvement from local councils,
local consultancies, contractors and also manufacturers so our degrees are
certainly very industry relevant. At SCU, you know the teachers by name, the teachers know you by name, and you can just walk up after
or before a lecture and have a talk to them asking questions and it’s really
helpful. Visit www.scu.edu.au/enviroscience to learn more.

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