Two ANU Environment and sustainability students taking notes in a forest

Bachelor of Environment & Sustainability

Degree overview

Maintaining the balance between our environment and human development is challenging. The future needs you to work on sustainable solutions to issues including increasing biodiversity loss, urbanisation and climate change.

The Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability is a contemporary degree, covering environmental science, policy and social sciences, allowing you to address the complex challenges of sustainability by giving you a broad environmental education. 

You will study in our world renowned Fenner School of Environment and Society; a world-leading centre for interdisciplinary research on the conservation and management of Australia's distinctive biodiversity.

What you'll learn

This program has been specially designed to give you a broad environmental education, teaching you to link the natural and social sciences with their applications in environmental conservation and sustainable resource management. The select majors in this degree will enable you to focus your studies in the area that most interests you. You will have the option of applying for an Honours year towards the end of your third year of study.

If you enjoy the great outdoors and are passionate about keeping them pristine for future generations, this degree will teach you to be an effective environmental scientist and natural resource manager, helping you to meet the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing us this century.

Student experience

Jharna Chamlagai and Sumithri Venketasubramanian

Scrapbooking her way through a double degree

Jharna has been keeping track of the memories made during her Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability and Bachelor of Law flexible double degree.

Shebaz Hashmi

How an internship can jump-start your environmental start-up

Sherbaz Hashmi says his current career trajectory was shaped by an internship he completed as part of his Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability.

National Arboretum Canberra research site

This research site allows our researchers to investigate climate change and variability, water use and precision measurement of trees and forests.

Mulligans Flat - Goorooyarroo nature reserves

In partnership with the ACT Government and CSIRO, ANU researchers are working to improve box-gum grassy woodland for biodiversity.

 Virtual tour

Explore ANU science places, classrooms, laboratories and more through our interactive virtual tour.

Meet some of your teachers

Associate Professor Lorrae Van Kerkhoff

Associate Professor Lorrae Van Kerkhoff, Program convener

Lorrae convenes the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability degree program, teaches undergraduate students, and supervises graduate students.

Her research brings together concepts from science and technology studies with sustainability science. She is particularly interested in knowledge governance and its relationship to social-ecological change.

As well as her PhD research at ANU, Lorrae has conducted research at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, and the Harvard Center for International Development.

Dr Matthew Brookhouse

Dr Matthew Brookhouse teaches first-year research methods at the Fenner School of Envionment and Society, with an emphasis on real-world applications.

Matthew is well-known for the innovative learning activities which break down the traditional barriers between researchers, teachers and students. For his outstanding teaching, he has received both an ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Education and an Australian Award for University Teaching.

Matthew’s own research is in dendrochronology, silviculture, wood anatomy and plant physiology.


Explore a range of careers as diverse as the environment itself. 

  • Policymaking within government
  • Water resources management
  • Urban planning and sustainability
  • Fire management
  • International development
  • Food security consulting
  • Climate change consulting

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Featured scholarships: Featured scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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Join students and staff from the Fenner School at ANU that have transitioned to studying and teaching remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear about their experiences about what it is like to study and teach remotely compared to on campus, and what the transition has been like. Also hear about the virtual field trips on offer.

How to apply

Determine the best way to apply

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Receiving a conditional offer

If your application is successful you will receive an early conditional offer. A conditional offer will be converted to a full offer when you meet the academic requirements for your program and any other conditions included in your conditional offer.

Accept your confirmed final offer

Upon meeting the conditions of your conditional offer, you will receive a final offer. Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Understand the entry requirements

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Submit your application

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Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

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