Bachelor of Environment & Sustainability Advanced

Bachelor of Environment & Sustainability Advanced (Honours)


The Bachelor of Environment & Sustainability Advanced (Honours) 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.

This broad environmental education includes a sound basis in theory and methods, with a focus on hands-on applications and field-based, research-led learning.

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.

The Advanced (Honours) options allow students to do the fourth year of study with a focus on a research project.

Program details

Are you concerned about the state of the environment and want to be part of the solution? The Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) is a four-degree program ideal for students who are seeking a direct pathway into Honours.

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.

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.

Key facts


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Solene Chretien

"Environment and sustainability was perfect for me as it is super-flexible and allows you to tailor your degree based on what you’re interested in. For me that is resource management and environmental policy."

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Sherbaz Hashmi

“No other university offered a program where I could study both the environment and software engineering in-depth, but at ANU I have had this brilliant opportunity to do both. There’s real synergy between the two: I can do something that will better the world, and also have the tools to do it.”


The Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability (Advanced) (Honours) prepares you for postgraduate research, and can lead straight on to a PhD, in Australia or overseas.

Equipped with scientific and policy knowledge you may go on to work on environment and sustainability issues in a range of global, national and local contexts.

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.


After graduation, Jonah immediately started work in a GIS-related position at the Anindilyakwa Land Council in the Northern Territory. “I can’t believe it. I’m pinching myself that in this incredibly niche field, they’ve given me a permanent job doing exactly what I wanted.”

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Field trips

Get out of the classroom (or the lab) and into the field. As a science student you will get practical experience at sites around Australia including the snowy mountains, the coral reef and our coastal campus.

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As an intern, you will get hands-on work experience that will put you ahead of the competition when it’s time to graduate. And did we mention you’ll get credit towards your degree?

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World class facilities

Our new $240-million science precinct on the ANU campus has state-of-the-art biological and chemical research laboratories, as well as a teaching hub.

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Learning experience

Environmental science

Ask an environmental scientist: Career expectations vs reality?

Associate Professor Marta Yebra answers questions from ANU student Riley Guyatt all about her career in bushfire management and the field of environmental science.

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Fire in the environment

It might look like they’re playing with fire, but ANU students are participating in cutting-edge research on the inevitable bushfires that occur across Australia every year.

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Waste not want not: Solving Australia's food waste problem

As part of an internship at ANU, Molly Folkard has just made an important contribution to Australia’s food waste strategy – while still an undergraduate.

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Fees & scholarships


Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

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Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.

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360 Virtual tours

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Key people

Matthew Brookhouse

Dr Matthew Brookhouse

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.


Associate professor lorrae van kerkhoff

Associate Professor Lorrae Van Kerkhoff, Program convener

Associate professor lorrae van kerkhoff

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.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the domestic undergraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

Domestic undergraduate applications

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the international undergraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

International undergraduate applications

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