Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies)

This is a 3 year Psychology program for students wishing to combine studies with other Arts disciplines. Graduates use their behavioural science skills in areas such as market research, media, advertising and human resources.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns; Singapore
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2013 19/61
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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Geography students study the interaction between people, natural events and the environment. Gain skills in field observation, laboratory analysis and computing techniques. You will also learn from leading experts and researchers.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2013 19/61
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. Participate in field trips with Indigenous communities and elders and gain a deeper understanding of their history, culture, language and economies.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns; External
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2013 19/61
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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Study cultures and communities to better understand our world.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2013 19/61
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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Human Services is a professional field that deals with human social problems in a community environment. At JCU you will be involved in individual and group projects, plus field trips. Graduates work with people to make a difference in their lives.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns; External
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2013 19/61
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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Explore environmental issues and participate in work experience placements and practical projects. Combine subjects from ecology and geography with subjects from engineering, social sciences, law and Indigenous environmental management.

Course summary
Campus Townsville; Cairns
Duration 3 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry Yes
OP/Rank 2013 19/61
CRICOS code 010346B
Prerequisites English

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Important for our community

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people have an important place in tropical Queensland, as the traditional custodians of the land and sea and as part of a culturally diverse community.

Traditional connections and responsibilities remain strong, making an important contribution to the region’s cultural life.

James Cook University provides subjects in this course and manages research projects that provide the opportunity for students to undertake research in the field of Indigenous studies.

The Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Australian Studies) gives you a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their histories, environment, cultures, languages, politics and economies.

The degree is offered to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. It recognises the significance of Indigenous languages and cultures as an important part of the heritage of all Australians.

Course highlights

  • through collaboration with Indigenous communities, the Bachelor of Indigenous Studies offers first-hand experience of the diversity of Indigenous life in northern Australia

  • field trips give students first-hand experience of contemporary Indigenous communities, enhancing their understanding of community histories and current issues

  • students also gain an insight into research ethics and protocols for consulting with communities.

Study online

If you choose to study online, you will:

  • download podcasts and slideshows of lectures

  • participate in weekly quizzes and questions

  • participate in web based tutorials

  • download readings

  • participate in online discussion boards.

Assessment is done via

  • weekly quizzes

  • participation in online discussion boards

  • essays

  • online exams (sometimes physical exams are held in a location close to you).

Contribute to a socially just world

Human Services is a professional practice field that involves assisting and supporting people and communities to overcome difficulties and life changes.

What you will learn

This course includes subjects such as:

The Human Services major also aims to provide you with practical experience in addition to theoretical knowledge. Highly qualified and experienced professionals will teach courses consisting of local and international field trips and individual and group projects.

Study online

If you choose to study online, you will:

  • download podcasts and slideshows of lectures

  • participate in weekly quizzes and questions

  • participate in web based tutorials

  • download readings

  • participate in online discussion boards.

Students are required to be on campus for some subjects.

Assessment is done via

  • weekly quizzes

  • participation in online discussion boards

  • essays

  • online exams (sometimes physical exams are held in a location close to you).

Getting out there

This degree is recognised by employers as providing a broad education that produces graduates with the communication, research, analytical and problem-solving skills essential in today’s workforce.

Human Services graduates can pursue careers with government and non-government organisations in the following areas:

  • aged services

  • community housing

  • disability services

  • mental health services

  • rehabilitation counselling

  • youth services

  • corrective services.

Graduates also work in developing social policy, disaster relief, and with charities and international aid organisations.

What is Psychology?

Psychologists are interested in how people think, feel and behave. They study individuals, groups, organisations and communities and then apply this knowledge to assess, diagnose, prevent and treat problems.

Psychologists use scientific methods to study the human mind and behaviour, they also develop theories and then test them, providing new information that adds to an already established body of knowledge.

Psychology is a part of all industries – just think about it, understanding the many factors that influence how people think and why they behave the way they do provides business with vital information that can be used to sell products, reach target markets and even resolve disputes.

The best of both worlds

This major is for those who want to delve into the world of psychology, but don’t necessarily want to become psychologists. Instead, graduates will use their behavioural science skills in areas such as:

  • market research

  • media

  • advertising

  • human resources.

The three-year program allows you to combine your psychology studies with other Arts disciplines. This gives you a deeper understanding of the biological, social and cultural factors that influence how humans think, feel and behave, while at the same time allowing you to also pursue other areas of interest within the Bachelor of Arts framework.

Get involved

James Cook University’s Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) places a strong emphasis on students being actively engaged in current research conducted in the Department of Psychology – this means from the very beginning of your studies you will be part of real-world scenarios.

As a BA (Psychology) student you will also attend seminars presented by national and international experts and obtain skills through situated learning approaches.

What is anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of societies and cultures. Anthropologists study the patterns of beliefs, values, meanings and technologies developed by past and present human societies.

Put simply, anthropology is a tool for understanding our world with a focus on culture and social systems (including virtual realities and internet communities).

What you will learn

Many fascinating topics are covered including:

Field experience

Studying Anthropology at James Cook University will develop your research and analytical skills, along with the practical skills needed for fieldwork in different social and cultural contexts.

Anthropologists conduct field research, both in foreign countries and at home. They will work anywhere they find a fascinating anthropological problem. The anthropology staff at James Cook University conducts field research in tropical parts of the world including Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific, South America, and Asia.

Although original fieldwork in anthropology is normally undertaken at postgraduate level, we introduce the research methods at undergraduate level.

Getting to work

You will have skills for a range of jobs in government and non-government organisations. With further qualifications, Anthropologists can also work in museums, universities, research institutes, government departments and non-government organisations in roles including:

  • advising on social policy

  • planning and development

  • market research

  • teaching

  • social research.

Do you want to make a difference?

This degree explores environmental issues within the flexibility of a Bachelor of Arts framework. It integrates study from economics, engineering, law, science and social sciences with the relevant basic disciplines of ecology and geography.

An Environmental Studies major focuses on the future of our planet and the human societies it supports - a future that depends on committed, informed and critical people who have been trained to confront the challenges of environmental issues. Does this sound like you?

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Access all areas

Students at James Cook University are lucky enough to have some of the most spectacular environments on earth right on their doorstep, including:

  • the Great Barrier Reef

  • world heritage-listed rainforests of the wet tropics

  • tropical savanna

  • wetland environments.

This means you have unparalleled access to environments that have been and continue to be areas of interest and valuable information sources for environmentalists the world over.

A foot in the door

You will also benefit from our close links with leading resource management agencies, such as:

Links with these organisations translate into exciting and relevant work experience placements and project work opportunities.

More than just maps…

When most people think of geography maps, compasses and spinning globes come to mind, but it is much more than that – it is the ‘study of place’.

By studying the interaction between people, natural events and the environment geographers can help solve major ecological and environmental problems. Geographers are ‘big picture’ people, bringing together a combination of specialist skills to tasks such as:

  • environmental and town planning

  • land management

  • environmental impact assessment.

What you will learn

Students enrolled in James Cook University’s Bachelor of Arts (Geography) will learn the skills required to analyse ecological and environmental problems.

You will learn to identify problems, evaluate explanations, analyse data and suggest solutions. On top of this, you will also complete practical and project work, both alone and in groups, gathering and interpreting information in the field as well as from written sources.

Specific skills include field observation and measurement, basic statistical procedures, computing techniques, and, in physical geography, methods of laboratory analysis.

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Far northern opportunities

Students at James Cook University are lucky enough to have some of the most spectacular environments on earth right on their doorstep, including:

  • the Great Barrier Reef

  • world heritage-listed rainforests of the wet tropics

  • tropical savannah

  • wetland environments.

For students studying Geography at James Cook this means unparalleled access to environments that have been and continue to be areas of interest and valuable information sources for geographers the world over.

In addition to this students also benefit from the University’s close links with leading resource management agencies, such as:

Links with these organisations translate into exciting and relevant work experience placements and project work opportunities.

Professional Recognition

Students who complete a four-year Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence in Psychology are eligible to apply for conditional registration as psychologists with the Psychologists Board of Queensland.

Students wishing to register as Psychologists should consult with academic staff for advice to ensure they choose the correct sequence of subjects, as the APAC sequence is not automatically part of the Bachelor Arts (Psychology) structure.

Career Opportunities

This is an employment-orientated degree that equips Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Career pathways include private sector, Indigenous community organisations and government departments.

Indigenous Australian Studies graduates are sought for careers in both the public and private sectors in management, politics, policy and planning, research, advocacy, administration, community engagement, cultural heritage management, education and training, and community welfare. Key industries include tourism, the arts, media, health, law, the environment, human services and resource management.

Career Opportunities

Graduates who have completed the APAC accredited, four-year program can progress to careers as professional psychologists in private practice, government policy development, health and allied health, education, human resource management, research institutions, or the criminal justice system and correctional facilities. Alternatively, depending on their results, graduates of the four-year program may apply to do a clinical Masters or Doctorate degree or pursue a research degree.

Graduates of the non-accredited psychology major (over three years or a fourth Honours year) can pursue a diverse range of careers in government and human services organisations, business corporations, and the health sector where psychology and arts qualifications are valuable in, for example, media, market research, advertising, public relations and human resources.

Career opportunities

Geographers are ‘big picture’ professionals. They work for government or non-government agencies with interests in:

  • local and regional planning disaster planning

  • population planning

  • protected area management

With further study, Geography graduates can pursue careers as researchers and teachers at all levels of the education system.

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Arts degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

*Not available with all Arts majors.


This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.