Degree & Masters Courses & Study in Singapore Courses Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Course overview

It is well recognised that businesses must have robust environmental strategies to succeed in the 21st century.

Chief Executive Officers have to consider carbon footprints, sustainable practices, global climate change, and waste management issues.

These are environmentally sensitive issues which have resulted in an increase of related legislation. In addition, some business activities require a knowledge of the environment. In the aquaculture industry, for example, biological knowledge is required to raise fish, prawns, algae and other crops. But there is no substitute for a good business plan. The benefit of this degree is that it gives you the knowledge and skill to do both.

This multi-disciplinary program uses the university's strengths in business, environmental and marine science. Students are provided with core knowledge and training in the application of business and environmental principles. The course provides a fundamental background in business, environmental and marine sciences that is essential for a holistic approach to business operations.

Trimester: January*, May, September
24 months full-time / 48 months part-time (Commencing in Trimester)

26 months full-time (Commencing in Carousel/Block)
Study Mode
On campus

*In 2024, the intake will commence in February
**Carousel/Block intakes are for commencing students only, subsequently, students will progress with the trimester.


Course Structure

4 subjects in Trimester

Study Program

Core subjects Level 1

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Principles of Economics
  • Introduction to Management Concepts and Applications
  • Professional and Academic Skills for Business
  • Introduction to Biodiversity
  • Environmental Processes and Global Change
  • Introduction to Sustainability or Human Geography

Core subjects Level 2

  • Quantitative Methods in Science
  • Introduction to Environmental Economics
  • Fundamentals of Ecology

2  Science Level 2 Elective Subjects (6 Credit Points) from the following list:*

  • Introduction to Aquaculture
  • Aquaculture of Tropical Species
  • From Icehouse to Greenhouse
  • The Case for Sustainability
  • Invertebrate Biology

4 Science Level 3 Elective Subjects (12 Credit Points) from the following list:*

  • Sustainable Aquaculture
  • Field Studies in the Equatorial Tropics: Borneo
  • Sustainability in Practice
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
  • Coastal and Marine Management and Conservation
  • Field Studies in Tropical Geography
  • Fisheries Science
  • Marine Conservation Biology
  • Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles
  • Coastal, Estuarine and Mangrove Ecosystems
  • Professional Placement
  • Special Topic 1
  • Special Topic 2
  • Tropical Marine Ecology and Coastal Impacts


  • 4 Business (BU or BX) Level 2 Elective Subjects (12 Credit Points)
  • 4 Business (BU or BX) Level 3 Elective Subjects (12 Credit Points)

*Subject to availability

Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science comprises both business and science course subjects. Please click here to search for course subject outline.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • The entrance requirements differ from country to country but in general applicants must have satisfactorily completed 12 years of schooling or equivalent
  • Successfully complete ten (10) subjects with a minimum pass of 50% per subject and secure an overall 65% of the James Cook University Foundation program will also satisfy the entry requirement.


  • Assumed knowledge: English and Mathematical Methods

For further information email [email protected]

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 6 (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 74 (no component less than 18) / Pearson PTE Academic 52 (no component less than 52); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards on a case-by-case basis in accordance to JCU admissions guidelines.

International students holding a valid Student’s Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below  90% without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Career Outcomes

As a graduate of Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science you will be able to work within a range of public, private and non-profit industries. You can also work in the areas of agriculture, aquaculture, forestry and fisheries. The future is clear. All companies will require key staff who can facilitate growth of businesses in times of strong social and governmental demands for good environmental practices.

Tuition Fees

Domestic** International
S$63,329 S$65,945

**Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass).


  • All course fees include the corresponding Singapore Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is 9% in 2024.
  • The details of the instalment breakdown will be provided in your Student Contract. Please contact us for further details.

Note: International students in Singapore on a Student Pass are not permitted to work. For more information please visit

James Cook University is EduTrust Certified. The EduTrust certification scheme is administered by the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). EduTrust requires all students to be covered under a Fee Protection Scheme. In James Cook University, this is provided through an insurance protection scheme. Further, EduTrust also requires that the students must be covered under a medical insurance coverage which has provision for hospitalisation, surgery and treatment costs throughout their course duration. James Cook University will advise in the Standard Student Contract the total amount of insurance payable.

For more details please visit the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) website:

Although James Cook University endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.


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