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Bachelor of Science (Ecotourism)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324981

CRICOS 094825C

Harness your scientific curiosity and passion for being outdoors into a career. We are#1 in South Australia for careers in environmental studies.

Ecotourism is an emerging area with growing employment opportunities nationally and internationally.

Globally, nature-based tourism accounts for about 20% of total international travel and continues to grow.

In fact, demand for global ecotourism is expected to grow at 10-12% per year.

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills to develop content and tours that describe the natural environment and support visitor enjoyment. Your scientific expertise will allow you to advise government, industry and the broader community.

While studying, you’ll complete real world research projects on active ecotourism sites, and go on national field trips to develop practical skills.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324981
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July.
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.

    • VET applicants
      You must have completed a Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the
      level of the award.

    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this
      means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2016). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your
      result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous
      applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.

    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324981

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 094825C
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 11
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT [US] 1200
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    This degree helps you gain employment as an ecotourism expert in local and national government, major tourism bodies and the private sector. You’ll even have opportunities to establish your own consultancy or tourism business.

    You might be:
    • developing community-based tourism programs in rural communities.
    • assessing the potential and demand for ecotourism products and sites in Australia and overseas.
    • working as an Ecotourism Consultant to identify investors and develop ecotourism guidelines and agreements for adventure and wildlife viewing tours.
    • advising industry and communities to design and construct nature trails.
    • providing ecotourism and environmental education and interpretation.
    • developing ecotourism products and materials, including for start-up ecotourism ventures and consultancy services.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    In your final semester, you’ll take a capstone course, where you work on a real-world research project in a small group.

    You’ll also do an individual research project on the ecotourism potential of an area. This research is done in collaboration with relevant industry/government/communities, and the projects may involve site visits, field work, and work placements.

    Potential careers

    Ecotourism, Land Resources and Land Care, Marine Biologist, National Parks / Ranger, Natural Resource Manager, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Environmental Remediation Officer, Resource Management, Resource Manager, Science Communicators, Sustainability Manager, Tourism, Wildlife Officer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1S1 ABORIG 1001 Indigenous People, Country and Protocols SCIENCE 1400 Science or Fiction Approved Elective 1 x 3 units


    GEOLOGY 1100 Earth's Interior
    Approved Elective 1 x 3 units


    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology
    BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    S2 ENV BIOL 1002 Ecological Issues GEOLOGY 1100 Earth's Interior Approved Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Elective 1 x 3 units


    BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
    Year 2 Core CoursesS1 GEOG 2139 Environmental Management
    S2 ECOTOUR 2500 Perspectives in Science Based Ecotourism
    Year 3
    Core Courses
    Winter School SCIENCE 3200 Communicating Science
    One major chosen from:
    Major in Geotourism Major in Nature Based Tourism
    Level 1 Major GEOLOGY 1100 Earth's Interior BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology
    BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells

    BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
    Level 2 Major GEOLOGY 2500 Sedimentary Geology II

    GEOLOGY 2501 Structural Geology II

    GEOLOGY 2502 Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II
    6 units from:
    ENV BIOL 2500 Botany II
    ENV BIOL 2503 Zoology II
    ENV BIOL 2502 Ecology II
    ENV BIOL 2510 Plant Identification II
    ENV BIOL 2501 Evolutionary Biology II
    Level 3 Major ECOTOUR 3500 Advanced Applications in Ecotourism

    and 6 units from:
    GEOLOGY 3016 Igneous and Metamorphic Geology III
    GEOLOGY 3013 Tectonics III 
    GEOLOGY 3019 Field Geoscience Program III
    GEOLOGY 3505 Earth Systems History III
    ECOTOUR 3500 Advanced Applications in Ecotourism

    ENV BIOL 3004 Freshwater Ecology III

    ENV BIOL 3121 Concepts in Ecology III
    Students may complete a minor as part of their Bachelor of Science (Ecotourism) Program.
    Minors must be to the value of 18 units and chosen from:
    • Geotourism
    • Nature Based Tourism
    • Indigenous Knowledges and Society
    Student can contact the Faculty of Science Office for more information about completing a minor. 
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Last updated: Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017