Bachelor of Science (Ecotourism)

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324981
CRICOS 094825C

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Protect the places you love

Our ecotourism degree develops scientists and explorers who care about our planet. It’s for those who’re fascinated by the natural world and wish to share its wonders with others.

Ecotourism experts work within a growing nature-based tourism industry, along with governments and communities, to build cultural and environmental awareness. They develop and provide content for tourists while promoting conservation and the value of science.

The demand for nature-based tourism is only growing, already accounting for around 20% of global travel*.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Science (Ecotourism) gives you the skills and knowledge to excel in a flourishing industry. You will:

  • specialise in Geotourism or Nature Based Tourism
  • blend studies in geology, biology, botany and zoology
  • build multicultural knowledge and sensitivity
  • get outdoors for real-world research projects on active ecotourism sites
  • go on national field trips.

You’re also free to take your studies overseas on exchange or study tours.

Where could it take you?

You might own your own company or work within a large tourism and hotel network. You could guide groups into the Australian outback, through rainforests where glow worms light up the night or under plummeting waterfalls. Perhaps you’ll develop government legislation for environmentally sustainable tourism operations. You could even utilise your science and communication skills in media or education, making environmental sciences accessible to the general public and future generations.

*United Nations World Tourism Organisation, 2016

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324981
    2018 CSP ATAR 68.1
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July.
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2018 Admissions Data for school leavers
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 66.5
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 66.5
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 94.75
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 69.6
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 69.6
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 96.5
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors ).
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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.
    Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. 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 2017). 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.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324981

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2018
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    2 40.0%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    1 20.0%
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    2 40.0%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 5 100.0%

    International applicants

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    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
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced 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
    More Information
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 26
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 18
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70%
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.8
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 80
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1200
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 7
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 74
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    ANU Foundation Studies 66
    Monash Foundation Year 70
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 72
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.0
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.7
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 59
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,225

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $36,500


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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • 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

  • Degree Structure

    Students blend study in traditional science (including biology and geology) and can specialise in Geotourism or Nature Based Tourism. Students studying their final semester work in collaboration with relevant industry/government/communities to undertake a research project on the ecotourism potential of an area. Projects may involve site visits, field work, and work placements.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 S1 ABORIG 1001 Indigenous People, Country and Protocols SCIENCE 1400 Science or Fiction I Approved Elective 1 x 3 units 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 I GEOLOGY 1100 Earth's Interior I Approved Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Elective 1 x 3 units


    BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
    Year 2 Core Courses S1 GEOG 2139 Environmental Management
    S2 ECOTOUR 2500 Perspectives in Science Based Ecotourism
    Year 3
    Core Courses
    Winter School SCIENCE 3200 Communicating Science III
    One major chosen from:
    Major in Geotourism  Major in Nature Based Tourism
    Level 1 Major GEOLOGY 1100 Earth's Interior I BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms

    and 3 units from the following:
    BIOLOGY 1001 Fundamentals of Biology
    BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology 
    Level 2 Major GEOLOGY 2500 Sedimentary Geology II

    GEOLOGY 2501 Structural Geology II

    GEOLOGY 2502 Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II

    6 units from the following:
    ENV BIOL 2500 Botany II
    ENV BIOL 2501 Evolutionary Biology II
    ENV BIOL 2502 Ecology II
    ENV BIOL 2503 Zoology II
    ENV BIOL 2510 Plant Identification II

    Level 3 Major ECOTOUR 3500 Advanced Applications in Ecotourism III

    and 6 units from the following:
    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 III

    ENV BIOL 3121 Concepts in Ecology III

    and 3 units from the following:
    ENV BIOL 3004 Freshwater Ecology III
    ENV BIOL 3010 Marine Ecology III
    ENV BIOL 3580 Conservation Biology III
    ENV BIOL 3560 Evolution of Australian Biota III
    Please also refer to the Study Plans for the Bachelor of Science (Ecotourism) with a major in either Geotourism or Nature Based Tourism.

    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: Monday, 14 Sep 2020