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Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #710 (BCR) Albury, Australia| Online
Ideal for the adventurous at heart, the Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) from Charles Sturt University prepares you to lead a wide range of outdoor education and recreation activities.
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The flexible degree lets you tailor your studies to your interests and, if you choose, undertake a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation in partnership with Wodonga TAFE.

When you study outdoor recreation and ecotourism at Charles Sturt University you'll graduate with the skills to share our unique natural environment with others while respecting and protecting cultural and environmental diversity.

Course highlights

The Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) degree combines skills and knowledge in outdoor recreation and education with foundational knowledge of physical, biological and social sciences. Studies of the natural environment and tourism are underpinned by a strong focus on sustainability and visitor experience.

  • Practical learning

    This degree focuses on field instruction and real-world situations. You'll have opportunities to undertake expeditions to areas such as the Australian Alps, Mungo National Park and the Sturt Desert. You could also complete practical placements anywhere from the Tasmanian wilderness to Australia's far north.

  • Ideal location

    Both Albury-Wodonga and Port Macquarie campuses have access to national parks, rivers, lakes, hiking and mountain bike trails, caves and cliffs. Albury-Wodonga also has a local alpine environment, while Port Macquarie provides access to marine and coastal environments.

  • Our expertise

    Charles Sturt University is one of the few universities to be ranked as above world standard in environmental science and management in the Australian Government's evaluation of research strengths of Australian universities.

  • Tailor your studies

    You can customise your degree based on your interests and choose from one of three minors. The Indigenous and Cultural Heritage minor develops cognitive and technical skills in conserving and managing cultural heritage and working with Indigenous communities. The Wildlife and Conservation minor is for students seeking to obtain cognitive and technical skills in the conservation and management of biodiversity. The Outdoor Recreation minor includes the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation, delivered in partnership with Wodonga TAFE. As well as studying leadership, recreation and conservation you’ll complete professional training in bushwalking, rock climbing and abseiling. Canoeing, ski touring and ski camping, mountain biking, sea kayaking and white water rafting may also be available.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this nationally and internationally recognised degree, you could work in outdoor education centres, outdoor adventure companies and government organisations. You could conduct outdoor education programs, school camps or sport and fitness programs, or lead tours to wild and remote areas.

  • Work in Indigenous and cultural heritage

    Positions include Indigenous heritage officer, park ranger, heritage consultant and museum curator.

  • Explore a career in outdoor recreation

    Roles include adventure ecotourism instructor, ecotourism guide or operator, ecotourism and/or outdoor development trainer and environmental educator/consultant.

  • Contribute to wildlife conservation

    Work as a park ranger, threatened species officer, wildlife officer, botanist or in a conservation management role.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Small Business Mgt
  • Principles of Ecology
  • People and the Environment
  • Managing Resources & Projects
  • Earth System Processes
  • Marketing and Society
  • Outdoor Rec & Tourism
  • Social Psychology of Risk
  • Interpretation & Env Ed
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Philosophy of Outdoor Education
  • Shoreline Recreation
  • Outdoor Recreation Planning & Design
  • Rec Leadership & Comm
  • Principles of Ecotourism
  • Interpretive Guiding
  • The Challenge of Sus Dev
  • International Practical Experience

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements


  • A completed High School Certificate with an ATAR equivalent of 60 (including adjustment factors) or equivalent.
  • A completed AQF Certificate III or higher level qualification.
  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification.
  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.
  • Successful completion of two university level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30400 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    9504 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9504 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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