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Bachelor of Climate Science and Adaptation

The University of Newcastle

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Warming global temperatures are impacting our lives like never before. Immediate action is needed to reduce climate change risks, harness resources, enable cross-community collaboration and deliver best practice sustainable development.

The Bachelor of Climate Science and Adaptation will allow you to turn your passion into practice by providing you with tools to tackle global climate challenges. You will learn to identify and assess the impacts of climate change, develop goals and actions to minimise the risk of these impacts, and establish a process to implement a climate change adaptation plan.

As part of this degree, there is a strong focus on fieldwork and practical laboratory work, and you will have the opportunity to use cutting-edge equipment found in the workplace. Through elective pathways, students can tailor their program to meet their career aspirations.

Areas of study

Climate change and resource management, climate and energy, earth processes, environmental sustainability, human geography, river basin processes, spatial science, statistics, sustainable energy.

Career opportunities

Air quality control, climate action and resilience, climate change operations and policy, climatology, ecology, energy and resources, environmental impact and assessment, meteorology.

Practical experience

The Bachelor of Climate Science and Adaptation degree offers additional work- and research- integrated learning, as you will apply your studies to complete a major transdisciplinary capstone project in your third year.


Available as an additional year (or part time equivalent) to meritorious students.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Standard or higher.

Recommended studies: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have completed, or partially completed, higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

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The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, search University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year Bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.