Bachelor of Science

Why study the Bachelor of Science at UNE?

The course is designed to provide students with the skills and techniques necessary for solving problems associated with a broad of range of issues. The extensive range of majors available in established and emerging, generalist and specialist sciences, are all underpinned by cutting edge research. In first year students are encouraged to establish a broad science base which allows for flexibility in choosing an appropriate major or majors. The major completed will appear on the academic record and testamur. A fourth year is required for Honours.

Articulation pathways from NSW TAFE have been approved for the following majors/combined majors: Applied Physics; Biochemistry; Biodiversity/Ecology; Biotechnology/Molecular Genetics; Botany; Chemistry; Crop/Animal Sciences; Genetics; Microbiology; Physiology; Zoology.

Students articulating from an approved NSW TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing - the amount of advanced standing varies depending on the major/combined major being completed.

Career Opportunities

Exciting career options are possible in small to large business, industry, government, teaching and research for graduates of the Bachelor of Science. Opportunities include positions in computing, consulting, botanical and zoological gardens, museums, manufacturing, electronics, mining and oil, as well as in biochemical, chemical, clinical, engineering, forensic, medical, microbiological, physiological and physics laboratories. Teaching is also an option after completing a Graduate Diploma in Education or a combined teaching program. Research and postgraduate study are other common pathways for our BSc graduates, particularly after the completion of a 4th year of study (BSc(Honours)).

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Degree Snapshot


3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time



2013 ATAR / OP

72.55 / 12


Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation BSc
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 000468G
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
2013 ATAR 72.55
2013 OP 12
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 144

Fully credited exchange programs of one trimester are in place with international universities.

BSc graduates are eligible to enrol for a range of Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and course work Master programs.

Combining the Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma - Graduate Diplomas which can be completed in this way are in Computer Science, Education, Information Technology, Geographic Information Science, Science and Rural Science. These programs are taken over four years of full-time study and entry into the Graduate Diploma component of the course is after completion of the first two years (96 credit pooints) of the BSc.

Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Rule Undergraduate Policy).

Assumed knowledge is Year 12 HSC Mathematics or equivalent or MATH123 and recommended study is Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics depending on major.

Students are also able to articulate into specified majors on the basis of the completion of a NSW TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma approved by the Faculty.

The School offers Foundation Studies in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for students who do not have the recommended background knowledge.

Double Degree Opportunities

A double degree program of Science and Laws is offered. Successful candidates for this double program are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science and the degree of Bachelor of Laws.

A combined degree of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science is also available.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Advanced standing shall not be granted for SCI395 and WORK300.


A fourth Honours year is available to students with an above average academic record. Study is undertaken in one of the disciplines chosen for specialisation leading to the award of Bachelor of Science with Honours. BSc(Hons) graduates who achieve the appropriate level of Honours are eligible to apply to enrol for a research Master degree or the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Science in 2014.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Rule Undergraduate Policy).

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Advanced standing shall not be granted for SCI395 and WORK300.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level; at least 36 credit points at 300- or 400-level with not more than 12 credit points at 400-level from units that comprise the Majors or Combined Majors, including 12 credit points from units other than ARPA, GEPL and PSYC units. A maximum of 54 credit points with not more than 12 credit points at 100-level may be completed from any units offered by the University.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 24 to 48 cps
Approved Majors
Complete at least ONE Major
Complete at least ONE Combined Major
36 to 108 cps
Elective Units 0 to 84 cps
Total 144 cps

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Students with a weak background in Chemistry are advised to complete CHEM123 before enrolling in CHEM110.

Students who have not completed Year 12 HSC Mathematics, or equivalent, are strongly advised to complete MATH123 before enrolling in STAT100 or MATH120.

MATH101 and MATH102 assume that students have completed Year 12 HSC Mathematics Extension 1, or equivalent, and are designed for those completing majors in the Physical Sciences.

Students with a weak background in Physics are advised to complete PHYS123 before enrolling in PHYS131.

Approved Majors

Applied Physics
Forensic Science

Combined Majors

Animal Science and Veterinary Studies
Applied/Environmental Genetics
Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology
Biotechnology/Molecular Genetics
Cognitive/Biological Psychology
Crop/Animal Sciences
Geology/Environmental Geosciences
Scientific Computing

Alternative Entry Pathway for the University of Sydney

UNE - Year 1 University of Sydney - Year 2+
Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science or
Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Science.

Exit Pathways

Candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in The Sciences after completion of 48 credit points.
Candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Advanced Diploma in The Sciences after completion of 72 credit points.

Candidates who do exit from this degree must apply for re-entry.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

To have an understanding that

Science encompasses both a body of knowledge and a reliable process of discovery. It is founded upon the recognition of fundamental laws that make nature systematic and reproducible.

Scientists observe, measure, classify and perform experiments upon the natural world. They employ scientific methods to test hypotheses and use empirical evidence to support or refute their hypotheses. The natural variability, or uncertainty, inherent in the natural world means that scientific conclusions are reliable but contestable: they may be revised or modified as new evidence emerges. Scientists are curious about the natural world and are creative in formulating hypotheses and in designing approaches to problem solving.

Mathematics is used in science to model real-world systems and scientific data are often analysed using statistical methods.

Science operates within a paradigm of peer review and replication that provides a collective responsibility for the reliability of scientific knowledge. Scientists have a responsibility to communicate the outcomes of their work accurately and without bias to their peers and to society.

Science is embedded within a context that reflects both the history of scientific endeavor and the culture of present society. Scientists generate and build knowledge, develop technologies, investigate and solve problems.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of science, including the creative endeavour involved in acquiring knowledge, and the contestable and testable nature of scientific knowledge;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the principles and concepts underlying at least one sub-disciplinary area;
  3. use and apply recognised methods of science, appropriate practical techniques and tools for processes of discovery and inquiry;
  4. demonstrate personal and social responsibility through an awareness of the ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in individual and team environments; and
  5. use scientific literacy to understand and explain scientific issues to peers, scientific non-experts and the general community.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will understand ways of scientific thinking and the nature of science as a broad discipline. They will also have specialised knowledge in at least one sub-disciplinary area of science.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results, information, or arguments, to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.

Global Perspectives

Graduates will understand, and be able to articulate, aspects of the place and importance of science in the local and global community.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results, information, or arguments, to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes. They will also be able to synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources, using a range of technologies.

Life-Long Learning

Graduates will be able to take personal responsibility for lifelong learning by demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning.

Problem Solving

Graduates will be able to investigate and solve problems by using recognised methods of science and appropriate practical techniques and tools. Also, by formulating hypotheses, collecting valid and reliable data and incorporating quantitative evidence into arguments.

Social Responsibility

Graduates will be able to take social responsibility by recognising the relevant ethical frameworks within which science is practiced and show a capacity for working responsibly and safely in both individual and team environments.

Team Work

Graduates will have an awareness of the need to function effectively as members or leaders of scientific or multidisciplinary teams.

How to Apply

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