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.

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.

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).

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 Master of Teaching or by completing the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science). 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

DURATION

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

FEES

CSP
International

2016 ATAR / OP

72.55 / 12

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

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
Commencing
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
2016 ATAR 72.55
2016 OP 12
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on-campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC

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New domestic students to UNE apply to study off-campus direct to UNE

Former and current domestic UNE students apply to study on campus or off campus direct to UNE

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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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 Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Assumed knowledge is Year 12 HSC Mathematics or equivalent or MATH123 or MTHS100.

Recommended studies: Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics depending on major.

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

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Advanced standing shall not be granted for SCI395 and WORK300.

Scholarships

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

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

Further Information

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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 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

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-level and not more than 12 credit points at 400-level from units that comprise the Majors including 12 credit points from units other than ARPA, GEPL and PSYC units. A maximum of 24 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 comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 36-48 cps
ONE Approved Major totalling 42 to 48 credit points
or
TWO Approved Majors totalling 84, 90 or 96 credit points
42-96 cps
Listed Units
The number of credit points will vary depending on whether candidates undertake ONE or TWO Majors
0-42 cps
Elective Units
The number of credit points will vary depending on whether candidates undertake ONE or TWO Majors
0-24 cps
Total 144 cps

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Students with a weak background in Chemistry are advised to complete CHEM100 before enrolling in CHEM110.

Students who have not completed Year 12 HSC Mathematics, or equivalent, are strongly advised to complete either MTHS100 and MTHS110 or MTHS100 only, before enrolling in MTHS120 or STAT100.

MTHS120 and MTHS130 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 PHYS100 before enrolling in PHYS131.

Approved Majors

Animal Science and Veterinary Studies
Applied Physics
Archaeology
Biochemistry/Biotechnology
Biodiversity
Botany
Chemistry
Computational Science
Forensic Science
Genetics
Geography
Geoscience
Mathematics
Medicinal Chemistry
Microbiology
Neuroscience
Palaeobiology
Physiology
Psychology
Zoology

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements including one or two majors shall be awarded the Bachelor of Science.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who discontinue their studies in the Bachelor of Science may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Science on completion of 48 credit points or the Advanced Diploma in Science on completion of 72 credit points.

Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Science. This may mean that students may not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

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

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 coherent understanding of science by articulating the methods of science and explaining why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry and the role and relevance of science in society;
  2. exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by demonstrating well-developed knowledge in at least one disciplinary area with an ability to extend knowledge into one other disciplinary area;
  3. critically analyse and solve scientific problems by gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources, designing and planning an investigation and selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation thereby collecting, accurately recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions from scientific data;
  4. be effective communicators of science by communicating scientific results, information or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes and using a variety of modes; and
  5. be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by being independent and self-directed learners; working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context; demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their disciplinary area and personally practising ethical conduct.
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. They will understand and be able to articulate aspects of the place and importance of science in the local and wider community.

Communication Skills

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

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.

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.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

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

Lifelong Learning

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

Independence and Collaboration

Elements of each unit in the program of study require students to work independently. The units in this program, with a practical component, may require students to work collaboratively as part of a team.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on-campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC

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New domestic students to UNE apply to study off-campus direct to UNE

Former and current domestic UNE students apply to study on campus or off campus direct to UNE

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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