Course summary

The Bachelor of Science provides a thorough grounding in science as well as the opportunity to specialise in an area of interest through the study of a major in environmental chemistry, biology, engineering or mathematics.
 
The degree is ideal for attaining a general overview of science before specialising in a specific course of study. It offers flexibility in subject choices and a wide range of electives, enabling students to tailor their study to their learning goals.
 
Students complete an internship or an integrated project as part of their studies.

Majors to select from include:

(Locations are indicated in brackets. Please note that some majors are only available online.)

Biology provides students with a broad base for understanding principles governing life processes at all levels–molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological. There is a strong focus on human impacts. The management of ecosystems is embedded throughout the major. (L, O*) 

Engineering ensures students have a sound base of environmental engineering knowledge coupled with principles of physical and biological sciences. (L)

Environmental Chemistry gives students the knowledge to solve chemically related environmental problems. Students will also gain an overview of sediment and aquatic chemistry, which includes laboratory analysis of materials.  (L, O*

Mathematics provides an area of specialisation for students in advanced mathematical skills. Subject areas can include an overview of algebra, calculus, physics and more complex analysis and group theories. (O)

CH = Coffs Harbour  GC = Gold Coast  L = Lismore  O = Online 

*Include on-campus, residential workshops.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis, and application of scientific methods in a discipline of science

Creativity

Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability

Demonstrate well developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of science

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more scientific disciplines

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning

Critically reflect on practice

Demonstrate information literacy skills

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in scientific contexts

Collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment

Students can elect to complete an eight-week industry internship placement to gain industry experience. Interns work with organisations across the science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies; private consultancies; or business enterprises in Australia or overseas. 


Course overview

Course code

3007291

Course abbreviation

BSc

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 334116 054611
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $29,200 ($3,650 per unit) 086344J

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science students must complete 288 credit points, comprising:

  1. 4 core units, and
  2. 1 major, and
  3. 144 credit points in electives.

At least 6 units must be advanced level units.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Science after completing 8 units, comprising 4 core units and 4 units from any major, with no more than 4 units awarded as Advanced Standing.

Students may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree of Science after completing 16 units, with no more than 8 units awarded as Advanced Standing.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core units

Choose this unit:
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
Choose one of the following units based on the Major (see notes):
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory Note 1 Note 1
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
Choose one of the following units:
ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced Note 3, Note 4 Note 3, Note 4
SCI00211 - Integrated Project Advanced Note 3, Note 4 Note 3, Note 4

Majors

Electives


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
At least six of the 24 units must be "Advanced" units.
Year 1, Session 1
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 1, Session 2
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 2, Session 1
One major unit from group one Biology
Two units from group two Biology
One elective unit from Part C Elective units
Year 2, Session 2
One unit from group 1 Biology
Two units from group two Biology
One unit from Part C Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
Four elective units from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 3, Session 2
Choose either SCI00211 - Integrated Project or ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced Advanced
Two elective units from Part B or Part C Elective units

Title Level of learning Note
At least six of the 24 units must be "Advanced" units
Year 1, Session 1
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 1, Session 2
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One Unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 2, Session 1
One unit from Environmental Chemistry
One unit from Environmental Chemistry
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 2, Session 2
One unit from Environmental Chemistry
One unit from Environmental Chemistry
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
One unit from Environmental Chemistry
One unit from Environmental Chemistry
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 3, Session 2
Choose either ENV00224 - Internship Study or SCI00211 - Integrated Project Advanced Advanced Note 3 Note 3
One unit from Environmental Chemistry
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units

Title Level of learning Note
At least six of the 24 units must be "Advanced" units
Year 1, Session 1
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials
Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 2, Session 1
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B Engineering
One unit from Part B Engineering
One unit from Part B Engineering
Year 2, Session 2
One unit from Part B Engineering
One unit from Part B Engineering
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 3, Session 2
Choose either ENV00224 - Internship Study or SCI00211 - Integrated Project Advanced Advanced Note 3 Note 3
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units

Title Level of learning Note
At least six of the 24 units must be "Advanced" units
Year 1, Session 1
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
1st Mathematics unit
2nd Mathematics unit
Year 1, Session 2
3rd Mathematics unit
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 2, Session 1
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 2, Session 2
4th Mathematics unit
5th Mathematics unit
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
6th Mathematics unit
7th Mathematics unit
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units
Year 3, Session 2
Choose either ENV00224 - Internship Study or SCI00211 - Integrated Project Advanced Advanced Note 3 Note 3
8th Mathematics unit
One unit from Part B or Part C Elective units

Notes

Note 1: Choose this unit for the Biology & Environmental Chemistry majors
Note 2: Choose this unit for the Engineering & Mathematics majors
Note 3: Double-weighted unit
Note 4: Advanced Unit

Unit groups

Mathematics

Title Level of learning Note
Choose all of the following seven (7) units:
MAT10718 - Mathematical Ideas Introductory
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
MAT10721 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations Advanced Note 4 Note 4
MAT10722 - Complex Analysis Advanced Note 4 Note 4
MAT30001 - Group Theory Advanced Note 4 Note 4
MAT30002 - Topology Advanced Note 4 Note 4
Choose one of the following units:
ISY00245 - Principles of Programming Intermediate
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory