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 regenerative agriculture, 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 you to tailor your study to your learning goals.

You will complete either an internship or an integrated project as part of your studies, giving you the opportunity to investigate a particular area in depth and develop your knowledge and skills in a field that interests you.

This course is delivered through the School of Environment, Science and Engineering, a leader in environmental sustainability with state-of-the-art science and engineering facilities and an international research profile.

Majors to select from include:

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

Regenerative Agriculture examines human ecology, agroecology, regenerative agronomy and soil management as well as the planning of rural landscapes. It draws on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology, agroforestry, environmental chemistry and socio-ecological systems, developing specialist knowledge in a whole-of-system approach to food production and farm management. (Available onlineNEW in 2020

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. (Available in Lismore and online*) 

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

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.  (Available in Lismore and online*

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. (Available online)

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 N/A N/A
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $30,400 ($3,800 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 the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • 4 core units based on your chosen major (48 credit points),
  • 1 major (96 credit points) and,
  • 12 equivalent elective units (144 credit points)

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Science after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) including 2 core units and 4 major units with no more than 4 units awarded as Advanced Standing.

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Science after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) including 2 core units and 4 major 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
Core units for the Biology, Chemistry and Regenerative Agriculture majors:
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
Choose one of the following units:
ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
SCI00211 - Integrated Project Advanced Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
Core units for Engineering and Mathematics majors:
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
Choose one of the following units:
ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced
SCI00211 - Integrated Project Advanced

Majors


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
Two units from Biology or Elective units
Year 1, Session 2
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory
Two units from Biology or Elective units
Year 2, Session 1
Four units from Biology or Elective units
Year 2, Session 2
Four units from Biology or Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
Two units from Biology or Elective units
Year 3, Session 2
Choose either SCI00211 - Integrated Project or ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced Advanced
Two units from Biology or 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
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
Two units from Elective units
Year 1, Session 2
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
One Unit from Elective units
Year 2, Session 1
AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate
ENG20005 - Hydrology Intermediate
CHE00073 - Environmental Chemistry Intermediate
One unit from Elective units
Year 2, Session 2
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management Advanced Note 2 Note 2
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced Note 2 Note 2
Two units from Elective units

Year 2, Session 3

GLY00232 - Coastal Biogeochemistry Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
Four units from Elective units
Year 3, Session 2
Choose either ENV00224 - Internship Study or SCI00211 - Integrated Project Advanced Advanced Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced Note 2 Note 2
One unit from Elective units

Title Level of learning Note
At least six of the 24 units must be "Advanced" units
Year 1, Session 1
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials
Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists Introductory
Three units from Engineering or Elective units
Year 2, Session 1
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
Three units from Engineering or Elective units
Year 2, Session 2
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
Three units from Engineering or Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
Four units from Engineering or Elective units
Year 3, Session 2
Choose either ENV00224 - Internship Study or SCI00211 - Integrated Project Advanced Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Two units from Engineering or 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
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10718 - Mathematical Ideas Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
MAT71215 - Introductory Algebra and Calculus Introductory
Three units from Elective units
Year 2, Session 1
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate
Three units from Elective units
Year 2, Session 2
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
ENI73025 - Thermodynamics Advanced
Two units from Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
MAT10722 - Complex Analysis Advanced Note 2 Note 2
Three units from Elective units
Year 3, Session 2
Choose either ENV00224 - Internship Study or SCI00211 - Integrated Project Advanced Advanced Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
MAT10721 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations Advanced Note 2 Note 2
One unit from Elective units

Title Level of learning Note
At least 6 of the 24 units must be Advanced units.
Year 1, Session 1
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
AGRC1002 - Farming Systems Introductory
Two units from Elective units
Year 1, Session 2
AGRC1001 - Alternative Farming Systems Introductory
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
One unit from Elective units
Year 2, Session 1
AGRC2001 - Agroecology Intermediate
AGRC2004 - Soil Management Intermediate
Two units from Elective units
Year 2, Session 2
AGRC2003 - Regenerative Agriculture: Strategies and Practices Advanced
AGRC2005 - Ecological Perspectives: Human Ecology Advanced
Two units from Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
AGRC3002 - Planning Rural Landscapes Advanced
AGRC2002 - Regenerative Agronomy Advanced
Two units from Elective units
Year 3, Session 2
ENV00224 - Internship Study OR SCI00211 - Integrated Project Advanced Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Two units from: (Elective units)

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: Advanced Unit

Unit groups