Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science (BCom/BSc)

Course CodeBPCOMSCI2000
Course TypeUndergraduate
Credit Points Required 240
CRICOS code055965C

Description

If students want to gain scientific skills as well as the management skills necessary to pursue an interesting career in the private or public sector, this combined degree will appeal. Students can choose a career in either field or combine the two, such as in the pharmaceutical industry, where both scientific and business skills are valued. The five-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science degree program allows students to study the sciences while developing professional skills that will enhance their prospects in the labour market. Many industries and organisations value both scientific and business skills, such as in the commercialisation of scientific innovations, and this degree will give students the edge in roles that require a sound understanding of both perspectives.

Note: it is also possible to complete a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or a Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) as part of this combined degree. To do this, students must achieve an ATAR sufficient for entry to a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or a Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics).

Students should consult the Faculty of Science website for more information about the choice of units in the Bachelor of Science.

The University of Sydney Business School is the primary faculty of administration for this combined award course.

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Degree structure

Please Note: This information is for students commencing from 2013. Students who commenced their degree prior to 2013 should refer to the course structure set out in the handbook of the year they commenced study. Archived handbooks can be accessed on the Handbooks website.

To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, students must successfully complete a total of 240 credit points (with no more than 96 junior credit points), comprising:

For the Bachelor of Commerce component:

  • seven core units of study (36 credit points), comprising five junior core units (including a zero credit point unit) and a six credit point senior capstone unit;
  • a compulsory major in a Commerce subject area;
  • at least 96 credit points in units from the Business School and School of Economics (including a minimum of 48 credit points in senior units).

For the Bachelor of Science component:

  • at least 12 credit points in Mathematics or Statistics units of study;
  • at least 24 credit points in junior units of study from at least two Science subject areas (other than Mathematics and Statistics);
  • at least 60 credit points in intermediate and senior Science units of study;
  • a major in a Science subject area;
  • at least 96 credit points in units of study from the Faculty of Science.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)

The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) degrees retain much of the flexibility of the Bachelor of Science degree but cater to the needs of the best students. In these degree, students are required to complete advanced level junior, intermediate and senior units of study throughout their degree. Students must also meet minimum progression requirements to continue studying in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) degree as indicated below:

(i) Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

For the award of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced), students complete:

  • a maximum of 48 credit points junior Science units of study; comprising: (i) a minimum of 12 credit points in mathematics and statistics (MATH and STAT) units of study; and (ii) a minimum of 24 credit points in junior units of study from at least two of the Table 1 Science subject areas (other than Mathematics and Statistics), as set out in the Faculty of Science handbook.
  • a minimum of 12 credit points in intermediate Table 1 Science units of study at either advanced level or as TSP units, as set out in the Faculty of Science handbook.
  • a minimum of 48 credit points in senior Table 1 Science units of study where a minimum of 24 credit points are units of study in a single Science subject area taken as advanced level or as TSP units, as set out in the Faculty of Science handbook.
  • Maintain in intermediate and senior units of study in Science subject areas a credit average (65 percent) or better grade in each year of enrolment.

(ii) Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)

For the award of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics), students complete:

  • a maximum of 48 credit points junior Science units of study; comprising: (i) a minimum of 12 credit points in mathematics and statistics (MATH and STAT) units of study; and (ii) a minimum of 24 credit points in junior units of study from at least two of the Table 1 Science subject areas (other than Mathematics and Statistics), as set out in the Faculty of Science handbook.
  • a minimum of 12 credit points in intermediate Mathematics and Statistics units of study at either advanced level or as TSP units, as set out in the Faculty of Science handbook.
  • a minimum of 48 credit points in senior Science units of study where at least 24 credit points are units of study are taken as advanced level or as TSP units in the Mathematics and Statistics subject area, as set out in the Faculty of Science handbook.
  • a major in Mathematics, Financial Mathematics and Statistics or Statistics at 'advanced level', as set out in the Faculty of Science handbook.
  • Maintain in intermediate and senior units of study in Science Table 1 subject areas a credit average (65 percent) or better grade in each year of enrolment.

For further information on this program, students should refer to the Faculty of Science handbook (sydney.edu.au/handbooks/science).

Please note: The units of study, MATH1005/MATH1015/MATH1905 (and another junior MATH unit), are seen as equivalent to the core unit BUSS1020. Unless an absolute necessity for a major, students should complete BUSS1020 and choose alternative MATH and STAT units to meet their Mathematics and Statistics unit requirements.

Talented Students Program

The Talented Student Program (TSP) is a special program of science study intended for students 'of exceptional merit' who are enrolled in degrees administered by the Faculty of Science (BSc, BMedSc, BPsych, BLAS and their specialist streams or combined degrees). The aim of the program is to offer students of exceptional merit additional challenging material to enable them to maximise their intellectual growth and potential.

A major benefit of participation in the Talented Student Program is that students receive special supervision by academic staff and often engage in studies with small numbers of fellow students, all of whom have particular interest in the subject. In general, the TSP caters for students whose talent is broad-based across science.

There are two main aspects of a student's involvement in the TSP. Students have greater flexibility in their choice of study (beyond that normally allowed by degree rules), and they have a mentor, a member of the academic staff who assists them in choosing from the great range of possibilities. Participation in the Talented Student Program is recorded separately on the student's academic transcript, as are TSP units of study, so that all potential employers are aware that the student has completed challenging courses of study.

For further information refer to the Faculty of Science handbook.

Core units of study for the Bachelor of Commerce

For the Bachelor of Commerce component of the combined degree, students must complete the following core units of study. The recommended sequence for completing these units is illustrated in the Progression guide table.

Junior units of study (30 credit points):

Students must complete BUSS1001 and BUSS1900 in their first semester of enrolment.

^ The zero-credit point unit, BUSS1900, is designed to support students in developing their business communication skills at the very outset of their degree to ensure success in the semesters that follow. All commencing undergraduate students must enrol in BUSS1900 but have the option of withdrawing following a mandatory waiver test conducted during Orientation Week (O Week) preceding the start of each semester.

Senior (capstone) unit of study (six credit points):

Students complete the capstone unit in their final semester of enrolment.

# Please Note: The units MATH 1005/MATH 1015/MATH 1905 and an additional junior MATH unit are equivalent to BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis . Unless absolutely required for their Science major, students should always study BUSS1020 and choose alternative MATH unit options to meet the requirements of the Science component of their degree.

Transitional arrangements for 2011 and 2012 commencing students

From 2012, ECOF1003, ECOF1004 and ACCT1005 will no longer be offered and students who have not completed these units must complete the substitute unit as indicated in the following table (i.e. BUSS1001, BUSS1002 and BUSS1030). Students who commenced study in 2011 can still count ECMT1010 and ECON1001 as junior core units. However, if 2011 continuing students have not yet completed these units, it is recommended that they complete BUSS1020 and BUSS1040 instead.

Students who commenced study prior to 2013 are not required to complete the unit BUSS1900 as a core unit.

2011 junior cor unit 2012 junior core unit
ECOF1003 Understanding Business (formerly Business Contexts A) BUSS1001 Understanding Business
ECOF1004 The Business Environment (formerly Business Contexts B) BUSS1002 The Business Environment
ACCT1005 Accounting, Business and Society BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society
ECMT1010 Business and Economic Statistics A BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis
BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making* ECON1001 Introductory Microeconomics*

The senior capstone core unit from 2012 is BUSS3500. This unit substitutes for ECOF3010.

* Note. BUSS1040 and ECON1001 are not prohibitions for each other. Students can choose to complete both BUSS1040 and ECON1001 (depending on degree requirements).

Compulsory units of study for the Bachelor of Science

For the Bachelor of Science component of the combined degree, students must complete compulsory amounts of study in junior, intermediate and senior Science units of study as outlined below:

Mathematics and statistics units of study

Students must complete 12 credit points in the following units of study. All junior MATH units of study are three credit points each. For details of available units of study refer to the Faculty of Science handbook or the School of Mathematics and Statistics website .

The following downloadable PDF lists all available junior MATH units for the current year:

Junior Science units of study

Students must complete at least 24 credit points in junior Science units of study from a minimum of two subject areas other than Mathematics and Statistics. For details of available units of study refer to the Faculty of Science handbook. Students in advanced streams or the Talented Students Program may have differnent compulsory unit requirements and should refer to the Faculty of Science handbook.

Intermediate and senior Science units of study

Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit points in intermediate (2000-level) and senior (3000-level) units of study for the Bachelor of Science component of the combined degree (including the units required for their chosen Science major). For details of available units of study refer to the Faculty of Science handbook. Students in advanced streams or the Talented Students Program may have different compulsory unit requirements and should refer to the Faculty of Science handbook.

Majors and electives

Commerce majors and electives

In the Bachelor of Commerce component, students select a least one major from the compulsory major subject areas to fulfil the requirements of their degree. A major consists of a minimum of 36 credit points in senior units of study (usually six units) in a single subject area. Senior units of study may only be counted towards one major. Students also select elective units of study from the 'Commerce subject areas'. The compulsory major areas are as follows:

* Note. The  Quantitative Business Analysis major has been renamed Business Analytics for students commencing study from 2015. Pre-2015 continuing students will be able to  complete all the units listed for the Business Analytics major under their Quantitative Business Analysis major. The Quantitative Business Analysis major replaces the Operations Management and Decision Sciences major from 2012. Students who commenced study in 2011 can choose to complete either the Quantitative Business Analysis major or the Operations Management and Decision Sciences major.

Students who commenced study prior to 2013, should refer to the course rules set out in the handbook of the year they commenced study.

Science majors and electives

In the Bachelor of Science component, students select a least one major from the 'Table 1' areas of study in the Faculty of Science handbook to fulfil the requirements of their degree. A Science major usually comprises a minimum of 24 credit points in senior units of study (3000-level) in a single subject area. Students are usually required to complete certain junior (1000-level) and intermediate (2000-level) units as prerequisites for majors and senior units. Intermediate and senior units of study may only be counted towards one major. Students can also choose intermediate and senior science units as electives. The available Science areas of study are as follows:

Agricultural Chemistry Anatomy and Histology Biochemistry Bioinformatics
Biology Cell Pathology Chemistry Computational Science
Computer Science Environmental Studies Financial Mathematics and Statistics Geography
Geology and Geophysics
History and Philosophy of Science
Immunobiology Information Systems
Marine Biology Marine Geoscience Mathematics Medicinal Chemistry
Microbiology Molecular Biology and Genetics Nanoscience and Technology
Neuroscience
Nutrition and Metabolism Pharmacology Physics Physiology
Plant Science Psychology Soil Science Statistics

For details of what units of study are required for these majors, please refer to the Faculty of Science handbook.

Other faculty major and elective options available in this combined degree

Students may select additional majors and/or electives offered by the Business School, Faculty of Science, or from the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Agriculture and Environment or other faculties in the University of Sydney (subject to approval by the Business School). For details of majors from other faculties, students should consult the handbook for the relevant faculty.

Progression guide

The following table illustrates a generic degree progression example for a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science on a full-time basis undertaking four units of study per semester. Core units of study for the Bachelor of Commerce are in bold italic type and the compulsory Commerce components of the program are italic. The required Science units of study are in bold below.

Year / Semester Unit of study 1 Unit of study 2 Unit of study 3 Unit of study 4 Unit of study 5 Total credit points

Year 1
Semester 1

BUSS1001 and BUSS1900

BUSS1030

BUSS1040

Maths junior (compulsory)

Maths junior (compulsory)

24

Year 1
Semester 2

BUSS1002

BUSS1020

BCom junior (major or elective)

Maths junior (compulsory)

Maths junior (compulsory)

24

Year 2
Semester 1

BCom senior (major)

BCom junior or senior (major or elective)

BSc junior (major or elective)

BSc junior (major or elective)

24

Year 2
Semester 2

BCom senior (major)

BCom junior or senior (major or elective)

BSc junior (major or elective)

BSc junior (major or elective)

24

Year 3
Semester 1

BCom senior (major)

junior, intermediate or senior (elective)

BSc intermediate or senior (major)

BSc intermediate or senior (major or elective)

24

Year 3
Semester 2

BCom senior (major)

junior, intermediate or senior (elective)

BSc intermediate or senior (major)

BSc intermediate or senior (major or elective)

24

Year 4
Semester 1

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major or elective)

intermediate or senior (elective)

BSc senior (major)

24

Year 4
Semester 2

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major or elective)

intermdiate or senior (elective)

BSc senior (major)

24

Year 5
Semester 1

BCom senior (major)

intermediate or senior (elective)

senior (elective)

BSc senior (major)

24

Year 5
Semester 2

BUSS3500

intermediate or senior (elective)

senior (elective)

BSc senior (major)

24.

Please Note:The information listed in this example is based on the unit of study offerings for 2013 and is intended as a guide only. Students are usually able to complete the units of study for their course in different sequences to that which is listed (including enrolling in units in Summer or Winter School sessions when available). Students are advised to plan their course based upon their individual needs and to contact the Student Information Office if they need any assistance in planning their progression in their degree.

Sample degree progressions - majors and major combinations

Please click on the links below to download some example major/unit of study combinations for the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science.

Please Note: The information listed in these program of study examples are meant as a guide only. This information is intended for students who commenced their degree from 2013. Students should always check the requirements for individual units of study and majors (see information at the bottom of this webpage. Students are advised to plan their degree based upon their individual needs and to contact the Student Information Office if they need any assistance in planning their progression in their degree. For majors from other Faculties, students are advised to contact the relevant Department, Discipline or School for further information on what is needed to complete these majors.

Honours

Both the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science can be awarded with honours. Joint honours courses are available.

For the Bachelor of Commerce, students must successfully complete an additional honours year of study. For details of this program students should refer to the Honours year information listed under the Honours on the Faculty website.

For the award of honours in the Bachelor of Science, students must complete successfully an additional honours year of study in any of the subject areas as specified in the Faculty of Science Handbook. For details of requirements for honours, students should refer to the Faculty of Science Handbook.

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