Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Commerce / Science is a five-year (full-time) combined degree program. It requires students to complete a total of 240 credit points of study from the University of Sydney Business School and the Faculty of Science.

Majors

Units of study

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

This five-year (full-time) combined degree program that requires students to complete a total of 240 credit points of study from the University of Sydney Business School and the Faculty of Science.

For the Bachelor of Commerce component of the combined degree, all students complete six core Commerce units of study, comprising five junior units (30 credit points) and one senior capstone unit (six credit points) as listed under the Bachelor of Commerce entry and at least one Commerce major (minimum 36 credit points of senior units of study) from the areas of study listed under the Bachelor of Commerce entry.

For the Bachelor of Science component of this degree, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit points in junior mathematics and statistics units of study, a minimum of 24 credit points in junior units of study from two Science subject areas other than mathematics, a minimum of 60 credit points in intermediate and senior units of study and at least one Science major (minimum 24 credit points of senior units of study) from the areas of study listed under the Bachelor of Science (Table 1) entry in the Science handbook.

Progression rules

All students complete six Commerce core units of study (24 junior credit points + six senior credit points = 36 credit points), a major from Bachelor of Commerce subject areas, a minimum of 12 credit points in junior mathematics and statistics units of study, a minimum of 12 credit points in junior units of study from two Science areas of study other than mathematics and statistics, and a major from Bachelor of Science ‘Table 1’ subject areas offered by the Faculty of Science.

Additional majors or elective units of study may be undertaken from any of the Commerce or Science subject areas, or from approved subject areas offered by any other faculty of the University of Sydney, subject to degree requirements. A student may not count a unit of study toward more than one major.

A student must complete at least 96 credit points in units of study offered by the University of Sydney Business School and School of Economics (with no more than 48 credit points being in junior units of study) and at least 96 credit points in units offered by the Faculty of Science. A standard full-time enrolment is 24 credit points per semester; less than 18 credit points per semester is considered part-time. A student may not enrol in a unit of study, before meeting any prerequisites and corequisites for that unit of study.

What is a major?

A major is usually a three-year defined sequence of study (in some cases, a two-year sequence), generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area.

A major in the University of Sydney Business School consists of at least 36 credit points in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study or at least six senior units of study (six credit points each) from a single area of study.

For the Faculty of Science, a major is usually at least 24 credit points in senior (3000 level) units of study. Senior units of study cannot be counted towards more than one major.

Majors require the completion of at least one junior (1000-level) prerequisite unit of study (six credit points each). Junior units may be prerequisites for the major itself and/or for senior units within the major's subject area. Junior units may be used as prerequisites for majors or senior elective units in more than one subject area.

For the Sydney Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, students complete at least one major from the Commerce major areas of study and at least one major for the Science (Table 1) major areas of study.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject.

For the Sydney Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, electives can be selected from the University of Sydney Business School or Faculty of Science or from the any other faculties within the university (subject to approval by the offering faculty and degree requirements). Students can also contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the University of Sydney Business School in relation to study in other faculties.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science allow for students to take part in the Business School’s Student Exchange Program. The program involves you attending a host university overseas for a period of time (usually one or two semesters) before returning to complete your studies in Sydney. The program is literally a ‘swap’ of students between the universities, which means you can undertake approved overseas study and have the credits you achieve there count towards your degree at Sydney.

Credited towards your degree, the Business School also has an Industry Placement Program. Highly coveted by students, acceptance into the programs unit of study is competitive. The unit provides a preparation course before you enter the work placement for nine weeks. At the end of your placement, you are assessed based through a work-learning journal, your preparation of a business report that integrates your prior learning with your industry experience, and a presentation with the other students enrolled in the program.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science provides graduates with scientific skills as well as the management skills necessary to pursue careers in the private or public sector and in business or science-based work in industry or research. Career destinations include: accounting, banking and financial management, research and consulting, human resource management and industrial relations, advertising and market research, marketing and sales, business analysis, forensics, hospital and medical laboratories, computing, biotechnology, museums, policy analysis and formulation, foreign affairs and public sector management. You can pursue a career in one industry or a career that combines two areas. For example, in the pharmaceutical industry both scientific and business skills are useful.

The dedicated Careers and Employer Relations Office (CEO) in the Business School provides access to advice, resources and a wide range of opportunities and employer activities in the corporate and public sectors.

Course accreditation

The Faculty of Economics and Business is actively involved in quality assurance and accreditation activities aimed at further enhancing the quality of our teaching, research and community-related programs. We strive for excellence and this has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools and enabled us to forge strategic alliances. These include: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), of which the faculty is the only Australian business school to achieve accreditations in both business and accounting [hyperlink: www.aacsb.edu]; EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) [hyperlink: www.efmd.org] and CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education. The faculty is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS [hyperlink: www.cems.org], which is a prestigious alliance of 17 renowned European business schools, nine non-European academic institutions, and 60 of the world's leading multinational corporations.

Further study

Honours is available to meritorious candidates, in either or both the Sydney Bachelor of Commerce and Sydney Bachelor of Science. Honours is available to talented students who complete an additional year of full-time study after the completion of the pass degree. The final honours year usually involves a combination of coursework and a thesis which gives students the opportunity to conduct meaningful research in a particular area of interest. Joint honours is also available.

About honours

In some of the more specialised careers open to Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science graduates, employers may be looking for a level of specialisation that is not provided by a pass degree. Similarly, if a student wishes to qualify for specialised postgraduate research study, a pass degree is not normally sufficient. An additional honours year considerably enhances a qualification, and singles students out to an employer as having exceptional ability.

The Sydney Bachelor of Commerce and Sydney Bachelor of Science honours years, provides knowledge and training for candidates in research methods as well as experience in planning, performing and writing up research under the guidance of a supervisor. This year usually involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis. It may be possible to complete either double or joint honours. Double honours involves completing all the honours work in two subject areas and thus normally takes an extra year. In joint honours, two subject areas that are more closely related to each other are studied concurrently through a specially designed program of study within one year.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.