Bachelor of Science

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

The information on this page relates to the 2018 intake.

A Bachelor of Science opens up a world of opportunity. Whether you dream of joining the forefront of research, learning how to analyse and think critically or making the planet a better place, a Bachelor of Science will give you highly sought-after skills for a huge range of careers.

At Sydney you will taught by dedicated scientific thinkers, including members of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Research Council Fellows and prestigious prize winners. You will study in world-class facilities, including the multimillion-dollar Sydney Nanoscience Hub and the Charles Perkins Centre, with its focus on diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Bachelor of Advanced Studies
You can also choose to combine your Bachelor of Science degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. In the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies can also be taken with streams in:

Animal and Veterinary Bioscience
Food & Agribusiness
Medical Science

With more 40 majors to choose from and a flexible degree plan, the three-year Bachelor of Science allows you to find your own path. In your first year, you’ll gain essential knowledge in the fundamental sciences. In second and third years you will specialise in your chosen stream with the option to take elective subjects from across the University.

You will graduate armed with the skills to embark on a huge range of careers.

Course outline

You can undertake the Bachelor of Science full-time over three years or part-time over six years. To complete the Bachelor of Science you must undertake 144 credit points (cp) worth of units (ie. Subjects). A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. Full-time students normally enrol in 48 cp worth of units each year. Each student is required to complete at least one science major, and a minor, or you may choose to complete a second major. You can find out which units constitute a major by reading the Science Undergraduate Handbook. In your course you will also need to complete 12 cp of mathematics degree core units of study, and a minimum of 12 cp of units of study in the Open Learning Environment.

Year 1

  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp

Year 2

  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Open Learning (OLE) 6cp
  • Open Learning (OLE) 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp

Year 3

  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Elective/Major 2 6cp
  • Elective/Major 2 6cp


What is a major?

Within the Bachelor of Science course there are more than 40 majors, as outlined in Table A Science. You need to complete one major or program from Table A Science and an additional minor or major from Science or from Table S of the Shared Pool for Undergraduate Degrees.
A major consists of 48 credit points. There are two ways a major can be structured, either:
(i) A 2-2-4 structure (2x1000 level units, 2x2000 level units, 4x3000 level units), or
(ii) A 2-3-3 structure (2x1000 level units, 3x2000 level units, 3x3000 level units).

Table A Science Majors:
Anatomy and Histology
Animal Health, Disease and Welfare
Animal Producation
Applied Medical Science
Behavioural Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Computer Science
Data Science
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Environmental Studies
Environmental Science (only available in Environmental Science Program)
Financial Mathematics and Statistics
Food Science
Genetics and Genomics
Geology and Geophysics
History and Philosophy of Science
Immunology and Pathology
infectious Diseases
Information Systems
Marine Science
Medicinal Chemistry
Nutrition Science
Plant Production
Quantitative Life Sciences
Software Development
Soil Science and Hydrology

Table A Science Programs:
Environmental Science
Mathematical Sciences (only available in Dalyell stream)

Further course information

Course opportunities

Students with a high ATAR may be invited to be a Dalyell Scholar in this course.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Our science graduates can be found in many careers and roles, including: agricultural scientist, astronomer, biosecurity researcher, ecologist, environmental policymaker, food chemist, hydrologist, mathematician, medical scientist, nanoscientist, nutritionist, psychologist, plant geneticist, soil scientist, veterinarian.

Further study

There are many opportunities for Bachelor of Science graduates who wish to pursue further studies either by coursework or by research, subject to admission requirements. If you maintain a credit average during your Bachelor of Science course, you may be able to continue to an honours level course, which is an additional year of study and research in a specialised area. You may also undertake postgraduate studies by coursework in one of the many coursework programs offered by the University of Sydney. Postgraduate coursework programs are great for developing your knowledge and skills in a particular area of study, and most postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Science are available at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma, and master's level.


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. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule, the Coursework Policy, and Faculty Resolutions.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page. Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC. For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1.
All students undertake some study in mathematics.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply Now¿ button on the right hand side of this course page.