Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science

The combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science is administered by the University of Sydney Business School for the duration of the combined degree.

Course details
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
CRICOS code 055965C
Degree abbreviation BCom/BSc
Credit points required for completion 240
Duration (full-time) 5 years

This combined degree gives scope for students to pursue studies in the sciences, while developing professional skills, which will enhance their prospects in the labour market. Both degrees are studied concurrently and will be awarded after five years of full-time study.

Degree structure

To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, students complete units of study with a total value of 240 credit points (with a maximum of 96 credit points in junior units of study), comprising:

For the Bachelor of Commerce component:

  • seven core units of study (36 credit points), as set out in the Bachelor of Commerce section
  • a major selected from the compulsory Commerce major subject areas as set in the Bachelor of Commerce section
  • a minimum of 96 credit points in units of study from the University of Sydney Business School and School of Economics (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) with a minimum of 48 credit points in senior units of study.

For the Bachelor of Science component:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points from the Mathematics and Statistics subject areas (MATH and STAT) coded units of study, as set out in the Faculty of Science handbook.
  • a minimum of 24 credit points in junior units of study from at least two of the Science Table 1 subject areas (other than Mathematics and Statistics), as set out in the Faculty of Science handbook
  • a minimum of 60 credit points in intermediate and senior Science units of study from the Table 1 subject areas, as set out in the Faculty of Science handbook
  • a major selected from the subject areas listed under 'Table 1' in the Faculty of Science handbook
  • a minimum of 96 credit points in units of study from the Faculty of Science.

The Bachelor of Science component of the combined degree may also be completed as Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) streams. The particular requirements for these alternative streams are set out below.

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 degrees, 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:

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.
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 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. Students should complete BUSS1020 and choose alternative MATH and STAT units to meet their Mathematics and Statistics unit requirements.

Requirements for the degrees with honours

Both the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science can be awarded with honours. Joint honours is also available.

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

For the award of the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours, meritorious students complete the Bachelor of Commerce with an additional honours year of study in their major area of study. For details of the requirements for entry into and for the completion of the Honours Year in this program in the Business School, please refer to the Business School's website: sydney.edu.au/business/honours.

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

For the award of the Bachelor of Science with Honours, meritorious students must complete successfully the Bachelor of Science with an additional honours year of study in any of the subject areas where honours study is available. For details of the requirements for honours, students should refer to the Faculty of Science Handbook sydney.edu.au/handbooks/science.

Talented Students Program

Every year the top students in the Faculty of Science are invited to participate in the Talented Student Program (TSP). This program allows students to tailor their degree to suit their own interests, for example by working on individual projects under the supervision of a mentor, attending special seminars or accelerating the completion of their degree. In general, the TSP caters for students whose talent is broad-based across science. Students can 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 academic and research options.

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

Majors and electives

Commerce majors and electives

In the Bachelor of Commerce component, students must select a compulsory Commerce major from the subject areas offered by the Business School and School of Economics to fulfil the requirements of their degree. Students can select an additional major from the same Commerce subject areas if they desire. 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.

For full details of the available majors, please refer to the 'Compulsory major' heading under 'majors and electives' in the Bachelor of Commerce section in this handbook.

Elective units can also be selected from these areas. Students must complete 96 credit points from the Business School and School of Economics subject areas with a minimum of 48 credit points in senior units of study (including units completed for a major).

Science majors and electives

In the Bachelor of Science component, students select a compulsory major from the 'Table 1' areas of study set out in the Faculty of Science handbook to fulfil the requirements of their degree. Students can select an additional Science major from the same subject areas if they desire. 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.

Students in this combined degree must complete a minimum of 60 credit points in intermediate and senior units of study from the Table 1 Science subject areas.

For details of the requirements for Faculty of Science Table 1 majors, students should refer to the Faculty of Science handbook.

Additional major and elective options available in this combined degree

Students may choose an additional major and/or electives from the subject area offered by the University of Sydney Business School, School of Economics (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Faculty of Science, or any other faculty of the University of Sydney (subject to degree requirements and approval of the faculty offering the units). Other faculty majors may differ in size, however in most cases; a minimum of 36 credit points in senior (or intermediate and senior) units of study must be completed in that subject area. Students should refer to the other faculty's handbook or website for further information regarding their major requirements.

Note: Students can complete a maximum of 60 credit points in units of study from outside of the Business School, School of Economics or Faculty of Science.

For details of majors from other faculties, students should consult the handbook for the relevant faculty (sydney.edu.au/handbooks).

Professional accreditation requirements

Within the Bachelor of Commerce component of the combined degree, students may choose to pursue a program of study that would allow them to seek accreditation with particular professional bodies. See the Bachelor of Commerce entry in this chapter for details of available professional accreditation requirements.

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation

The Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science is accredited by the APAC for students completing the three-year psychology major sequence (48 credit points in intermediate and senior units of study) as part of the Science degree. This study must be supplemented by an accredited fourth year of study in psychology before students are eligible to enrol in an APAC accredited Masters or Doctoral programs. The required units of study for the major are listed in the Faculty of Science handbook (sydney.edu.au/handbooks/ ).

Progression guide

The following table illustrates a degree progression example for a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science on a full-time basis undertaking units of study with a total value of 24 credit points per semester and completing two majors (one Commerce and one Science). Students can, depending on the majors chosen, complete a maximum of four majors in this program.

Note: In the following example table, core units of study for the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) are in 'bold italic' type, the compulsory Commerce (BCom) components of the program are 'italic' and the required Bachelor of Science (BSc) units of study are in 'bold'.

 

YEAR

SESSION

UNITS OF STUDY

CREDIT POINTS

Year 1

Semester 1

BUSS1900 Managing Business Communications A*

BUSS1001 Understanding Business

BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society

BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making

Mathematics and Statistics unit 
(compulsory for degree)

Mathematics and Statistics unit 
(compulsory for degree)

 

24

Semester 2  

BUSS1002 The Business Environment

BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis

BCom junior or senior unit
(for a major or as elective)

Mathematics and Statistics unit 
(compulsory for degree)

 

Mathematics and Statistics unit 
(compulsory for degree)

 

 

24

Year 2 Semester 1   BCom senior unit
(for the compulsory BCom major)

BCom junior or senior unit
(for a major or as an elective)

BSc junior unit (for the compulsory BSc major or as an elective)

BSc junior unit (for a major or as an elective)

24

Semester 2   BCom senior unit
(for the compulsory BCom major)

BCom junior or senior unit
(for a major or as an elective)

BSc junior unit (for the compulsory BSc major or as an elective)

BSc junior unit (for a major or as an elective)

24

Year 3 Semester 1  

BCom senior unit
(for the compulsory BCom major)

junior, intermediate or senior unit
(as an elective)

BSc intermediate unit
(for the compulsory major)

BSc intermediate or senior unit
(for a major or as an elective)
24
Semester 2  

BCom senior unit
(for the compulsory Bcom major)

junior, intermediate or senior unit
(as an elective)

BSc intermediate unit
(for the compulsory BSc major)

BSc intermediate or senior unit
(for a major or as an elective)

24

Year 4 Semester 1   BCom senior unit
(for the compulsory BCom major)
intermediate or senior unit
(as an elective)
BSc senior unit
(for the compulsory BSc major)
BSc intermediate or senior unit
(for a major or as an elective)
24
Semester 2   BCom senior unit
(for the compulsory BCom major)
intermediate or senior unit
(as an elective)
BSc senior unit
(for the compulsory BSc major)
BSc intermediate or senior unit
(for a major or as an elective)
24
Year 5 Semester 1  

BCom senior unit
(for a major or as an elective)

intermediate or senior unit
(as an elective)

BSc senior unit
(for the compulsory BSc major)

intermediate or senior unit
(as an elective)

24

Semester 2  

BUSS3500 Integrated Business Applications

intermediate or senior unit
(as an elective)

BSc senior unit
(for the compulsory BSc major)
intermediate or senior unit
(as an elective)
24
  240

* This is a zero credit point unit.

Please note: The information listed in this example is based on the unit of study offerings for 2014 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.

The Business School website gives other illustrative sequences of units of study for specific majors in this combined degree. This information can be accessed at sydney.edu.au/business/courses/FH050/.