Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws

 

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code Course title
BPSCILAW-01 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws

 

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time only.

3 Streams

(1)
The Bachelor of Science in this combined degree is available in the following streams:
(a)
Advanced
(b)
Advanced Mathematics
(2)
Students with a sufficient ATAR may choose to be admitted into either of the Advanced streams. All others will enter the Bachelor of Science without a stream. Students, who have completed at least 48 credit points, may be permitted to transfer to either the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or (Advanced Mathematics) stream if they:
(a)
achieved a minimum average mark of 75 over all units of study attempted; and
(b)
are able to enrol in the required number of Advanced level units or Talented Student Program (TSP) units.
(3)
Students wishing to transfer between streams should contact the Faculty of Science student office.

4 Cross-faculty management

(1)
Candidates will be under the general supervision of the Faculty of Science until the end of the semester in which they complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science. They will then be under the supervision of the Faculty of Law.
(2)
The Deans of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Law shall jointly exercise authority in any matter concerned with the combined course not otherwise dealt with in these resolutions.

5 Admission to candidature

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 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.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for this combined degree are set out in Table 1 from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Law Undergraduate table.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the pass degrees, a candidate must complete 240 credit points, comprising:
(a)
96 credit points from Science subject areas; and
(b)
144 credit points of Law units of study, of which 48 credit points are Combined Law compulsory units of study for Years 1, 2 and 3 and are credited towards the requirements for both the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Laws.
(3)
The Dean of the Faculty of Science may permit a candidate of exceptional merit who is admitted to the Talented Student Program to undertake a unit or units of study within the Faculty of Science other than those specified in the tables.
(4)
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science: To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Science a candidate must complete 144 credit points comprising:
(a)
48 credit points of Combined Law compulsory units of study for Years 1, 2 and 3; and
(b)
96 credit points from Science subject areas, including:
(i)  a major in a Science subject area; and
(ii)  a minimum of 12 credit points from the Science subject areas of Mathematics and Statistics; and
(iii)  24 credit points of junior units of study from at least two Science subject areas other than Mathematics or Statistics; and
(iv)  60 credit points of intermediate and senior units of study in Science subject areas.
(c)
Candidates completing the Advanced stream must also include as part of the above requirements:
(i)  a minimum of 12 credit points of intermediate units of study at either the Advanced level or as Talented Student Program (TSP) units in Science subject areas; and
(ii)  a minimum of 24 credit points of senior units of study at the Advanced level or as TSP units in a single Science subject area.
(d)
Candidates completing the Advanced Mathematics stream must also include as part of the above requirements:
(i)  a minimum of 12 credit points of intermediate units of study at either the advanced level or as TSP units in the Science subject areas of Mathematics and Statistics; and
(ii)  a minimum of 24 credit points of senior units of study at the Advanced level or as TSP units in a major in Mathematics, Statistics or Financial Mathematics and Statistics.
(5)
Requirements for the Bachelor of Laws
To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Laws, a candidate must complete 144 credit points taken from the Faculty of Law Undergraduate Table, comprising:
(i)  102 credit points of compulsory units of study; and
(ii)  42 credit points of electives units of study, of which a maximum of 36 credit points are taken from Part 1 and a minimum of 6 credit points are taken from Part 2.

7 Majors

(1)
Completion of a major is a requirement of the Bachelor of Science in this combined degree.
(2)
With the exception of the Psychology major, a major in the Bachelor of Science requires the completion of 24 senior credit points from one Science subject area listed in Table 1. The list of majors available in the Bachelor of Science is specified in the course resolutions for the Bachelor of Science.

8 Progression rules

(1)
Candidates in a combined law program must successfully complete LAWS1006 Foundations of Law before enrolling in any other Bachelor of Laws units of study.
(2)
Candidates are required to complete Bachelor of Laws units in the order listed in the Faculty of Law Undergraduate Table.
(3)
Except with permission of the Dean of the Faculty of Law, candidates must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science before proceeding to Year Four of the Bachelor of Laws.
(4)
Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and (Advanced Mathematics) are required to maintain a minimum average mark of 65 in all intermediate and senior units of study in Science subject areas in each year of enrolment. Failure to maintain the required average will result in candidates being transferred to the Bachelor of Science in their next year of enrolment with full credit for the units of study completed.
(5)
Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or (Advanced Mathematics) who fail to achieve a minimum average mark of 65 in all Science units of study attempted in their final year but have otherwise completed all the requirements of the degree will be awarded the Bachelor of Science.

9 Requirements for the Honours degree

(1)
Both the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Laws may be awarded with honours.
(2)
Honours in the Bachelor of Science is available to meritorious candidates who complete an additional year of full time study after the completion of the pass degree.
(3)
Honours in the Bachelor of Laws is available to meritorious students who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the program.
(4)
Candidates who qualify to undertake honours in the Bachelor of Science may elect to enrol in the honours program:
(a)
by suspending candidature from the Bachelor of Laws degree for one year, with the permission of the Faculty of Law; or
(b)
by undertaking the honours course after completion of both degrees in the combined program.
(5)
The admission and award requirements for honours in either Science or Laws are listed in the resolutions of the Faculty of Science and Bachelor of Laws course resolutions respectively.

10 Award of the degree

(1)
The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws are awarded in the grades of either Pass or Honours.
(2)
Honours in the Bachelor of Science is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class in accordance with the resolutions of the Faculty of Science.
(3)
Honours in the Bachelor of Laws may be awarded in First Class or Second Class in accordance with the Resolutions of the Bachelor of Laws.
(4)
Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, and who have not already graduated, will be awarded the pass degree.

11 Course transfer

A candidate may withdraw from the combined degree program and elect to transfer to the Bachelor of Science by written application to the Faculty of Science, and complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions governing that degree at the time of transfer. Candidature in the Bachelor of Laws will cease in these circumstances.

12 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature on or after 1 January, 2011.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016, or later date as the relevant faculty may, in special circumstances, approve.