First Year Guide to Table 1 Majors

The following information is for first year students.

Listed below are the essential and recommended combinations of junior units of study if you are intending to complete a major in a particular Science subject area. Students should consult Table I in the Handbook and Faculty/School/Department advisers for further information on major requirements.

Mathematics requirements for all Science degrees

In addition to the specific requirements for each major all science degrees require a minimum of 12 credit points of Mathematics and Statistics units of any level and a minimum of 24 credit points of other Junior Science to complete. (The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science is excluded.)

The 2013 First Year Mathematics and Statistics Handbook can be found here: www.maths.usyd.edu.au/u/UG/JM/

Planning for an Agricultural Chemistry major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry.

Planning for an Anatomy and Histology major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Biology or 12 credit points of Junior Psychology.

Planning for a Biochemistry major
Essential: MBLG1001/1901 and 12 credit points of Junior CHEM.
Recommended: 6 credit points of Junior BIOL.

Planning for a Bioinformatics major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics (including MATH1015/1005/1905), 6 credit points of Junior Biology, MBLG1001/1901, 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry, and 12 credit points of Junior Information Technologies (i.e. INFO1103 and INFO1105/1905).

Planning for a Biology major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Biology, or 6 credit points of Junior Biology and MBLG1001/1901, are needed to enrol in Intermediate units of study in Biology. For MBLG2072/2972, MBLG1001/1901 and 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry are required.
Recommended: Concepts in Biology BIOL1001/1911/1991, Living Systems BIOL1002/1902 and MBLG1001/1901. Students who have not completed HSC or equivalent Biology are strongly recommended to take the Biology Bridging Course held in February.

Planning for a Cell Pathology major
Recommended: A combination of MBLG1001/1901, Junior Biology and Junior Chemistry.

Planning for a Chemistry major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry and 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics are needed to enrol in Intermediate units of study in Chemistry.
Recommended: 12 credit points of CHEM1101/1901/1903, CHEM1102/1902/1904, 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics and 24 credit points from other areas of study selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

Planning for a Computer Science major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Computer Science.
Recommended: INFO1103, INFO1105/1905, 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics and 24 credit points of electives, including PHIL1012 and INFO1003.

Planning for an Environmental Studies major
Recommended: GEOS1001/1901 and at least one of: GEOS1002/1902, GEOS1003/1903, BIOL1001/1911/1991, BIOL1002/1902. Please take note of prerequisites for Intermediate units of study.

Planning for a Financial Mathematics and Statistics major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics.
Recommended: MATH1001/1901/1906, MATH1002/1902, MATH1003/1903, MATH1005/1905 and 24 credit points of other Junior units of study.

Planning for a Geography major
Recommended: GEOS1001/1901 and GEOS1002/1902.

Planning for a Geology and Geophysics major
Recommended: GEOS1001/1901 and GEOS1003/1903.

Planning for a History and Philosophy of Science major
Essential: 24 credit points of Junior study are required to enrol in Intermediate units of study in History and Philosophy of Science.
Recommended: HPSC1000/1900 and 12 credit points of elective units of study from Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, or other related areas of study in arts or science in consultation with the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science.

Planning for an Immunobiology major
Recommended: A combination of Junior Biology, MBLG1001/1901 and Junior Chemistry.

Planning for an Information Systems major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Information Systems.
Recommended: INFO1003, INFO1103, 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics (including MATH1015/1005/1905) and 24 credit points of electives (including PHIL1012, INFO1105/1905 and a language unit i.e. ENGL1005 or LNGS1001/1002/1005).

Planning for a Marine Science major
Essential: 24 credit points of Junior Science.
Recommended: To complete a Marine Science major, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points of Senior Marine Science listed under Table 1. This must include at least 6 credit points of GEOS3XXX, and BIOL3013/3913 Marine Biology. To prepare for this, it is recommended that students complete 12 credit points of Junior Biology and 12 credit points of Junior Geosciences in first year.

Planning for a Mathematics major
12 credit points of Junior Mathematics are generally needed to enrol in Intermediate units of study in Mathematics. Students intending to major in Mathematics should take at least 12 credit points of Intermediate Mathematics.
Recommended: 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics from MATH1001/1901/1906, MATH1002/1902, MATH1003/1903/1907, MATH1004, MATH1005/1905, and 36 other Junior credit points.
Mathematics in other majors:
Statistics majors: must include MATH1015/1005/1905 and MATH1003/1903/1907.
Computer Science majors: should include MATH1005/1905.
Biological and other Life Science majors: should include MATH1015/1005/1905.

Planning for a Medicinal Chemistry major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry, and 6 credit points of Junior Biology or MBLG1001/1901.

Planning for a Microbiology major
Essential: MBLG1001/1901, 6 credit points of Junior BIOL and 6 credit points of Junior CHEM.

Planning for a Molecular Biology and Genetics major
Essential: MBLG1001/1901, 6 credit points of Junior BIOL and 12 credit points of Junior CHEM.

Planning for a Nanoscience and Technology major
Recommended: A combination of Junior Physics, Junior Chemistry and Junior Mathematics.

Planning for a Neuroscience major
Recommended: A combination of Junior Biology, MBLG1001/1901, Junior Psychology and Junior Chemistry.

Planning for a Nutrition and Metabolism major
Essential: MBLG1001/1901 and 12 credit points of Junior CHEM.
Recommended: 6 credit points of Junior BIOL.

Planning for a Pharmacology major
Essential: 6 credit points of Junior Biology or MBLG1001/1901, and 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry.

Planning for a Physics major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Physics are needed to enrol in Intermediate units of study in Physics.
Recommended: 12 credit points of Junior Physics, 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics (from MATH1001/1901/1906, MATH1002/1902, MATH1003/1903/1907, MATH1004 and MATH1005/1905), and 24 credit points of other Junior units of study selected in consultation with an academic advisor.
Students interested in Astronomy may enrol in PHYS1500. However, it should be noted that it is a general interest course and cannot be counted towards progression into Intermediate Physics.

Planning for a Physiology major
Essential: 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry and 30 credit points of Junior study from the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and/or Psychology.
Recommended: MBLG1001/1901 and 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics.

Planning for a Plant Science major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Biology, or 6 credit points of Junior Biology and MBLG1001/1901, are needed to enrol in appropriate Intermediate units of study.
Recommended: 6 credit points of Concepts in Biology BIOL1001/1911/1991 or Living Systems BIOL1002/1902, and MBLG1001/1901.
Students taking only Human Biology BIOL1003/1903/1993 will need to do some preparatory reading.

Planning for a Psychology major
Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Psychology, i.e. PSYC1001 and PSYC1002.

Planning for a Soil Science major
Essential: 6 credit points of Junior Geosciences.
Recommended: GEOS1001/1901 or GEOS1002/1902.

Planning for a Statistics major
Essential: MATH1005/1905, MATH1001/1901/1906 and MATH1003/1903/1907.
Statistics in other majors:
Computer Science majors: should include MATH1005/1905.
Biological and other Life Science majors: should include MATH1015 or MATH1005/1905.