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Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies

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Overview

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies opens up a world of opportunity. Whether you dream about joining the cutting edge of research, gaining analytical and critical thinking skills or want to help make the planet a better place, a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies will give you highly sought-after skills for a huge range of careers.

Bachelor of Advanced Studies Streams

You can undertake the 'parent' version of the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, or you may be interested in undertaking one of the streamed versions of the course:

At Sydney you will join the science faculty that's ranked first in Australia in terms of scientific output (ranked first by SCImago for the past 6 years). You will be 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.

With more than 40 scientific majors, programs and streams to choose from in the sciences, plus a pool of shared majors from across the university and a flexible degree plan, the four-year Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies allows you to find your own path.

In your first year, you"ll gain essential knowledge in the fundamental sciences with broad subjects, including mathematics, and the option to choose units outside of the sciences. In second and third years you will specialise in your chosen stream, with the option to take subjects from across the University.

Throughout the four years of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies you will complete a second major as well as studies from a range of disciplines in which you will undertake advanced coursework and get involved in cross-disciplinary, community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

You'll graduate armed with the skills to embark on a huge range of careers. Some students in this course may wish to undertake a program in a specialist area. Programs in this course are available in the areas of:

  • Agroecosystems
  • Environmental Science
  • Health only available in the B Science (Health) or B Science/BAS (Health) – the Health major is only available as a second major in the B Science/BAS.
  • Mathematical Sciences (only available in the Dalyell stream)
  • Medical Science (only available in the Medical Science stream)
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Food and Agribusiness (only available in Food and Agribusiness stream)
  • Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (only available in the Animal and Veterinary Bioscience stream)

Majors

You are required to choose one major from the faculty listing below and a second major or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies, taken in conjunction with a three year Bachelor of Science degree, will provide you with the opportunity to combine studies from a wider range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, get involved in a cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project, and complete a second major. By completing the Bachelor of Advanced Studies in combination with your Bachelor of Science degree, you will not only attain greater depth and breadth of learning but also gain invaluable experience of utilising your knowledge and skills in authentic and challenging settings.

You can undertake the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies full-time over four years or part-time over eight years. To complete the Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Advanced Studies you must complete a total 192 credit points (cp) worth of units of study. 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 two majors, at least one from Science Table A. The combined degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies incorporates either an embedded Honours program of study for those who qualify or 4x4000-level coursework and project units that deepen your knowledge of your discipline area(s), and provide further experiential opportunities such as research, industry, or community related projects.

Year 1

  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Science Major 6cp
  • Science Major 6cp
  • Major 2 6cp
  • Major 2 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp

Year 2

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

Year 3

  • Science Major 6cp
  • Science Major 6cp
  • Science Major 6cp
  • Sciences Major 6cp
  • Major 2 6cp
  • Major 2 6cp
  • Major 2 6cp
  • Major 2 6cp

Year 4

  • 4000 level coursework 6cp
  • 4000 level coursework 6cp
  • 4000 level project 6cp
  • 4000 level project 6cp
  • 4000 level coursework 6cp
  • 4000 level coursework 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

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

Admission requirement

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.

Course opportunities

If you have a high ATAR you may be invited to join our Dalyell Scholars program.

Professional accreditation

Most majors within the Bachelor of Science are recognised by the relevant professional association. For example, if you complete a major in chemistry, you are eligible for graduate membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Graduate opportunities

Our science graduates are found in a broad range of roles and careers, including: agricultural scientist, astronomer, biosecurity researcher, ecologist, environmental policy, food chemist, hydrologist, journalist, mathematician, medical scientist, nanoscientist, nutritionist, psychologist, plant geneticist, soil scientist, veterinarian.

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


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

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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