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Bachelor of Science

Study Science at the University of Sydney

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Overview

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 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 science majors, programs and streams to choose from plus a pool of shared majors from across the University 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.

Programs 
Programs in this course are available in the areas of:

Majors
You will choose a major from the Bachelor of Science options below. You can also choose a second major or minor from these options or from the shared pool of majors and minors.

Subjects marked with a * indicate that the completion of additional units can lead to a program.

You may also consider combining your course with a Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

Subject areas

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.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is from

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

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

What you'll study

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.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science  

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Science major Science Mathematics Major 2
  2 Science major Science Mathematics Major 2
2 1 Science major Elective Open Learning Environment unit Major 2
  2 Science major Elective Open Learning Environment unit Major 2
3 1 Science major Science major Major 2 Major 2
  2 Science major Science major Major 2 Major 2
4 1 Advanced coursework Advanced coursework Project Project
  2 Advanced coursework Advanced coursework Project Project

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Assumed knowledge

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

Course opportunities

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

Career Pathways

  • 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.

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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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.

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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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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