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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 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.

Bachelor of Advanced Studies

You can also choose to combine your Bachelor of Science degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. In the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

Streams

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies can also be taken with streams in:

With more 40 majors to choose from 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.

You will graduate armed with the skills to embark on a huge range of careers.

Majors

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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.

Year 1

  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp

Year 2

  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Open Learning (OLE) 6cp
  • Open Learning (OLE) 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp

Year 3

  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Elective/Major 2 6cp
  • Elective/Major 2 6cp

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

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

Admission requirements

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

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

Graduate opportunities

Our science graduates can be found in many careers and roles, including: 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


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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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, 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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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