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Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of International Studies

Approved Abbreviation: BSc/BIntlSt


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3764.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 068793M


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This course version applies to students who commenced study in this course in 2020 or later.

Commencement Year 2016 - 3660.6 Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of International Studies

This double degree program is designed for students who want to combine their interest and expertise in science with a sophisticated understanding of international issues and systems. This will equip them to work in globalised science-based professions and industries. In the Science area, students can design their own academic program within the Bachelor of Science course structure, which must include a science testamur major selected from the following: Zoology, Animal Science, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Futures, Microbiology, Nutrition and Food Science, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Mathematics, Data Science, Applied Physics, Chemistry.

This will be combined with a degree in International Studies that examines the relationships of societies, cultures, languages and systems of government within the international system. It develops students’ capacity to analyse the historical development of relations among nation states and contemporary political, social and cultural issues, such as globalisation, transnationalism and migration. Students complete a major in International Relations and Asian Studies, and a sub-major in any Asian language, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, or Japanese.

Students in this double degree also have the opportunity to complete a semester of study overseas and receive advanced standing towards 3764their IRAS Major and language sub major subject to WSU limits on advanced standing. Students are encouraged to do so but must discuss this with a B.IS or BA course advisor first.

Students should note that not all majors and units are available at all campuses and travel between campuses may be required.

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course Advicescience@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
MT3027 (Chemistry) when undertaken within the Bachelor of Science is accredited with Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

Admission

The following sets of Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies apply.

Bachelor of Science

Assumed knowledge: At least two unit science (any science) and two unit mathematics at year 12 equivalent.

Bachelor of International Studies

Assumed knowledge: Two units of HSC English at Band 4

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is an optional work component available in this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the course but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation. For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points as prescribed in the structure below. Students who complete this award will graduate with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of International Studies.

Note: At least 120 credit points must be at Level 3 or above.

Students who wish to exit this double degree after their third year and graduate with a Bachelor of Science must have completed 240 credit points and completed the units as listed below in Years 1, 2 and 3 with at least 60 credit points at Level 3 or above

Students completing the Bachelor of Science portion of this double degree must complete one of the Science testamur majors listed, in the first three years of study.

The conceptual design of this BSc/BIS double degree is as follows.

Years 1 to 3 Science

Students complete 160 credit points of Bachelor of Science units comprising eight Bachelor of Science core units. eight Bachelor of Science testamur major units and eight BIS units as listed in the course structure below.

Bachelor of Science core units

Students should note that core units will be allocated based on the Testamur Major chosen and as indicated in the relevant Testamur Major sequence.

Choose all of:

300802Biodiversity
300808Introductory Chemistry
300811Scientific Literacy

Foundation

Choose one of (depending on testamur major selected):

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

Mathematics

Choose one of (depending on testamur major selected):

200263Biometry
300672Mathematics 1A
300831Quantitative Thinking

Analytical Science

Choose one of (depending on testamur major selected):

300832Analytical Chemistry
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300932Natural Science Research Methods
300580Programming Fundamentals

Work Integrated Learning

Choose one of:

301261Complex Case Studies in Science
301259Work Internship for Science Professionals

Core Capstone

Choose one of (depending on testamur major selected):

301110Applications of Big Data
300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change
300913Field Project 1
300883Laboratory Quality Management
200022Mathematical Modelling
300922Quality Assurance and Food Analysis

Bachelor of Science Testamur Majors

Students must choose one of the following testamur majors:

MT3015Animal Science
MT3026Applied Physics
MT3016Biology
MT3027Chemistry
MT3032Data Science
MT3017Ecology
MT3018Environmental Futures
MT3024Forensic Biology
MT3023Forensic Chemistry
MT3025Mathematics
MT3019Microbiology
MT3021Nutrition and Food Science
MT3014Zoology

Please note that not all Testamur Majors are available at all campuses.

Years 1 to 4 Arts

In Years 1 to 4 students complete the four level 1 Bachelor of Arts (BA) core units, plus the eight-unit International Relations and Asian Studies major and one of the four-unit language sub-majors listed.

The four Level 1 Bachelor of Arts (BA) core units

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Students must also complete units in the following, as per the chosen course structure

Major - International Relations and Asian Studies

M1055International Relations and Asian Studies

Sub-major

A sub-major in one of the following languages must be undertaken in conjunction with the major

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1112Indonesian
SM1080Japanese
SM1120International English

Note: The following sub-majors have inherent requirements, SM1077 Arabic, SM1078 Chinese, SM1080 Japanese and SM1112 Indonesian. Please see the link below:

Inherent Requirements

Students should seek course advice in relation to the level 2/3 language sequences

For details of International Studies units required please see course 1658 Bachelor of International Studies.

1658 Bachelor of International Studies.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

300802Biodiversity
300808Introductory Chemistry

Spring session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

Choose one core Science Mathematics unit (depending on testamur major selected):

200263Biometry
300672Mathematics 1A
300831Quantitative Thinking

Choose one core Science Foundation unit (depending on testamur major selected)

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

Year 2

Autumn session

101442Asia in the World
300811Scientific Literacy

Choose one Analytical Science unit (depending on testamur major selected):

300832Analytical Chemistry
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300932Natural Science Research Methods
300580Programming Fundamentals

Choose one testamur major unit (see sequence provided with each testamur major)

Spring session

101956Introduction to International Relations

Choose one of:

301259Work Internship for Science Professionals
301261Complex Case Studies in Science

Choose two Science testamur major units (see sequence provided with each testamur major).

Year 3

Autumn session

Choose one Language sub-major unit

Choose one Science capstone unit (depending on testamur major chosen):

300883Laboratory Quality Management
300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change
200022Mathematical Modelling
301110Applications of Big Data
300913Field Project 1
300922Quality Assurance and Food Analysis

Choose two Science testamur major units (see sequence provided with each testamur major).

Spring session

Choose one Language sub-major unit

Choose three Science testamur major units (see the sequence provided with each testamur major).

Year 4

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Choose two Level 2/3 International Relations and Asian Studies major units

Choose one Language sub-major unit

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Choose two Level 2/3 International Relations and Asian Studies major units

Choose one Language sub-major unit



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