Course

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts

Approved Abbreviation: BSc/BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3658.6

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 068791B


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2016 or later.

Commencement Year 2015 - 3658.5 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts

Commencement Year 2013 - 3658.4 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts

Commencement Year 2012 - 3658.3 Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Arts

Commencement Year 2011 - 3658.2 Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Arts

Commencement Year 2010 - 3658.1 Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Arts

This double degree program is designed for students whose interests span the Arts and Sciences. It will produce versatile graduates who can work across a range of academic and professional disciplines, including the opportunity to develop global perspectives and communication skills in an Asian language. In the Science area, students can design their own academic program within the Bachelor of Science course structure, which must include a science Major. This qualification in science can be combined with one of the following majors: International Relations and Asian Studies; Cultural and Social Analysis; English; History and Political Thought; Philosophy; Indigenous Australian Studies; Arabic, Chinese; Japanese; Indonesian; Islamic studies: Linguisitics; Psychological Studies.

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

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course Advicescience@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above

Admission

Assumed Knowledge: At least two units of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

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 Western Sydney 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 the University via the International Office.

International students applying to Western Sydnsy 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.

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 Arts.

Note: At least 60 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.

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

The conceptual design of this Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts double degree is as follows.

Years 1 to 3

Students will complete 160 credit points of Bachelor of Science units as listed in the course structure below.

In Years 1 to 4 they will complete the four Bachelor of Arts (BA) core units, eight Bachelor of Arts Major units from one of the following Bachelor of Arts Majors and four Bachelor of Arts Sub-major units from one of the Sub-majors listed

For details of the relevant Arts Specialisations, refer to the current listing of Bachelor of Arts.

1706 - Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts Majors

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Cultural and Social Analysis
  • English
  • History and Political Thought
  • Indigenous Australian Studies
  • Indonesian
  • International Relations and Asian Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychological Studies

Bachelor of Arts Sub-majors

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Cultural and Social Analysis
  • English
  • History and Political Thought
  • Immersion Language
  • Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions
  • Indigenous Australian Studies
  • Indigenous Economics
  • Indonesian
  • International Relations and Asian Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychological Studies

Arts Units

For details of the relevant Arts units, refer to the current listing of Bachelor of Arts.

1706 - Bachelor of Arts

Recommended Sequence

Science Component

Students must study 16 Science units following one of the following Key Programs

  • Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Science)
  • Bachelor of Science (called ‘Science’ in the unit set structure below).

Students following the Bachelor of Science Key Program must choose five Level 1 units within the following rules

  • At least one mathematics or statistics unit
  • Remaining units must cover at least two of the following scientific disciplines: chemistry, biology, physics, computing

Students following the Bachelor of Science (Science) Key Program must also complete at least one of the Science specialisations (majors)

M3090Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
M3047Chemistry
M3080General Biology
M3054Mathematics

And one Level 3 capstone unit.

Consult the handbook entry for the Bachelor of Science degree course for further details about the science majors.

Year 1

Autumn session

Choose two core Arts units from

100846Analytical Reading and Writing
100958Australia and the World
100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions

Choose two science units relevant to the Key Program as follows

Biological Sciences Key Program

300802Biodiversity

Choose one of

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

Chemistry Key Program

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300828Physics 1

Mathematical Science Key Program

300672Mathematics 1A
200025Discrete Mathematics

Science Key Program

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisation

300802Biodiversity

Choose one of

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

Chemistry specialisation

300800Essential Chemistry 1

And one science unit from the list below

General Biology specialisation

300802Biodiversity

And one science unit from the list below

Mathematics specialisation

300672Mathematics 1A
200025Discrete Mathematics

List of science units

300802Biodiversity
300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry
300828Physics 1

Note: Choose one chemistry unit only

Spring session

Choose two core Arts units from

100846Analytical Reading and Writing
100958Australia and the World
100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions

Choose two science units relevant to the Key Program as follows

Biological Sciences Key Program

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

Chemistry Key Program

300803Essential Chemistry 2

Choose one of

300816Cell Biology
300818Introduction to Physiology
300829Physics 2
300831Quantitative Thinking

Mathematical Sciences Key Program

300673Mathematics 1B
200263Biometry

Science Key Program

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisation

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

Chemistry specialisation

300803Essential Chemistry 2

And one science unit from the list below

General Biology specialisation

300816Cell Biology

And one science unit from the list below

Mathematics specialisation

300673Mathematics 1B

And one science unit from the list below

List of science units

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2
300818Introduction to Physiology
300829Physics 2

Year 2

Autumn session

One Arts major or sub-major unit

Choose three science units relevant to the Key Program as follows

Biological Sciences Key Program

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300845Genetics
300833Microbiology 1

Chemistry Key Program

300876Organic Chemistry
300832Analytical Chemistry

Choose one of

300830Analysis of Change
300672Mathematics 1A

Mathematical Science Key Program

200028Advanced Calculus
301033Introduction to Data Science
200027Linear Algebra

Science Key Program: Non-mathematics Specialisations

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, General Biology specialisations

Choose at least one Level 1 mathematics unit from the list below in either semester in second year

Mathematics units

300830Analysis of Change
200263Biometry
200025Discrete Mathematics
300672Mathematics 1A
300831Quantitative Thinking

Choose two science units if completing a mathematics unit in Autumn, or three science units otherwise

Science units

300832Analytical Chemistry
300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300930Classical Physics and Advanced Technologies
300845Genetics
300931Integrated Science
300833Microbiology 1
300876Organic Chemistry
300865Plant Physiology

Science Key Program: Mathematics Specialisation

200027Linear Algebra
200028Advanced Calculus

And one unit from the list below

300802Biodiversity
300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry
300828Physics 1

Spring session

One Arts major or sub-major unit

Choose three science units relevant to the Key Program as follows

Biological Sciences Key Program

300817Molecular Biology

Choose one of

300838Comparative Physiology
300839Ecology
300847Immunology
300848Metabolism
300896Microbiology 2

And choose one of

200263Biometry
300831Quantitative Thinking

Chemistry Key Program

300899Inorganic Chemistry
300849Physical Chemistry

Choose one of

300838Comparative Physiology
200030Differential Equations
300839Ecology
301032Making Sense of Data

Mathematical Science Key Program

200030Differential Equations
301032Making Sense of Data

Choose one of

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

Science Key Program: Non-mathematics Specialisations

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, General Biology specialisations

Choose one mathematics unit and two science units or three science units (if mathematics unit completed in Autumn)

Science units

300838Comparative Physiology
300839Ecology
300847Immunology
300899Inorganic Chemistry
300848Metabolism
300896Microbiology 2
300817Molecular Biology
300849Physical Chemistry

Science Key Program: Mathematics Specialisation

200030Differential Equations

Choose two of

300838Comparative Physiology
300839Ecology
300899Inorganic Chemistry
301032Making Sense of Data
300849Physical Chemistry

Year 3

Autumn session

One Arts major or sub-major unit

Science capstone units: select at least one capstone unit in either semester of Year 3

Choose three science units relevant to the Key Program as follows

Biological Sciences Key Program

Choose three of

300850Advanced Cell Biology
300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
300919Occupational Health and Safety
300819Topics in Physiology

Capstone units

300851Advanced Physiology
300866Analytical Microbiology
300978Marine and Aquatic Ecology

Chemistry Key Program

300907Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
300857Environmental Geochemistry

Please note unit 300857 replaced by 301212 Science of the Anthropocene from 2019.

301212Science of the Anthropocene

Choose one of

300926Advanced Physical Chemistry
300912Molecular Pharmacokinetics

Mathematical Science Key Program

200193Abstract Algebra
200023Analysis
301034Predictive Modelling

Science Key Program

Choose three of

300907Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
300926Advanced Physical Chemistry
300857Environmental Geochemistry

Please note unit 300857 replaced by 301212 Science of the Anthropocene from 2019.

200193Abstract Algebra
300850Advanced Cell Biology
200023Analysis
300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
301034Predictive Modelling
301212Science of the Anthropocene
300819Topics in Physiology

Capstone units

300851Advanced Physiology
300866Analytical Microbiology
300978Marine and Aquatic Ecology

Spring session

One Arts major or sub-major unit

Choose three science units as follows

Biological Sciences Key Program

Choose three of

300905Advanced Immunology
300918Invertebrate Biology
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity

Capstone units

300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change
300855Conservation Biology
300883Laboratory Quality Management
300927Molecular Medicine
300924Science Research Project

Chemistry Key Program

300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry

Capstone units

Choose one of

300883Laboratory Quality Management
300924Science Research Project

Mathematical Science Key Program

301035Environmental Informatics
200022Mathematical Modelling

Capstone unit

200045Quantitative Project

Science Key Program

Choose three of

300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300905Advanced Immunology
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry
301035Environmental Informatics
300918Invertebrate Biology
200022Mathematical Modelling
300826Medical Microbiology
300923Quantum Physics
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity

Capstone units

300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change
300855Conservation Biology
300883Laboratory Quality Management
300927Molecular Medicine
200045Quantitative Project
300924Science Research Project

Year 4

Autumn session

Four Bachelor of Arts major or sub-major units

Spring session

Four Bachelor of Arts major or sub-major units



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