Course

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of International Studies

Approved Abbreviation: BSc/BIntlSt


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3660.6

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 068793M


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 course version applies to students who commenced study in this course in 2016 or later.

Commencement Year 2015 - 3660.5 Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of International Studies

Commencement Year 2014 - 3660.4 Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of International Studies

Commencement Year 2012 - 3660.3 Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of International Studies

Commencement Year 2011 - 3660.2 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 major. 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 their BA majors and sub majors subject to Western Sydney University 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

Accreditation
The Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)/Bachelor of International Studies is accredited by The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Incorporated (RACI).

Admission

The following sets of Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies apply.

Bachelor of Science

Assumed knowledge: At least two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics

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.

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 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 BSc/BIS double degree is as follows:

Years 1 to 3

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

In Years 1 to 4 students complete the four Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of International Studies core units and 12 Bachelor of International Studies units as offered on Parramatta campus only.

The International Relations and Asian Studies major and the following sub-majors are available in the Bachelor of International Studies course

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Immersion Language

Bachelor of International Studies Units

For details of the relevant International Studies units, refer to the current listing of Bachelor of International Studies, course code 1658 - Bachelor of International Studies. Continuing students should refer to the earlier versions of 1658 -Bachelor of International Studies.

Science Component

Students must study 16 Science units following one of the following 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 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) 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.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

Choose two core Arts units from the following

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

Choose two science units appropriate for your science major as follows

Biological Sciences

300802Biodiversity

Choose one of

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

Chemistry

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300828Physics 1

Mathematical Science

200025Discrete Mathematics
300672Mathematics 1A

Science

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

200025Discrete Mathematics
300672Mathematics 1A

List of science Units

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

*Students are to select only one Chemistry unit

Spring session

Choose two Core Arts units from the list below

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

Choose two science units appropriate for your science major as follows

Biological Sciences

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

Chemistry

300803Essential Chemistry 2

Choose one of

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

Mathematical Sciences

300673Mathematics 1B
200263Biometry

Science

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 compulsory Level 1 BIS major unit

Choose three science units appropriate for your science major as follows

Biological Sciences

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300845Genetics
300833Microbiology 1

Chemistry

300832Analytical Chemistry
300876Organic Chemistry

Choose one of

300830Analysis of Change
300672Mathematics 1A

Mathematical Science

200028Advanced Calculus
301033Introduction to Data Science
200027Linear Algebra

Science: Non-mathematics Specialisations

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

Science: Mathematics Specialisation

200028Advanced Calculus
200027Linear Algebra

Choose one of

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

Spring session

One compulsory Level 1 BIS major unit

Choose three science units appropriate for your science major as follows

Biological Sciences

300817Molecular Biology

Choose one of

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

Choose one of

200263Biometry
300831Quantitative Thinking

Chemistry

300899Inorganic Chemistry
300849Physical Chemistry

Choose one of

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

Mathematical Science

200030Differential Equations
301032Making Sense of Data

Choose one of

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

Science: Non-mathematics Specialisations

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry and General Biology specialisations

Choose either 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: Mathematics specialisation

200030Differential Equations

Choose two of

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

Year 3

Autumn session

One LOTE (Language other than English) sub-major unit

Choose three science units appropriate for your science major as follows

Biological Sciences

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

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

200193Abstract Algebra
200023Analysis
301034Predictive Modelling

Science

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 LOTE (Language other than English) sub-major unit

Choose three science units appropriate for your science major as follows

Biological Sciences

300905Advanced Immunology
300918Invertebrate Biology
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity

Capstone units

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

Chemistry

300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry

Choose one capstone unit

300883Laboratory Quality Management
300924Science Research Project

Mathematical Science

301035Environmental Informatics
200022Mathematical Modelling

Capstone unit

200045Quantitative Project

Science

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 BIS units – 3 x BIS major units and 1 x LOTE submajor unit.

Students might otherwise exercise the option to undertake study abroad this semester.

Spring session

Four BIS units – 3 x BIS major units and 1 x LOTE submajor unit



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