Course

Bachelor of Science

Approved Abbreviation: BSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3675.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041144M


Course Status: INACTIVE
This version of the course is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find courses currently available.


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 2014 or later.

Commencement Years 2012 - 2013 - 3675.1 Bachelor of Science

Science asks questions about how the natural world works. It does so in a systematic, yet rigorously creative way based on inquiry and evidence for ideas. This approach has led to our current understanding of nature as being (in large part) systematic and predictable, and has underpinned major advances in human welfare. A Bachelor of Science will prepare you to take part in this process of enquiry, by both contributing to it and by using scientific knowledge to solve current problems. Students will learn core concepts and skills necessary for scientific inquiry: investigating the natural world, proposing and testing ideas by experimentation and observation; quantifying and modelling processes; communicating findings, thinking independently and critically. Students can enrol in a generalist Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Science in a specific discipline. Within each program students can select from a range of scientific disciplines to suit their interests, studying a core of basic science units to which other science units, and if desired, non-science units, can be added.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course Advicescience@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Campbelltown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

Assumed Knowledge: At least two 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).

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.

UAC

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

Qualifying for this award requires successful completion of 240 credit points within the following rules

Core units

Six core units must be completed as follows

  • at least one mathematics or statistics unit
  • one academic skills unit
  • three science foundation units, which must come from a further two science disciplines out of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geoscience, Physics or Integrated Science
  • one level 3 capstone unit which ties the area of study together

Remaining units

  • at least ten more science units must be selected from the listings for each Campus below
  • at least one science Major must be completed
  • at least 60 credit points must be taken at level 3

Note 1: Students must complete at least one of the following majors:

  • Hawkesbury: Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Climate Change, Conservation Biology, Forensic Science, Microbiology, General Biology, Nutrition and Physiology, Zoology. Please note: Mathematics major can not be completed on Hawkesbury campus.
  • Parramatta: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, General Biology, Geochemistry (continuing students only), Mathematics
  • Campbelltown: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, General Biology, Mathematics

Note 2: selection of science units in Year 1 must cover the following discipline areas: mathematics/statistics, and two more from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geoscience, Physics or Integrated Science

Note 3: Students commencing mid-year should seek academic advice about completing their chosen major; more than three years may be required for completing in some cases due to the Semester some units are offered in and the sequence in which they must be completed

Start Year Intakes

Hawkesbury Campus

Year 1

Autumn session

Non-mathematics majors: choose at least one mathematics or statistics unit in your first year. Students cannot do a mathematics major on the Hawkesbury campus

300811Scientific Literacy

Choose at least three of

300802Biodiversity
300828Physics 1
300831Quantitative Thinking
300830Analysis of Change

(External Offering Only)

200263Biometry

(External Offering Only)

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

*Students may only choose one unit from 300800 - Essential Chemistry 1 or 300808 - Introductory Chemistry

Spring session

Choose at least two of

300803Essential Chemistry 2
300816Cell Biology
300818Introduction to Physiology
300134Introduction to Information Technology
200263Biometry
300831Quantitative Thinking
300830Analysis of Change

(External Offering Only)

And two elective units

Year 2

Autumn session

Choose at least three of

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300845Genetics
300865Plant Physiology
300837Climate Change Science
300980Principles of Evolution
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300931Integrated Science

And one elective

Spring session

Choose at least three of

300848Metabolism
300896Microbiology 2
300817Molecular Biology
300838Comparative Physiology
300839Ecology
300836Botany
300979Principles of Zoology
300876Organic Chemistry
300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Choose at least one capstone unit in your final year of study; capstone units are indicated below. The capstone unit selected should come from your Major.

Choose at least two of

300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
300850Advanced Cell Biology
300856Ecosystem Carbon Accounting
300921Plant Health and Biosecurity
300919Occupational Health and Safety
300857Environmental Geochemistry
300866Analytical Microbiology

(Capstone unit)

300851Advanced Physiology

(Capstone unit)

300929Aquatic Ecology

(Capstone unit)

And two electives (one elective must be a Level 3 unit)

Spring session

Choose at least two of

300905Advanced Immunology
300826Medical Microbiology
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity
300918Invertebrate Biology
300856Ecosystem Carbon Accounting
300927Molecular Medicine

(Capstone unit)

300924Science Research Project

(Capstone unit)

300855Conservation Biology

(Capstone unit)

300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change

(Capstone unit)

300883Laboratory Quality Management

(Capstone unit)

And two electives (one elective must be a Level 3 unit)

Parramatta Campus

Year 1

Autumn session

Non-mathematics majors choose at least one mathematics or statistics unit in your first year

300811Scientific Literacy

Choose three of

300802Biodiversity
300828Physics 1
300831Quantitative Thinking
300830Analysis of Change

(External Offering Only)

200263Biometry

(External Offering Only)

300672Mathematics 1A
200025Discrete Mathematics
300580Programming Fundamentals
300134Introduction to Information Technology
300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

*Students may only choose one unit from 300800 - Essential Chemistry 1 or 300808 - Introductory Chemistry

Spring session

Choose at least two units from the list below

300803Essential Chemistry 2
300816Cell Biology
300818Introduction to Physiology
300829Physics 2
200263Biometry
300672Mathematics 1A
300673Mathematics 1B
300580Programming Fundamentals
300830Analysis of Change

(External Offering Only)

300134Introduction to Information Technology

And two electives

Year 2

Autumn session

Choose at least three of

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300845Genetics
300865Plant Physiology
300899Inorganic Chemistry
300849Physical Chemistry
300931Integrated Science
200027Linear Algebra
200028Advanced Calculus

And one elective unit

Spring session

Choose at least three of

300848Metabolism
300896Microbiology 2
300817Molecular Biology
300838Comparative Physiology
300847Immunology
300839Ecology
300876Organic Chemistry
300832Analytical Chemistry
300846Geochemical Systems
200030Differential Equations
200033Applied Statistics
300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Choose at least one capstone unit in your final year of study; capstone units are indicated below. The capstone unit selected should come from your Major.

Choose at least two of

300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
300850Advanced Cell Biology
300907Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
300926Advanced Physical Chemistry
300857Environmental Geochemistry
200193Abstract Algebra
200037Regression Analysis & Experimental Design
200023Analysis

And two electives (one elective must be a Level 3 unit)

Spring session

Choose at least two of

300905Advanced Immunology
300826Medical Microbiology
300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry
200038Time Series and Forecasting
200022Mathematical Modelling
300855Conservation Biology

(Capstone unit)

300924Science Research Project

(Capstone unit)

200045Quantitative Project

(Capstone unit)

And two electives (one elective must be a Level 3 unit)

Campbelltown Campus

Year 1

Autumn session

Non-mathematics majors: choose at least one mathematics or statistics unit in your first year

300811Scientific Literacy

Choose three of

300802Biodiversity
300828Physics 1
300831Quantitative Thinking
300830Analysis of Change

(External Offering Only)

200263Biometry
300580Programming Fundamentals
300134Introduction to Information Technology
300672Mathematics 1A
200025Discrete Mathematics
300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

*Students may only choose one unit from 300800 - Essential Chemistry 1 or 300808 - Introductory Chemistry

Spring session

Choose at least two of

300803Essential Chemistry 2
300816Cell Biology
300818Introduction to Physiology
300829Physics 2
300580Programming Fundamentals
300672Mathematics 1A
200263Biometry
300830Analysis of Change
300134Introduction to Information Technology

And two elective units

Year 2

Autumn session

Choose at least three of

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300845Genetics
300899Inorganic Chemistry
300849Physical Chemistry
300931Integrated Science
200027Linear Algebra
200028Advanced Calculus

And one elective unit

Spring session

Choose at least three of

300848Metabolism
300896Microbiology 2
300817Molecular Biology
300838Comparative Physiology
300847Immunology
300839Ecology
300876Organic Chemistry
300832Analytical Chemistry
200030Differential Equations
200033Applied Statistics
300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science

And one elective unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Choose at least one capstone unit in your final year of study; capstone units are indicated below. The capstone unit selected should come from your Major.

Choose at least two of

300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
300850Advanced Cell Biology
300819Topics in Physiology
300907Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
300912Molecular Pharmacokinetics
200193Abstract Algebra
200037Regression Analysis & Experimental Design
200023Analysis

And two elective units (one elective must be a Level 3 unit)

Spring session

Choose at least two of

300905Advanced Immunology
300826Medical Microbiology
300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry
200038Time Series and Forecasting
200022Mathematical Modelling
300927Molecular Medicine

(Capstone unit)

300924Science Research Project

(Capstone unit)

200045Quantitative Project

(Capstone unit)

And two elective units (one elective must be a Level 3 unit)

Mid Year Intakes

Hawkesbury Campus

Select at least six Level 1 science units over the next three semesters; Scientific Literacy is a compulsory unit, at least one unit must be mathematics or statistics, and the remaining four units must cover at least two other scientific disciplines

Year 1

Spring session

Level 1 Science units

300811Scientific Literacy

Choose at least two of

300816Cell Biology
300818Introduction to Physiology
300134Introduction to Information Technology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

*good HSC Chemistry background required for 300803 Essential Chemistry 2

Mathematics and Statistics Units

200263Biometry
300831Quantitative Thinking

And one elective (if 200263 - Biometry or 300831 Quantative Thinking has not been chosen)

Autumn session

Choose at least two of

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

*Students may only choose one unit from 300800 - Essential Chemistry 1 or 300808 - Introductory Chemistry

Mathematics and Statistics Units

300831Quantitative Thinking
200263Biometry

(External Offering Only)

And one elective if completing a mathematics or statistics unit this semester; select two electives otherwise.

Year 2

Spring session

Select unit below if required by your major

300803Essential Chemistry 2

Level 2 Science Units

Select at least one of

300839Ecology
300838Comparative Physiology

And two electives if doing Essential Chemistry 2; select three electives otherwise.

Autumn session

Select three of

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300845Genetics
300865Plant Physiology
300837Climate Change Science
300980Principles of Evolution
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300931Integrated Science

And one elective

Year 3

Spring session

Continue your choice of Level 2 units from the list below: select units required to complete six Level 2 science units.

300848Metabolism
300896Microbiology 2
300817Molecular Biology
300836Botany
300979Principles of Zoology
300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science

Level 3 Science Units

Select at least four Level 3 science units over the next two semesters; one must be a capstone unit.

300905Advanced Immunology
300826Medical Microbiology
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity
300918Invertebrate Biology
300856Ecosystem Carbon Accounting
300927Molecular Medicine

(Capstone unit)

300855Conservation Biology

(Capstone unit)

300924Science Research Project

(Capstone unit)

300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change

(Capstone unit)

300883Laboratory Quality Management

(Capstone unit)

Autumn session

Select your remaining Level 3 science units from the list below

300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
300850Advanced Cell Biology
300921Plant Health and Biosecurity
300919Occupational Health and Safety
300857Environmental Geochemistry
300866Analytical Microbiology

(Capstone unit)

300851Advanced Physiology

(Capstone unit)

300929Aquatic Ecology

(Capstone unit)

And two Level 3 electives

Parramatta Campus

Select at least six Level 1 science units over the next three semesters; Scientific Literacy is a compulsory unit, at least one unit must be mathematics or statistics, and the remaining four units must cover at least two other scientific disciplines.

Year 1

Spring session

Level 1 Science units

300811Scientific Literacy

Choose at least two of

300816Cell Biology
300818Introduction to Physiology
300829Physics 2
300580Programming Fundamentals
300803Essential Chemistry 2
300134Introduction to Information Technology

*good HSC Chemistry background for 300803 Essential Chemistry 2

Mathematics and Statistics Units

200263Biometry
300830Analysis of Change

(External Offering Only)

300672Mathematics 1A

And one elective (if not completing a mathematics or statistics unit)

Autumn session

Choose at least two of

300802Biodiversity
300828Physics 1
300134Introduction to Information Technology
300580Programming Fundamentals
300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

*Students may only choose one unit from 300800 - Essential Chemistry 1 or 300808 - Introductory Chemistry

Mathematics and Statistics Units

300831Quantitative Thinking
200263Biometry

(External Offering Only)

300673Mathematics 1B
200025Discrete Mathematics

And one elective if completing a mathematics or statistics unit this semester; select two electives otherwise

Year 2

Spring session

Select unit below if required by your major

300803Essential Chemistry 2

Level 2 Science Units

Select at least one of

300838Comparative Physiology
300839Ecology

And two electives if doing Essential Chemistry 2; select three electives otherwise.

Autumn session

Continue your choice of Level 2 units from the list below: select at least three this semester

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300845Genetics
300865Plant Physiology
300899Inorganic Chemistry
300849Physical Chemistry
300931Integrated Science
200027Linear Algebra
200028Advanced Calculus

And one elective

Year 3

Spring session

Continue your choice of Level 2 units from the list below: select units required to complete six Level 2 science units.

300848Metabolism
300896Microbiology 2
300817Molecular Biology
300847Immunology
300876Organic Chemistry
300832Analytical Chemistry
300846Geochemical Systems
200030Differential Equations
200033Applied Statistics
300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science

Level 3 Science Units

Select at least four Level 3 science units over the next two semesters; one must be a capstone unit.

300905Advanced Immunology
300826Medical Microbiology
300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry
200038Time Series and Forecasting
200022Mathematical Modelling
300927Molecular Medicine

(Capstone unit)

300855Conservation Biology

(Capstone unit)

300924Science Research Project

(Capstone unit)

200045Quantitative Project

(Capstone unit)

Autumn session

Select your remaining Level 3 science units from the list below

300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
300850Advanced Cell Biology
300907Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
300926Advanced Physical Chemistry
200193Abstract Algebra
200037Regression Analysis & Experimental Design
200023Analysis
300857Environmental Geochemistry

And two Level 3 electives

Campbelltown Campus

Select at least six Level 1 science units over the next three semesters; Scientific Literacy is a compulsory unit, at least one unit must be mathematics or statistics, and the remaining four units must cover at least two other scientific disciplines

Year 1

Spring session

Level 1 Science Units

300811Scientific Literacy

Choose at least two of

300816Cell Biology
300818Introduction to Physiology
300829Physics 2
300580Programming Fundamentals
300134Introduction to Information Technology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

*good HSC Chemistry background required for 300803 Essential Chemistry 2

Mathematics and Statistics Units

200263Biometry
300830Analysis of Change
300672Mathematics 1A

And one elective

Autumn session

Choose at least two of

300802Biodiversity
300828Physics 1
300134Introduction to Information Technology
300580Programming Fundamentals
300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

*Students may only choose one unit from 300800 - Essential Chemistry 1 or 300808 - Introductory Chemistry

Mathematics and Statistics Units

300831Quantitative Thinking
200263Biometry

(External Offering Only)

300673Mathematics 1B
200025Discrete Mathematics

And one elective if completing a mathematics or statistics unit this semester; select two electives otherwise.

Year 2

Spring session

Select unit below if required by your major

300803Essential Chemistry 2

Level 2 Science Units

Select at least one of

300839Ecology
300838Comparative Physiology

And two electives if doing Essential Chemistry 2; select three electives otherwise.

Autumn session

Continue your choice of Level 2 units from the list below: select at least three this semester

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300845Genetics
300899Inorganic Chemistry
300849Physical Chemistry
300931Integrated Science
200027Linear Algebra
200028Advanced Calculus

And one elective

Year 3

Spring session

Continue your choice of Level 2 units from the list below: select units required to complete six Level 2 science units.

300848Metabolism
300896Microbiology 2
300817Molecular Biology
300847Immunology
300876Organic Chemistry
300832Analytical Chemistry
200030Differential Equations
200033Applied Statistics
300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science

Level 3 Science Units

Select at least four Level 3 science units over the next two semesters; one must be a capstone unit.

300905Advanced Immunology
300826Medical Microbiology
300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry
200038Time Series and Forecasting
200022Mathematical Modelling
300927Molecular Medicine

(Capstone unit)

300924Science Research Project

(Capstone unit)

200045Quantitative Project

(Capstone unit)

Year 3

Autumn session

Select your remaining level 3 science units from the list below

300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
300850Advanced Cell Biology
300819Topics in Physiology
300907Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
300912Molecular Pharmacokinetics
200193Abstract Algebra
200023Analysis
200037Regression Analysis & Experimental Design

And two Level 3 electives

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points) including the majors and sub-majors listed below.

Majors

M3081Marine Biology
M3045Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
M3047Chemistry
M3078Climate Change
M3079Conservation Biology
M3051Forensic Science
M3080General Biology
M3054Mathematics
M3055Microbiology
M3058Nutrition and Physiology
M3082Zoology

Sub-majors

SM3040Aquatic Environments
SM3041Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SM3048Climate Change
SM3042Conservation Biology
SM3079Environmental Management
SM3038Food Technology - Secondary Teaching
SM3049Immunology and Cell Biology
SM3044Microbiology
SM3050Physics
SM3046Sustainable Environmental Management
SM3063Zoology

Major and Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for majors and sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers majors and sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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