Course

Bachelor of Science

Approved Abbreviation: BSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3675.3

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 2015 or later.

Commencement Years 2014 - 3675.2 Bachelor of Science

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 Advice science@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.

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

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.

http://www.uws.edu.au/international

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

Level 1

Six level 1 science core units must be completed by including the following

  • at least one mathematics or statistics unit
  • one academic skills unit
  • at least four other science foundation units from the unit set structure below, which must come from a further two science disciplines out of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or Physics

Levels 2 and 3

  • at least ten more science units must be selected from the unit set structure below
  • at least one Major specialisation must be completed
  • at least 60 credit points must be taken at level 3, of which at least 40 credit points must be for science units taken from the unit set structure below
  • one level 3 science unit must be a capstone unit which ties the area of study together

Students must complete at least one of the following Major specialisations

  • Hawkesbury: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Climate Change, Conservation Biology, Environmental Consulting, Forensic Science, Marine Biology, Microbiology, General Biology, Nutrition and Physiology, Zoology. Please note: a Mathematics major cannot be completed on Hawkesbury campus.
  • Parramatta: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, General Biology, Mathematics
  • Campbelltown: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, General Biology, Mathematics

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

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
300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300580Programming Fundamentals

Parramatta, Campbelltown or External offerings only

300134Introduction to Information Technology

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

Mathematics and Statistics units

300831Quantitative Thinking
300830Analysis of Change

External offering only

200263Biometry

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300672Mathematics 1A
200025Discrete Mathematics

Spring session

Choose at least two of

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

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300829Physics 2
300580Programming Fundamentals

Mathematics and Statistics units

200263Biometry

Hawkesbury, Campbelltown or external offering only

300831Quantitative Thinking
300672Mathematics 1A

External offering only

300830Analysis of Change

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300673Mathematics 1B

And two elective units

Year 2

Autumn session

Choose at least three of

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300845Genetics
300876Organic Chemistry

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300832Analytical Chemistry
200027Linear Algebra
200028Advanced Calculus

Hawkesbury only

300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300837Climate Change Science
300980Principles of Evolution

Hawkesbury or external offering only

300931Integrated Science

Hawkesbury and Parramatta only

300865Plant Physiology

And one elective

Note: Students may choose only one of 300832 - Analytical Chemistry and 300843 - Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Spring session

Choose at least three of

300848Metabolism
300896Microbiology 2
300817Molecular Biology
300839Ecology

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300847Immunology
300899Inorganic Chemistry
300849Physical Chemistry
200030Differential Equations
301032Making Sense of Data
301033Introduction to Data Science

Parramatta and Hawkesbury only

300838Comparative Physiology

Hawkesbury only

300836Botany
300979Principles of Zoology

External offering only

300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science

And one elective

Hawkesbury Campus

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
300857Environmental Geochemistry
300921Plant Health and Biosecurity
300919Occupational Health and Safety

Capstone units

300866Analytical Microbiology
300851Advanced Physiology
300978Marine and Aquatic Ecology

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

Capstone units

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

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

Parramatta Campus

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
301034Predictive Modelling
200023Analysis

Capstone unit

300851Advanced Physiology

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
301035Environmental Informatics
200022Mathematical Modelling
300855Conservation Biology

Capstone units

300924Science Research Project
200045Quantitative Project

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

Campbelltown Campus

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
301034Predictive Modelling
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
301035Environmental Informatics
200022Mathematical Modelling

Capstone units

300927Molecular Medicine
300924Science Research Project
200045Quantitative Project

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

Mid Year Intake

Year 1

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

Spring session

300811Scientific Literacy

Choose at least two of

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

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300829Physics 2
300580Programming Fundamentals

Mathematics and Statistics Units

200263Biometry
300831Quantitative Thinking

External offering only

300830Analysis of Change

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300672Mathematics 1A

And one elective unit (if a mathematics or statistics unit has not been chosen)

Autumn session

Choose at least two of

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

Parramatta or Campbelltown only

300580Programming Fundamentals

Parramatta, Campbelltown or External offering only

300134Introduction to Information Technology

Mathematics and Statistics Units

300831Quantitative Thinking

External offering only

200263Biometry
300673Mathematics 1B

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

200025Discrete Mathematics

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

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

Year 2

Spring session

Select unit below if required by your major

300803Essential Chemistry 2

Level 2 Science Units

Choose at least two of

300839Ecology

Hawkesbury and Parramatta only

300838Comparative Physiology

Hawkesbury only

300836Botany
300979Principles of Zoology

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300899Inorganic Chemistry
200030Differential Equations
301032Making Sense of Data
301033Introduction to Data Science

External offering only

300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science

And two electives if doing 300803 - Essential Chemistry 2; select three electives otherwise.

Autumn session

Choose three of the following

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300845Genetics
300931Integrated Science
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Hawkesbury and Parramatta only

300865Plant Physiology

Hawkesbury only

300837Climate Change Science
300980Principles of Evolution

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300876Organic Chemistry
300832Analytical Chemistry
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
300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science

Parramatta and Campbelltown only

300847Immunology
300899Inorganic Chemistry
300849Physical Chemistry
200030Differential Equations
301032Making Sense of Data
301033Introduction to Data Science

Hawkesbury only

300979Principles of Zoology
300836Botany

Level 3 Science Units

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

Hawkesbury Campus Units

300905Advanced Immunology
300826Medical Microbiology
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity
300918Invertebrate Biology

Capstone units

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

Parramatta Campus Units

300905Advanced Immunology
300826Medical Microbiology
300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry
301035Environmental Informatics
200022Mathematical Modelling

Capstone units

300855Conservation Biology
300924Science Research Project
200045Quantitative Project

Campbelltown Campus Units

300905Advanced Immunology
300826Medical Microbiology
300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry
301035Environmental Informatics
200022Mathematical Modelling

Capstone units

300927Molecular Medicine
300924Science Research Project
200045Quantitative Project

Autumn session

Select your remaining Level 3 science units from the list below

Hawkesbury Campus Units

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

Capstone units

300866Analytical Microbiology
300851Advanced Physiology
300978Marine and Aquatic Ecology

And two Level 3 electives

Parramatta Campus Units

300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
300850Advanced Cell Biology
300907Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
300926Advanced Physical Chemistry
200193Abstract Algebra
301034Predictive Modelling
200023Analysis
300857Environmental Geochemistry

Capstone unit

300851Advanced Physiology

And two Level 3 electives

Campbelltown Campus Units

300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
300850Advanced Cell Biology
300819Topics in Physiology
300907Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
300912Molecular Pharmacokinetics
200193Abstract Algebra
200023Analysis
301034Predictive Modelling

Capstone unit

300851Advanced Physiology

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
M3090Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
M3047Chemistry
M3078Climate Change
M3079Conservation Biology
M3051Forensic Science
M3080General Biology
M3054Mathematics
M3055Microbiology
M3089Nutrition and Physiology
M3082Zoology
M3084Environmental Consulting

Sub-majors

SM3062Aquatic Environments
SM3041Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SM3048Climate Change
SM3042Conservation Biology
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

Students who maintain a GPA of 5 or higher may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Critical Thinking.

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

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

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



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