Course

Bachelor of Science

Approved Abbreviation: BSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3675.4

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041144M


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 Years 2015 - 3675.3 Bachelor of Science

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 or six years part-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). 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 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 240 credit points with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3, made up as follows

  • At least 160 credit points made up of science units, following the rules below
  • A further 80 credit points of electives (which can be science units, or units from another discipline area such as Arts, Law or Business)

Core Components

Completion of the science units must comply with the following rules

Campus and semester(s) of offer for units are found under the active link for individual units

Level 1

Six Level 1 science foundation units must be completed, including

300811Scientific Literacy

At least one mathematics or statistics foundation unit from the unit set below

300830Analysis of Change
200263Biometry
200025Discrete Mathematics
300672Mathematics 1A
300673Mathematics 1B
300831Quantitative Thinking

At least four other science foundation units from unit set below which must come from a further two science disciplines

Chemistry

300808Introductory Chemistry

Or

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300803Essential Chemistry 2

Biology

300802Biodiversity
300816Cell Biology
300818Introduction to Physiology

Computer Science

301031Computer Algebra
300134Introduction to Information Technology
300580Programming Fundamentals

Physics

300828Physics 1
300829Physics 2

Level 2 and 3

The completion of at least one of the following Majors

M3090Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
M3047Chemistry
M3078Climate Change
M3079Conservation Biology
M4011Environmental Consulting
M3100Forensic Chemistry
M3080General Biology
M3081Marine Biology
M3054Mathematics
M3099Microbiology
M3089Nutrition and Physiology
M3082Zoology

The completion of at least ten Level 2 or 3 science units from the senior unit sets below with at least four at Level 3 (Units within your major count towards this requirement)

At least one of the Level 3 units must be a Capstone unit

Senior unit set Level 2

200028Advanced Calculus
300832Analytical Chemistry
300836Botany
300930Classical Physics and Advanced Technologies
300837Climate Change Science
300838Comparative Physiology
200030Differential Equations
300839Ecology
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300845Genetics
300847Immunology
300899Inorganic Chemistry
300931Integrated Science
301033Introduction to Data Science
200027Linear Algebra
301032Making Sense of Data
300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science
300848Metabolism
300833Microbiology 1
300896Microbiology 2
300817Molecular Biology
300876Organic Chemistry
300849Physical Chemistry
300865Plant Physiology
300980Principles of Evolution
300979Principles of Zoology

Note: Students may only choose one of 300832 Analytical Chemistry or 300843 Forensic and Environmental Anaylsis

Senior unit set Level 3

300907Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
300926Advanced Physical Chemistry
300857Environmental Geochemistry
300912Molecular Pharmacokinetics
300919Occupational Health and Safety

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

200193Abstract Algebra
300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300850Advanced Cell Biology
300905Advanced Immunology
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry
200023Analysis
300856Ecosystem Carbon Accounting
301035Environmental Informatics
300820Genes, Genomics and Human Health
300918Invertebrate Biology
200022Mathematical Modelling
300826Medical Microbiology
301034Predictive Modelling
300923Quantum Physics
301212Science of the Anthropocene
300819Topics in Physiology
300861Vertebrate Biodiversity

Capstone units

300851Advanced Physiology
300866Analytical Microbiology
300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change
300855Conservation Biology
300883Laboratory Quality Management
300978Marine and Aquatic Ecology
300927Molecular Medicine
200045Quantitative Project
300924Science Research Project

Recommended Sequence

Elective Unit

The following unit, 301161 Work Integrated Learning in Science, is a level 2 elective unit that gives students the opportunity to undertake a short work placement within a professional organisation. For further details please follow the link

301161Work Integrated Learning in Science

Full-time Start-year Entry

Year 1

Autumn session

300811Scientific Literacy

Foundation science core

Foundation science core

And one elective

Spring session

Foundation science core

Foundation science core

Foundation science core

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

Senior science core

Senior science core

Senior science core

And one elective

Spring session

Senior science core

Senior science core

Senior science core

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Senior science core

Senior science core

Level 3 elective

And one elective

Spring session

Senior science core

Senior science core

Level 3 elective

And one elective

Full-time Mid-year Entry

Year 1

Spring session

300811Scientific Literacy

Foundation science core

Foundation science core

And one elective

Autumn session

Foundation science core

Foundation science core

Foundation science core

And one elective

Year 2

Spring session

Any remaining Foundation core unit, or a Senior science core

Senior science core

Senior science core

And one elective

Autumn session

Senior science core

Senior science core

Senior science core

And one elective, or a Senior science core unit

Year 3

Spring session

Senior science core

Senior science core

Level 3 elective

And one elective

Autumn session

Senior science core

Senior science core

Level 3 elective

And one elective

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

Global Sustainability Sub-major

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

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Elective Units

Elective units available University wide

301218Global Citizenship and Engagement


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