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Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts

Approved Abbreviation: BSc/BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3763.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 068791B


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing 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 2022 or later.

For Commencement Year 2016 - 2019 - Please refer to 3658.6 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts

For Commencement Year 2020 - 2021 - Please refer to 3763.1 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 testamur major selected from a the following: Zoology, Animal Science, Biology. Chemistry, Applied Physics, Sustainable Environmental Futures, AgriFood or Innovative Foods. This qualification in science can be combined with one of the following majors: International Relations and Asian Studies; Culture and Society; English; History and Political Thought; Philosophy; Indigenous Australian Studies; Arabic, Chinese; Japanese; Indonesian; Islamic Studies: Linguistics; Psychological Studies. This qualification in science can be combined with one of the following majors: International Relations and Asian Studies; Culture and Society; English; History and Political Thought; Philosophy; Indigenous Australian Studies; Arabic, Chinese; Japanese; Indonesian; Islamic Studies: Linguistics; 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.

Students should note that not all majors and units are available at all campuses and travel between campuses may be required.

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course Advicescience@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
MT3027 (Chemistry) when undertaken within the Bachelor of Science is accredited with Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

Admission

Assumed Knowledge: At least two unit science (any science) and two unit mathematics at year 12 equivalent.

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 Sydney 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 a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

Bachelor of Science

For the Science degree, work integrated learning is a component of many units in the core of the course and testamur majors. Students must study to a specific work integrated learning unit, Complex Case Studies in Science. This unit is designed to provide students with opportunities for personal development, industry and civic engagement and to develop career readiness. The unit assures that students can critically analyse and logically argue complex scientific issues whilst taking into account multiple competing perspectives and builds on employability and communication skills developed in earlier units.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

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 120 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 with at least 60 credit points at Level 3 or above.

Students completing the Bachelor of Science portion of this double degree must complete one of the Science testamur 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 comprising eight Bachelor of Science core units, eight Bachelor of Science testamur major units and eight Arts units as listed in the course sequence below

Bachelor of Science core units

Students should note that core units will be allocated based on the Testamur Major chosen and as indicated in the relevant Testamur Major sequence.

Bachelor of Science core units

Students are required to complete the following two units

300808Introductory Chemistry
300811Scientific Literacy

Foundation

Students are allocated core units from the following areas depending on the specialisation chosen. Students should consult the sequence of units identified for each specialisation.

Choose two of (depending on testamur major selected)

300816Cell Biology
300802Biodiversity
301451Essential Chemistry

Mathematics

Choose one of (depending on testamur major selected)

300831Quantitative Thinking
300672Mathematics 1A
200263Biometry

Analytical Science

Choose one of (depending on testamur major selected)

200028Advanced Calculus
301460Biochemistry
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
301445Science Research Methods
300832Analytical Chemistry
300872Epidemiology

Work Integrated Learning

Choose one of (depending on testamur major selected)

301261Complex Case Studies in Science
301259Work Internship for Science Professionals

Core Capstone

Choose one of (depending on testamur major selected)

300883Laboratory Quality Management
300913Field Project 1
300855Conservation Biology
300893Topics in Medical Science

Bachelor of Science Testamur Majors

Students are required to complete eight specialisation units from one of the following testamur majors. Students selecting MT3031 Environmental Health are required to complete twelve specialisation units.

Students may only select one testamur major

MT3045AgriFood
MT3015Animal Science
MT3047Applied Physics
MT3042Biology
MT3027Chemistry
MT3046Innovative Foods
MT3043Sustainable Environmental Futures
MT3014Zoology

Please note that not all Testamur Majors are available at all campuses.

Years 1 to 4

In Years 1 to 4 students will complete the four level1 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.

Please note that not all Arts majors are available at all campuses.

The four Level 1 Bachelor of Arts (BA) core units

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

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

1706 - Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts Majors

M1097Anthropology
M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1113Creative Writing
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1131Culture and Society
M2510Economy and Markets
M1053English
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M2513Global Business
M1077Heritage and Tourism
M1137History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M2514Innovation and Change
M1132International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1058Philosophy
M1073Sociology

Bachelor of Arts Sub-majors

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1116Creative Writing
SM1138Culture and Society
SM1071English
SM1145History and Political Thought
SM1128Immersion Language
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1139International English
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1080Japanese
SM1119Linguistics
SM1076Philosophy
SM1115Psychological Studies

Recommended Sequence

Note: students choosing MT3047 Applied Physics should consult the Academic Course Advisor for advice regarding unit sequences.

Year 1

Autumn session

Choose two Level 1 core Arts units from

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Two Science core units

300802Biodiversity
300808Introductory Chemistry

Spring session

Choose two Core Arts units from

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Choose one core Science Mathematics unit (depending on testamur major selected)

300831Quantitative Thinking
300672Mathematics 1A
200263Biometry

Choose one core Science Foundation unit (depending on testamur major selected)

300816Cell Biology
301451Essential Chemistry

Year 2

Autumn session

300811Scientific Literacy

Choose Two core Science units comprising: One Analytical Science unit (depending on testamur major selected)

200028Advanced Calculus
301460Biochemistry
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
301445Science Research Methods
300832Analytical Chemistry
300872Epidemiology

Choose one Arts major or sub-major unit

Choose one Science testamur major unit (see the sequence provided with each testamur major)

Spring session

Choose one Arts major or sub-major unit

Choose one core Science Work Integrated Learning unit

301259Work Internship for Science Professionals
301261Complex Case Studies in Science

(only available to students in MT3031 Environmental Health)

Choose two Science testamur major units (see sequence provided with each testamur major).

Year 3

Autumn session

Choose one Arts major or sub-major unit

Choose one Science capstone unit (depending on testamur major chosen)

300883Laboratory Quality Management
300913Field Project 1
300855Conservation Biology
300893Topics in Medical Science

Choose Two Science testamur major units (see the sequence provided with each testamur major)

Spring session

Choose one Arts major or sub-major unit

Choose three Science testamur major units (see the sequence provided with each testamur major)

Year 4

Autumn session

Choose four Bachelor of Arts major or sub-major units

Spring session

Choose four Bachelor of Arts major or sub-major units



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