Course

Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science

Approved Abbreviation: DipSc/BSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6004.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096968E


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


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.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College as an agent of Western Sydney University via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments.

A Diploma in Science exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Science.

Bachelor of Science

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time. Students will be required to attend the Hawkesbury and Campbelltown campuses for some learning experiences.

Course Advice

NameEmail
College AdminAdminApp@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown 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
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Students are also assumed to have completed some study in Mathematics and Science at a senior high school level or equivalent.

Met other entry requirements such as

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band Or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

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 250 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Bankstown and Nirimba Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Preparatory level units

700043Chemistry (WSTC Prep)
700173Tertiary Study Skills in Science (WSTC Prep)

Students must pass the following University level units dependent upon the Western Sydney University degree they wish to enter on successful completion of their studies.

700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)

Choose one of

700121Essential Chemistry 1 (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)

Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science or Chemistry) students must choose 700121 Essential Chemistry 1 (WSTC).

Choose one of

700095Biodiversity (WSTC)
700035Physics 1 (WSTC)

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) students must choose 700035 Physics 1 (WSTC).

Choose one of

700033Biometry (WSTC)
700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)

Choose two of

700266Concepts in Human Anatomy (WSTC)
700265Food Science 1 (WSTC)
700096Integrated Science (WSTC)
700098Introduction to Physiology (WSTC)
700099Resource Sustainability (WSTC)

Students planning to progress to the Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) the following pattern is recommended.

700095Biodiversity (WSTC)
700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700098Introduction to Physiology (WSTC)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)

Choose one of

700121Essential Chemistry 1 (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)

Choose one of

700033Biometry (WSTC)
700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)

Choose one of

700096Integrated Science (WSTC)
700099Resource Sustainability (WSTC)

Students progressing to Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) must choose:

700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700035Physics 1 (WSTC)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)

Choose one of

700121Essential Chemistry 1 (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)

Choose four of

700095Biodiversity (WSTC)
700033Biometry (WSTC)
700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700096Integrated Science (WSTC)
700098Introduction to Physiology (WSTC)
700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)
700099Resource Sustainability (WSTC)

Students progressing to Bachelor of Science must choose:

700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)

Choose one of

700033Biometry (WSTC)
700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)

Choose six of

Please note that choices in first year will impact on available majors in second year. It is recommended that students seek academic advice if taking this sequence.

700095Biodiversity (WSTC)
700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700096Integrated Science (WSTC)
700098Introduction to Physiology (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)
700099Resource Sustainability (WSTC)

Or

700121Essential Chemistry 1 (WSTC)

Students progressing to Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science) must choose:

700095Biodiversity (WSTC)
700033Biometry (WSTC)
700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700266Concepts in Human Anatomy (WSTC)
700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)

Choose one of

700121Essential Chemistry 1 (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)

Choose one of

700098Introduction to Physiology (WSTC)
700096Integrated Science (WSTC)
700099Resource Sustainability (WSTC)
700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)

Students progressing to Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Sciences) must choose:

700095Biodiversity (WSTC)
700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700265Food Science 1 (WSTC)
700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)

Choose one of

700121Essential Chemistry 1 (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)

Choose one of

700033Biometry (WSTC)
700096Integrated Science (WSTC)
700098Introduction to Physiology (WSTC)
700099Resource Sustainability (WSTC)

Students progressing to Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) must choose:

700095Biodiversity (WSTC)
700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700099Resource Sustainability (WSTC)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)

Choose one of

700121Essential Chemistry 1 (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)

Choose one of

700033Biometry (WSTC)
700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)

Choose one of

700096Integrated Science (WSTC)
700098Introduction to Physiology (WSTC)

Students progressing to Bachelor of Science (Zoology)

700095Biodiversity (WSTC)
700125Cell Biology (WSTC)
700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)

Choose one of

700121Essential Chemistry 1 (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)

Choose one of

700033Biometry (WSTC)
700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)

Choose two of

700096Integrated Science (WSTC)
700098Introduction to Physiology (WSTC)
700099Resource Sustainability (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Science following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year One before progressing to the Year Two units.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Science.

Bachelor of Science

Year 2 and Year 3

160 credit points as per the rules of the Bachelor of Science. At least 60 credit points needs to be a Level 3 of which 40 credit points need to be from science units, including at least one capstone unit.

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
300838Comparative Physiology
300837Climate Change Science
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
300817Molecular Biology
300896Microbiology 2
300980Principles of Evolution
300865Plant Physiology
300979Principles of Zoology
300849Physical Chemistry
300876Organic Chemistry

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.

300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry
300905Advanced Immunology
200193Abstract Algebra
300850Advanced Cell Biology
200023Analysis
301035Environmental Informatics
300856Ecosystem Carbon Accounting
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


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