Bachelor of Advanced Science

Approved Abbreviation: BAdvSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3757.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041145K

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 2020 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2016 to 2019 - please refer to: 3562.9 Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science)

For Commencement Year 2012 to 2019 - please refer to: 3683.1 Bachelor of Natural Science (Advanced)

If you enjoy being constantly challenged and extended by your studies and are thinking about a career involving Science research, then the B.Sc. Advanced Science degree allows exposure to research in an undergraduate degree. Inquiry based research is introduced for all science students in first year, however in second year, Advanced Science students interact with world renowned researchers to provide extensive and individual training to develop leadership and/or research skills. This involves completing advanced science units only available to Advanced Science students, which focus on research methodology and developing skills pertinent for a future works in science project management. On completing a science major, the degree also allows for completion of an additional sub-major or 4 free electives, so students can design their own learning journey.

Students choosing MT3021 Nutrition and Food Science will be required to complete a compulsory work placement of a minimum 100 hours. Students choosing any other testamur major may also elect to complete a work placement.

All students must complete 60 credit points of study at Level 3 to meet course requirements. Depending on the specialisation selected, students may need to select at least 10 credit points of elective study at Level 3 to meet this requirement.

Students need to note that different majors are offered on different campuses, and not all majors will be offered at every campus.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

MT3031 (Environmental Health) when undertaken within the Bachelor of Advanced Science has Conditional Provisional Accreditation with Environmental Health Australia


Assumed Knowledge: Students should have at least two unit English, and two unit science (any science) and two unit mathematics at year 12 equivalent. Minimum ATAR of 90.

Students must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or above to continue their enrolment in the course. If this GPA is not maintained they will be automatically transferred into the standard program after one warning (one semester of further study). Students in other WSU science courses who achieve a GPA of 5.0 or greater at the end of their first year of study may be admitted into the Advanced Science program by invitation if sufficient places are available.

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 the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the 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

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the completion of 240 credit points which includes: 120 credit points of core units, 80 credit points taken as a Science specialisation and 40 credit points of elective units.

For MT3031 Environmental Health specialisation, students must complete 120 credit points of core units plus 120 credit points of Environmental Health units.

Students must complete at least 60 credit points at Level 3. Depending on the specialisation selected, students may need to select at least 10 credit points of elective study at Level 3 to meet this requirement.

Please note that the full three year structure is shown on each of the Major Testamur handbook pages via the links below.

Core Units

300811Scientific Literacy
300808Introductory Chemistry

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


Choose one of

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2


Choose one of

300831Quantitative Thinking
300672Mathematics 1A

Analytical Science

Choose one of

300580Programming Fundamentals
300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300932Natural Science Research Methods
300832Analytical Chemistry

From 2021 students can also choose


Work Integrated Learning

Choose one of

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

Note: Students undertaking either MT3021 Nutrition and Food Science or MT3031 Environmental Health must choose 301259 Work Internship for Science Professionals.


Choose one of

300883Laboratory Quality Management
300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change
200022Mathematical Modelling
301110Applications of Big Data
300913Field Project 1
300922Quality Assurance and Food Analysis

Advanced Science

All students are required to complete the advanced science units:

300937Advanced Science Project A
300938Advanced Science Project B
301258Advanced Science Research Project C


Students are required to complete eight specialisation core units from one of the following primary Science specialisations.

Students selecting MT3031 Environmental Health are required to complete twelve specialisation core units

Students may only select one testamur major:

Please note that the full three year structure is shown on each of the Major Testamur handbook pages via the links below.

MT3015Animal Science
MT3026Applied Physics
MT3031Environmental Health
MT3022Forensic Science

If selecting MT3022 Forensic Science, please see note under the Electives heading

MT3021Nutrition and Food Science
MT3043Sustainable Environmental Futures

From 2021 the following specialisations are not available to commencing students:

MT3032Data Science
MT3018Environmental Futures
MT3024Forensic Biology
MT3023Forensic Chemistry


Students may use their elective units to complete a major/sub-major from the same or another discipline area (40 credit points), or up to 40 credit points from the wide range of units offered by Western Sydney University.

Suggested Elective Sub-majors

SM3113Environmental Health
SM3114Infectious Diseases

Enrolment in elective units is subject to meeting any required criteria for individual units, such as co-requisites and pre-requisites.


Students selecting MT2022 Forensic Science must use their elective units to complete M3120 Crime Scene Investigation to meet industry requirements

M3120Crime Scene Investigation

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