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Bachelor of Advanced Science

Approved Abbreviation: BAdvSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3757.2

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 2022 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 2020 to 2021 - please refer to: 3757.1 Bachelor of Advanced Science

If you enjoy being constantly challenged and extended by your studies and are thinking about a career involving science research, then the Bachelor of 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 4flexible units, so students can design their own learning journey.

Students choosing MT3031 Environmental Health testamur major must complete a compulsory work placement of 100 hours.

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

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.

Students will be allocated to one of two specific work integrated learning units.

The first of these, Complex Case Studies in Science, 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.

In the second specific work integrated learning unit, Work Internship for Science Professionals, students undertake a one hundred hour industry placement. This unit will only be undertaken by students studying MT3031 Environmental Health to meet accreditation requirements. The placement will allow students to observe and develop professional skills and behaviour and integrate theoretical and practical science knowledge and conventions into a real world setting. Student placements are unpaid and are undertaken in accordance with the requirements of Western Sydney University’s Placement Policy. Students who are in relevant employment may apply for this experience to be recognised for advanced standing purposes. Students should consult the Advanced Standing Policy.

Placement Policy

Advanced Standing Policy

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 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.

There are two exceptions to this

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

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

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.

Units are 10 credit points each unless otherwise specified.

Core Units

All students are required to complete the following two units

300811Scientific Literacy
300808Introductory Chemistry

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

300816Cell Biology
301451Essential Chemistry

Choose one of

300831Quantitative Thinking
300672Mathematics 1A

Choose one of

200028Advanced Calculus
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
301445Science Research Methods
300832Analytical Chemistry

Choose one of

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

(only available to students in MT3031 Environmental Health)

Choose one of

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

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

(20 Credit Points)


Students are required to complete eight specialisation 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

MT3015Animal Science
MT3047Applied Physics
MT3031Environmental Health
MT3022Forensic Science
MT3046Innovative Foods
MT3043Sustainable Environmental Futures

Elective Units

Students may use their elective units to complete a 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 sub-majors

SM3113Environmental Health
SM3114Infectious Diseases

Students taking a pathway to teaching sub-major must first seek academic advice before selecting electives or sub-majors.

Students can apply for a major or sub-major via MySR.

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

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