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Start date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

At least two of the following:
SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
SACE Stage 2 Biology
SACE Stage 2 Geology
SACE Stage 2 Specialist Math
SACE Stage 2 Physics
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
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Assumed Knowledge
Refer to program schedule and notes
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2018: AUD$ 30,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Key features

  • Unravel the mysteries of the natural and physical world.
  • Study the fundamentals of science through observation, experiment and measurement.
  • Gain practical experience through laboratory and field work.
  • Learn in the multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub based at Mawson Lakes Campus, and the Sansom Institute at City East.
  • Choose your majors based on your interests and career goals.
  • Research rated at well above world-class in physical chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology, environmental science and management1.
  • Become a secondary school science teacher by combining this degree with a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



Unravel the mysteries of the natural and physical world with a Bachelor of Science at UniSA. Scientists work by observation, experiment and measurement. They make predictions and informed decisions through the systematic study of the nature and behaviour of the physical universe. 

The Bachelor of Science is designed to be practical, the focus is on laboratory and fieldwork. You will gain skills you can transfer to the workplace and graduate ready to make a real difference in the world. 

If you think you might be interested in secondary school teaching, you can apply for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary), it’s a direct pathway to postgraduate study.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using 434101.

Why Bachelor of Science

Why this Degree

In this very flexible degree you will develop a broad science education. You will study a major in an area of science that interests you, and you’ll develop a strong scientific understanding within that area. You will learn from academic and industry leaders – we are ranked fifth in Australia for teaching quality in science and mathematics1.

With the right grades, you can apply for entry into one of our highly-regarded honours programs and spend a year on more detailed scientific research. Honours programs include:

1 QILT – Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

Real-world connections

The Australian Research Council's 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) recognised the university's research in the area of Physical Chemistry (including structural) as well above world class. This research informs the basis of our science curriculum, and it is inspired by the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. We are home to several research centres in the fields of biomaterials and nano-medicine, environmental science, phenomics and bioinformatics, energy, and minerals and resources science.  

As well as research, they provide consulting services to organisations and government. All have state-of-the-art facilities including the Future Industries Institute, with world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Because of the diverse nature of this degree, your skills and knowledge will apply to careers in a broad range of industries, such as:

  • private or government laboratories
  • medical and pharmaceutical industries
  • manufacturing
  • environmental management
  • food and beverages
  • mining and energy
  • information technology
  • defence science
  • meteorology
  • teaching (with further study)

If you think you might be interested in secondary school teaching, you can apply for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary), it’s a direct pathway to postgraduate study.

Industry facts


Employment for agricultural, medical and science technicians in Australia is projected to increase by 17.3 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are essential to 75 per cent of Australia’s fastest growing employment areas1.

1AMSI: Australia Must Embrace Mathematics For Innovation

What others are saying

I decided to study at UniSA because of the broad choice of science subjects on offer and practical side of the degree. Plus as a student I’m been involved in the UniSA Sport tennis club, competing in the Australian Uni Games. I enjoyed studying so much that now I'm completing a research degree with UniSA.

Douglas Howard

Bachelor of Science

Douglas Howard

Douglas Howard

Bachelor of Science

I’ve completed a summer vocation scholarship in the maths department, and from there gained a role working as a mentor for the UniSA College. These are enjoyable activities to be involved in, and help boost my resume and experience!

Sarah Mundi

Bachelor of Science

Sarah Mundi

Sarah Mundi

Bachelor of Science

I am currently employed as a Mine/Exploration Geologist at Newmarket Gold in the Northern Territory… Having a degree not only helped me get a role as a geologist but it also introduced me to the first company who employed me.

Inna Ujvari

Bachelor of Science

Inna Ujvari

Inna Ujvari

Bachelor of Science

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This is a very flexible degree, where you can choose a major from right across the field of science. Majors available: 

  • Applied physics: allows you to pursue in-depth studies in advanced materials, computational physics and medical health physics
  • Biology: includes plant and animal biology, cell biology, physiology, environmental biology, biochemistry and introductory biotechnology
  • Chemistry: offers studies in both physical and inorganic chemistry
  • Environmental systems: looks at environmental sciences and policy including the contemporary concepts of ecosystem management and sustainable development that link natural and social systems. You will receive a solid foundation in natural sciences and field research techniques, while engaging in active, project-based learning opportunities
  • Mathematics and statistics: core studies in applied mathematics, statistics and optimisation

If you are interested in taking a major in another area of science this may also be possible. Please consult with the Program Director. If you think you might be interested in secondary school teaching, you can apply for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary), it’s a direct pathway to postgraduate study.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports and project documentation
  • research projects, group projects
  • essays and assignments 
  • examinations 

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional and Technical Communication COMM 1065 4.5 Note(s): 1
Science Major A - course 1 4.5 Note(s): 2,5
Science Major B - course 1 4.5 Note(s): 2,5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Statistics for Laboratory Sciences MATH 1040 4.5 Note(s): 1
Science Major A - course 2 4.5
Science Major B - course 2 4.5
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Science Major A - course 3 4.5
Science Major A - course 4 4.5
Science Major B - course 3 4.5
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Science Major B - course 4 4.5
Science Major B - course 5 4.5
Science Major A - course 5 4.5
Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Science Major A - course 6 4.5
Science Major A - course 7 4.5
Science Major B - course 6 4.5
Elective 5 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Science Major A - course 8 4.5
Science Major B - course 7 4.5
Science Major B - course 8 4.5
Elective 6 4.5 Note(s): 3
Applied Physics 1 PHYS 1007 4.5
Applied Physics 2 PHYS 1008 4.5
Physics of Materials and Technology PHYS 2002 4.5
Computational Science 1 PHYS 2003 4.5
Structural Materials 1: (Metals and Minerals) MENG 4031 4.5
Modern Physics PHYS 3004 4.5
Computational Science 2 PHYS 2005 4.5
Optical Communications G EEET 4046 4.5
Lasers and Optics PHYS 3001 4.5
Applied Science Project PHYS 3002 4.5
Molecules to Tissues A BIOL 1007 4.5
Molecules to Tissues B BIOL 1012 4.5
Life on Earth A BIOL 2045 4.5
Life on Earth B BIOL 2046 4.5
Human Evolution, Ecology & Impact BIOL 3026 4.5
Humans and Natural Resources BIOL 3027 4.5
Research Elective Project BIOL 3031 4.5
Biology course 4.5 Note(s): 7
Chemistry 100 CHEM 1006 4.5
Chemistry 101 CHEM 1007 4.5
Synthetic Chemistry CHEM 2028 4.5
Structure Determination and Analysis CHEM 2026 4.5
Advanced Synthetic Chemistry CHEM 2029 4.5
Advanced Structure Determination and Analysis CHEM 2027 4.5
Molecules-to-Materials: Foundations for Nanochemistry CHEM 3020 4.5
Research Elective Project BIOL 3031 4.5
Environment: A Human Perspective ENVT 1013 4.5
Biodiversity for the Environment BIOL 1014 4.5
Sustainable Ecosystems BIOL 1015 4.5
Ecology BIOL 2023 4.5
Environmental Interpretation and Community Engagement ENVT 3016 4.5
Environmental Conflict and Public Consultation ENVT 3020 4.5
Restoration Ecology ENVT 3028 4.5
Park and Wilderness Management ENVT 2004 4.5
Calculus 1 MATH 1054 4.5
Calculus 2 MATH 1055 4.5
Linear Algebra MATH 1056 4.5
Differential Equations 1 MATH 2023 4.5
Calculus 3 MATH 2026 4.5
Mathematical Sciences Project MATH 3013 4.5
Complex Analysis MATH 3031 4.5
Vector Calculus with Applications MATH 3037 4.5

I am the program director for the Science program and a lecturer in the mathematics discipline.

My research interests lie in the area of schedule optimisation, particularly in the transport industry, and I have supervised many student projects.

The courses I teach involve calculus, statistics and the mathematics of computing.

Dr Kevin White

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Kevin White

Dr Kevin White

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study spaces

You will have access to our multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub at the Mawson Lakes campus. The $50 million facility supports our world-class research in minerals and materials science. It’s a place that blends teaching and research environments, making you part of a vibrant learning community.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

To apply:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

Alternative Pathways

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