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Start date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

At least two of the following:
SACE Stage 2 Specialist Math
SACE Stage 2 Physics
SACE Stage 2 Biology
SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
SACE Stage 2 Earth and Environmental Science
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
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Assumed Knowledge
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2021: AUD$ 35,300 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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Degree overview

  • 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.
  • Choose your majors based on your interests and career goals.
  • Become a secondary school science teacher by combining this degree with a Master of Teaching (Secondary).



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.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This is a very flexible degree, where you can choose 2 majors 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
  • Ecosystem sciences: 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 optimization
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS): are computerised systems which store and analyse spatial data. Data stored by coordinates in 2D, 3D or 4D can be used to perform spatial queries and analyses. These tools are used in many real world applications with the major focusing on environmental applications. The major contains courses on capturing, storing, analysing and presenting various forms of spatial data.
  • Geoscience and Biogeochemistry: combines the study of chemical, physical, geological and biological processes that shape the natural environment, with an emphasis on problems such as climate change, environmental pollution and landscape modification. Investigate the Earth System and the dynamic interactions that govern global change from the microscopic to the macroscopic scale.

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.

Degree structure

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): 4
Science Major A - course 1 4.5
Science Major B - course 1 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Rule(s): 2,3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Statistics for Laboratory Sciences MATH 1040 4.5 Note(s): 2,3,4
Science Major A - course 2 4.5
Science Major B - course 2 4.5
Elective 2 4.5 Rule(s): 2,3
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 Rule(s): 2,3
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 Rule(s): 2,3
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 Rule(s): 2,3
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 Rule(s): 2,3
MAJOR IN APPLIED PHYSICS Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
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
Applied Physics 4 PHYS 2004 4.5
Modern Physics PHYS 3004 4.5
Computational Science 2 PHYS 2005 4.5
Plus one of the following three courses:
Applied Science Project PHYS 3002 4.5
Lasers and Optics PHYS 3001 4.5
Optical Communications EEET 4046 4.5
MAJOR IN BIOLOGY Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Biology A BIOL 1007 4.5
Biology B BIOL 1012 4.5
Life on Earth A BIOL 2045 4.5
Life on Earth B BIOL 2046 4.5
Human Ecology and Global Change BIOL 3026 4.5
Global Change and Human Health BIOL 3027 4.5
Research Elective Project BIOL 3031 4.5
Biology Group 2 course 4.5
MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
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 Ecotourism Management ENVT 2004 4.5
Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences GEOE 1018 4.5
Spatial Data Acquisition and Analysis GEOE 2026 4.5
Environmental Remote Sensing GEOE 2022 4.5
Surveying 1 GEOE 2023 4.5
Web Cartography GEOE 3019 4.5
Surveying 2 GEOE 3018 4.5
Environmental and Geospatial Field Project ENVT 3030 9
Earth Systems EART 1010 4.5
Environmental Chemistry ENVT 1019 4.5
Engineering and Environmental Geology EART 3012 4.5
Soils in the Australian Landscape EART 1011 4.5
Environmental Microbiology ENVT 2015 4.5
Earth and Landscape Evolution EART 3020 4.5
Environmental Pollution and Monitoring ENVT 4031 4.5
AND choose one of the two following courses: 4.5
Water and Wastewater Treatment CIVE 5094 4.5
Water Quality Modelling CIVE 5066 4.5
MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS Note(s): 4 Rule(s): 1
Calculus 1 MATH 1054 4.5
Calculus 2 MATH 1055 4.5
Linear Algebra MATH 1056 4.5
Fundamentals of Real Analysis MATH 2027 4.5
Differential Equations 1 MATH 2023 4.5
Mathematical Sciences Project MATH 3013 4.5
Topics in Mathematics 1 MATH 3040 4.5
Multivariable Calculus MATH 3038 4.5

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

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.

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:

Real-world connections

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.

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Bianna Kelly talks about her experience studying UniSA's Bachelor of Science which sparked her interest in research.

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Career outcomes

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.

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

There are a wide variety of pathways into studying Science and Mathematics at UniSA.
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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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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 program director

Before joining UniSA, I worked for Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping agency for 21 years where I undertook various surveying, mapping and management roles. I use this extensive experience to add authenticity to my teaching and together with my natural enthusiasm I create an engaging learning arena for students. I am passionate about student success and I am a member of UniSA’s Student Engagement Advisory Group and Orientation Working Group. I maintains links with the surveying and mapping industry through my membership of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and South Australia’s Board of Surveyors Surveying and Mapping committee where I champion new approaches to attracting, retaining and educating surveying and mapping students. 


Dr Paul Corcoran

Program Director

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Dr Paul Corcoran

Program Director


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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 was raised on a sheep and cropping farm in the mid-north of South Australia and have always been interested in biology and the environment. This led me to study a science degree. I am fascinated by the possibilities of science and have decided to further my knowledge by completing honours. My goal is to pursue a career in research because I enjoy fieldwork and being outdoors.

Bianna Kelly

Bachelor of Science

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Bianna Kelly

Bachelor of Science