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Start Date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
LBSC

SATAC Code
434101 (Packaged)
434201 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 62.25 (for 2019)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2020)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
At least two of the following:
SACE Stage 2 Physics
SACE Stage 2 Specialist Math
SACE Stage 2 Biology
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
SACE Stage 2 Earth and Environmental Science
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Assumed Knowledge
Refer to program schedule and notes
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Degree overview

  • UniSA is SA's number one university for careers and teaching quality in Science and Mathematics1.
  • 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.
  • Become a secondary school science teacher by combining this degree with a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

Snapshot

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 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.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
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
SECOND YEAR
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
THIRD YEAR
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
MAJOR IN APPLIED PHYSICS Note(s): 6
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
OR
Computational Science 2 PHYS 2005 4.5
Optical Communications EEET 4046 4.5
OR
Lasers and Optics PHYS 3001 4.5
Applied Science Project PHYS 3002 4.5
MAJOR IN BIOLOGY Note(s): 1,6
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 course 4.5 Note(s): 7
MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY Note(s): 1,6
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
MAJOR IN ECOSYSTEM SCIENCES
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
MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS Note(s): 1,6
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. 

Assessment

Assessment

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 – we are number one in SA 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: Course Experience Questionnaire 2016–17.Public SA-founded universities only.

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.

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.

Industry facts

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Employment for natural and physical science professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 12.1 per cent by May 20231.

1Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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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

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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Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

Scholarships

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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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, an ideal 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

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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

I am currently a Surveying and Spatial Sciences lecturer, Program Director and Education Research Leader within the School of Natural and Built Environments. 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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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.

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Douglas Howard

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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

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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.

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