Start date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 37,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Study Science today to create planetary solutions for tomorrow.
  • Study the fundamentals of science through observation, experiment, and measurement.
  • Learn about the Earth, the Universe, and science and human activities in space.
  • Develop skills in Atomic science and understand how radiation is used in medicine, agriculture, space and defence.
  • Gain practical experience through laboratory and field work.
  • Learn in experiential facilities such as 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, and measurement, making predictions and informed decisions through the systematic study of the nature and behaviour of the physical universe.

Fostering a spirit of inquiry, you will have the opportunity to follow your natural curiosity and tailor your degree to your interest areas, from traditional pathways like Applied Physics, Biology for Science, Mathematics, and Chemistry for Science, to increasingly critical areas such as Ecosystem Sciences, and Applied Earth Sciences.

You will spend a significant amount of time in laboratory and field settings, with the degree designed with practical skills in mind to ensure you graduate prepared to adapt your expertise to a diverse range of industries, such as defence, the environment, meteorology, and energy or food.

You may also choose to pursue the advancement of knowledge in your field with a career in research, or share your scientific passion in an education setting. If you think you may be interested in secondary school teaching, you can apply for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary) – 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.

On-campus teaching for this program is based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Only 20 minutes from the city centre with easy parking. The Mawson Lakes campus is also accessible by bus and train with the Mawson Lakes train station only a short walk.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This is a flexible degree. You can select two majors from the following fields:

  • Applied physics: allows you to pursue in-depth studies in advanced materials, computational physics and medical health physics
  • Biology for Science: includes plant and animal biology, cell biology, physiology, environmental biology, biochemistry and introductory biotechnology
  • Chemistry for Science: 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, providing a solid foundation in natural sciences and field research techniques.
  • Applied Earth Sciences: 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.
  • Mathematics and statistics: investigates 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) – a direct pathway to postgraduate study packaged with your Bachelor of Science degree.

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
Quantitative Methods in Health MATH 1065 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Mathematics for Laboratory Sciences MATH 1039 4.5 Rule(s): 3
OR 4.5
Calculus 1 MATH 1054 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Statistical Methods MATH 1068 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Astronomy and the Universe PHYS 1015 4.5
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Atomic, Nuclear, and Radiation Science NASC 3015 4.5
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Space Missions NASC 2010 4.5
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
STEM Internship 15 Days NASC 4022 4.5
Applied Science Project PHYS 3002 4.5
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3 Rule(s): 4

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, as well as to 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 
  • tests and examinations 

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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 flexible degree you will develop a broad science education. Learning from academic and industry leaders, you will study two majors in areas of science that interest you, and develop a strong scientific understanding in those areas. In this degree you will study new courses in Space Missions and Atomic, Nuclear and Radiation Science, and cap your studies with a project course or internship within one of your major areas.

Depending on your results in the program, you may also be eligible to 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 career expos and employment forums through our Career Service, as well as alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Hear from Bianna Kelly, Science student

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 and space 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) - a direct pathway to postgraduate study.

Industry facts


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are essential to Australia's top five growth industries

(National Centre for Vocational Education Research)


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

(AMSI: 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 other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:



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 UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

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

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces 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

My background is in physics, having both an undergraduate degree and a PhD in physics. My PhD was in Auroral Physics with the Space Environment Physics group at the University of Southampton in the UK, which allowed me to explore the fusion of many areas of physics as I studied the behaviour of the Aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. Following my PhD, I switched focus to teaching and moved to New Zealand to teach physics at Massey University. I took up my current position at UniSA mid-2020 as a teaching-focussed lecturer in Applied Physics with a focus on foundational and first year physics teaching.

 I’m passionate about physics teaching and enabling students to actively explore the behaviour of the physical world. My scholarship interests are currently in simulated experiments, and exploring the links between engagement and performance in physics and physics-allied courses.

Dr Sam Tuttle

Program Director

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Dr Sam Tuttle

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