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Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science


Program summary

Combine your love of science and the arts

A combined arts and science degree provides you with a strong scientific base and powerful communication talents. Tailor your degree by adding majors and minors that spark your interests and ambitions. Earn two degrees in areas you’re passionate about in four years instead of six.

It’s your choice of more than 20 specialisations in a wide range of areas including humanities, social sciences and science. Combine your interests in community work and public health, environment and heritage and environmental science, and many more. Build your scientific knowledge coupled with strong communication and critical thinking skills.

Develop a niche skill set to set you apart from other graduates. Gain work experience and make industry contacts that could help you land a job through our Work Integrated Learning courses. You’ll have diverse career choices in research institutes, planning agencies, public relations and management in industries related to technology, production and environment. Refer to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.


Arts majors: A broad range of arts majors are available from disciplines in social sciences, communication and languages. Please refer to Program Structure.

Science and health majors: Biology; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Ecology; Food and Biosecurity; Mathematics.

Career opportunities

Refer to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.


Eligibility for memberships depends on areas of specialisation.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (1) 12 units

COR109 Communication and Thought

Faculty of Arts, Business and Law courses
Major courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 courses (96 units) from your chosen major study area:

Minor courses (4) 48 units

Select 4 courses (48 units) from your chosen minor study area:

Elective courses (3) 36 units

Select 3 elective courses (36 units) from the School of Communication and Creative Industries or School of Social Sciences.

Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering courses
Required courses (6) 72 units

LFS100 Cell Biology
SCI102 Biodiversity and Ecology
SCI105 Chemistry
SCI110 Science Research Methods
SCI113 Discovering Science

PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from:
MTH100 Introduction to MathematicsΔ
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus 

Major courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 courses (96 units) from your chosen major study area:

Elective course (2) 24 units

Select 2 elective courses (24 units) from the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Δ refer to program notes

Total units: 384

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program Requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 192 units of introductory level courses in total, including the core course*
  • You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • MTH103 and MTH104 assume you have successfully completed a Years 11-12 mathematics subject (or equivalent), and preferably at least Mathematics B. Should you wish to proceed to 200 or 300 coded mathematics courses, you would first need to successfully complete MTH103 and MTH104 to meet prerequisite requirements.
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
  • Δ MTH100 not being offered in 2019

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling in askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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