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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)

COR109 Communication and Thought

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

Select 8 courses from your chosen major study area:

Minor courses (4)

Select 4 courses from your chosen minor study area:

Elective courses (3)

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

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

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

PLUS select 1 course from:
MTH100 Introduction to Mathematics
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus 

Major courses (8)

Select 8 courses from your chosen major study area:

Elective course (2)

Select 2 elective courses 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.

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
  • MTH102 assumes you have successfully completed Years 11-12 Mathematics B (or equivalent). Note that MTH102 is a prerequisite for advanced level (200/300 coded) mathematics courses
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • 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 'Planning your study' page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

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:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • 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 students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
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 your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

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

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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