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Bachelor of Science


Program summary

Dr Robert McDougall
Program coordinator

Dr Robert McDougall

Uncover the secrets of the universe

Science is all about discovery. Learn how to investigate the world around us, contributing to new knowledge that improves our understanding of the universe. Specialise in a range of major or minors in traditional scientific fields to make yourself more attractive to potential employers. From the first year you’ll learn about topics such as cell biology, chemistry, biodiversity and ecology, and science research methods to give you a solid grounding in the science world.

In this program you will:

  • Use fully equipped laboratories to safely conduct tests and experiments under the supervision of experienced scientists.
  • Gain hands-on skills through field studies to prepare you for a career in the science world.
  • Undertake work integrated learning to get a feel for a career in areas such as industry or government agencies.
  • Specialise in a range of major or minor in areas such as biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, or food and biosecurity.

Biology; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Ecology; Food and Biosecurity; Mathematics.


Biochemistry; Biology; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Ecology; Entrepreneurship; Food Security; Genetics; Journalism; Mathematics; Microbiology; Sustainability.

Career opportunities
  • Aquaculture Manager
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist/Biological Technician
  • Biomanufacturing Specialist
  • Data Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Mathematical Modeller
  • Plant Scientist
  • Restoration Ecologist/Park Ranger
  • Science Research Officer
  • Specialist Biology, Chemistry and/or Mathematics teacher

If students are planning to enter a career in education you should look to study at least one and preferably two of the traditional majors offered in the program. If you're planning to enter a career in research (usually via Bachelor of Science (Honours), Doctor of Philosophy), you must achieve a high grade point average and should take advantage of our Special Research Project (SRP) opportunities offered in the program, especially with prospective supervisors, however if you are planning to enter a career in industry or government, you should take advantage of our Work Place Learning (WPL) opportunities offered, especially with prospective employers.


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 (7) 84 units

COR109 Communication and Thought
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 Mathematics Δ
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics Δ
MTH104 Introductory Calculus Δ

Major and minor courses (12) 144 units

Select 12 course (144 units)  towards 1 major and 1 minor



Elective courses (5) 60 units

Select 5 elective courses (60 units) from the undergraduate elective course options. Of these electives 2 must be developing or graduate level (200/300 coded) courses

*The number of elective courses may vary depending on the major/minor combinations chosen

Δ refer to program notes

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

Total units: 288

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 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses
Program notes
  • MTH103 and MTH104 assumes 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. MTH100 does not meet the prerequisite necessary to enrol in developing and graduate level mathematics courses.
  • 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
  • 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
  • You may choose to complete 2 majors or 1 major and 2 minors from the list on the Program Structure
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • 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

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 dates.

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

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