Bachelor of Science - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Science

Start studying this degree from home. Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, USC’s classes in Semester 2, 2020 are ready to be delivered online, though we’ll be teaching face-to-face again as soon as we can!

*International students who are offshore (outside of Australia) should contact USC International to discuss their study options.

QTAC applications are open now.

Challenge your thinking and learn something new almost every day.

Discover the endless opportunities a career in science offers you. This degree is designed to give you the flexibility to focus on the areas of science that interest you most, while preparing you for the variety of work opportunities that will be your career.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Moreton Bay
CRICOS code
022804D
Commence
Semester 1 or Semester 2
Program length (full-time)
3 years
Annual tuition fee 2020
A$28,000
Estimated total tuition fee *
A$84,000
Footnotes
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2020 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • Campus note: Only first-year courses are offered at Fraser Coast. The remainder of the degree is completed at Sippy Downs.
  • ^First year courses offered at Moreton Bay campus from Semester 1 , 2020.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast 013001
  • Moreton Bay 014801^
  • Fraser Coast 019001
Minimum selection threshold
ATAR - 54.55 OP - 18 Rank - 64
USC program code
SC301
Commence
Semester 1 or Semester 2
Duration
3 years full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Recommended prior study
English; Maths B or C; at least one science subject (preferably Chemistry)
Total courses
24
Total units
288
Footnotes
  • Campus note: Only first-year courses are offered at Fraser Coast. The remainder of the degree is completed at Sippy Downs.
  • ^First year courses offered at Moreton Bay campus from Semester 1 , 2020.

Science is the investigation of the structure and behaviour of natural and physical processes, through systematic discovery and invention to improve our understanding of the universe. USC's Bachelor of Science follows the global trend of offering majors and minors in both traditional and emerging scientific fields, so you graduate with depth and breadth of scientific knowledge. In your first year, you’ll gain a strong foundation in cell biology, chemistry, biodiversity and ecology and science research methods. There are additional introductory courses in mathematics for those interested in this specialisation. Then, you can decide where you want your science degree to take you, choosing a major and a minor from a wide range of science areas.

You will also learn practical scientific skills in our fully equipped laboratories and gain hands-on experience during field studies to prepare you for work in professional scientific settings. There are excellent opportunities to further your studies and undertake rewarding research to make a real difference in our world.

Majors:

Biology; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Ecology; Mathematics.

Minors:

Biology; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Entrepreneurship; Agriculture and Aquaculture; Genetics; Journalism; Mathematics; Biochemistry, Microbiology; Sustainability.

Note: not all study components and / or combinations of study components included in this program may be able to be completed in the minimum duration. Please contact the Program Coordinator if you require written confirmation prior to accepting a place in this program.

Chemistry Major combined with the Mathematics or Biotechnology Minor available for Semester 1 commencement only.

The following combinations of majors / minors are not available: Chemistry Major combined with Biochemistry Minor; Ecology Major combined with Agriculture and Aquaculture Minor.

Career opportunities
There are three usual career progressions after completion of the Bachelor of Science:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Industry/government

If you plan 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) or Doctor of Philosophy), you must achieve a high grade point average and should take advantage of Special Research Project (SRP) opportunities, especially with prospective supervisors. If you are plan to enter a career in industry or government, take advantage of our Work Place Learning (WPL) opportunities offered, especially with prospective employers.

Membership

Eligibility for memberships depends on areas of specialisation.

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