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  • Combine your passions

    Develop specialist knowledge through a second major in a wide range of fields including music, commerce, science and the arts.

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    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th globally for employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Overview

Redefine the digital and physical landscapes. The combined Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Science program will develop your technical skills in computing while cultivating your expertise in scientific enquiry. Underpinned by critical analytical and leadership skills, you will be positioned to transform our world for the better.

With new fields and industries rapidly emerging, there is an enormous opportunity for innovation and development in today's world. The Bachelor of Advanced Computing is provisionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society and designed to foster your ability to work across the computing, information technology and business innovation industries.

First year covers the core skills you will need to become a computing professional before you specialise in a major that aligns with your preferred career pathway computer science, information systems, software development and computational data science.

Complementing your computing studies, the Bachelor of Science emphasises fundamental principles and discovery research underpinned by critical thinking and analytical capabilities.

You can major in one or two areas of science, with elective units allowing you the flexibility to explore different branches and interests. We offer more than 50 study areas, taking you from the microscopic to the cosmic, from biological to physical and chemical processes and preventing diseases in humans, animals and plants.

You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications, ready for a diverse range of careers. The opportunities to revolutionise our world are in your hands.

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the Bachelor of Advanced Computing options and a second major from the Bachelor of Science options below.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

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Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Closing dates:

Refer to the UAC website. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

View detailed course structures for this course: Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Science

A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points, with a maximum of 48 credit points during the first year. Students undertake an Honours thesis in the final year.

There are over 20 faculty and 100 shared pool majors to choose from. The computing majors that best align with this degree and their detailed course structures are:

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Computing 1A Professionalism Introduction to Programming Mathematics Science major
  2 Computing 1B OS and Network Platforms Object-Oriented Programming Introduction to Computer Systems Discrete Mathematics for Computation
2 1 Data Structures and Algorithms Foundations of Data Science Computing major unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S)
  2 Agile Software Development Practices Computing major unit Science major unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S)
3 1 Computing 2 - Usability and Security Computing major unit Science major unit OLE
  2 Data and Information Management Computing major unit Science major unit OLE
4 1 Computing 3 - Management Computing major unit Science major unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S)
  2 Computing major unit Science major unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S) Computing or Science elective
5 1 Thesis Computing 4 - Innovation Advanced Computing elective Science major unit
  2 Thesis Advanced Computing elective Science major unit Computing or Science elective

More detail is available on the Course and Unit Study Portal.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on the Science areas or programs studied.

Embedded Honours program

This course has an embedded Honours program, with all students undertaking a research thesis in the final year. Honours will be awarded to students who achieve a sufficient standard of merit.

Admission criteria

Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering offers one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

There are opportunities to join a diverse range of engineering, computing and science student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

Professional accreditation

This course is provisionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Student profile

Miguel Angelo Villar

"The most enjoyable part about studying online was the way the Faculty of Engineering handled the transition to online in a timely and precise manner, which made the shift to the online space easier and more accessible for students such as myself. While I do prefer the ability to interact with a physical class, it is hard to deny how well the Faculty did in creating a fairly conducive online learning environment."

Miguel Angelo Villar
Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Commerce

Career Pathways

  • Computer programmer
  • Consulting
  • Geophysicist
  • Information services management
  • Mathematician
  • Microbiologist
  • Psychologist
  • Science historian
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Web development and management 
  • Industry
  • Research
  • Hospitals
  • Forensics
  • Patent offices quality control
  • Medical laboratories
  • Banking
  • Business analysis
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Museums
  • Computing
  • Biotechnology
Future study options

The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering and IT disciplines. We offer a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. Our postgraduate coursework and research is focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

Domestic students

International students

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