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Study Science at the University of Sydney

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Overview

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced) combined degree offers exceptional opportunities to budding scientists who relish a challenge. From lectures to independent research and in-depth problem solving, our Advanced stream will give you the skills to embark on a rewarding career or join the forefront of scientific research.

You will be taught by dedicated scientific thinkers, including members of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Research Council Fellows and winners of prestigious prizes. You will study in world-class facilities including the multimillion-dollar Sydney Nanoscience Hub and the Charles Perkins Centre, with its focus on diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

In this course, you will take 'advanced' units of study in science which will provide you with high-level challenges, special projects and accelerated learning.

With more than 40 science majors, programs and streams to choose from, plus a pool of shared majors from across the University and a flexible degree plan, the four-year Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced) allows you to find your own path.

In your first year, you'll gain essential knowledge in the fundamental sciences with broad subjects, including mathematics, and the option to choose units outside of the sciences. In second and third years you'll specialise in your chosen area and complete a major at an 'advanced' level. Throughout the four years, you'll complete a second major and get involved in cross-disciplinary, community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work. You'll graduate armed with the skills to embark on a huge range of careers.

You can choose your subjects from our academic schools:

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the faculty listing below and a second major or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

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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.

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

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) 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 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies, taken in conjunction with a three year Bachelor of Science degree, will provide you with the opportunity to combine studies from a wider range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, get involved in a cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project, and complete a second major. By completing the Bachelor of Advanced Studies in combination with your Bachelor of Science degree, you will not only attain greater depth and breadth of learning but also gain invaluable experience of utilising your knowledge and skills in authentic and challenging settings.

You must meet minimum progression requirements to continue to study in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced)/Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Students must maintain a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 to continue in the stream, and a WAM of 70 to transfer into the stream. In the Advanced stream, students must complete a major containing at least 24 credit points at the Advanced level. Advanced units are either units designated “Adv” in the list of units for the major in Table A or units taken at a level higher level than the unit specified for the major in Table A.

You can undertake the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies full-time over four years or part-time over eight years. To complete the Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Advanced Studies you must complete a total 192 credit points (cp) worth of units of study. A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. Full-time students normally enrol in 48 cp worth of units each year. Each student is required to complete two majors, at least one from Science Table A. The combined degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies incorporates either an embedded Honours program of study for those who qualify or 4x4000-level coursework and project units that deepen your knowledge of your discipline area(s), and provide further experiential opportunities such as research.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced)  

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Science major Science Mathematics Major 2
  2 Science major Science Mathematics Major 2
2 1 Science major Elective Open Learning Environment unit Major 2
  2 Science major* Elective Open Learning Environment unit Major 2
3 1 Science major* Science major* Major 2 Major 2
  2 Science major* Science major Major 2 Major 2
4 1 Advanced coursework Advanced coursework Project Project
  2 Advanced coursework Advanced coursework Project Project

* An advanced unit is either a unit that is coded advanced or a third-year unit completed in place of a second-year unit.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. All students undertake some study in mathematics.

Admission criteria

Admission to 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 advanced stream is only available in the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced).

If you have a high ATAR may be invited to join the Dalyell Scholars program.

Professional accreditation

Most majors are recognised by the relevant professional association. For example, if you complete a major in chemistry you are eligible for graduate membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Career Pathways

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Astronomer
  • Biosecurity researcher
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental policymaker
  • Food chemistry analyst
  • Hydrologist
  • Investment banker
  • Journalist
  • Mathematician
  • Medical scientist
  • Nanoscientist
  • Nutritionist
  • Psychologist
  • Plant geneticist
  • Soil scientist
  • Veterinarian

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