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Extended Bachelor’s Program

New in 2022: We’ve introduced a dedicated pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study some of our humanities, science and health degrees. Hear from current students Sarah Blackwell and Mahlia Garay, along with Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver AM and Director, National Centre for Cultural Competence, Professor Jennifer Barrett.

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Our Bachelor of Science (Extended) is a four-year degree for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to undertake studies in an academically and culturally supported environment.

It provides students with an opportunity to make connections between in-depth study of a discipline area in the sciences, and knowledge of culture and practice.

Offering a broad choice across more than 40 subject areas in the sciences and access to a full range subjects from across the University, this degree is your first step towards a science career, or as stepping stone to other specialised degrees at the University.

The degree equips students with excellent communication, critical and analytical skills, with built-in support and academic skills development to ensure your success.

You will begin study with a cohort of students engaged in culturally relevant literacy and mathematics studies and other available units. 

In second year, students can choose a major and a minor from our broad choice across the Faculty of Science, or from the University's shared pool of subjects.

As part of this program, you will have access to tailored academic support and tutors, mentors through our Mentoring our Brothers and Sisters (MOBS) program, with a wide-range of course and residential scholarships available.

You can choose your subjects from our academic schools:

Subject areas
Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

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.

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

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) only.

This course is not available to international students.

This course is not available to international students.

Starting date

This course is not available to international students.

What you'll study

Students will complete a total of 168 credit points in this course.

This includes four Foundation Subjects (24 credit points), two degree core subjects (that contributes 12 credit points), subjects that contribute towards an Science major or stream (total 48 credit points), subjects that contribute towards a minor or second major (36 or 48 credit points, respectively), Online Learning Environment (OLE) units (a total, and maximum of, 12 credit points), an Interdisciplinary Indigenous Cultural Capstone Project unit (6 credit points) and other electives.

OLE units are a combination of three, 2-credit points of discipline and non-discipline specific units per semester. These units will incorporate experiential mathematics learning at a range of engaging sites, with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander academic coordinator and guest lecturers, with real life, community-based scenarios.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science (Extended)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Power of Number A Indigenous Literacies in Academic Contexts A Science  
  2 Power of Number B Indigenous Literacies in Academic Contexts B Open Learning Environment unit  
2 1 Science major Mathematics Minor  
  2 Science major Mathematics Minor  
3 1 Science major Science    Minor Open Learning Environment unit
  2 Science major Elective    Minor Elective
4 1 Science major Science major Minor  Elective
  2 Science major Science major Minor  Cultural Capstone

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge depends on subject areas chosen. Some units of study assume a level of knowledge of the subject area.

Admission requirement

This course is an alternative entry program:

(1) Admission to this course is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, who meet the process outlined in the Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015.

(2) Admission to this course will be on demonstrated potential for tertiary study to a standard sufficient to undertake the course as demonstrated in:

  • a numeracy and literacy diagnostic test;
  • a structured interview;
  • evidence of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) or Record of Student Achievement (RoSA), tertiary study or an approved preparation program; English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English;
  • a portfolio of written work or support material including a personal statement of intent for studying the course.

Accommodation pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

Domestic students

International students

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