Bachelor of Science

University of Newcastle

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
Course start date
Newcastle – Callaghan 484020 CSP 3F/EqP 3 Aug 2020
22 Feb 2021
Central Coast – Ourimbah 484030 CSP 3F/EqP 3 Aug 2020
22 Feb 2021


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The immense field of science is exciting and always evolving. It underpins areas such as technology, industry, business, agriculture, environment, research and development, health, and the information revolution. The Bachelor of Science will provide you with a new way of learning and new path to discovery. Develop practical business and communication skills that will complement and enhance your science knowledge. The network you build and the communication skills you develop will make you a highly-skilled and employable science graduate who will contribute solutions to the scientific challenges we are facing.

This degree program covers a wide range of majors. Program flexibility means students can pursue multiple disciplines of interest, including the option for a double major or extended studies within disciplines. Pathways are available to build professional skills and support students in reaching their career goals.

Areas of study: Newcastle: Animal biology; biology; chemistry; chemistry of advanced materials; earth sciences; environmental and analytical chemistry; geography; geology; integrated geography; mathematics; medicinal and organic chemistry; physics; plant biology; psychology; statistics; sustainable resource management; water, climate and soil. Central Coast: Biodiversity and conservation, biodiversity, conservation and ecological sciences, environmental remediation, marine and coastal science, psychology, sustainable resource management.

Career opportunities: Animal biologist, botanist, chemist, climatologist, conservationist/ecologist, geographer, geologist, mathematician, marine biologist, microbiologist, neuroscientist, oceanographer, physicist, statistician.

Professional recognition: Graduates who complete the accredited Physics major are eligible for accreditation through The Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Graduates who complete the accredited Statistics major are eligible for accreditation on becoming a member of the Statistical Society of Australia. Graduates who complete the Geology major will be eligible for entry into the graduate category of the Australasian Institute of Minerals and Metallurgy.

Practical experience: Students will have access to world-class facilities including our nanoscience and chemistry laboratories and mathematics grid room. Throughout your degree you’ll participate in lab work to help develop your analytical, research and communication skills. From the first week of your degree you will be in the field, as we use the campus as our personal living laboratory. You will also take part in field trips, seminar presentations and workshops to enhance classroom theory and apply it to real-life situations.

As a student progresses, laboratory work becomes more complex and advanced. By third year, students will have the opportunity to undertake individual research or industry experiences. They also take part in problem-based learning, seminar presentations and workshops.

Honours: Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to students based on merit.

Fees and charges: Visit the University of Newcastle website for current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Advanced.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle. Visit the University of Newcastle website.

Student profile

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Further information

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How to apply

Read about how to apply through UAC.

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Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)
ATAR profile data table
Course code Lowest ATAR (LA) Median ATAR (MA) Highest ATAR (HA) Lowest selection rank (LSR) Median selection rank (MSR) Highest selection rank (HSR)
484020 51.95 65.85 97.50 57.80 71.10 99.95
484030 55.10 67.20 86.95 57.10 71.28 93.95


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course

LA - Lowest ATAR
MA - Median ATAR
HA - Highest ATAR
LSR - Lowest selection rank
LSR - Median selection rank
LSR - Highest selection rank