Bachelor of Science courses

University of Newcastle

Undergraduate course details table
Course Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
selection rank
Course start date
B Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Remediation) Newcastle – Callaghan 484020 CSP 3F/EqP 53.90 60.05 25 Feb 2019
29 Jul 2019
B Science (Environmental Sciences, Biodiversity and Conservation, Marine Science, Psychology, Sustainable Resource Management) Central Coast – Ourimbah 484030 CSP 3F/EqP 53.95 60.20 25 Feb 2019
29 Jul 2019


B Science is for those who are interested in understanding the world and how it works. Students have the opportunity to learn in world-class facilities, including our nanoscience and chemistry laboratories, mathematics access grid room and psychology clinic. Marine science students have access to the Central Coast Marine Discovery network and a unique field study location with a variety of ecosystems.

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: Biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, geography, mathematics, physics, psychology, statistics. Central Coast: Environmental sciences (biodiversity and conservation, marine science, sustainable resource management), psychology.

Career opportunities: Individual specialisations include:

Biology: Pathology laboratories; biological, agricultural or medical research institutes; bioanalytical laboratories; government departments and industries related to the environment or agriculture.

Chemistry: Manufacturing and mining industries, general commerce and government organisations as a chemist in product development and research, scientific-product quality control and sales, technology management, teaching (with additional studies), environmental problem-solving, health.

Earth sciences: Mining and exploration geology, environmental sciences, geochemistry, geophysics, geotechnical fields, hydrology.

Environmental sciences: Environmental scientist in government bodies such as local councils, departments of environment and conservation, CSIRO; private environmental and industry consultancy; research positions in areas such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry, livestock, soil and wildlife management.

Geography: Town planning, demographics, government planning agencies, secondary and tertiary education (with additional studies), climatologist, geomorphologist and biogeographer dealing with the natural and humanly altered environment in government services, utilities and private organisations.

Marine science: Marine scientist in government bodies such as local councils, departments of environment and conservation, departments of primary industries, departments of infrastructure, planning and natural resources and catchment committees, CSIRO, private environmental consultancies.

Mathematics: Finance, commerce, defence, medicine, public service, teaching (with additional studies), research management, strategic planning. Mathematical skills are applied to problem-solving in areas such as manufacturing, scheduling and statistical analysis.

Physics: Operation and development of nuclear and imaging techniques in industry in areas such as fibre optics, laser, coal and measurement technology; computing, data analysis and modelling; finance and management; research in solar energy, solid-state physics, astronomy, astrophysics, quantum computing, nanotechnology, photonics, food and textiles; medical imaging.

Psychology: Human resource management, organisational psychology, training, vocational guidance, child protection, counselling, research and academia.

Statistics: Bioinformatics, biostatistician, business analyst, chemometrics, data analyst, data mining expert, economics/social statistician, research scientist, risk analyst.

Professional recognition: Australian Institute of Physics (Physics major). Graduates with a statistics major are eligible for graduate accreditation on becoming a member of the Statistical Society of Australia.

Practical experience: Training and hands-on experience in a specialist area in addition to the more general teamwork, analytical, research and communication skills needed to be a scientist.

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 meritorious students.

Fees and charges: Visit the UON website for current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics.

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 UON 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 UON 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 UON 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 UON. Visit the UON website.

Student profile

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Further information

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How to apply

Read about how to apply through UAC.

Check UAC application and offer round dates.

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the course search on the UAC website or the My UAC app regularly throughout the 2018–19 admissions period.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit the UON 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, 2018)
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 53.90 66.10 98.30 60.05 71.00 99.95
484030 53.95 65.07 98.65 60.20 70.33 99.95


  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 2019 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 2015 to 2017) 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 2017 Year 12 students and 2015/16 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2017 – 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.

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