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Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

The University of Newcastle

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Gone are the days of the stereotypical scientist – in today's society, scientists need to work across research, industry and discipline boundaries to create innovative solutions to the world’s most complex issues. You might work in a lab, discovering life-changing scientific breakthroughs. Maybe you see yourself using science to shape government policy – or something else entirely. The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) will allow you to join a high-achieving cohort and create your own academic adventure. Tailor your majors and professional pathways to achieve your career goals. You’ll have access to specialised mentoring, exposure to the wider Faculty of Science community and additional opportunities to participate in work-integrated learning and industry engagement. Areas of study:

Areas of study

Biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, geography, mathematics and statistics, physics and psychology.

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. Throughout your degree you’ll participate in lab work to help develop your analytical, research and communication skills. You will also take part in field trips, seminar presentations and workshops to enhance classroom theory and apply it to real-life situations.

As students progress, 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.


Available as an additional year (or part time equivalent) to meritorious students.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: Applicants should have solid background in Mathematics, and have completed at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth And Environmental Sciences, Investigating Science, Physics, or Science extension (or equivalent).

Additional selection criteria: Predicted minimum selection rank for 2021 is 95.00.

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.

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.

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.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

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.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

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 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. 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 the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. 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
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

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

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

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs 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 component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.