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Undergraduate course

Bachelor of Science

University of Sydney

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About

This flexible degree allows you to explore different study areas as your abilities, interests or career opportunities change. Alternatively, you can nominate particular areas of study in the first year to provide a direction for study throughout the degree. Specialist programs and majors allow you to graduate with expertise in a particular field or fields.

You will specialise in a Science program or major, studying one or two subject areas per semester across the degree. All students complete some units in mathematics. You will also complete a minor or a second major and  take short courses from the Open Learning Environment in science or in areas such as design thinking, persuasive communication, project management, team leadership and entrepreneurial thinking.

You may also be interested in 513911 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

Areas of study

You will complete a major from Table A and a second major, or a minor and elective units, from Table A or Table S, and the Open Learning Environment.

Table A: Anatomy and Histology; Animal Health; Disease and Welfare; Animal Production; Applied Medical Science; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Data Science; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Environmental Studies; Financial Mathematics and Statistics; Food Science; Genetics and Genomics; Geography; Geology and Geophysics; History and Philosophy of Science; Immunology and Pathology; Immunology (minor); Infectious Diseases; Marine Science; Mathematics; Medicinal Chemistry; Microbiology; Neuroscience; Nutrition Science; Pathology (minor); Pharmacology; Physics; Physiology; Plant Production; Plant Science (minor); Psychological Science; Software Development; Soil Science and Hydrology; Statistics; Virology (minor); Wildlife Conservation (minor)

Table S: Accounting; American Studies; Anatomy and Histology; Ancient Greek; Ancient History; Animal Health; Disease and Welfare Animal Production; Anthropology; Applied Medical Science; Arabic Language and Cultures; Archaeology; Art History; Asian Studies; Banking; Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Business Analytics; Business Information Systems; Business Law; Chinese Studies; Cell and Developmental Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Computer Systems; Criminology; Cultural Studies; Data Science; Design; Digital Cultures; Digital Music; Disability and Participation; Diversity Studies (minor); Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Econometrics; Economic Policy; Economics; Education Studies; English; Environmental, Agriculture and Resource Economics; Environmental Studies; European Studies; Film Studies; Finance; Financial Economics; Financial Mathematics and Statistics; Food Science; French and Francophone Studies; Gender Studies; Genetics and Genomics Geography; Geology and Geophysics; Germanic Studies; Health; Hearing, Speech and Communication; Hebrew (Modern); History; History and Philosophy of Science; Immunology and Pathology; Immunology (minor); Indigenous Studies; Indonesian Studies; Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management; Infectious Diseases; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; International and Comparative Literary Studies; International Business; International Relations; Italian Studies; Japanese Studies; Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture; Korean Studies; Latin; Linguistics; Management and Leadership Marketing; Marine Science; Mathematics; Medicinal Chemistry; Microbiology; Modern Greek; Music; Neuroscience; Nutrition Science; Pathology (minor); Pharmacology; Philosophy; Physical Activity and Health; Physics; Physiology; Plant Production; Plant Science (minor); Political Economy; Politics; Project Management; Psychological Science; Sanskrit (minor); Social Policy (minor); Socio-legal Studies; Sociology; Software Development; Soil Science and Hydrology; Statistics; Spanish and Latin American Studies; Studies in Religion; Sustainability; Theatre and Performance Studies; Urban Studies; Virology (minor); Visual Arts; Wildlife Conservation (minor); Writing Studies (minor).

Career opportunities

Agricultural scientist, astronomer, biosecurity researcher, conservation biologist, ecologist, environmental policymaker, data analyst, food chemistry analyst, hydrologist, mathematician, medical scientist, nano scientist, nutritionist (after further study), psychologist (after further study), plant geneticist, soil scientist.

Industry experience: You will have the opportunity to gain industry experience through interdisciplinary project units with industry, community or research projects.

Students enrolled in any course requiring exposure to animals and wildlife, farm visits, animal handling enterprises, or the handling of animal specimens must be protected against Q Fever infection and Tetanus. Vaccination must be undertaken prior to the commencement of semester one. Details of vaccination requirements.

Professional recognition

Most programs or majors in Bachelor of Science degrees are recognised by the relevant professional association. Note that the Psychological Science major does not meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council requirements for registration as a psychologist.

Fees and charges

The Australian Government subsidises the tuition fee for this course. The remaining balance is paid by the student. Current University of Sydney fee information.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Advanced (Band 4) or Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E3) or Mathematics Extension 2 (Band E3)

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Extension 1 (depending on subjects selected). Other assumed knowledge depends on the areas or programs studied. Note: All students enrolled in Science and combined Science degrees will be required to undertake units of study in mathematics during their undergraduate degree. Bridging courses are available for students who have not studied the assumed knowledge during secondary school.

Guaranteed ATAR: 80.00, subject to non-ATAR criteria being met. A guide to guaranteed ATARs.

Dalyell Scholars: This stream for high achieving students (ATAR of 98.00 or higher) provides mentorship, professional skills development, academic enrichment opportunities and access to a global mobility scholarship. Entry to the Dalyell Scholars program is by invitation.

You may also be interested in 513911 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars including Mathematical Sciences).

Other applicants

Refer to the University of Sydney general admission criteria.

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Sydney website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2022)

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.

Abbreviations

– = 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

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Global mobility/international experience
At the University of Sydney, every undergraduate student has access to global opportunities. These opportunities may include overseas field schools, global professional placements, and student exchanges (one-year, single semester and shorter term durations) with more than 300 partner universities worldwide.

Open Learning Environment (OLE)
Open Learning Environment (OLE) courses are short, on-demand and workshop-supported. They enable you to broaden your skills in areas such as entrepreneurial thinking, persuasive communication, project management and ethical reasoning. Zero credit point OLEs are available to all students at the University, while students in liberal studies degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce or combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies) and some specialist degrees (Bachelor of Economics) will be required to take 12 credit points of OLE units during their studies.

Faculty handbooks
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