Bachelor of Science (Honours) [Direct Entry] (BSc(Hons))

Program Code

HSCI

Academic Year

2022

Program Faculty

Faculty of Sciences

Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies).

Overview

This program allows students to explore diverse areas of science and encourages them to follow their emerging interests and scientific curiosity. Students design their own degree, choosing from a wide range of science courses according to their interests and strengths. The program also provides students with the opportunity to acquire extensive transferable skills, including critical thinking, analytical methods, laboratory and field techniques, teamwork, science communication and information technology. In third year, students have the opportunity to choose at least one area of science to major in, which involves developing an in-depth understanding of this field. Students then extend their knowledge and skills through either a Research or Professional pathway in their fourth year. The Research pathway in the fourth year consists of a research project and associated theoretical work and provides professional training and an opportunity to experience scientific research in one of the following areas of science: Agricultural Science, Animal Behaviour, Animal Science, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Energy Geoscience, Environmental Geoscience,  Geology, Geophysics, Molecular and Biomedical Science, Physics, Plant Science, Soil Science and Wine Science. The Professional pathway in fourth year consists of a project that is more applied in nature than those in the Research pathway and may provide the opportunity to work with industry on an applied discipline project or in areas such as science communication, science education, science innovation, science policy and project management.

Students enrolled in this program must maintain a minimum semester GPA of 4.5 throughout their enrolment or will be required to transfer to the Bachelor of Science.
 
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) [Direct Entry] is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 4 years.
 

Conditions

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Science (Honours) [Direct Entry]

There shall be a Bachelor of Science (Honours) [Direct Entry].

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) [Direct Entry], the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 96 units, comprising:

Courses to the value of 72 units from the Bachelor of Science including

  1. Core course to the value of 3 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 69 units, which may include other undergraduate courses offered by the University that are not offered by the Faculty of Sciences up to the value of 9 units in total at levels I and/or II with no more than 6 units at level I
  3. Level I courses not exceeding 30 units
  4. Level III Science courses to the value of at least 24 units
  5. One major chosen from the following:
    • Biochemistry
    • Bioinformatics
    • Chemistry
    • Ecology and Environmental Science
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Genetics
    • Geology
    • Microbiology & Immunology
    • Palaeontology
    • Physics
    • Plant Biology
    • Soil Science
    • Theoretical Physics

      or a double major from:
       

    • Chemistry (Double)
    • Experimental & Theoretical Physics
    • Geology (Earth Resources)
    • Geology (Geophysics)
    • Palaeontology (Evolution)
    • Palaeontology (Geology)
    • Physics (Geophysics)
      • Note: A student who has completed a major in a Science discipline and also completes courses that fulfil requirements for a major as specified under the Academic Program Rules for the degree of Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, shall be awarded that Mathematical and Computer Sciences major in addition to the Science major.
  6. Broadening experience

Courses to the value of 24 units, chosen from the Bachelor of Science (Honours).

  • For Professional Pathway students, Level IV courses must include Core Courses (12 units) and Professional Research Project (12 units) that is more applied than those in the Research pathway and may provide the opportunity to work with industry on an applied discipline project or in science communication, science education, science innovation, science policy or project management.
  • For Research Pathway students, Level IV courses must include Core Courses and Research Project with unit value dependent upon Specialisation Area:
    • Agricultural Science
    • Animal Behaviour
    • Animal Science
    • Chemistry
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    • Energy Geoscience
    • Environmental Geoscience
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Molecular and Biomedical Science
    • Physics
    • Plant Science
    • Soil Science
    • Wine Science