Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (BSc(Adv))

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) is designed for high-achieving students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of science, with a strong emphasis on research skill development. Students design their own degree from a broad range of study options and have flexibility to select areas of specific interest. In first year, students enrol in a combination of courses that prepare them to follow pathways through to major study areas. In third year, students choose at least one area of science in which to major and undertake a research placement. This program provides students with the early opportunity to participate in the academic and research culture of the scientific areas they are most interested in, while still providing the choice and flexibility of a Bachelor of Science. Bachelor of Science (Advanced) students participate in program specific courses that will introduce topics on processes, communication and methods used in science research. Students will also participate in structured research activities and research seminars, normally only available to Honours and postgraduate students. In addition, a semester long research placement and lab attachments will provide breadth of experience. These activities will allow associations with academic staff in major research areas, providing early access to research laboratories/projects that can be further developed for an Honours year and postgraduate study (Masters or PhD).

Students enrolled in this program must maintain a minimum semester GPA of 5.0 throughout their enrolment or will be required to transfer to the Bachelor of Science. Students who have maintained this GPA will automatically be eligible for a place in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program upon completion of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). 

The Bachelor of Science is an AQF Level 7 program with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.  


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 (Advanced)

There shall be a Bachelor of Science (Advanced).

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Advanced), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units:

  1. Core courses to the value of 6 units.
  2. Elective courses to the value of 66 units.
  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.


Core Courses


Double Major