Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Science (BA BSc)

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This double degree enables students to expand their interests in both Science and Arts. It aims to produce graduates who are skilled in scientific method for experimentation and research, and who are also socially and critically engaged, innovative and creative thinkers and communicators. The program has been developed in recognition of the importance of science being studied in its social context as part of a broader liberal education. The links between the two areas can be explored through a range of pathways. In the first two years the program is divided between the two areas, satisfying the requirements for the first two years of both degrees concurrently. In the following two years, students complete the equivalent of a full year of study each for Science and Arts. Full-time students are encouraged to take advantage of the study abroad and student exchange program available to students. Students will complete at least one major, and possibly two, in both Arts and Science, making it possible to apply for entry to Honours in a number of fields.

The Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Science is an AQF Level 7 program with a standard full-time duration of 4 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Understand a broad and coherent body of knowledge in selected disciplines and related inter-disciplinary topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with an in-depth knowledge of one or more disciplines including relevant concepts, theories, skills, debates, emerging issues, and methods of inquiry.
2. Apply creative and critical thinking to identify and solve problems within complex social contexts using rigorous techniques of inquiry involving a variety of primary and secondary sources.
3. Communicate effectively in a range of spoken and written modes and formats within discipline and professional contexts in a variety of social, cultural and linguistic situations and contribute productively to group-based outcomes.
4. Demonstrate career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice including: 4.1 information technology skills to access, store, manage, analyse and present discipline-based information and data, and to communicate effectively with others 4.2 lifelong learning skills characterised by academic rigour, self-direction and intellectual independence.
5. Identify social and cultural global issues and their ethical implications, and demonstrate the capacity to operate with personal and professional integrity in a range of social, cultural and linguistic contexts.
6. Appreciate and manage their own personal capabilities through processes of self-appraisal, and demonstrate respect and mutual responsibility in sustaining productive relationships.
7. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of science by: 7.1 articulating the methods of science and explaining why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry 7.2 explaining the role and relevance of science in society.
8. Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by: 8.1 demonstrating well–developed knowledge in at least one disciplinary area 8.2 demonstrating knowledge in at least one other disciplinary area.
9. Critically analyse and solve scientific problems by: 9.1 gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources 9.2 designing and planning an investigation 9.3 selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation 9.4 collecting, accurately recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions from scientific data 9.5 demonstrating the cooperativity and effectiveness of working in a team environment.
10. Be effective communicators of science by communicating scientific results, information, or arguments to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes.
11. Be accountable for own learning and scientific work by: 11.1 being independent and self-directed learners 11.2 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context 11.3 demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their disciplinary area and personally practicing ethical conduct.

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.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Science

There shall be a Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Science .

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the double degree of Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Science, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 96 units, including:

  1. A course chosen from the Core Competency List to the value of 3 units
  2. Courses to the value of 45 units including a major from the Bachelor of Arts
  3. Courses to the value of 48 units including a major from the Bachelor of Science

A student must concurrently qualify for both awards.