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Bachelor of Science

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314581

CRICOS 002805B

The Bachelor of Science program is ideal for students who enjoy and are inspired by the breadth of science.  It provides the most flexibility due to its diverse range of course offerings from a number of disciplines.  In the first year level, students enrol in a combination of courses that prepares them to follow pathways through to major study areas in third year.  Science students learn a number of transferable skills including: analytical methods, laboratory and field techniques, information technology skills, teamwork, initiative and the ability to communicate and cooperate with people from varied backgrounds and expertise. These are highly sought after skills that are useful in a wide range of careers and are not limited to scientific areas.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 314581
    2016 CSP ATAR 65.15
    2016 CSP IB 24
    2016 Adelaide Approved Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Studies, Physics

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314581

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 002805B
    Intake February and July. Please note that not all disciplines have July entry.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Prerequisites
    International Qualifications There are no prerequisites for this program unless you wish to major in Chemistry or Physics, in which case prerequisites are required that include Chemistry, Math Studies, Physics and Specialist Maths.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,975

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Science graduates gain a wide range of skills that can lead to a variety of careers in:

    • business
    • the defence industry
    • environmental sciences
    • government departments
    • hospitals and health organisations
    • intellectual property
    • laboratory research and development
    • management
    • minerals and energy
    • the oil and gas industry
    • research
    • private industry and consulting
    • sales and consultancy
    • science communication, journalism
    • teaching and lecturing
    • universities

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Biochemist, Botanist, Catchment Management, Ecologist, Ecotourism, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Chemist, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Geology, Environmental Geoscientist, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Forensic Scientist, Geochemist, Geologists, Hydrogeologist, Climate and Ecosystem Modeller, Ministerial Adviser, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Scientist, Natural Resource Planner, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
  • Degree Structure

    You can pursue pathways in one or more of the following areas of science: Biomedical Sciences; Chemical Sciences; Earth Sciences; Evolutionary Biology and Ecology; Molecular Biology; Physics; Soil Science and Spatial Information Science.

    Biomedical Science involves the biomedical aspects of biology and focuses on understanding both the normal functions and diseases of the human body. We emphasise the interface between modern biomedical knowledge and experimental approaches. Students are taught by world-class biomedical researchers and experienced educators. Graduates gain employment in medical or research laboratories, hospitals, private industries, the pharmaceutical industry, sports clinics, the biotechnology industry, forensic science, food science and nutrition, cardiac technology, rehabilitation, chiropractic's and teaching.

    Chemical Sciences Chemical Sciences involves the study of the structure, physical and chemical properties and reactions of elements and compounds. Students learn how to apply this knowledge to develop new and useful chemicals such as plastics, fuels and pharmaceuticals, for manufacture, medicine and the environment. Graduates can look forward to opportunities in a wide range of professional careers including environmental monitoring and control, mining, forensic science, nanotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, medical and agricultural laboratories, manufacturing, food technology, the chemical industry, research and teaching.

    Earth Sciences Earth Science involves the study of how the planet is formed, how it works, its turbulent 4.5 billion year history and how its precious resources can be located and used. It also investigates how the fragile landscape and often hazardous natural events must be studied and understood so that they can be adequately managed. Earth Science is one of the most diverse of the sciences covering everything from meteorites to dinosaurs and gold deposits to volcanoes. Graduates may seek a wide range of professional careers in areas including resource management, environmental geology, mineral and energy exploration, organic geochemistry, seismology, geomorphology, palaeontology, industry and fundamental research.

    Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Evolutionary Biology and Ecology enables students to investigate the diversity of life on earth and the relationships between organisms and their environments. Students will learn about plants and animals, their ecology, conservation and management, physiology and evolution, including those in terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems. Fieldwork and the study of South Australian ecosystems are important components of many later year courses. Spatial Science allows students to assess, map and monitor the Australian landscapes using the latest technology in geographical information systems, remote sensing, and spatial modelling. Exciting careers exist in environmental consultancy, environmental monitoring and management, community education, ecotourism, wildlife parks, catchment management, research and teaching.

    Physics provides an understanding of the structure of matter and the nature of the universe. Students develop a detailed knowledge of areas such as astrophysics, atmospheric and environmental physics, computational physics, optics and lasers, photonics and nuclear and particle physics. Mathematical and computer science courses are often taken together with physics. Employment opportunities exist for graduates in electronics, optics and laser industries, scientific computing, telecommunications, space and astronomy programs, forensic science, defence, health and environmental industries, medical physics and in research.

    Soil Science and Spatial Information Science explores the chemical and physical properties of soils in Australian landscapes. Graduates are keenly sought after by a wide range of government agencies, regional bodies, private enterprise and universities to work in the fields of oil surveying, environmental planning, soil conservation, environmental impact assessment, environmental engineering, land assessment and mapping, research and biodiversity survey and assessment.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

    Majors: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology

    Biomedical Science involves the biomedical aspects of biology,and focuses on understanding both the normal functions and diseases of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the interface between modern biomedical knowledge and experimental approaches.  Students are taught by world-class biomedical researchers and experienced educators. Graduates gain employment in medical or research laboratories, hospitals, private industries, the pharmaceutical industry, sports clinics, the biotechnology industry, forensic science, food science and nutrition, cardiac technology, rehabilitation, chiropractic's and teaching.

    CHEMICAL SCIENCES

    Major or Double Major : Chemistry

    Chemical Sciences involves the study of the structure, physical and chemical properties and reactions of elements and compounds. Students learn how to apply this knowledge to develop new and useful chemicals such as plastics, fuels and pharmaceuticals, for use in manufacture, medicine and the environment.  A wide range of professional careers may be sought by graduates including environmental monitoring and control, mining, forensic science, nanotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, medical and agricultural laboratories, manufacturing, food technology, the chemical industry, research and teaching.

    EARTH SCIENCES

    Majors: Geology, Geophysics/Applied Geology

    Earth Sciences involves the study of how our planet is built, how it works, its turbulent 4.5 billion year history and how its precious resources can be located and used. It also investigates how the fragile landscape and often hazardous natural events must be studied and understood to allow them to be adequately managed.  Earth Science is one of the most diverse of the sciences covering everything from meteorites to dinosaurs and from gold deposits to volcanoes. Graduates may seek a wide range of professional careers in areas including resource management, environmental geology, mineral exploration, organic geochemistry, seismology, geomorphology, palaeontology, industry and fundamental research.

    EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY

    Majors : Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Ecology & Spatial Science

    Evolutionary Biology and Ecology allows students to investigate the diversity of life on earth and the relationships between organisms and their environments.  Students will learn about plants and animals, their ecology, conservation and management, physiology and evolution, including those in terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems. Fieldwork and the study of South Australian ecosystems are important components of many later year courses. Exciting careers exist in environmental consultancy, environmental monitoring and management, marine science, aquaculture, community education, ecotourism, wildlife parks, catchment management, research and teaching.

    Fieldwork and the study of South Australian ecosystems are important components of many later year courses.  Spatial Science allows students to assess, map and monitor the Australian landscapes using the latest technology in geographical information systems, remote sensing, and spatial modelling.

    PHYSICS

    Majors: Experimental &Theoretical Physics, Physics, Theoretical Physics

    Physics provides an understanding of the structure of matter and the nature of the universe. You will develop a detailed knowledge of areas which can include astrophysics, atmospheric and environmental physics, computational physics, optics and lasers, photonics and nuclear and particle physics. Mathematical and computer science courses are often taken together with physics.  Employment opportunities exist for graduates in electronics, optics and laser industries, scientific computing, telecommunications, space and astronomy programs, forensic science, defence, health and environmental industries, medical physics and in research.

    SOIL SCIENCE AND SPATIAL INFORMATION SCIENCE

    Major: Soil Science

    Soil Science  explores the biological, chemical and physical properties of soils in Australian landscapes and uses the latest technology in geographical information systems, remote sensing, and spatial modelling to monitor distributions of landscape properties.  Graduates are keenly sought after by a wide range of government agencies, regional bodies, private enterprise and universities to work in the fields of oil surveying, environmental planning, soil conservation, environmental impact assessment, environmental engineering, land assessment and mapping, research and biodiversity survey and assessment.

    Assessment

    Varies according to chosen major but may include assignments, practicals, field reports and exams.

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