Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science

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If you haven’t yet chosen an area of science to specialise in, but are sure that—once you have—you’ll want to follow that path as far as it can take you, this degree’s for you.

Our direct-entry Bachelor of Science (Honours) builds on Bachelor of Science. You’ll thoroughly explore your scientific curiosity before specialising, then go on to gain next-level capability and an employability edge.

What will you do?

Your first year is all about discovery. You’ll investigate a number of scientific fields, before choosing a major to focus on in years two and three (see Bachelor of Science for choices).

During this time you’ll enjoy the same fantastic opportunities offered to all Bachelor of Science students. That includes developing real-world connections through internships, and potentially gaining global experience with international study. In your honours year, you’ll then advance along either a disciplinary research or professional skills pathway.

The disciplinary research path is the most research-intensive. Working with a specific researcher or research group, you’ll undertake a major research project, together with advanced coursework, in one of the following study areas:

  • 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

The less research-intensive professional skills path will expand your scientific knowledge and skills more broadly. You’ll undertake a major industry or community-related project, along with advanced general coursework, in your choice of:

  • science communication
  • science education
  • science innovation
  • science policy
  • project management.

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Where could it take you?

Depending on your study choices, you could emerge well-prepared for a high-level career in a specific scientific discipline. You might provide society with critical big-picture insights as a science generalist. Or perhaps you’ll aim higher still and go on to master’s-level research. Wherever you want to go, you’ll be well placed.

Entry Requirements

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 354101
2021 CSP ATAR 67.3
2021 CSP IB 27
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 64.65
Median ATAR to receive an offer 81.9
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 87
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 67.3
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 88.1
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 93.55
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Prerequisites None, however Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, Physics or Specialist Mathematics are prerequisites for some first year courses
Assumed Knowledge Stage 2 Chemistry, Physics and Maths Methods
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 354101

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
6 66.7%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students 9 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $8,565

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Scholarships

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

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Careers

Potential careers

Atmospheric Chemist, Palaeontologist, Plant Scientist, Public Health Scientist, Ecotour Operator, Research and Development Manager, Environmental Manager, Flavour Chemist, Geobiologist, Geospatial Scientist, Toxicologist, University Lecturer, Wildlife Conservationist

Degree Structure

Areas of Specialisation

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

Choose a major inBiochemistry, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Genetics, or Microbiology & Immunology


CHEMICAL SCIENCES

Choose a major or Double Major inChemistry


EARTH SCIENCES

Choose a major inGeology, Geophysics or Palaeontology


EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY

Choose a major inEvolutionary Biology, Ecology, or Ecology & Spatial Science


PHYSICS

Choose a major inPhysics, or Theoretical Physics


SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT BIOLOGY

Choose a major inSoil Science or Plant Biology

Example Study Plan

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study with a combined total of not less than 96 units, with 24 units chosen from:

Research areas 
  • 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

Professional skills pathway
  • Science communication
  • Science education
  • Science innovation
  • Science policy
  • Project management

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Last updated: Friday, 26 Nov 2021