Bachelor of Science

Discover our world

Love science but not sure which path to take? 

The Bachelor of Science lets you design your own degree based on your strengths and emerging interests. From Chemistry to Palaeontology, Genetics to Geophysics... we support your scientific curiosity.

Our degree is ranked best for Science in South Australia, and among the top 104 in the world*.

What will you do?

Whether you want to use your critical thinking to help drive global change or join the cutting-edge of research, our Bachelor of Science will give you the skills you need. You will:

  • become an adaptable scientist as you learn the skills to evolve with one of the fastest-growing sectors
  • learn from world-class researchers who are experts in their field
  • develop connections in the science world through internships
  • engage with new ideas through discovery and experiential learning
  • develop in-depth discipline knowledge through a major
  • build highly sought-after skills in communication, critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • access research facilities of international significance.

You can pursue any of the following major areas of study: 

You can also undertake a double major in:

Where could it take you?

You could surround yourself with plants as botanist, work in stem cell research, take up teaching or apply your skills in the business world. You might help the public engage with science through games and apps. Perhaps you’ll launch your abilities as a space entrepreneur, one of the many emerging science roles we’re only just beginning to imagine.


  • Ranked 104 in world and No. 1 in South Australia for Science*
  • Five star rating for student support in science**
  • STEM jobs growing twice as fast as any other jobs^

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021
**Good Universities Guide, 2021
^Labour Force Survey, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2019

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

Admissions information

SATAC Code 314581
2021 CSP ATAR 65.6
2021 CSP IB 24
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 55.5
Median ATAR to receive an offer 83.65
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.95
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 65.6
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 88.25
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
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). Applicants who have not achieved a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) required for selection may be selected based on the grades in selected year 12 subjects. Applicants do not need to apply to be considered for subject-based entry, as this will automatically be done by SATAC on behalf of the University. For more information, please see: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/entry-pathways/recent-secondary-education/ 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 SACE Stage 2; Chemistry, Physics and Mathematical 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 To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, 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: 314581

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)
37 24.3%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 6 3.9%
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
16 10.5%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
73 48.0%
  • 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)
7 4.6%
International students 13 8.6%
All students 152 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $8,055

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

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

Career Readiness

As a Bachelor of Science graduate, you’ll learn skills that are sought after in a wide range of careers, not just science. This includes skills such as analytical methods, laboratory and field techniques, information technology skills, teamwork, initiative and the ability to communicate and cooperate with people from diverse backgrounds.

This provides the opportunity for a variety of careers in:
  • business
  • defence industry
  • environmental sciences
  • government departments
  • hospitals and health organisations
  • intellectual property
  • laboratory research and development
  • management
  • minerals and energy
  • oil and gas industry
  • private industry and consulting
  • research
  • 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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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, Merchant Banker, Atmospheric Chemist, Palaeontologist, Plant Scientist, Ecotour Operator, Research and Development Manager, ...

Degree Structure

Core Course
SCIENCE 1400 Science or Fiction?

Electives
Refer to the Program Rules for available electives.





Academic Program Rules

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

Areas of Specialisation

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

Choose a major in: Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Genetics, or 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

Choose a major or Double Major in: 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

Choose a major in: Geology, Geophysics or Palaeontology

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

Choose a major in: Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, or 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

Choose a major in: Physics, or 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 PLANT BIOLOGY

Choose a major in: Soil Science or Plant Biology

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.

Example Study Plan

Assessment

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

Graduate Career Stories

"Focusing on agricultural science gave me quite a dynamic approach to solving problems where you can be part of making a difference in the world and influence the direction industry are taking."

Edward Scott

Bachelor of Science

Faculty of Sciences

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Last updated: Tuesday, 23 Nov 2021