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Advanced Science - 3972

Program Summary

   
   
 
Campus: Kensington Campus
 
 
Career: Undergraduate
 
 
Typical Duration: 4 Years
 
 
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
 
 
Min UOC Per Semester: 3
 
 
Max UOC Per Semester: 27
 
 
Min UOC For Award: 192
 
 
Award(s):
 
 
Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours)
 
 
Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Major)
 
  

Program Description

This four-year program is designed to challenge students with an interest in critical thinking, research and innovation. The development of depth of understanding and practical skills in a discipline is a key part of the program, however, the degree also focuses on instilling a culture of research and enquiry through early induction into the research ethos and access to research groups and facilities. In their fourth year students undertake an honours year which involves a supervised research project and in some cases, advanced level coursework. Outstanding Honours students may continue their studies in a higher research degree.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

This program has been designed to:
  1. Graduate scientists with both breadth and depth of scientific knowledge and professional skills;
  2. Develop the capacity for critical thinking and independent learning;
  3. Provide training in the practice and management of research and instill a research ethos;
  4. Endue general and science-specific graduate attributes;
  5. Expose students to disciplines outside science, and the social context of science.

Program Structure

Students must complete a minimum of 192 units of credit for the award of a Bachelor of Science (Advanced). This 192 units of credit is comprised of the following:
TOTAL OF 192 UOC  144 UOC
* An approved Bachelor of Science (Advanced) major; and
* SCIF1121 or SCIF1131;
* 48 units of credit Honours Year; and
* Science elective courses ('Science' courses are defined in Table 1 below.)
 36 UOC  * Free electives: these courses can be taken from any Faculty of the university.  
 12 UOC  * General Education courses: these courses cannot be Science courses.

Where a student studies the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) as part of a dual degree with another UNSW undergraduate degree program, they are required to complete a minimum of 144 units of credit comprised of an approved Bachelor of Science (Advanced) major, SCIF1121/1131, Honours, and science elective courses, ie. the blue coloured area in the table above.

Single Degree Program Rules

Academic rules relating to the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) are as follows:

   1.  Students in the single degree program must complete a minimum of 192 units of credit.

   2.  Students must complete at least one approved Bachelor of Science (Advanced) major, and this must be declared before enrolling in level II courses.

Students do not need to declare a major in their first year as they are encouraged to try a variety of level 1 Science courses to enable them to select an appropriate major before commencing level II courses. Information on how to declare a major can be found on the Science Student Centre website.

   3.   Approved majors in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) program are:
Anatomy Ecology Neuroscience*
Archaeology and Palaeoenvironments Genetics Pathology
Biochemistry Geochemistry Pharmacology
Biological Science High Performance Student Plan  Physical Geography
Biotechnology Human Geography  Advanced Physical Oceanography
Chemistry Marine and Coastal Science Physics
Climate Dynamics Medical Microbiology and Immunology Physiology
Climate Systems Science Microbiology Psychology
Earth Science Molecular Biology Vision Science

* Students interested in completing a Neuroscience major should read the important information at the bottom of this page under 'Neuroscience Major'.


   4.   SCIF1121 Advanced Science: Professional Perspective and Practice (6 units of credit) or SCIF1131 Science: Technological and Professional Perspectives (6 units of credit) must be completed in first year.

   5.  An Honours Year of 48 units of credit must be completed. For information regarding the admission requirements and application process for honours, please see the information below under 'Honours'.

   6.   In addition to the courses required for a student's chosen major, SCIF1121/1131, and honours, students must take 'science' courses so that the major plus SCIF1121/1131, plus Honours year plus 'science' courses total 144 units of credit.

Majors in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) range from 66 units of credit to 90 units of credit. Honours is 48 units of credit and SCIF1121/1131 is 6 units of credit, therefore students will typically need to take 0 to 24 units of credit of additional 'science' courses depending on the major chosen. Some of these additional science courses may need to be at level I or level III depending on whether a major meets rules 7 and 8 below. Where a student chooses to complete a double major, this requirement will typically be met through completion of the requirements for the two majors.

'Science' courses are courses offered by the following Schools. The course prefixes that are associated with each School are in bold below:

Table 1: Definition of 'Science' courses
 Aviation  AVIA
 Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences
 BIOS, BEES, CLIM, GEOS, IEST,
 MSCI,  ENVS
 Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences  BABS, BIOC, BIOT, MICR
 Chemistry  CHEM
 Computer Science  COMP
 Food Science  FOOD
 Materials Science and Engineering  MATS
 Mathematics and Statistics  MATH
 Medical Sciences  ANAT, NEUR, PATH, PHAR, PHSL
 Psychology  PSYC
 Physics  PHYS
 Optometry and Vision Science  OPTM, VISN
 Science Faculty  SCIF, BSSM

   7.  Students must complete at least 24 units of credit of 'science' level I courses.

Most majors in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) already satisfy this requirement, for example, the Molecular Biology major requires BIOS1101, BABS1201, CHEM1011, CHEM1021 and 6 units of credit of Mathematics. This is a total of 30 units of credit of science level I courses, therefore, no more level I science courses are required. Where a major does not include at least 24 units of credit of science level I courses, students will need to choose additional level I science courses to bring the total to 24 units of credit. For example, Psychology requires PSYC1001 and PSYC1011, therefore, students will need to choose an additional 12 units of credit of science level I courses. These science level I courses also count towards the 144 units of credit requirement at rule number 6.

   8.  A minimum of 30 units of credit of level III courses must be completed.

Typically Advanced Science majors contain 18 -30 units of credit of level III courses. Therefore students may be required to take an additional 0-12 units of credit of level III courses which must be 'science' courses such that a total of 30 units of credit at level III is completed. These additional level III courses should be completed in a student's major area of study, or a complementary area that will be beneficial for a student's chosen honours area. Students completing a double major will typically meet this requirement through completion of level III courses for the second major. These additional level III science courses count towards the 144 units of credit requirement at rule number 6 above.

   9.   Where offered in a particular major students must take higher versions of courses. Any variation to this must be approved by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) or nominee.

This rule only applies to courses typically at level II and III in a major (or in some cases level I courses considered to be core for the major). It does not apply to fundamental knowledge building level I courses in a major. Not all Bachelor of Science (Advanced) majors have advanced level courses, but where a major does, Advanced Science students must take these higher level courses. Please refer to the Advanced Science plan entries in this Handbook which indicate where higher courses must be taken.

   10.   12 units of credit of general education must be taken and these may be taken at any stage in a student's program.

Students must follow the UNSW rules for general education. Any course defined as a 'science' course in Table 1, cannot be taken as general education. Any exceptions to these rules must be approved by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) or nominee.

   11.   A maximum of 72 units of credit of level I courses can be taken, including any GEN#### course or mainstream level I course taken to fulfil the 12 UOC general education requirement.

   12.  No student may commence level II courses until 30 units of credit of level I courses have been successfully completed.

   13.   Students may commence level III courses upon successful completion of 72 units of credit.

   14.   Progression to stages 2, 3, and 4 is subject to academic performance. Students will be required to attain a weighted average mark (WAM) of 70 in each semester. Where students do not maintain this minimum level of academic performance, they will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science program.

Dual Degree Program Rules

Where a student undertakes a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) degree program as part of a dual degree with another undergraduate degree at UNSW, the program rules for the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) are as follows (for further information regarding each rule, please refer to the relevant rule for the single degree program as listed above):

   1.  Students must complete a minimum of 144 units of credit;

   2.  Students must complete at least one approved Bachelor of Science (Advanced) major, and this must be declared before enrolling in level II courses;

   3.  SCIF1121 Advanced Science: Professional Perspective and Practice (6 units of credit) or SCIF1131 Science: Technological and Professional Perspectives (6 units of credit) must be completed in first year.

   4.  An Honours Year of 48 units of credit must be completed. For information regarding the admission requirements and application process for honours, please see the information under 'Honours';

   5.  In addition to the courses required for a student's chosen major, SCIF1121/1131, and honours, students must take 'science' courses so that the major plus SCIF1121/1131, plus Honours year plus 'science' courses total 144 units of credit;

   6.  Students must complete at least 24 units of credit of 'science' level I courses;

   7.   A minimum of 30 units of credit of level III courses must be completed;

   8.  Where offered in a particular major, students must take higher versions of courses. Any variation to this must be approved by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) or nominee;

   9.  No student may commence level II courses until 30 units of credit of level I courses have been successfully completed.

   10.  Students may commence level III courses upon successful completion of 72 units of credit.

   11.  Progression to stages 2, 3, and 4 is subject to academic performance. Students will be required to attain a weighted average mark (WAM) of 70 in each semester. Where students do not maintain this minimum level of academic performance, they will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science program.

Students wishing to complete a double major in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) as part of a dual degree at UNSW, should be aware that it will be very difficult to complete two majors within 144 units of credit. Therefore where a dual degree student would like to undertake a double major, they should be aware that it may involve extra time and cost to complete, and may have visa implications for international students.

Honours

Students must complete a 48 UOC honours sequence at Stage 4. Progression to stage 4 is subject to academic performance, and requires completion of a total of 144UOC and all the requirements of the first three years of the program, including, level I, major, and general education requirements. Students are expected to have attained an overall WAM of 70 or higher to be eligible to continue to Honours. Admission is subject to appropriate research and supervision resources being available and quotas may be imposed for entry in any year, in which case admission will be determined on academic merit. Students should seek the guidance of the appropriate School at an early stage of study to ensure that the study plan being followed is best suited to lead to the stage 4 Honours. Applications for admission into Honours should be made with the relevant School. Students who are ineligible to progress to Honours, will be required to transfer to the Bachelor of Science program (3970) and graduate with the Bachelor of Science award at pass level. Students should be aware that not all 3972 majors are available in program 3970, meaning that graduation in 3970 may occur in a less specialized major.

Students completing Stage 4 Honours will be considered for the award of honours according to the following scale (based on performance in stage 4 or over the entire program according to the rules of the relevant Honours program):

Honours Class 1: mark or weighted average of 85 or greater;

Honours Class 2 Division 1: mark or weighted average from 75 to 84;

Honours Class 2 Division 2: mark or weighted average from 65 to 74;

Honours Class 3 or Pass: mark or weighted average below 65.

Students enrolled in the Advanced Science program who wish to take out the Bachelor of Science award at pass level without proceeding to Honours, are required to transfer to the Science program (3970). Applications to transfer should be lodged with the Science Student Centre no later than the census date for the semester in which the student expects to satisfy requirements. Students applying after that date may not be able to graduate in the next round of ceremonies. Students should be aware that not all 3972 majors are available in program 3970, meaning that graduation in 3970 may occur in a less specialised major.

Academic Rules

See the Single Degree and Dual Degree Program Rules above.

Fees

For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  https://my.unsw.edu.au/student/fees/FeesMainPage.html

Choosing Electives

In addition to choosing science courses, and general education courses as per the academic rules above, students have up to 36 units of credit of free electives in the single degree program, where not undertaking a double major. These free electives can be taken from any Faculty at UNSW subject to the rule that no more than 72 units of credit of level I courses (or GEN##### courses) can be taken throughout the degree program. Therefore students may choose to undertake further science courses, or may explore subject areas from outside of science. For students interested in developing their research skills, the following courses are recommended:

Double Major

Where students choose to undertake a double major, elective courses are utilised to undertake courses for the second major. Whilst some majors are in cognate areas and have some overlap which will enable the two majors and honours to be completed in less than 192 units of credit, other major combinations may require a student to do more than the minimum 192 units of credit for the degree. This will result in additional cost and time to complete the degree requirements for the student and may have visa implications for international students.

High Performance Student Program and Accelerated Progression

Admission to the High Performance Student Program will be by invitation of the Program Authority. To be considered for the High Performance Student Program students must have demonstrated high capabilities (such as Olympiad participants or those with very high ATAR or equivalent). There is provision for exceptionally talented students to take higher level courses in Stage 1, to be exempted from from some Program Rules and for early access to upper level courses and research projects. Contact the Science Student Centre for details.

Neuroscience Major

Students who wish to undertake a Neuroscience major in Advanced Science need to use 6 units of credit of free electives, to complete the major, ie it requires 150 units of credit to complete, as follows:
  • 84 units of credit for the major;
  • 6 units of credit SCIF1121 or SCIF1131;
  • 48 units of credit Honours;
  • 12 units of credit level III Science courses (the major only includes 18 units of credit at level III and Advanced Science Students must take 30 units of credit of level III Science courses).
This means that students wishing to complete the Neuroscience major as part of a dual Advanced Science program, may go over the units of credit required for the dual program by 6 units of credit. This may result in additional cost and time to complete the degree requirements and may have visa implications for international students.

Sample Programs

The Faculty of Science has created Undergraduate Program Guides to help students choose courses based on the requirements of their chosen major/s. The documents should be used as a guide only and in conjunction with the program rules outlined above.

To access the Program Guide for your major, visit www.science.unsw.edu.au/current-students/undergraduate-program-guides.

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