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The Bachelor of Science is a three-year program at pass level. A separate four-year program at Honours level (Program Code 4513) is also available for eligible applicants.

Science is the understanding of the physical universe (from sub-atomic particles and microbes through to the planet’s environment and the origin of the universe itself), and human interactions with it. Just as important is the scientific process by which this understanding is gained. In turn, Science is the foundation of the modern technologies that enhance the quality of lives and provide ever more sophisticated means of applying the scientific process. In addition, Science is crucial in control of disease, biotechnology, new sustainable energy sources, information technology, and management of precious natural resources.

Pass-level students in Science should complete their programs within three years. Honours students who are RAN midshipmen or RAAF officer cadets continue with their programs at UNSW Canberra at ADFA and complete their programs at the end of the fourth year. Army officer cadets, however, at the end of the third year transfer to the Royal Military College, Duntroon. After completing a year of military training they are commissioned as lieutenants and those who are continuing with Honours return to the Academy to complete their program.

A Bachelor of Science program will develop students’ lifetime skills including creativity, problem-solving ability, critical thinking and communication skills that will be useful not only in a scientific environment but in all professions. It will prepare students to deal with technical and management issues that will often require scientific knowledge and the intellectual and practical problem-solving skills developed through studies in physical, environmental and mathematical sciences, and information technology.



Study Level


Typical duration

3 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Semester 1

Academic Calendar

UNSW Canberra Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Pass


Bachelor of Science - BSc

UAC Code


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Program Structure

Students must complete 144 UOC as a standalone program.

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Special Admission Requirements

University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

Additional Information

Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students

A student must comply with the Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students.  In the event of a conflict, the rules for the Bachelor of Science take precedence over the Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students.

Program Rules Dictionary

  • “Major” means an approved combination of 48 or more units of credit in the one discipline area, with at least 18 UoC at each of Level 2 and Level 3. 
  • “Level 1” means courses at an introductory level, normally taken at Stage 1
  • “Level 2” means courses at an upper level, normally taken at Stage 2
  • “Level 3” means courses at an upper level, normally taken at Stage 3

Undergraduate courses are classified by Level e.g. Level 1 courses are usually undertaken in the first stage of a program, Level 2 in the second stage etc. In many cases the first digit of the four-digit numeric suffix of the course code indicates the level of the course e.g. ZPEM1101 is a Level 1 course whereas ZPEM3054 is a Level 3 course, usually undertaken in stage 3.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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