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Bachelor of Science

Course code M04New in 2022

This course provides students the opportunity to engage in high quality studies across a range of science and mathematics disciplines.

Students specialise in a single major discipline aligned to their interests and aspirations and select a secondary minor area of study to broaden their skills and knowledge base. Students also have a great opportunity to gain real world experience through a semester long work integrated learning placement, the only one of its kind in Australia. This course also provides a strong pathway into the Master of Teaching course for those aspiring to becomes science or mathematics teachers.

Students studying on the South West (Bunbury) campus can select a major in Conservation Biology or Environmental Management, and minors in Conservation Biology, Data Science or Environmental Management. Units undertaken on the South West (Bunbury) campus will be delivered as a series of lecture and laboratory intensives, supported by technology enhanced learning and digital content.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

M04

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $7,050

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West FT PT FT PT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

M04

CRICOS code

106397D

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $35,600

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West FT FT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    One or more of the majors in this course has admission requirements. Refer to the major for more information.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Undergraduate Certificate;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Course Structure

Students are required to undertake 4 core units, a 12- unit Major, a 4 unit Minor and either the Science Portfolio unit and 2 elective units or the Work Experience Project unit in the final semester.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1125Professional Science Essentials15
MAT1114Introductory Statistics15
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#1)15
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#2)15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1182Case Studies in Science15
SCI1210Diverse Voices in Science15
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#3)15
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#4)15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#5)15
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#6)15
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#7)15
Unit from MinorUnit from selected Minor (#1)15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#8)15
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#9)15
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#10)15
Unit from MinorUnit from selected Minor (#2)15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#11)15
Unit from MajorUnit from selected Major (#12)15
Unit from MinorUnit from selected Minor (#3)15
Unit from MinorUnit from selected Minor (#4)15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
For students who are NOT undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement
SCI3152 ^Science Portfolio30
Elective Unitx 115
Elective Unitx 115
For students who ARE undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement
CSI3345 ^Work Experience Project60

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students studying on the South West (Bunbury) campus can select a major in Conservation Biology or Environmental Management, and minors in Conservation Biology, Data Science or Environmental Management. Units undertaken on the South West (Bunbury) campus will be delivered as a series of lectures and laboratory intensives, supported by technology enhanced learning and digital content.

  • Students have the opportunity to seek a semester long Work Integrated Learning placement with an industry partner relevant to the Science and Mathematics discipline.

    Attendance requirements

    Students are required to complete a placement which is equivalent to one semester of full-time study, or approximately 450 hours. Whilst attendance is negotiated with the WIL host organisation, typically students will be expected to attend 5 days a week for 12 weeks.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Students, the WIL host organisation, and the school's WIL Coordinator must complete a WIL documentation pack (which includes all required OSH and Risk Assessment documents) before the placement can commence.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical science situations.
  2. Analyse field, experimental and/or theoretical data using a range of scientific approaches.
  3. Draw conclusions from field, experimental and/or theoretical approaches to generate solutions to scientific problems.
  4. Synthesise relevant information from multiple sources using digital technologies.
  5. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  6. Incorporate diverse perspectives into scientific practice, applying a global outlook and including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives.
  7. Work collaboratively with others, encompassing social, sustainable, and ethical values into scientific practice.
  8. Apply own learning to professional practice.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $7,050 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $35,600 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Science graduates are employed across a wide range of organisations. These include agrochemical companies, automotive and aerospace industries, banking, computing, consultancies, conservation organisations, defence, education, energy, environmental departments, environmental consulting, export, government, health, healthcare, IT, land and water management, materials, meteorology, mining, natural heritage, parks and gardens, sport, technology, industries deal with conservation of biodiversity, environmental impact assessment and management and rehabilitation of specific ecosystems (such as wetlands, forests, coastlines and arid regions), species conservation programs, environmental planning

Possible future job titles

Analytical Chemist, Forensic Chemist, Government Scientist, Industrial Chemist, Instrumentation Consultant, Medical Chemist, Biodiversity Manager, Botanist, Conservation Biologist, Environmental Consultant

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Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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