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Bachelor of Science

Course code Y83

Provides high quality studies in a wide range of science and technology disciplines. Students take introductory science and mathematics units, and select two majors relevant to their interests and aspirations.

Four course-level electives allow flexibility, the capacity to undertake overseas study or to enrol in specific humanities units that contribute to eligibility for entry to a postgraduate teacher education course.

Students studying on the South West (Bunbury) campus undertake a specified set of core units and both the Conservation Biology and Environmental Management majors. Units undertaken on the South West (Bunbury) campus will be delivered as a series of lecture or laboratory intensives, supported by technology enhanced learning and digital content.

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y83

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,400

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Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y83

CRICOS code

075156D

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,450

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Duration

3 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Course Entry

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

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 complete 4 Core units, two 8-unit Majors, plus an approved combination of 4 Elective units (note the information on Work Integrated Learning Placements below before selecting Elective units). A maximum of 12 units at Level 1000 is permitted, and a minimum of 4 units at Level 3000 must be completed. Core units: It is recommended that the four Core units are completed within the first four semesters of study. Elective units: Students intending to seek admission to professional postgraduate courses such as Education must consult the Course Coordinator before selecting their 4 course-level electives. Elective units may be chosen from anywhere within the University. Note: Students applying for the Work Integrated Learning Placement option will undertake CSI3345 in place of the 4 Elective units.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1182Case Studies in Science15
SCI1125Professional Science Essentials15
MAT1114Introductory Statistics15
Plus 1 unit from:
SCI1187 ^Form and Function in Biology15
SCI1183 ^Origins and Evolution of Life15
SCC1123 ^Chemistry for the Life Sciences15
SCP1132 ^Introduction to Physics15
SCP1134 ^Foundations of Physics15

Note 1: MAT1114 may be substituted with another approved mathematics unit.

Note 2: Students wishing to take a chemistry unit as their CORE OPTION who have successfully completed ATAR Chemistry should take SCC1111 General Chemistry instead.

Note 3: Students wishing to take a physics unit as their CORE OPTION who have successfully completed ATAR Physics should take SCP1111 Physics of Motion or SCP1112 Waves and Electricity.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Majorx 8120
Unit from Majorx 8 (Second Major)120
For students who are NOT undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement
Elective Unitx 460
For students who ARE undertaking a Work Integrated Learning Placement
CSI3345Work Experience Project60

Note: Students should select their Majors in consultation with the Course Coordinator. Where a Core unit occurs in one or both Majors, or where units appear in both Majors, students will be required to discuss their unit selection with the Course Coordinator.

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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.

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Majors you can study in this course

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical science situations.
  2. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook on scientific knowledge.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  5. Think creatively to generate solutions/responses for scientific questions.
  6. Think critically to analyse, construct field or experimental approaches and interpret results to complex scientific problems.
  7. Use experimental and digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values, including Indigenous cultural competence.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,400 *

* 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 amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,450 *

* International onshore - 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 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

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science have a diverse range of career opportunities spanning across biological or environmental sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computing, security and nutrition. The unique structure of this degree enables students to specialise in two science discipline areas, preparing them to meet the current cross disciplinary demands of the job market. Students benefit from a learning environment inspired by world class research academics with strong industry and government links.

Possible future job titles

Environmental/Scientific Consultant, Conservation Officer, IT Consultant, Nature Conservationist, Analytical Chemist, Marine Biologist, Ecologist, Data Analyst, Physicist, Biodiversity Manager

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  • "What amazed me is the amount of practical units my course has"
    Biological Sciences and Human Biology student, Zoe Mputhia
    Zoe MputhiaECU Biological Sciences

    While considering my options for study, the amount of research done by the university and their facilities was a top priority. I was really impressed by ECU's research, facilities and achievements, and this led me to apply to study here.

    What amazed me is the amount of practical units that my course has – this really opens your mind and widens your experience, preparing you for life after university. The laboratory facilities and experiments I have been able to conduct have truly been amazing.

    Also, I got the opportunity to do work experience with lab technicians conducting research on ALS. This experience made me realise that the practical units carried out in my lab classes were very similar to what the scientists were doing in the labs and this was immensely gratifying.

    Studying at ECU has been an amazing experience for me.

  • "Anything is achievable"
    Rebecca MacMillan, ECU Science graduate
    Rebecca MacMillanECU Science graduate

    Coming from a farming background, I was always interested in studying biology. So I made the decision to move here and begin my studies at ECU.

    ECU offered me a course with exciting fieldwork and lecturers who were so welcoming. They even helped me find work experience positions! I have completed volunteer work at the Western Australian Herbarium.

    I’ve learned that anything is achievable if you set your mind to it and focus on your goals and dreams.

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