Bachelor of Science

Program rules and requirements

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.

If you require assistance at any time please contact the Faculty of Science at or phone 3365 1888.

  • Terminology Explained

    Units (#): Most courses are 2 units (#2). A full time study load for a semester is #6 or more, so that’s 3 or more courses. Most students do 4 courses, #8 in each semester. International students must do #8. To complete a 3 year program within the 3 years, students are required to do 4 courses per semester unless they opt into summer electives.

    Major: An area of specialised study within a program of #14. A major may be referred to as a specialisation, discipline or plan.

    Extended major: Like a major, but with in-depth study of #22. (e.g. BSc with an extended major in Marine Biology).

    Dual major: Combination of two fields within science of #22 (e.g. computational science with a second major in chemistry).

    Late year courses: A course that is level 3 or higher. The first number in the course code will tell you the course level e.g. MATH3202 is a level 3 course, BIOL2001 is a level 2 course, STAT1201 is a level 1 course. You must complete a minimum of #12 of late year courses to complete the BSc.

    Need more information? Please refer to our First Year Guides.

Pre-medicine Study Planners for the Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science provides an array of possible study plans that also allow students to prepare appropriately for subsequent study in the MD program. A select few planners have been devised in consultation with the School of Medicine and are available for download.