Your options

1. Continue with your current Program

If you’re happy with your current program, no action is required. You can continue your study, following the program rules and course list from the year you commenced.

We recommend that you review the pre-2021 Bachelor of Science study planner, as this has been updated with any changes to courses offered in the program.

2. Transfer to the revised Program 

You can explore the option of studying the program under the revised structure and requirements

Before making a decision, please read the 'Key Changes', 'Transition Details' and 'Next Steps' to understand what has changed for the program and carefully consider the options to select the one that best suits you.


Key Changes

From Semester 1 2021, due to the significant change to the structure of the program, the Bachelor of Science (BSc) has a new program code:

Year of Commencement  Program Code
Prior to 2021 2030
From 2021 onwards 2461

The revised Bachelor of Science [2461] has the following changes:

  • Plans (majors and extended majors) available in the program have changed
  • Majors and Extended Majors now include a compulsory Level 1 course
  • Some plans have been renamed
  • Minors introduced and are now available to all BSc students
  • UQ Minors introduced and are available to study as part of the general elective courses
  • Decrease in the amount of late-year courses (level 3 or higher) required
  • Dual Majors are no longer available

Review the Bachelor of Science [2461] to see what plans (majors, extended majors and minors) will now be available to study from 2021 onwards.

Deciding which Program is right for you

When deciding whether you will continue with your current program or transition to the revised program, you should take into consideration:

  • the number of units you've completed in the pre-2021 program
  • any changes to your current plan (if any) (e.g. major or extended major)
  • if you want to study a minor that is only offered in the revised program structure
  • if changing to the revised program structure would affect your remaining program duration
  • any change to your program fees

Changes to Requirements

Late-year Requirement

There has been a change to the late year (level 3 or higher) course requirement, that impacts all students in both the pre-2021 and the revised program. From Semester 2 2020, students will be required to complete a minimum of 10 units of courses at level 3 or higher.

Pre-2021 From 2021
Minimum of 12 units of level 3 or higher courses. Minimum of 10 units of level 3 or higher courses.

Studying Multiple Plans

From Semester 1 2021, students will have greater flexibility to study and complete more than one plan (e.g. major, extended major).

Pre-2021 From 2021
Students may count a course in part B towards one major only

Any course listed more than once, must be substituted in one plan by a course at the same level or higher from the course list for that plan, or from the BSc course list.

  1. Each extended major must include 12 units of courses at level 3 or higher, taken from that extended major’s course list and counted towards no other plan.
  2. Each major must include 8 units of courses at level 3 or higher, taken from that major’s course list and counted towards no other plan.

Changes to Structure

From 2021 the structure of all majors, extended majors and dual majors has changed.  

  BSc 2030 Structure BSc 2461 Structure
Single major 

14 units:

  • 6 units Level 2
  • 8 units Level 3

16 units:

  • 2 units Level 1 
  • 6 units Level 2 
  • 8 units Level 3 
Extended major 

22 units:

  • 10 Level 2
  • 12 Level 3

24 units:

  • 2 units Level 1 
  • 10 units Level 2 
  • 12 units Level 3 
Dual majors 

22 units:

  • 10 Level 2
  • 12 Level 3

No longer offered

(minors introduced)

If you would like to transfer to the revised program, you will need to consider any changes to the courses and requirements of your current plan(s) (if any). Please note that all majors and extended majors available in the revised program, now have a compulsory Level 1 course that ALL students (including students who transfer from the pre-2021 program) must complete in order to complete and graduate with that plan.

Changes to Plans

Plans being renamed

The following plans have been renamed and are only available to students in the revised program:

BSc 2030 Plan Name BSc 2461 Revised Plan Name
Ecology Ecology and Conservation Biology
Food Science and Technology Food Technology
Geological Sciences Earth Science
Marine Science Coastal and Ocean Science

Plans being introduced

Visit the Bachelor of Science [2461] to see what plans (majors, extended majors and minors) will be available to study in the revised program from 2021 onwards. These plans are only available to students in the revised program.

Plans no longer offered

If you are currently studying one of the below listed dual or extended majors in the pre-2021 program, you have the following options:

  • continue in the pre-2021 program and complete the current dual or extended major; or
  • change to the revised 2021 program and complete an alternative plan combination (e.g. major, extended major, minor). 
Dual or Extended Majors Alternative options available in the revised program
Chemical Science dual major You may be interested in the Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Cell Biology or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology plans.

All (16) Computational Science dual majors

Computational Science minor
Food Science and Nutrition dual major Food Science and Nutrition single major 
Archaeological Science extended major  Archaeological Science single major 
Food Science and Technology extended major  Food Technology single major
Marine Biology extended major  Marine Biology single major 

Next Steps

Changing Program

There have been a number of legislative changes to fees that will come into effect from 1 January 2021 that affect all program changes made via QTAC and mySI-net. You can find more information on my.UQ.

Please ensure that you understand the changes, consider your individual circumstances and seek individual advice as required before making a decision to change.

If you decide to change to the revised Bachelor of Science [2461], you will need to submit a Program Change Request through mySi-net:

  • by 12 February 2021 (program change requests opened on 4 December 2020), for Semester 1, 2021
  • by 16 July 2021 (program change requests provisionally open on 30 June 2021), for Semester 2, 2021

Requesting assistance

The Faculty of Science Student Enquiries office are available to help you with any questions you may have and can assist with booking an academic advising appointment.