Science: Day 1

Welcome! Science: Day 1 – Course Planning and Advice is your first day of university. It's an important academic orientation where you'll learn about opportunities within the Bachelor of Science.

What is Science: Day 1?

Through Science: Day 1, we aim to inspire and equip you with information to enable those first steps of your exciting journey within the Bachelor of Science.

There will be two opportunities to attend Science: Day 1 in 2018.

VTAC applicants: Wednesday 24 January 2018, MSD Basement Theatre
Last names A-M: 09.30am
Last names N-Z: 11.00am

International applicants: 9.30am, Wednesday 14 February 2018, MSD Basement Theatre
*VTAC applicants unable to attend on 24 January are invited to attend the 14 February event.

Science: Day 1 is a vital first component of your university experience and attendance is strongly recommended. Attendance at Science: Day 1 will give you the opportunity to:

  • Experience your first day at The University of Melbourne with other commencing Bachelor of Science students
  • Explore the areas of science available within the Bachelor of Science
  • Discover the ways the subjects your study can be applied to real world situations
  • Discuss course and subject options with academics and learn how the degree can be tailored to your interests
  • Enjoy fun activities and meet our student societies and club representatives.
  • Free lunch and 'Science' hoodie for everyone who attends Science Day 1.

Students enjoying Science: Day 1, January 2017.

Science: Day 1 – The details

Science: Day 1 consists of 4 distinct activities that are designed to help you explore the campus, engage with science and plan your degree.

Welcome and Your Science Options Explained

The Director of the Bachelor of Science will introduce you to the structure of the Bachelor of Science and some ways to think about planning your course. Our First Year Science Subject Coordinators will then explain their subject areas and why you should think about studying them.

Science 101 and Carnival

This is the part of the day where you get your bearings. Our marvellous student volunteers will take you on a campus tour (watch out, there will be a quiz!) followed by a fun lunch carnival with loads of entertainment and yummy food.

Subject Expo

This is where you will get to speak to academics from each of the different subject areas to get some personalised advice on your subject choices and study plan. This is a great way to check that you are on track for choosing the right subjects to succeed in your degree. You can also have specific questions answered by Faculty of Science staff.

Science Course Planning with Credit

Coming into the Bachelor of Science with advanced standing? Don’t worry, this session is for you! This session is specifically designed for students commencing the Bachelor of Science with advanced standing (credit) from previous study. We will explain the choices you have and some useful strategies for course planning with credit.


Wednesday 24 January – VTAC applicants

  Surname A-M Surname N-Z
9.30am-11.00am Welcome and Your Science Options Explained
MSD Basement Theatre, Melbourne School of Design
11.00am-12.30pm Science 101 Welcome and Your Science Options Explained
MSD Basement Theatre, Melbourne School of Design
12.30pm-2.00pm Lunch Carnival Science 101
2.00pm-3.30pm Subject Expo Lunch Carnival
3.30pm-4.30pm - Subject Expo 
4.30pm-5.00pm Course Planning with Credit
(for students commencing with credit)
Malaysian Theatre, MSD Basement       
Course Planning with Credit
(for students commencing with credit)
Malaysian Theatre, MSD Basement       

Wednesday 14 February – International students and VTAC applicants unable to attend on 24 January

  All students Concurrent activities
9.30am-11.00am Welcome and Your Science Options Explained
MSD Basement Theatre, Melbourne School of Design
11.00am-12.30pm Science 101  
12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch Carnival  
1.30pm-3.30pm Subject Expo Course Planning with Credit
(for students commencing with credit)

What to bring

Science: Day 1 will include information sessions and social activities, so you’ll need to be prepared for both. We suggest that you bring:

  • A pen to take notes in the information sessions. Notepaper will be provided by us;
  • A bag or backpack: you’ll be given a Course Planning & Advice Guide, plus other bits and pieces on the day that you’ll want to hold onto;
  • A drink bottle and some sunscreen, as you’ll be spending time outside;
  • An umbrella (just in case)
  • A positive attitude: we know that meeting new people in a new place can be daunting, but come with an open mind, ready to get to know the University and your Bachelor of Science cohort!

What not to bring

  • Mum, Dad, friends etc. The information session will fill up, so there’s really no room for anyone other than students. Science: Day 1 is also designed for new students only, and it’s your chance to meet people and make friends before orientation, lectures and tutorials really kick-off. Plus, first year uni is all about adjusting to independent learning – that starts today!

Getting to campus

We encourage you to use public transport, walk or ride as first options.

If arriving at Stop 1 - Melbourne University on Swanston Street, staff will be there to guide you to the Physics South building.

If you do need to drive to the Parkville campus there are carparks for staff, students and visitors nearby.


Understanding the Bachelor of Science

Science: Day 1 will equip you with all the information you need to understand the Bachelor of Science. However, we understand that many of you will be keen to start planning your degrees as soon as possible. Visit our Getting Started in Science page to find out all the information you will need to start selecting your first-year subjects.

Go to Getting Started in Science

Other orientation activities

As well as attending the designated Science: Day 1 academic orientation, we encourage you to also attend activities during the University’s Orientation: Make the most of Melbourne, for all University of Melbourne students, with activities and
information sessions running from Monday 12 – Friday 23 February 2018.

Science-Specific Orientation Sessions

In addition to Science: Day 1, the Faculty of Science hosts multiple science-specific orientation sessions for commencing Bachelor of Science students.

Bachelor of Science Orientation: Tuesday 20 February

A short academic orientation hosted by the Director of the Bachelor of Science. This session provides an overview of course rules, subject options and the ways you can shape the Bachelor of Science to enable pursuit of your interests and goals.

10.00am – 11.00am (surnames A-H)
11.00am – 12.00pm (surnames I-R)
12.00pm – 13.00pm (surnames S-Z)

Location: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre

First Year Subject Orientations – Thursday 22 February

Commencing Bachelor of Science students undertaking study in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics are invited to attend the First Year Subject Orientations These orientations provide important information to ensure you are equipped to commence study within these subject areas. Attendance is strongly recommended.

9.30am First-year Chemistry Subject Orientation (surnames A-L)
10.00am First-year Biology Subject Orientation (surnames A-L)
10.30am First-year Chemistry Subject Orientation (surnames M-Z)
11.00am First-year Biology Subject Orientation (surnames M-Z)
11.30am First-year Mathematics Subject Orientation (surnames A-L)
12.00pm First-year Mathematics Subject Orientation (surnames M-Z)
2.30pm First-year Physics Subject Orientation

Location: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre

Getting Ready for Study in Science – Thursday 22 February

This is a tailored program aimed at commencing Bachelor of Science students. The purpose of this session is to identify and learn some of the academic skills necessary to be successful in Science! Come along and meet fellow students and get yourself ready for studying at the tertiary level. This session will run directly after the First Year Subject Orientations.

Other orientation suggestions

If you want to start your course planning early, checking out the Handbook for the Bachelor of Science is a great place to start. You can browse all of the majors and subjects available for you to choose from.

We also encourage you to join the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) Mentoring Network. This free program matches you with a trained student mentor, who will help you make a smooth transition into university life.

Information for parents and supporters

The Science: Day 1 sessions are designed for new students to get their first university experience, to meet new people and to understand how life at uni differs from secondary school. For these reasons, we encourage parents and supporters to allow the new students to settle in as group together and therefore not attend the information sessions or subject expo. The Bachelor of Science cohort is very large, and spaces are limited. Parents and supporters who enter the lecture theatre will be asked to vacate to ensure that all new students have a chance to hear the information being provided, and to participate.

Parents and supporters are welcome to drop off and pick up their new student for the day and either stay on campus, wander through vibrant Lygon Street for a coffee, lunch or shopping, or catch any tram from Tram Stop 1 down to the CBD.

Useful links for parents

Unable to attend Science: Day 1?

Whilst we encourage all commencing students to attend Science: Day 1. We understand that it isn’t always possible. As such, we will have specific resources available for students who were unable to attend. These will be made available from 15 February. Please remember, this does not replace the experience of attending Science: Day 1. However, they will provide the necessary guidance to select subjects and ensure you get a good start to your degree

The University will also be offering orientation activities as a part of the broader Orientation: Make the most of Melbourne program. There will be many sessions to help you as you get started and we suggest you make the most of them!

Still need help?

Stop 1: Connecting Students and Services

Stop 1 offers a range of services including:

  • Administrative and information services including student ID cards, fees, transcripts, scholarships and graduations.
  • Enrolment services such as course planning, enrolment assistance, special consideration and student equity.
  • Skills and development services including employability, global experience, academic development, and student development.
  • Support services including disability, housing, financial aid and the Safer Community Program.

Contact Stop 1 online, on the phone or in person.

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