Congratulations – you've enrolled in the Bachelor of Science! What now? This page explains how you'll choose and enrol in your subjects for first year.
Welcome to the Bachelor of Science
Course planning: the basics
Learn everything you need to know about the structure of your BSc, what breadth is and how it fits into your degree. If you'd like to see what a course plan looks like in practice, download an example course plan.
Check out your first year subject sets
The Bachelor of Science covers a lot of ground, so we have split it into nine subject sets. Depending on which ones you choose subjects from, you'll be able to keep a range of different majors open as you head into second year.
If you have any trouble reading or understanding these course plans, please contact Stop 1 for support.
All life shares a common ancestor, so whether your end goal is medical, veterinary or other health sciences, agriculture, ecology, conservation, or just a solid understanding of how the biosphere works, it all starts in the same place.
So, what is chemistry all about? The better question is, what isn’t chemistry all about? Whether it’s harnessing renewable energy sources, next-gen nanotechnology, or new medical breakthroughs, chemistry is an ever-present and vital tool for shaping the technologies of tomorrow.
Combine the experimental side of chemistry and the hands-on work of biology, with the analytical and spatial aspects of maths and the global focus of geography and environmental sciences. That’s Earth Sciences!
Are you a problem-solver? An innovator? Do you like to pull things apart and put them back together again just to see how they work? Then engineering systems may be the right choice for you.
Our society is shaped by where we live. Geography is the who, what, where, when and why of us and our place in the world. Geography combines the understanding of environmental and ecological processes with observations of how humans interact with their environments through time.
The world is awash with information, and IT is the central nervous system of our modern world. The internet of things. The cloud. How do we store, secure, interpret and present the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data we produce every minute? The answer is in the hands of computer programmers, data scientists and other IT specialists.
Mathematics and Statistics
Every scientist, engineer, medical specialist and economist uses maths and/or statistics, all the time. And there is so much more to it than you’ve studied in high school! Discover branches of mathematics and statistics that you never knew existed and learn to answer questions you might never have thought to ask.
Biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine – pull them apart bit by bit and, at their most fundamental level, they all come down to physics. So, if you want to understand how a bumblebee flies, or how human metabolism works, or how to design a wind turbine that doesn’t fall down, study physics.
Whether you’re just curious or looking to incorporate psychology into your future career, study psychological sciences to explore every stage of human behaviour, and learn the practical aspects of developmental, social and clinical psychology.
Life in the Bachelor of Science
There are many initiatives to get you settled into life at the University and the Bachelor of Science.
Melbourne Peer Mentor Program
The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program aims to make your transition to university life easier and more enjoyable by connecting you with a peer mentor and a group of first-year peers, providing you with a network for advice and support.
Academic Advising at Melbourne
Academic Advising at Melbourne aims to connect you with our vibrant, diverse and inclusive community outside of the classroom and make the most of your time at University.
STEM Industry Mentoring Program
The STEM Industry Mentoring Program connects University of Melbourne Science and Engineering students with Melbourne-based alumni mentors and industry professionals from within our community.
Internships and industry projects
Internship Subjects and Industry Projects provide you with credit towards your degree, while developing your technical and professional skills and building your graduate career prospects.
As well as mentoring, advising and internship opportunities, there are a range of other ways to make the most of your time at university.
Student clubs and societies
Student clubs and societies are a great way to meet other students and to develop both socially and intellectually.
Overseas exchange is something that you can start planning from Day 1. Check out the guide to planning your exchange to see the range of subjects and partner institutions that are available for you to choose from.