Science: Day 1

Course planning and advice day

Welcome! Science: Day 1 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.

Science: Day 1 takes place before the start of each Semester. The next Science Day 1 is taking place on Tuesday 23rd July and it is strongly recommended that all students commencing the Bachelor of Science in July attend. You will get the opportunity to:

  • Experience your first day at The University of Melbourne with other new 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
  • Receive a free lunch

Students enjoying Science: Day 1, January 2018.

The details

Science: Day 1 consists of four 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 degree and some ways to think about planning your course. Our first year subject coordinators will then introduce you to your key first year subject options to help guide your enrolment decisions.

Campus tour and lunch carnival

Science 101 is an interactive student led tour of the Campus. As a part of this tour you will get to meet current students and find out about their favourite places to study and where the best coffee shops are on campus! Following the tour all students will be invited to a free and yummy BBQ lunch provided by your very own Science Student Society.

Subject expo

This is where you'll 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're on track for choosing the right subjects to succeed in your degree. You can also have specific course planning questions answered by Faculty of Science staff.

Start time



09.30 – 11.00am

Lecture: Welcome and Your Science Options Explained

Glyn Davis Theatre, Glyn Davis Building (MSD)

11.00am – 12.30pm

Campus Tour


12:30 pm – 1.15pm

Science Student Society Lunch Carnival BBQ

Redmond Barry Courtyard

1.00pm – 3.00pm

Science Subject Expo

Glyn Davis Theatre foyer

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 and paper to take notes in the information sessions
  • A bag or backpack: you’ll be given a Course Planning and Advice Guide, plus other bits and pieces on the day that you’ll want to hold onto
  • A drink bottle
  • An umbrella and a warm jacket (it is winter in Melbourne after all)
  • 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 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.

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

Your first-year subjects

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.

It's also worth looking at the Handbook for the Bachelor of Science. You can browse all of the majors and subjects available for you to choose from.

For those of you enrolling in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics there are also additional mid-year subject orientations sessions on Friday 26th July in the Laby Theatre that you should attend. Additionally the University’s Academic Skills Department is offering commencing Bachelor of Science students a tailor made information session from 1.00 – 2.00 on Friday 26th July session to help prepare you for studying science at University.

Biology10:00 - 10:30
Chemistry10:45 - 11:15
Physics11:30 - 12:00
Maths & Stats12:15 - 12:45
Academic Skills: Getting Ready for Study in Science1:00 - 2:00

Making friends

Starting university can be a daunting experience and many of you will be concerned about making friends and connections in this new environment. The Bachelor of Science Peer Mentoring program is available to all commencing students and offers the opportunity to meet a mixture of commencing and current Bachelor of Science students in a relaxed environment. Mentoring catch-ups take place weekly and often include free food and optional activities designed to help you get comfortable at University. Apply today to get matched with your mentoring group for the start of Semester 2.

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?

We encourage all commencing students to attend Science: Day 1, but we understand that it isn’t always possible. For those unable to attend, we will have resources available.

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 events as a part of Orientation activities. There will be many sessions to help you as you get started and we suggest you make the most of them!

Need more 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.

Other useful links