You’ve finished (or are finishing) your first or second year in the Bachelor of Science and are starting to think about your options. Choosing between majors? Considering exchange? This page has some resources to help.
There is a lot of information out there designed to guide and support you as you move into the later years of your Bachelor of Science. This list is a comprehensive guide.
The Handbook is the University’s ultimate course and subject guide.
In the Handbook, you'll find the rules of the Bachelor of Science and information on subject timetables and prerequisites.
Some subjects offered by the University are ‘quota subjects’ or ‘quota restricted subjects’, where student numbers are limited.
These are usually laboratory or fieldwork subjects where enrolments are limited by available resources. Students are selected for these subjects on the basis of academic merit.
The Quota Subjects page lists subjects that have a quota limit, and provides information about teaching requirements and how to apply.
Sample course plans
A list of sample course plans to help you select subjects that will meet the requirements for the majors available within the Bachelor of Science.
A complete list of the majors available within the Bachelor of Science, with sample course plans.
The My.ScienceApp is an interactive tool that helps you make your subject choices. You can explore majors and keep up to date on major news and events. It is available for free download via the iTunes store and Google Play.
The Course Guide on the app helps you to plan your first-year subject choices as well as the possible pathways that these plans may lead to. The selector allows you to choose different combinations to see what other pathways you may set yourself up for.
The Career Selector works in the same way as the Course Guide, but in reverse. It allows you to select a career that you may be thinking about, and will return all of the major pathways that are associated with that career.
Note: The My.Science App is still in development and should always be used concurrently with the Handbook to ensure prerequisites are met.
Science Major Planner
Do you have a major in mind but aren't sure what subjects you'll need to get there? Using the Science Major Planner web tool, you can pick a major and choose your level 3 major subjects, and the tool will then take you step-by-step backwards through the choices of pre-requisite level 2 and level 1 subjects. You can then save or print your personalised major pathway. We recommend you use the Chrome browser for the best experience.
Note: The Major Planner is still in development and should always be used concurrently with the Handbook to ensure prerequisites are met.
Stop 1 – Course Planning Appointments
If you need specialist advice regarding your course plan, make an appointment with a qualified Course Planning Adviser at Stop 1:
Visit Stop 1
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (BSc) can choose to pursue further studies in science and technology, or other broad areas of interest. As a BSc graduate, you can undertake further study in:
Other professional graduate programs including Biotechnology, Data Science, Environmental Science, Environment, Health Sciences (including Medicine, Nursing Science , Optometry and Physiotherapy), Veterinary Science, Engineering, Management, Law, Social Work, Education, Urban Horticulture and Urban Planning, among others.
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A breadth subject is a subject which is from a different area of study than the degree which you are enrolled in. All Bachelor of Science students will take breadth subjects as part of their course.
Bachelor of Science students complete a breadth component of 50 points (four subjects), with another 25 points (two subjects) available as either Breadth or Science electives (free subjects).
View the full list of Breadth subjects available to Bachelor of Science students.
Examples of Breadth
Arts as Breadth
Commerce as Breadth
Education as Breadth
Law as Breadth
- Health as Breadth
- Veterinary and agricultural sciences as Breadth