Plan your BSc
Getting started

So, you've enrolled in the Bachelor of Science. Congratulations! What now? This page explains how you'll choose and enrol in your subjects for first year.

The process of choosing your first-year subjects may appear daunting, but don’t worry, we have lots of resources to support you through this important process.

Our interactive course planning tool will help you plan your subjects and majors

1. Understand the course structure

To start planning your degree, you firstly need to understand the course rules. These may appear confusing at first, but once you begin looking at sample study plans things will become clearer. Understanding the course rules will enable you to select subjects confidently.

2. Think about possible majors

To graduate from the Bachelor of Science you need to have a major. Your major is the main specialisation in your degree. Each major involves a group of third-year subjects that equip you with specialised knowledge in your chosen field of study.

The subjects you select in first year influence the majors you can complete, so you need to consider this carefully when selecting subjects.

Look through all the majors available in the Bachelor of Science. Click through each of the majors to see sample study plans.

3. Select science subjects

Now you’ve looked at the majors and how a study plan is structured, it’s time to select your first-year science subjects.

We have created Subject Sets which are designed to help as you structure your first year. Subject Sets are groupings of related first year subjects which build a foundation of knowledge in a particular-area of study.

We recommend you enrol in at least two Subject Sets to keep your options open. You can review our sample study plans to give you a better idea of how the Subject Sets relate to majors.

Subject sets available

  • Chemical sciences
  • Earth sciences
  • Engineering systems
  • Geography
  • Information technology
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Physical sciences
  • Psychological sciences
  • Interdisciplinary study

4. Select Breadth subjects

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 your 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

5. Enrol

Complete your enrolment via You need to ensure your enrolment is complete well before the commencement of semester.

For further information, read these useful instructions.

6. Register for classes

The final step in this process is to register for classes and compile your timetable. The timetable for Semester 1 will open in early February.

The University has detailed tips and tricks for creating your timetable.

7. Peer mentoring

Starting out at university can be a daunting experience, but don’t worry, our BSc Peer Mentors are here to help! Starting in Week 2, the BSc Peer Mentoring program is an opportunity to meet fellow Bachelor of Science students and learn about their experiences.

This informal program is designed and run by students and offers free food and fun activities from Week 2 – 5, as well as opportunities for social activities throughout the Semester. Find out more.

8. Get involved!

While study is the primary reason you are at University, don’t forget to take time to explore the extracurricular opportunities that are available.

Consider joining a club or society, look ahead at exchange opportunities! Attend a First Year at Melbourne appointment to learn more about the opportunities available.

Supporting resources

There is a lot of information out there designed to guide and support you as you select your subjects and build your study plan. Below is a list of the most important ones.

Course planning tool

Our interactive course planning tool will help you plan your subjects and majors.

Use course planning tool


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.

View handbook

Course planning and advice guide

The Course Planning and Advice Guide is provided to all commencing students at Science: Day 1. This Guide provides detailed information to support your subject selection in first year.

View guide

Majors and course plans

A complete list of the majors available within the Bachelor of Science, with sample course plans.

View all majors

View sample course plans [PDF]

First Year at Melbourne Appointments

Being a new university student is pretty exciting, but how do you learn what to do, where to go, who to meet?

First Year at Melbourne appointments are designed specifically for new first year undergraduate students. They are 30 minutes in duration and you will speak with an adviser and up to three other students from the Bachelor of Science.

Appointments will run from late January through to February.

Find out more

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