Plan your BSc
Getting started

You've enrolled in the Bachelor of Science, congratulations! So, 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.

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 confidently select your subjects.

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 four 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

  • Biological Sciences

    Subject set:
    BIOL10008 - Introductory Biology: Life's Machinery + BIOL10010 - Introductory Biology: Life's Complexity OR
    BIOL10009 Biology: Life’s Machinery + BIOL10011 Biology: Life’s Complexity

    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. 20 of the 41 majors in the Bachelor of Science require this subject set, so if you want to keep your future study and career options wide open, study biological sciences in your first year. We cover the full spectrum, from DNA to cells, individuals, populations and ecosystems.

  • Chemical Sciences

    Subject set:
    CHEM10003 Chemistry 1 + CHEM10004 Chemistry 2

    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. The future of science is multidisciplinary, and chemistry sits at the intersection of so much that will change our world over the coming century. Study chemistry and you could be the next Rosalind Franklin, or, well, you tell us...

  • Earth Sciences

    Subject set:
    EVSC10001 The Global Environment + one or both
    ATOC10001 Wonders of the Weather 
    ERTH10002 Understanding Planet Earth

    With 4.6 billion years’ worth of records, you’re never short of content in the Earth sciences. You could start at the origins of our planet and the processes that shaped it, or skip forward to the Snowball Earth, start dating 40,000+ year old Indigenous rock art of the Kimberley, or focus on the future and build advanced climate models to understand how humans are changing our planet. Earth sciences helps you to understand the links between the oceans, land, atmosphere and biological organisms, so you’ll have a pretty good understanding of the world as it is today, was yesterday and will be tomorrow. And if volcanology isn’t one of the coolest sounding sciences around, then what is?

  • Engineering

    Subject set:
    ENGR10004 Engineering Systems Design 1 + ENGR10003 Engineering Systems Design 2

    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. Design and build an interplanetary spaceship, or an even better version of the International Space Station that could make living in space more comfortable. Learn how to build machines, engines and structures that are durable and sustainable in the face of climate change. Fulfil your passion for building and designing, or work towards your career as a certified engineer.

  • Geography

    Subject set:
    GEOG10001 Famine: The Geography of Scarcity + EVSC10001 The Global Environment

    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. If you’re curious about how the natural, built and urban environments affect our societies and biodiversity, geography combines the understanding of environmental and ecological processes with observations of how humans interact with their environments through time. Study geography and find out how to build disaster-resilient cities, understand the underlying causes of famine and forced migration, and learn about the ecology and biogeography of Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. And while you’re at it, learn to unlock powerful features on Google maps that you’ve never even imagined.

  • Information Technology

    Subject set:
    COMP10001 Foundations of Computing + COMP10002 Foundations of Algorithms

    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. And consider this: solving problems in fields such as business, biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, humanities and social sciences often requires manipulating, analysing and visualising data through computer programming. Is IT the skill you need to stand out in your field?

  • Mathematics and Statistics

    Subject set:
    MAST10006 Calculus 2 + MAST1007 Linear Algebra OR
    MAST10021 Calculus 2: Advanced + MAST10022 Linear Algebra: Advanced OR
    MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1 + MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2

    Every scientist, engineer, medical specialist and economist uses maths and/or statistics, all the time. Sure, if you study biology or engineering, you can memorise the equations you need to get by in these fields – but by studying mathematics you’ll be able to pick that equation apart, understand its component parts and, maybe, put it back together with improvements. And you’ve probably heard the saying: there’s lies, damn lies and statistics. That’s partly true – there’s bad statistics, and there are good statistics. Can you spot the difference?

  • Physical sciences

    Subject set:
    PHYC10001/10003/1009 Physics 1 + PHYC10002/10004/10006 Physics 2

    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. You should also study physics if you are inspired by the beauty of the cosmos and want to reveal its mysteries, or you want to use the biggest machine ever built to observe the smallest particles ever found. Or if you just really like lasers.

  • Psychological sciences

    Subject set:
    PSYC1003 Mind, Brain & Behaviour 1 + PSYC1004 Mind, Brain & Behaviour 2

    Admit it. Deep down, we all want to know what everyone else is thinking. Look at the most popular TED talks of all time – nearly all of them are about human psychology. Understanding human behaviour is hard, because how we behave is complex and keeps changing as our environment and technology changes. 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.

4. Select Breadth subjects

breadth subject is a subject from a different area of study than the degree in which you are enrolled in. All Bachelor of Science students must 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

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

After enrolling into subjects, you will need to build your timetable for the coming semester in your my.unimelb account.

The University of Melbourne uses a preference-based timetabling process and system, called MyTimetable that involves three steps:

  • Plan
  • Enter Preferences
  • Review and Adjust

Please refer to the MyTimetable page for further information, and key dates for each of the steps.

7. Peer mentoring

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

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.

You might want to consider joining a club or society which is a great way to meet other students!

It is also recommended that you look at exchange opportunities. Exchange is something that you can start planning from Day 1 of your BSc. Check out the guide to planning your exchange in the BSc, to see the range of subjects and partner institutions that are available for you to choose from.

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.


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]

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