Bachelor of Science Orientation and Science: Day 1

For students starting the Bachelor of Science, Science: Day 1 and Orientation are both important opportunities to learn about everything you need to get started in your subjects.

BSc Orientation 2023

The Faculty of Science hosted Science-specific Orientation offerings on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 February. If you couldn't make it or would like a recap, recordings of the Welcome, Academic Skills and Getting Started Sessions are below.

Welcome Session

Acting Director of the BSc, Professor Andy Martin, welcomes you to the faculty and outlines some key opportunities and course information that will prepare you for your first class.

Academic Skills: Getting ready to study Science

Watch this session to hear some great study tips from Dr Ha Nguyen from the Academic Skills Team, as well as current Science student, Aardra Kuniyil. Download the First Assessment checklist mentioned in the video. For more information, visit the Academic Skills website.

Getting Started Sessions

Catch up on the subject Getting Started sessions, hosted by First Year subject coordinators in the BSc.

  • Getting Started: Mathematics and Statistics

  • Getting Started: Chemistry

  • Getting Started: BioSciences

  • Getting Started: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Getting Started: Physics

  • Getting Started: Engineering and IT

  • Getting Started: Geography

Science: Day 1, 2023

Science: Day 1, 2023 took place on Thursday 19 January. This exciting and important pre-Orientation event allowed students to explore all that a Bachelor of Science (BSc) at the University of Melbourne has to offer. If you couldn't make it, or want a refresh, recordings of the Welcome Session and Student Panel are below.

Welcome Session

Acting Director of the BSc, Dr Lisa Godinho, welcomes you to the faculty and outlines some key opportunities and course information that will prepare you for your first class.

Student Panel

Watch this session to hear some great study tips from current BSc students.

Course planning resources

Learn all about your Bachelor of Science, explore different subject areas that may interest you and understand all the other great programs that make up your undergraduate experience!

Get started in your BSc

Register for a Course Planning 101 Q&A session with our team of expert course advisers! They'll explain everything you need to know about your first year in the BSc, including topics such as explaining your course rules and structure, exploring your major options, understanding breadth subjects, highlighting useful online resources, and will also be available to answer your questions.

There are general sessions for all commencing undergraduate students and sessions specifically for the Bachelor of Science. Live sessions are available on campus in Melbourne or online from 6 January to 17 February.

Register for Course Planning 101

Understanding your course structure and planning what you will study is an important step to ensure you are choosing the right subjects and major to achieve your academic goals. My Course Planner is an interactive web application that allows you to explore your options and validate your choices to design a program that’s right for you.

Build your My Course Planner course map

We have a wide range of handy resources and videos that can help with things like planning your course and choosing a major, as well as understanding what a study load is, or what to do if you fail a subject. You can find great course planning resources, information, and advice on the Planning Your Course and Subjects website.

Access more resources

Explore this Canvas LMS (Learning Management System) module to learn everything you need to know about managing  enrolment into your subjects.

Visit Enrolment LMS

Frequently asked questions

We received many questions during previous Orientation Weeks, and have collected some answers and related resources below.

  • How is Science: Day 1 different from Orientation?

    Science: Day 1 is an important pre-Orientation even that acts as you introduction to science at Melbourne. You will learn important information about the various subjects we offer, interact with some of our cool facilities, gain beginner’s tips on course planning and make some friends who you can later meet up with at Orientation. At Orientation, you will delve deeper into your course, the subjects you have chosen and the services the University provides.

  • Do I need to attend both Science: Day 1 and Orientation?

    We strongly recommend you attend BOTH Science: Day 1 and Orientation, as each event offers unique information that will ultimately better prepare you for your BSc.

  • How do I register for Science: Day 1?

    If you have received an offer to study Science at UniMelb, you will have received an email with a registration link to sign-up for Science: Day 1. Registrations have now closed for the event.

  • Can I bring along a friend or guardian to Science: Day 1?

    As this a registration-only event specifically for students who have received an offer to study a BSc at the University, we will not be able to accommodate additional guests.

  • What if I can’t make it to Science: Day 1?

    If you are overseas and cannot make it to Science: Day 1, we will be live-streaming some of our sessions via Zoom.

  • How do I enrol in a subject?

    You can find information about enrolling in subjects at Enrolling in subjects in the Current students website.

  • How do double majors in the Bachelor of Science work?

    In the Bachelor of Science, one major will be listed on your transcript. However, in some instances, you can complete the subjects for two majors – for example, you may complete the subjects for a major in both chemistry and pharmacology.
    For individual advice, register for a Course Planning 101 Session.

  • Where can I find out more about Breadth subjects?

    For more information about Breadth in the Bachelor of Science, visit Breath subjects in the Bachelor of Science. For individual advice, register for a Course Planning 101 Session.

  • Can I enrol in a concurrent diploma?

    There are a range of diplomas available and each one has varying eligibility – we recommend having a look at Concurrent diplomas on the Current students website.

  • Can I study overseas?

    Information about Exchanges changes depending on the restrictions both in Australia and overseas. Currently, students within Australia can apply for Exchanges to New Zealand. If you're overseas and want to discuss exchange options, you should visit Study overseas on the Current students website to contact the Global Learning team.

  • How long is Summer semester?

    Summer term will run for 8 weeks, from Tuesday 4 January to Sunday 27 February. You can find all important University dates here:

  • Where can I access the first assessment checklist from the Academic Skills Session?