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 course.

Get Started in your BSc

Start your Bachelor of Science journey by following all the course planning and enrolment steps in the below link:

Get Started at Melbourne

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!

How the BSc works

Science: Day 1

This year, Science: Day 1 was held on the Parkville campus on 3 July, 2023. It was an exciting event that allowed commencing BSc students to explore all that the course has to offer.

Commencing Bachelor of Science students gained beginner’s tips on course planning with a Course Planning 101 session and learnt important information about the various subjects we offer during a Your Science Options Explained session.

They then had the opportunity to interact with teaching staff to explore different study areas in BSc, and built connections with fellow Science students.

You can view recordings of the Course Planning and the Your Science Options Explained sessions below.

Course Planning 101

Your Science Options Explained

BSc Orientation

BSc Orientation was held on 17 July 2023. At BSc Orientation, commencing BSc students got familiar with Science at the University of Melbourne, learnt how to prepare for the first few weeks of class and how to make the most out of their degrees, and met some of their lecturers.

The BSc Program:

  • Welcome from BSc Director, Associate Professor Andrew Drinnan
  • How to enrich your degree
  • Science Student Panel
  • Subject Getting Started Sessions
  • Subject Expo

Bachelor of Science: Academic Skills session was also held online, 19 July, 11am-12pm. Students were provided with important information and resources on time management, report writing, assessments, research skills, and other tools to prepare them for their upcoming studies.

If you couldn't make it or would like a recap, recordings of the BSc Welcome, Enrich your Degree, Academic Skills, and Getting Started Sessions are below.

BSc - Welcome

BSc - How to Enrich your Degree

BSc - Academic Skills

Getting Started Sessions

These sessions were run by first-year subject coordinators and explain how to prepare for specific subject areas within Science.

  • Earth Sciences

  • Mathematics & Statistics

  • Engineering

  • Information Technology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • BioSciences

Course planning resources

Understanding your course structure and planning what you will study are important steps 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 enrolling into subjects, using a study plan, understanding what a study load is, and choosing breadth subjects.

Access more resources

If you have not yet accepted your offer, make sure you do so via the below link. Then, make sure you have followed all the course planning and enrolment steps.

Get Started at Melbourne

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 your introduction to science at Melbourne. You will learn important information about the various subjects we offer, gain beginner’s tips on course planning and make some friends who you can later meet up with at Orientation. At Orientation, you will learn how to prepare for your first few weeks of class, learn how to make the most out of your degree, and find out who your lecturers are.

  • 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.

  • 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 cannot make it to Science: Day 1, we will be uploading Course Planning: 101 sessions which you can view live and on demand. Register here for a live online or in-person Course Planning: 101 session.

  • 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 Breadth 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?

    Currently, students within Australia can apply for Exchanges. If you would like to investigate exchange options, you should visit Study Overseas on the Current students website to contact the Global Learning team.

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