Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science

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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019

Mode of delivery Location

  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019


Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science (pre 2019)

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:


The Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science is for those who are interested in understanding the world around us and how it works. Through the sciences you will be inspired to build new knowledge and discover new things. Through the arts you will explore ideas, theories and records of how people process the human experience through society, culture, and more. You’ll be able to follow your passions, and you will learn from leading researchers who will guide you through a tailored program, specifically designed to give you the skills that employers are seeking. Our guidance and mentoring give you the confidence to know you’re heading where you want to with your career, and you’ll have authentic opportunities to work with industry and in research whilst you study. A combined degree program offers greater breadth of learning, enhancing the academic and professional qualities gained in each separate degree. On completion, you will have the practical skills to make a difference in the world and contribute new solutions to the many challenges we face.


On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • You will be a problem solver and an innovator who can identify, draw upon and manage resources to take a scientific project from concept to completion.
  • You will be a critical thinker who has keen insight and a broad perspective of the world to find scientific solutions to complex problems
  • You will be a practitioner who has the ability to apply your learning and skills to create new understandings of the world and real world issues that lay at the intersection of many traditional and emerging science disciplines.
  • You will be a keen scientific researcher and skilled technician who has the ability to think creatively, to plan, to evaluation, to reflect upon and apply your findings.
  • You will be a person who has the flexibility to work in many different environments, to harness collective knowledge within local and global professional networks, to communicate effectively, to work with people and have an appreciation of others.
  • You will be a professional who can apply your skills and knowledge of science to the highest ethical standards responsibly and honestly


Program code

  • International students - 4 years full-time.

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here.  Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

Enrolling in mathematics - Maths placement test

Your degree includes either compulsory or optional courses in maths. To maximise your likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that you select the course which matches your existing knowledge and understanding of maths concepts.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at

Program requirements

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science requires the successful completion of exactly 320 units. Students must complete one of the following pathways:

Pathway A (Single major option):

  • 110 units of Core Courses (30 units of Arts Core Courses plus 80 units Science Core Courses including a MATH Directed course*)
  • One 80 unit B Science Major
  • One 80 unit B Arts Major
  • 50 units of electives ** OR (1) one 40 unit B Arts Minor plus 10 units of electives

Pathway B:

  • 110 units of Core Courses (30 units of Arts Core Courses plus 80 units Science Core Courses including a MATH Directed course*)
  • One 120 unit B Science Major
  • One 80 unit B Arts Major
  • 10 units of electives

*Students choose their MATH Directed course based on previous mathematical background. See the course descriptions for details.

** Electives can include suggested Science Elective Pathways or unrestricted courses offered within the university.


BScience Majors Options:

  • Biology: Biology.
  • Earth Science: Earth Sciences.
  • Geography: Geography.

Pathway B (120 unit majors by Discipline):

  • Biology: Animal Biology; Plant Biology.
  • Chemistry: Chemistry.
  • Environmental Science: Conservation and Ecological Sciences; Environmental Remediation; Marine, Coastal and Ecological Sciences.
  • Geography: Integrated Geography.
  • German
  • Linguistics
  • A BSc Psychology major cannot be taken with a BArts Psychology Science Major
  • A BSc Geography, or Integrated Geography major cannot be taken with a B Arts Human Geography and the Environment major.

It is strongly recommended that students undertake the maths diagnostic quiz prior to enrolment to assist in selecting the appropriate level of maths. For more information please see here.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core courses Code

  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
10 units
10 units
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)


Mathematics Directed course

Choose 10 units from the following Mathematics directed courses. Please note that some disciplines require a minimum level of mathematical knowledge. MATH1002 or higher is required for a Chemistry major. MATH1110 or higher is required for Physics or Mathematics majors.

  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)


Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may apply to undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree and further develop their specific areas of interest.

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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