Courses & Units

Bachelor of Science 73O

Hobart, Launceston


This 3-year (minimum) full-time or part-time course is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and is available at Hobart and Launceston. The main intake to the Bachelor of Science is February, however a mid-year intake in July is also available.


Course Name Bachelor of Science
Course Abbreviation BSc
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code 002059J
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology



Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston Semester 1, Semester 2


Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Dr Julian Dermoudy, Degree Coordinator, (03) 6226 2933.


The course aims to:

  • provide students with opportunities to acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills in a range of basic physical, computational, mathematical, earth and life sciences;
  • introduce students to scientific method through a range of disciplines;
  • provide graduates with advanced knowledge in one or more of the science disciplines; and
  • meet the needs of industry, business and government agencies.

Career Outcomes

Career Options for science students are wide and varied, but typically fall into three main categories:

  • Careers using your specialist knowledge (e.g., geologist, marine biologist, IT systems developer).
  • Careers where a broad understanding of science is essential (e.g., science teacher, journalism, policy advisor).
  • Careers using generic skills obtained during your degree (e.g., public relations, business manager, marketing, government and local councils).

Many graduates seek and obtain employment immediately on completion of their Bachelor of Science. Others focus their specialisation with an additional Honours year, which can lead to a higher initial job placement and faster career progression within the workforce.  Alternatively, Honours can lead to postgraduate study and a career in scientific research and/or academia.

Regardless of your career path, a Bachelor of Science will prepare you well for entry into the workforce. You will obtain specialised scientific knowledge and skills. Equally as important, you will learn how to be a creative problem-solver, to work in a team, and to be flexible – practical skills that are highly sought after by all employers.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of the BSc are eligible for membership of a number of professional organisations. Specific details are provided under individual discipline entries.

Additional Information


Candidates for the BSc can major (3 years of studies) in one or two of the following fields of specialisation:

  • Applied Mathematics (Hobart)
  • Aquatic Biology (Launceston)
  • Biochemistry (Hobart)
  • Chemistry (Hobart)
  • Computer Science (Hobart and Launceston)
  • General Mathematics (Hobart)
  • Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (Hobart)
  • Geography & Environmental Studies (Hobart and Launceston)
  • Geology (Hobart)
  • Microbiology (Hobart)
  • Physics (Hobart)
  • Plant Science (Hobart)
  • Psychology (Hobart and Launceston)
  • Pure Mathematics (Hobart)
  • Statistics and Applied Mathematics (Hobart)
  • Statistics and Operations Research (Hobart)
  • Zoology (Hobart)

An optional second major in Tourism (Hobart-only) may be selected to complement the above science majors, in particular, Geography & Environmental Studies.  The Tourism major can only be taken as a second major in the BSc by utilising the student elective spots in the degree structure.  The Tourism major cannot be taken in a combined BSc degree.


Minimum University entrance requirements apply. Students are encouraged to study some of the following TCE subjects: MTS315109 Mathematics Specialised; MTM315109 Mathematics Methods; MTA315109 Mathematics Applied; ITC315108 Computer Science; CHM315109 Chemistry; GGY5C Geography 5C; EVS315109 Environmental Science; PHY315109 Physics; BIO315109 Biology; PSC315109 Physical Sciences.

Please note that subject (unit) prerequisites apply to the study of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

A successful first year may lead to the five-year combined degree with Law. Credit is possible for studies completed in some TAFE diplomas and in other tertiary studies.

In the Bachelor of Science, you choose a major, a minor, 4 degree electives and 8 student electives.

With the exception of Mathematics, a major and minor must be taken from different discipline areas. Introductory degree electives must be a pair of units (eg KEA101 and KEA102) chosen from a different discipline area than the major and minor, except students may select introductory level degree elective units in Mathematics if they have also selected either a major or minor, but not both, from that discipline area. Launceston students transfer to Hobart if they wish to continue studies in Chemistry and Mathematics after introductory level.

Note 1:  Students can select either a Computer Science major/minor sequence or a Data Technology minor but not both.

Note 2: Students may elect to take an optional second major in Tourism as the 8 student electives.

This degree consists of a total of 24 units comprising:

  • A major of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate, 4 advanced units
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate units
  • Four degree electives: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate units - the intermediate units may be from a different discipline to the introductory degree electives, if listed in the degree elective schedule.
  • Two breadth units: units designed to deepen and extend learning across discipline boundaries
  • Six student electives: units which may be chosen from this or any other subject area within the University, provided they meet the unit level requirements for the degree (see next point below), unit pre-requisites and quotas. You may take individual units or study up to the equivalent of a second major or a minor through your student electives and try out different subject areas - it's your choice.
  • Unit level requirements for the degree are: between 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level. For example, this means you could study 8 introductory, 8 intermediate and 8 advanced, or you could take 8 introductory, 7 intermediate and 9 advanced units or other combinations within these ranges.

Course Structure

Choose 1 major from the following list:

Choose 1 minor from the following list:

Degree Electives

 Students choose 4 degree electives in total.


    • Plus six student elective units.
    • Plus two breadth units. For a list of breadth units see:

    Optional secondary major

    You can take the Tourism major as a second major by using a combination of your breadth, degree and student electives.

      Year 1

      • BMA115Dynamics of TourismDetails

        Unravelling and understanding the linkages between many different components of the systems that comprise tourism is the major task of this unit. Areas of study include understanding tourism as a series of systems, appreciating the role of government in tourism…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for BMA115 Dynamics of Tourism

      • 1 unit (breadth) from:
      • XBR101Confronting SustainabilityDetails

        Contemporary media is saturated with images of extreme weather events, hunger, poverty, conflict, pollution, austerity, and financial crisis. Mounting evidence suggests the 21st century will be defined by unprecedented challenges related to environmental instability, economic inequality and risks to social…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for XBR101 Confronting Sustainability

      • XBR102Developing your Creative and Entrepreneurial PotentialDetails

        Entrepreneurial practice in the contemporary domain has evolved to encompass a transdisciplinary space where community, creativity and collaboration play critical roles. in this context, traditional notions of 'impact', 'profit', 'loss' and 'business' are framed by a newly awakened social, cultural…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for XBR102 Developing your Creative and Entrepreneurial Potential

      • XBR103Global Food SecurityDetails

        Issues of global food security will grow more complex and more crucial during the 21st Century. This unit will help you meet this challenge. The interdisciplinary skills and knowledge developed in the unit are relevant to all citizens and professional…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for XBR103 Global Food Security

      • XBR104Living and Working with Cultural DiversityDetails

        Become better prepared to deal with the variety of culturally challenging situations you will encounter in whichever part of the world you live and work. Develop an appreciation of the personal and professional benefits which come from being more culturally…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for XBR104 Living and Working with Cultural Diversity

      • XBR105Good Thinking: Reasoning Skills for LifeDetails

        This unit aims to teach the fundamentals of good reasoning. You will learn how to construct, analyse, and critically evaluate arguments; how to identify and avoid common errors in reasoning; how to think logically and well; and how to communicate…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for XBR105 Good Thinking: Reasoning Skills for Life

      Year 2

      • BMA207Sustainable TourismDetails

        Sustainable development is one of the most important elements of planning in a variety of industry sectors. Tourism is no exception. This unit investigates the practical application of sustainable development to examining tourism businesses in Tasmania. It also covers the…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for BMA207 Sustainable Tourism

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      • BMA236Festivals and Events ManagementDetails

        Festivals and events play a major role in our society, by uniting people and stimulating visitation to tourism destinations. The skills needed to manage successful events are wide reaching, as they involve: consideration of the broader environment within which special…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for BMA236 Festivals and Events Management

      • 1 unit (degree elective) from:
      • KGA202Geography of Australia's Asian NeighboursDetails

        Australia's accelerating engagement with Asia requires a capacity to understand our northern neighbours, empathise with them, and relate to and work with them.In this unit you will have opportunities to understand the nature of the physical environment of selected parts…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for KGA202 Geography of Australia's Asian Neighbours

      • KGA205Geographies of Economy, Politics and CultureDetails

        Human geography, the study of human life in the context of space, place and environment, provides valuable tools for understanding and transforming the world. The unit explores contemporary issues of economic prosperity, political justice and cultural identity, and related debates…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for KGA205 Geographies of Economy, Politics and Culture

      • KGA223Environmental ManagementDetails

        Society needs professional environmental managers who have the knowledge and skills to effectively tackle problems of sustainable resource use and biodiversity conservation. Environmental managers also play an important role in helping communities identify and move towards sustainable and just futures.…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for KGA223 Environmental Management

      • KGA213Natural Environment Field TechniquesDetails

        Effective management of the natural environment is one of the most important challenges of our time. This field-based unit develops the abilities to describe and assess the conservation status of natural terrestrial ecosystems. Through field data collection, lectures, and a…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for KGA213 Natural Environment Field Techniques

      Year 3

      • BMA319Food, Wine and AgritourismDetails

        This unit aims to equip students with an advanced knowledge about the role of food, wine and agritourism as visitor attractions at regional destinations. Food and wine tourism is a rapidly growing sector of tourism, which reflects changing lifestyles and…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for BMA319 Food, Wine and Agritourism

      • or
      • BMA311Destination ManagementDetails

        This unit demonstrates the need for an integrated approach to the planning, development and marketing of a destination. The concept of destination is examined at the national, state, regional and local levels and issues such as destination branding, managing destinations…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for BMA311 Destination Management

      • KGA331Fire, Weeds and Ferals: Conserving Nature in Protected AreasDetails

        A unit essential for those working towards a career managing natural environments and people in protected areas. For those with other vocational interests,the unit isa way to learn about natural ecosystems and the principles of conservation management. Fire, weed, feral…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for KGA331 Fire, Weeds and Ferals: Conserving Nature in Protected Areas

      • HGA318Creativity and Culture for a Mobile WorldDetails

        This unit will enable students to understand how the creative and cultural industries have dramatically changed how we relate to economic, social, cultural, aesthetic, natural, scientific and technical domains of our lives. While culture grew significantly as an industry and…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for HGA318 Creativity and Culture for a Mobile World

      • 1 unit from:
      • KGA318Geographies of Island PlacesDetails

        Over six hundred million people live on the world's 43 island nation-states and on hundreds of sub-national island jurisdictions. Australia is one such place, comprising over 12,000 islands, islets and rocky outcrops. Islands have distinct geographies and their peoples have…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for KGA318 Geographies of Island Places

      • KGA319Making Sense of Climate ChangeDetails

        Climate change is an immensely complex social and environmental problem with implications for all areas of study. Over coming decades, efforts to cope with climate change will require progress in knowledge creation, policy development, professional practice, technological advances and everyday…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for KGA319 Making Sense of Climate Change

      • KGA327Landscape Evolution and Geoheritage ConservationDetails

        This unit is ideally suited to students wishing to combine their studies with extensive field work and first hand interaction with natural areas. It focuses on processes that form natural landscapes over time, and on the significance of physical landforms…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for KGA327 Landscape Evolution and Geoheritage Conservation

      • KGA332Conserving Nature in LandscapesDetails

        The conservation of nature needs to occur at the landscape scale as well as within protected areas. Landscapes can be wilderness areas, rural areas with highly varied land use or urban areas. Whatever their type, there are landscape processes, both…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for KGA332 Conserving Nature in Landscapes

      • KGA381Environmental Impact AssessmentDetails

        This unit provides an introduction to legal, administrative, social and scientific aspects of environmental impact assessment, environmental auditing, environmental management systems and related environmental management tools. The unit emphasises the practical aspects of environmental management for Tasmanian, Australian and international…

        Credit Points: 12.5


        View all details for KGA381 Environmental Impact Assessment

    Annual Course Cost

    Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

    Course Rules

    1. These Specifications apply to the single Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2010 and shall apply to all candidates for the Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A.

    2. Candidates for the Bachelor degrees shall be admitted in accordance with Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

    3. Candidates for the degrees shall complete the degree requirements in not more than the degree maximum, which will be twice the course length and one additional year. The maximum completion time will be calculated from the commencement of the first unit which is passed and which counts towards the degree requirements.

    4. Bachelor degree requirements

      1. Requirements for Bachelor degrees comprise a minimum of 24 units, comprising 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level. For Bachelor degrees with requirements over 24 units, all additional units will be at advanced level.
      2. Required units
        Course duration Unit numbers and levels
        Units required Nominal degree length Introductory Intermediate Advanced
        24 3 year 8-10 6-10 6-10
        28 3.5 year 8-10 6-10 10-14
        32 4 year 8-10 6-10 14-18
        40 5 year 8-10 6-10 18-22

        The ranges in unit numbers accommodate choice in the levels of units in the degree electives and student electives only.

    5. Degree models

      1. There will be two Bachelor degree models: General and Specialist, which are defined by the combination of modules and electives of the first 24 units.

        • A standard major module is comprised of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate and 4 advanced;
        • a reversed major module is comprised of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate and 2 advanced;
        • a minor module is comprised of 4 units: 2 introductory and 2 intermediate;
        • degree electives units are those chosen from a schedule provided by the faculty;
        • student elective units are those selected by candidates from any available units in which they are qualified to enrol.
        • The models are identified in Schedule A and details of the availability of modules and units are listed in Schedules B and C respectively.

      2. General model

        The first 24 units of a General degree will comprise: one standard major, one minor, 4 degree elective units and 8 student elective units.

      3. Specialist models

        The first 24 units of a Specialist degree will follow either:

        • Specialist model 1: two standard majors, one minor and 4 student elective units, or
        • Specialist model 2: one standard and one reversed major, one minor and 4 student elective units, or
        • Specialist model 3: either two standard majors, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student electives, or one standard and one reversed major, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student elective units.

    6. Enrolment conditions

      1. Enrolment in all units will be in accordance with requisites determined by the relevant Faculty.
      2. When two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

    7. Enrolment exemption - credit for previous studies

      Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree and a course plan developed to detail the units required by the student to qualify for the degree. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

    8. Transition

      Students who have passed units towards degrees under the previous specifications will be entitled to transfer to the degrees under these specifications with full equivalent credit. The transition for continuing students to these specifications will be managed to ensure that students are not disadvantaged.

    NB: Academic Senate noted (31.10.08) that is it recognised that professionally accredited degrees required for entry to professional practice will not be compromised by the move to standard course structures. UTAS will have the opportunity to put its position on the benefits on implementing the standard course structures to accreditation bodies when these programs come up for reaccreditation. If accrediting authorities or any national curriculum arrangements require a structure which does not fit a model already approved, then the UTLC will be requested to develop an additional model.