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)

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours)

This is a special program that recognizes high achieving students. Entry to the program requires an ITI score of 90 or greater and in order to maintain a place in the direct entry program students will be required to be awarded the Dean's Roll of Excellence each year. Students not initially admitted to the program but who achieve the Dean's Roll of Excellence at the end of Year 1 will be invited to be part of the program. At the discretion of the Dean students transferring from other institutions may be eligible to enter the program.

Students participating in this program will be required to fulfill all the normal BSc and BSc(Hons) requirements but will be provided with opportunities to participate in various activities and seminars (normally available only to Honours year students) and to develop associations with Faculty academic staff in their major discipline areas. To challenge and engage outstanding students, students will need to complete at least 1 research-based unit, normally in Year 3.


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.

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

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.
  • Eight 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.

    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.