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Bachelor of Science

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Bachelor of Science offers a program of study central to a broad education in science. The course includes a selection of majors from a range of disciplines that enable students to focus on their areas of interest.

Career opportunities

The degree prepares graduates for continuing study and/or professional participation in diverse fields across public and private sectors and creates opportunities for careers as resource managers and sustainability advisors and planners, policy developers, as biologists and ecologists, or health scientists. Graduates also have opportunities to specialise in disciplines, or develop careers as researchers by undertaking postgraduate coursework or research.

Professional placement

Students can elect to complete an eight-week industry internship during their studies for practical experience to supplement the theory components of the course.

Major areas of study

Majors to select from include:

  • Biology (some units are studied by Distance education with an on-campus residential workshops)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Human Biology (some units can also be studied at the Gold Coast or by Distance education)
  • Information Technology (units are available to study by Distance education only)
  • Mathematics (units are available to study by Distance education only)
  • Psychology (units are available to study by Distance education or at Coffs Harbour).

Please note: some units may only be available to study by distance education and some include residential workshops.

Assessment methods

Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, field trips,online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note: Some units may only be available to study by distance education and some include residential workshops in Lismore that include lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and field trips.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Students have access to laboratories on Lismore campus across a range of scientific disciplines that feature advanced analytical equipment, especially for geochemistry, microscopy, aquaculture, genetic analysis and wood science. Field equipment includes boats and 4WD vehicles, fish and animal sampling equipment, sediment samplers, diving equipment, underwater video recorder, geotechnical and geochemical data collection equipment, portable weather station and data loggers.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of a Bachelor of Science degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units, including
    1. four (4) units from Part A, and
    2. at least one major from Part B, and
    3. the remaining twelve (12) units from Part B and/or Part C, and
    4. at least six (6) of the twenty-four (24) units must be “Advanced” units
  2. Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Science, who have successfully completed eight (8) units from Part A and/or Part B of the Schedule of Units, with no more than four (4) units awarded as Advanced Standing, may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Science following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Science.
  3. Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Science, who have successfully completed sixteen (16) units from the Schedule of Units, with no more than eight (8) units awarded as Advanced Standing, may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Science following withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor of Science.

Advanced standing

Students who have completed the Southern Cross University College Associate Degree of Science will be granted sixteen (16) units of Advanced Standing, provided they can complete the award with a recognised major and six advanced units in the Bachelor of Science.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'