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Bachelor of Science

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Bachelor of Science provides a broad education in science as well as the opportunity to specialise in an area of
interest through the study of a major such as human biology, environmental chemistry, biology, engineering, information technology, psychology and mathematics. The degree is ideal for attaining a general overview of science before specialising in a specific course of study. It offers flexibility in subject choices, enabling students to tailor their study to their learning goals.

Career opportunities

In public and private sectors as a resource manager and sustainability advisor and planner, policy developer, biologist, ecologist, health scientist; and in scientific research. 

Professional placement

Students can elect to complete an eight-week industry internship placement to gain industry experience. Interns work with organisations across the science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies; private consultancies; or business enterprises in Australia or overseas. 

Major areas of study

Majors to select from include:

Biology provides students with a broad base for understanding principles governing life processes at all levels–molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological. There is a strong focus on human impacts. The management of ecosystems is embedded throughout the major. (L, O*) 

Engineering ensures students have a sound base of environmental engineering knowledge coupled with principles of physical and biological sciences. (L)

Environmental Chemistry gives students the knowledge to solve chemically related environmental problems.  Students will also gain an overview of sediment and aquatic chemistry, which includes laboratory analysis of materials.  (L, O*

Human Biology provides students with an area of specialisation within the health sciences. Students gain knowledge in physiology, anatomy, nutrition, exercise and health sciences. (L, GC, O)

Information Technology enables students to specialise in computing technology including programming, system design and web development. (O)

Mathematics provides an area of specialisation for students in advanced mathematical skills. Subject areas can include an overview of algebra, calculus, physics and more complex analysis and group theories. (O)

Psychology provides a overview of a range of psychological theories including learning and memory, psychological assessment and research in the psychology discipline. (CH, O).

CH = Coffs Harbour  GC = Gold Coast  L = Lismore  O = Online 

*Include on-campus, 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 online 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 online and some include compulsory 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, specifically for geochemistry, microscopy, aquaculture, genetic analysis, wood science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as well as labs for biology, chemistry and geology.

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, and a 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 (288 credit points), comprising:
    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.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students


On-campus applications for this course are made through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Online (external)

Applications for this course to study online are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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'