The Bachelor of Life Sciences at UNSW brings together the biological, environmental and medical sciences into a fascinating field of study, allowing you to undertake a wide range of complementary studies. 

How to structure your degree

Students of the Bachelor of Life Sciences complete 24 courses taken over three years when studying full-time. This includes the following components: 

  • science major 
  • science electives (including at least one biotechnology and biomolecular sciences and one biological, earth and environmental sciences course) 
  • general education 
  • free electives.

Upon graduation and subject to your academic performance, you'll have the opportunity to apply for an additional honours year of study. Find out more about your honours year.

Choosing your courses

There are no core courses for this bachelor's degree, but every science major has compulsory courses you'll need to complete. 

TIP: When using the Handbook or the degree templates, always select the year you commenced studying science at UNSW. Follow these rules throughout your degree. 

Following your degree requirements

All rules are outlined in the Handbook and we encourage you to use this in conjunction with the degree templates to ensure you are selecting courses that count towards your degree. If you’re approaching the end of your studies, you can request a progression check and our staff will provide an outline of your remaining degree requirements.

Enrolling in your flexible first year

Our flexible life sciences degree program allows you to declare a major in Stage two of study, so you can sample several different courses before making a decision.

If you’re enrolling and still unsure of your major, follow these steps:   

1. Look at the list of majors available in your degree.
2. Eliminate the majors you’re definitely not interested in.
3. Choose first-year courses common to the majors that interest you. That way, you’ll be keeping your options open.

Still have questions?

Contact Science Student Services