The Bachelor of Science at UNSW allows you to study a wide range of science subjects as well as many other areas of interest. This degree is ideal for students who seek a 'generalist' degree in which there is a large element of choice.

We encourage you to choose a broad range of courses in your first year. This way, you’ll expand your general understanding of science, which will enable you to select majors in your second and third years that are right for you. Upon graduation and subject to your academic performance, you'll have the opportunity to apply for an additional honours year of study.

How to structure your degree

The Bachelor of Science is offered as either a single degree or a double degree.

Single degree structure

As a single degree, the Bachelor of Science is made up of 24 courses taken over three years, when studying full-time.

Double degree structure

As a double degree, the Bachelor of Science is made up of 16 science courses taken simultaneously with courses from your chosen ‘other’ degree.

Students undertaking a double degree do not take general education courses or free electives.

Choosing your courses

There are no core courses for this degree, but every science major has compulsory courses you’ll need to do.

  • Select your major(s) from the list of available majors in the UNSW Handbook and identify the required courses.
  • Next, browse for elective courses and general education by area of interest or subject area.
  • Use the undergraduate degree templates to help you map out your degree.

TIP: When using the Handbook or the undergraduate degree templates, always select the year you commenced studying science at UNSW and follow those 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.

Not sure about your major? 

Our flexible science degree program allows you to declare or change your major in Stage two of study, so you can sample several different courses before making a decision on your major. 

Still have questions?

Contact Science Student Services