This double degree will appeal to students who want a strong foundation in science, complemented by studies in the arts, social sciences and languages.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Science
Delivery Mode
On campus
Award
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
4 Year(s)

Overview

Both degrees offer plenty of flexibility, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals. With 25 majors, the science component gives you the flexibility to try out a wide range of subjects before deciding on your specialisation. Science courses will provide you with a solid education in scientific theory, methods and research.

You can then choose from more than 35 arts subject areas, where you'll develop transferable skills and in-depth knowledge, and gain the tools to think critically, communicate effectively and conduct independent research.

Key features

  • Flexible subject choices
    We’ve designed our science degree for innovative thinkers, offering flexibility to tailor the degree to your interests. With 26 majors to choose from, you can opt to study a single major or combine multiple interests with a double major. This degree also allows you to declare or change your major in stage two of study, meaning you can explore several different disciplines before deciding on the path that’s right for you.
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities
    At UNSW Science, we focus on delivering the optimal balance of theory and practical work to equip you with the skills and experience to fast-track your career. The SCIF3199 Science Work Placement course gives you the opportunity to gain practical work experience through an internship. Previous work placement students have interned with IT companies, start-ups, government departments and large biomedical and biotechnology companies. Along with new professional skills and connections, you’ll also gain course credit for your work placement.
  • Research internship course
    The SCIF2041 Research Internship course gives you the opportunity to complete a short theoretical or experimental research project in a world-leading research team supervised by a member of academic staff. Internships may also involve a placement outside of UNSW, in the form of externally funded research programs.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Learn with the best
UNSW Science is at the forefront of many new scientific developments, teaching and innovation. We’re responsive to the needs of industry, adaptive to change and take an innovative approach to teaching and learning. Our world-class laboratories, clinics and simulators give you the tools to explore new frontiers and make meaningful scientific discoveries to benefit society.

  • We’re of the top 50 universities in the world for Environmental Sciences (#19), Psychology (#24), Mathematics (#38), Geology (#38), Materials Science (#39), Earth & Marine Science (#40) and Anatomy & Physiology (#50).*
  • We’re ranked 1st in Australia for research output in Chemistry and Physical Sciences and 2nd in Australia for research output in Earth & Environmental Sciences.**

Leverage our industry connections
Reach your career goals with industry relevant skills and training. Tap into our network of 400+ industry and research partners to start building your own professional connections.

Learn from world-class educators
Study with passionate and pioneering educators, including quantum physicist and 2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons AO, Nobel Laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart, leading marine ecologist and Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston AO and ground-breaking recycling scientist Professor Veena Sahajwalla.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
**Nature Index Institution Outputs 1 Dec 2019 – 30 Nov 2020

 

Program Code
3947
CRICOS Code
015787C
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
429200
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192
Indicative Enrolments
130

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Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
80
2021 A levels
13
2021 IB Diploma
29
2021 Lowest ATAR
68.95
    1. 2021 Lowest Selection Rank
      The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. 2021 A levels
      The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. 2021 IB Diploma
      The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. 2021 Lowest ATAR
      The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

Assumed knowledge

Chemistry, Mathematics Advanced or Mathematics Extension 1 (depending on chosen area of study) plus one or more of Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics.

Adjustment factor schemes

We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Alternative entry pathways

Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Pathway programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that will help you transition into university seamlessly so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Bachelor of Science starts with foundation courses to build your introductory skills before you choose a major (or two) to explore what inspires you the most. You’ll also study free electives from any faculty at UNSW and general education non-science courses to expand your knowledge base.

Full program structure

As a double degree, the Bachelor of Science is made up of 16 science courses taken simultaneously with courses from your arts degree. Students undertaking a double degree do not take general education or free elective courses.

Type

Units of Credit (UOC)

Number of courses

Major

72

12

Science electives

24

4

Arts degree

96

16

Science majors

  • Study the structures of the human body. This major covers:

    • gross anatomy (form, arrangement and function of the bones, joints, muscles and internal organs)
    • histology (microscopic structure of tissues and cells)
    • embryology (development of the embryo and fetus from conception to birth)
    • neuroanatomy (organisation and functions of the brain and spinal cord)
    • biological anthropology (applying biological principles to the study of humans and non-human primates).

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  • Develop technologies for analysing and interpreting genetic information. You’ll learn how to design and implement software for activities such as identifying cancer genes. This major covers the foundational disciplines of bioinformatics: biology, computing algorithms and mathematics and statistics.

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  • Study the science of life. Biologists explore how living organisms function, grow, evolve and relate to one another and the environment in which they live. Your study will cover

    • animal behaviour, morphology and physiology
    • plant morphology and physiology
    • cell biology, evolutionary studies and genetics
    • marine biology.

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  • Explore the various biological processes used to make products and perform services. Biotechnology is used for:

    • the production of food
    • industrial chemicals
    • the development of improved crops and livestock for farming
    • environmental clean-up
    • forensics
    • the production of pharmaceuticals.

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  • Study the world from the ground up - from the sub-atomic, atomic and molecular to the spectacular. This major is designed for students who wish to specialise in the chemical sciences.

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  • Explore the science of nature and the evolution of our planet. This major covers everything from the structure of natural crystals and formation of fossils to the powerful forces that drive earthquakes and volcanoes.

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  • Explore how various organisms including mammals, invertebrates, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, plants and microbes interact with one another and with their environment.

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  • Explore the fundamental sciences involved in food processes, food commodities, food composition and food quality. In this major, you’ll study food production, handling, processing, preservation, distribution and marketing, right through to consumption and use by consumers.

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  • In humans and all other species, genes influence every characteristic, from appearance to behaviour to disease. This major offers a general introduction to the discipline before delving into more specialised areas including molecular genetics, human genetics, plant and microbial molecular biology and conservation biology.

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  • Study the Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. This major explores how natural and built environments function and change over time. Discover how these environments enhance or constrain human activity.

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  • This major provides in-depth study of immunology, pathology and microbiology. It’ll prepare you to unlock better treatments and prevention strategies for immune-related illnesses. This major is particularly beneficial for students who want to pursue a career in the health sciences.

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  • Explore all aspects of the marine environment, from biology to geology and the many sciences in between. This major can be studied with an emphasis on biology, earth sciences, climatology or oceanography.

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  • Everything we use is made of materials, yet only a handful of these materials occur naturally. The rest have been microscopically engineered originally by nature, but increasingly by materials scientists and engineers. This major is the foundation for creating high-performance components and devices from metals, ceramics, polymers and composites for use in society.

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  • Mathematics underpins all corners of science and technology and is a vibrant and fascinating field of study. Mathematics specialisations can be broadly categorised into:

    • Pure mathematics - the study of concepts that transcend specific applications
    • Applied mathematics - develops models to make sense of scientific phenomena, solve technical/industrial problems and for use in the social, economic and natural sciences

    Statistics can also be studied within a mathematics major or as a stand-alone major.

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  • Delve into the study of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and computing as you prepare for a career in education. This major is only open to students enrolled concurrently in both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education program. It meets all accreditation requirements with the NSW Institute of Teachers.

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  • Study the smallest forms of life: bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa. These fascinating organisms cause disease in humans, animals and plants and spoil our food. On the positive side, they also turn the biological wheels on Earth and are responsible for the sustainability of life.

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  • Explore molecular structures, the processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction and development of living organisms. Cell biology studies the basic unit of life, the cell, including:

    • cell anatomy
    • cell division
    • cell processes such as cell respiration and cell death.

    Molecular Biology is a marriage of biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology.

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  • Study the biological and behavioural aspects of the nervous system. The nervous system includes the:

    • central nervous system (brain and spinal cord)
    • peripheral nervous system (nerves in limbs, muscles and organs).

    This major is based on the neuroscience courses offered by the School of Psychology and UNSW’s Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology Departments.

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  • Examine how and why diseases develop, what happens to our bodies when we’re ill and the effects of diseases. Pathology involves the study of diseases, such as infections and cancers, at the genetic, molecular, cellular and organ levels.

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  • Explore the effect that drugs have on living tissues and the normal body functions of humans and animals. This major looks at the efficacy of drugs, the ability of the body to metabolise them and the toxicology/side effects of drugs.

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  • Study the physical conditions and physical processes within the ocean such as waves, currents and tides, its interaction with the atmosphere and its role in climate. Through this major, you’ll gain an understanding of the mathematical equations that describe fluid flow and how these are used in the context of the ocean.

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  • Physics is the study of the laws of nature that govern the behaviour of the universe, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to the universe itself. It applies these laws to the solution of practical and theoretical problems and to the development of new technologies.

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  • This major is all about what makes human bodies work. Explore how the organs function, how humans grow and develop, how humans sustain bodily functions and what happens to these processes during disease and ageing.

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  • Study human behaviour and mental processes. Psychology is a broad field that includes:

    • brain-behaviour relationships
    • the processes of perceiving, learning, memory and thinking
    • the assessment of abilities and attitudes
    • the origins of personality and emotional states
    • the nature and effects of social interactions with other people.

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  • This major provides comprehensive training in:

    • probability and stochastic processes
    • statistical inference and modelling
    • modern statistical computing methods.

    Third year electives allow you to further develop your statistical capabilities according to your own interests.

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  • Study the sensory processes that underlie vision and vision-related technologies. This major covers the following topics:

    • optics
    • anatomy and functioning of the eye
    • eye disorders
    • clinical optometry
    • ocular therapy
    • sensation and perception
    • psychophysics
    • research design/methods.

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Future careers

Studying science provides an education for life. You’ll develop transferable skills that can be applied to almost any industry. This degree will give you a strong foundation in logical, analytical and critical thinking, as well as skills in teamwork and communication. The Bachelor of Science is designed to match local and global career opportunities, preparing you for the workplace. Recent graduates work in business, industry and government across a plethora of fields.

The explosion of technology and data in the 21st century has propelled the demand for science and technology skills. In Australia, employment in STEM occupations has grown by 19.7% in the past five years. This is almost twice as fast as other jobs.

STEM jobs are highly skilled with 75% of people employed in the STEM workforce working in a skill level occupation equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher. This has made a science degree one of the most valuable degrees in Australia and abroad.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$11,225*

Commonwealth Supported Place: Multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the university and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$42,360*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$177,880*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships

At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

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