Bachelor of Science (Specialisations in Biotechnology, Chemistry or Environmental Management)

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The Bachelor of Science (Specialisations in Biotechnology, Chemistry or Environmental Management) course offers specialisations in the three science disciplines listed below:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology & Environmental Management.

Students can choose to specialise in one or two of these science disciplines. This is a three year course with a common first year and a choice of sub-specialisations in the latter two years that allows students the flexibility to add other studies of interest to their specialisation. Sub-specialisations can be chosen from health, engineering, science, arts, business and law. Sub-specialisations are subject to the approval of the course coordinator and may be limited by prerequisite requirements and timetable clashes. Science sub-specialisations are listed below.

  • analytical chemistry
  • cell biology/microbiology
  • community science
  • computing
  • environmental science
  • environmental assessment & analysis
  • forensic chemistry
  • mathematics/statistics
  • molecular biology.

Course essentials

Careers

The Bachelor of Science (Specialisations in Biotechnology, Chemistry or Environmental Management) will produce graduates with a thorough knowledge of contemporary science for careers in industry, government and education. The flexibility of the course allows students to customise their learning towards current and future career demands.

Job titles

  • Environmental planner
  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Food scientist
  • Scientific researcher or educator (pathways available)

Organisations employing science graduates

Graduates can find employment at professional, scientific and technical services, public administration and safety, and education.

Salaries

Science technicians in Australia earn an average of A$52,000 per year (Job Outlook).

Environmental scientists in Australia earn an average of A$66,768 per year (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

Employment for environmental scientists is set to remain relatively steady over the next five years (Job Outlook). 

Pathways to a teaching degree

The course has been designed in collaboration with the School of Education and the science units offered provide pathways for students to pursue maths/science teaching. To qualify for teaching in secondary schools graduates from the BSc (Specialisations in Biotechnology, Chemistry or Environmental Management) must apply for and complete the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education.

Course objectives

The Bachelor of Science (Specialisations in Biotechnology, Chemistry or Environmental Management) will produce graduates with a thorough knowledge of contemporary science for careers in industry, government and education.

The selection of specialisations and sub-specialisations offered allows students the flexibility to customise their learning towards current and future career demands.

Via various learning in the workplace and community strategies the course will make graduates 'work ready'.

The course allows students wishing to pursue maths/science teaching via the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, a number of possibilities with respect to obtaining parts, sub-majors and majors in maths/science teaching specialist areas.

Graduates from this course should be able to:

  • locate, manage and use scientific information efficiently and effectively
  • solve scientific problems effectively in a range of settings including industry and community
  • exhibit high levels of numeracy skills in a range of scientific settings
  • communicate effectively in spoken and written forms on a range of scientific and mathematical topics to professional and community groups
  • apply an evidence-based research approach to a chosen area of science
  • respond with social and cultural awareness within local and global environments
  • work autonomously and collaboratively as a professional in both industry and community settings.

Units and electives

To graduate with the SBSC Bachelor of Science (Specialisations in Biotechnology, Chemistry or Environmental Management) students must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Successfully complete units of study totalling at least 288 credit points.
  • A minimum of 240 credit points in approved units must be taken from the College of Engineering and Science.
  • A maximum of 48 credit points in approved units can be taken from either the College of Arts or the College of Business.
  • Successfully complete either of the following specialisation and sub-specialisation combinations.

Common Year 1

96 credit points

+

Specialisation

96 credit points

+

Specialisation

96 credit points

or

Common Year 1

96 credit points

+

Specialisation

96 credit points

+

Sub-specialisation

48 credit points

+

Sub-specialisation

48 credit points

  • Units of study at the third year level totalling at least 48 credit points.
  • Successfully complete in Year 3 the compulsory unit of study RSS3000 INDUSTRY PROJECT (12 credit points) taken in a chosen specialisation.

Semester One

Semester Two

List A: Specialisations

Biotechnology Specialisation

Year 2

Semester One

Choose Year 2 sem 1 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 2 sem 1 units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

Semester Two

Choose Year 2 sem 2 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 2 sem 2 units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

Year 3

Choose RSS3000 Industry Project in one Specialisation in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Choose other units to the value of 36 credit points in semesters 1 and 2 from that Specialisation in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Semester One

Choose Year 3 sem 1 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 3 sem 1 units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

Semester Two

Choose Year 3 sem 2 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 3 sem 2 units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

Chemistry Specialisation

Year 2

Semester One

Choose Year 2 sem 1 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 2 sem 1units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

Semester Two

Choose Year 2 sem 2 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 2 sem 2 units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

Year 3

Choose RSS3000 Industry Project in one Specialisation in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Choose other units to the value of 36 credit points in semesters 1 and 2 from that Specialisation in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Semester One

Choose Year 3 sem 1 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 3 sem 1 units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

Semester Two

Choose Year 3 sem 2 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 3 sem 2 units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

Ecology & Environmental Management Specialisation

Year 2

Semester One

Choose Year 2 sem 1 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 2 sem 1 units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

Semester Two

Choose Year 2 sem 2 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 2 sem 2 units of two Sub-specialisation from List B

Year 3

Choose RSS3000 Industry Project in one Specialisation in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Choose other units to the value of 36 credit points in semesters 1 and 2 from that Specialisation in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Semester One

Choose Year 3 sem 1 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 3 sem 1 units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

Semester Two

Choose Year 3 sem 2 units of another Specialisation from List A

Or

Choose Year 3 sem 2 units of two Sub-specialisations from List B

List B: *Sub-specialisations

Molecular Biology

Year 2

Year 3

Cell Biology/Microbiology

Year 2

Year Three

Analytical Chemistry

Year Two

Year Three

Forensic Chemistry

Year Two

Or

Year Three

Community Science

Year Two

Year Three

Computing

Year Two

Year Three

Environmental Science

Year Two

Year Three

Environmental Assessment and Analysis

(For Ecology & Environmental Management Specialisation students only)

Year Two

Year Three

Mathematics/Statistics

Year Two

Year Three

*Other sub-specialisations may be chosen from the College of Engineering and Science, College of Arts, or College of Business in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Admission information

  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or 20 in any other English AND in a mathematics (any).
  • Other: Community science units of study include placements within schools and other community settings. Police check: Students may be required to complete a National Police Record Check prior to undertaking Community Science units of study. Working with Children Check: Students must complete a Working with Children Check prior to undertaking Community Science units of study.

Special admission requirements

Community science units of study include placements within schools and other community settings.

Police check: Students may be required to complete a National Police Record Check prior to undertaking Community Science units of study.

Working with Children Check: Students must complete a Working with Children Check prior to undertaking Community Science units of study.

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