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Next intake: 
23 July 2018
3 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018


Prepare yourself for a diverse science career contributing to today’s biggest challenges with Bachelor of Science at Victoria University.

You’ll gain a solid foundation in science, along with valuable skills that are transferable to many different sectors.

You can specialise in:

  • biotechnology
  • chemistry
  • ecology and environmental management.

You'll have the flexibility to customise your learning based on career interests. These specialisations are aligned with industry need and opportunity. You will enhance your chosen discipline with minor studies in areas such as statistics, cell biology/microbiology and physics, or with studies from another discipline. 

This industry-focused degree offers hands-on learning in modern facilities and opportunities for work placements. You can progress from this course into an Honours year or other postgraduate study (subject to academic performance).

Practical learning is a key part of all studies at Victoria University. Our Bachelor of Science features hands-on work in our state-of-the-art laboratories. You’ll also undertake practical fieldwork to enhance and demonstrate your theoretical knowledge.

You’ll learn in modern laboratories with the latest equipment. Our science facilities include:

  • Shimadzu Analytical Laboratory at Werribee Campus which features state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation.
  • A supercritical nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer at Footscray Park Campus.

These two laboratories enable complete chemical analyses to be performed, such as:

  • pesticides in waste water
  • impurity profiling in pharmaceutical products
  • structure determination
  • heavy metal analysis.

Advanced food systems research laboratories offer you resources for advanced food research, including:

  • food processing
  • shelf-life enhancement
  • microbial and enzyme technology and engineering
  • functional foods and nutraceuticals.

As part of this course, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake industry projects and placements with VU industry partners.

We have partnerships with a range of organisations that will allow you to gain professional experience and up-to-date skills. We use these partnerships to inform our courses, share resources and give you the chance to learn in a workplace setting.

Your studies will be enhanced by our partnerships, which include:

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Fosters
  • Clariant
  • Modern Olives Laboratories
  • National Measurement Institute.

We also collaborate with City West Water on several projects, especially in the areas of water and sustainability.

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Bachelor of Science student researching cancer treatment at Sunshine Hospital.

Water is a major research focus – drinking water, wastewater, recycled water, stormwater and industrial water applications.

Careers in science

Science graduates are increasingly responsible for helping find technological solutions to global issues such as the impact of climate change and the use of stem cells in medical research.

Our Bachelor of Science will ensure you develop a broad range of skills (technical and otherwise) that will make you highly sought after upon graduation.  These skills can be used to pursue roles within the sciences, or associated with the sciences, such as science editors, educators or journalists. Skills and processes learnt as part of this course (e.g. mathematics) are also transferable to a wide range of sectors. This flexibility means you can adapt your career according to your interests and experience.

This course will ensure you have a thorough knowledge of contemporary science for careers in industry, government, community or education.

Depending on your specialisation, you’ll be able to pursue a career in the following areas:

Biotechnology specialisation

  • medical and pharmaceutical research
  • forensic science
  • agriculture and aquaculture
  • the food and beverage industry
  • education.

Chemistry specialisation

  • agricultural chemicals
  • brewing and wine
  • chemical analysis
  • cosmetics
  • food and dairy
  • environmental science and water
  • forensics
  • horticulture
  • industrial chemicals
  • materials and polymers
  • petrochemicals
  • pharmaceutical
  • scientific sales
  • state and federal government departments.

Ecology and environmental management specialisation

  • landcare/bushcare
  • environmental planning
  • restoration ecology and land management
  • marine and freshwater ecosystem management
  • environmental education
  • botany/zoology/ecology
  • ecological and resource assessment.


The average graduate salary for a bachelor degree in physical science in Australia is $55,000 (GraduateCareers).

Career options with this qualification are varied. For example, these are the average annual salaries in Australia for:

  • science or chemistry technician - $60,424 (JobOutlook)
  • agricultural/forestry scientist - $77,012 (JobOutlook).
  • environmental scientist/park ranger - $78,988 (JobOutlook)
  • medical laboratory scientist - $81,484 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Science students will be required to complete 288 credit points of study consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core studies, and;
  • 96 credit points of Major studies from the list below:
  • Biotechnology;
  • Chemistry; 
  • Ecology and Environmental Management.
  • 96 credit points of either Option A or Option B.


  • 96 credit points of Major studies from the list below:
  • Biotechnology;
  • Chemistry;
  • Ecology and Environmental Management.


  • 96 credit points of Minor studies from the list below (including the Breadth Minor - BMITAS Tourism and Aboriginal Sustainability):

Biotechnology Major - any of the following TWO Minors can be chosen:

  • Analytical Chemistry;
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry;
  • Ecology and Environmental Management;
  • Environmental Science OR Mathematics/Statistics OR Physics;
  • Tourism and Aboriginal Sustainability.

 Chemistry Major - any of the following TWO Minors can be chosen:

  • Cell Biology/Microbiology;
  • Molecular Biology;
  • Ecology and Environmental Management;
  • Environmental Science OR Mathematics/Statistics OR Physics;
  • Tourism and Aboriginal Sustainability.

Ecology and Environmental Management Major - any of the following TWO Minors can be chosen:

  • Analytical Chemistry;
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry;
  • Cell Biology/Microbiology;
  • Molecular Biology;
  • Mathematics/Statistics OR Physics;
  • Tourism and Aboriginal Sustainability.

First Year Core Units



We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Locate, evaluate and apply scientific information efficiently and effectively;  
  2. Identify and solve problems with intellectual independence using scientific principles in a range of situations taking into consideration social, cultural, economic and environmental factors;  
  3. Exhibit high levels of numeracy skills in the analysis and interpretation of quantitative scientific data;  
  4. Communicate effectively in spoken and written forms on a range of scientific and mathematical topics to peers, professional and community groups;  
  5. Apply an evidence-based research approach, formulate and test hypotheses in a chosen scientific discipline;  
  6. Respond with social and cultural awareness within local and global environments;  
  7. Devise and apply scientific methodology, individually and with peers, to undertake laboratory exercises, scientific research and practical investigations, employing ethical principles and practice and industry and research protocols.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Students who have completed a Certificate IV or Diploma in a related Science/Health area will be eligible to apply for entry to the course and Diploma applicants may apply for Advanced Standing within the course.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English; and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.
  • Mature: Mature age entry is available and applicants will be assessed based upon educational achievements and relevant work experience in a scientific area.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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