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3 years full time or longer for part time
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Study an industry-focused science degree that offers intensive hands-on laboratory and fieldwork experience, has modern laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and provides opportunities for industry projects and placements which will prepare you for a career in science.

The Bachelor of Science is a three-year course with a common first year units and a choice of specialist Majors and/or Minors in the final two years.

The three science Major studies (8 units) are:

In addition, you may elect to enhance your chosen science disciplines with a combination of two Minor studies (4 units) which will allow flexibility to add other studies of interest to a selected Major.

Science Minor studies include:

Interested students may select a second Major (8 units) in place of two Minors and graduate with two specialisations.

If you have a mind for scientific research, you can also progress into an Honours year or postgraduate study (subject to performance in the degree program).

Careers in science

The Bachelor of Science will produce graduates with a thorough knowledge of contemporary science for careers in:

  • industry
  • government
  • community
  • education.

The flexibility of the course allows students to customise their learning towards current and future career demands.

Biotechnology graduates pursue careers in a variety of areas including:

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

Industries that employ our chemistry graduates include:

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

Careers in ecology and environmental management include:

  • Landcare/Bushcare Coordinator
  • Environment Officer or Environmental Planner
  • Restoration Ecology and Land Management Officer
  • Marine and Freshwater Ecosystem Management Officer
  • Environmental Educator
  • Botanist/Zoologist/Ecologist
  • Ecological and Resource Assessor.

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.

How to apply

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