Bachelor of Science

Details for Australian residents

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  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
You are considered an international student if you:

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Course essentials

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).


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.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

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.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, graduates 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.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Science, students will be required to complete 288 credit points of study (equivalent to 24 units), consisting of:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Core first year units, and;
  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Major studies from the list below:
  • Biotechnology;
  • Chemistry;
  • Ecology and Environmental Management.


  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Major studies from the list below:
  • Biotechnology;
  • Chemistry;
  • Ecology and Environmental Management.


  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Minor studies from the list below:

Biotechnology Major - any of the following TWO (2) Minors can be chosen:

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

Chemistry Major - any of the following TWO (2) Minors can be chosen:

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

Ecology and Environmental Management Major - any of the following TWO (2) Minors can be chosen:

  • Analytical Chemistry;
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry;
  • Cell Biology/Microbiology;
  • Molecular Biology;
  • Mathematics/Statistics OR Physics.

Core units



Admission requirements

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.
  • Other: Students who have successfully completed the Victoria University course, (JCFS) Foundation Studies, located within the College of Engineering & Science, or an equivalent program in a Science/Health related area, will be offered access to the course.

How to apply for this course

Before applying:

Consider whether you also wish to apply for:

When you're ready:

Secondary school students

Apply via VTAC

VTAC applications due 4 November 2016.

Non-secondary school students

If you're not currently studying at secondary school and only want to apply for courses at VU:

Apply direct to VU

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 30 November 2016.

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