Science (Education)

Unit set code: EMASCI | Study level: Undergraduate | Unit set type: Major
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The major in science will introduce you to a wide range of topics in at least two fields including biology, environmental science, chemistry, or physics and allow you to develop a deep understanding of the interrelationships between the various content elements of the sciences. The major will be a strong mix of theoretical and practical based studies of how science is discussed, the basic scientific knowledge it contains and the experimental process from where the information has been collected. This will teach you how to analyse both data and the literature and apply critical thinking skills to defend the ideas you have developed. These studies will allow you to have a basic understanding of the fields within the sciences, allowing for future work in teaching or the broader field of science.

Unit set structure

For a major study students must complete 96 credit points of study comprising:

  • 48 credit points units in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics;
  • 24 credit points in part study from two areas of Chemistry or Physics for Biology and Environmental Science; OR
  • 24 credit points in part study from one of three areas of Biology, Environmental Science and Physics for Chemistry; AND
  • 24 credit points Curriculum and Pedagogy units.
What is a unit?

A full course is made up of several smaller topics or subjects. These are referred to as 'units'.
Most courses have compulsory 'core' units, as well as optional units.


'Credit points' are the value that each unit contributes towards your course.
Most units at VU are worth 12 credit points. You will need to complete the required course credit points to graduate.

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