Faculty of Science
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Bachelor of Science Advanced

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Science Advanced



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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Delivery Mode:

On campus (Face-to-face)

Starting Session(s):

Autumn or Spring



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The Advanced Program, designed specifically for high achieving students, offers direct entry into Honours, unlike the normal Bachelor of Science which delays selection for Honours until the completion of the third year.

The Advanced Program offers a greater degree of flexibility in program design through the opportunity to undertake individual research subjects at second and third year; the opportunity to progress at a faster rate through the use of “fast tracking” mechanisms; the chance to participate in various enrichment activities and to develop a close association with an appropriate member of one of the School's research teams. In the final year, all students undertake a substantial piece of supervised research in their major discipline together with other required seminar and/or course work.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 95 (or equivalent). The ATAR is reviewed each year.

Assumed Knowledge: Mathematics and any two units of Science. Students who have not completed Biology and/or Chemistry at the HSC are strongly recommended to enrol in bridging courses offered in February each year. Students without at least HSC Mathematics Band 4 (or equivalent) are required to take a Mathematics subject (usually MATH151) in the first year (only candidates majoring in Human Geography or Land and Heritage Management are exempt from this rule).

Bachelor of Science students with an exceptionally high level of performance in first year may enter the program on the recommendation of the Coordinator or Head of School or at the invitation of the Dean. Transfer will not be considered before completion of the first year of the course and is based on at least a Distinction average (75%) taken over all subjects completed, and the approval of the Dean or Associate Dean.

Course Requirements

Students are required to fulfil all of the normal Bachelor of Science and Honours requirements and may select their major study program from any of those available within the Faculty (refer to the information under Bachelor of Science (742) and Bachelor of Science Honours (741). Study programs are structured on an individual basis in consultation with the relevant Academic Advisor.

Progression Requirements

In order to maintain a place in an Advanced Science degree, students are normally required to achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75% in the 200- and 300-level subjects completed. The performance of each student will be reviewed initially by the Associate Dean after the completion of 72 credit points. Students who do not meet the minimum progression requirements may not be permitted entry into the fourth-year Honours program and will be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Science degree.


After fulfilling the progression requirements, Bachelor of Science Advanced students automatically proceed to an Honours year in their chosen discipline. The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1 defined in the General Course Rules Section 8.

See separate entry for the Bachelor of Science Honours (741) for further information.

Major Study Areas

Please refer to the information contained in the entries for Bachelor of Science (742).

Students select a major from those available in the Faculty:

Other Information

Please note: Similar Advanced programs are also available to students wishing to undertake one of the specialist degrees: Bachelor of Conservation Biology, Bachelor of Environmental Science, Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology, Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry and Bachelor of Nanotechnology.

For further information contact the Faculty of Science Office, Room 41.258, or telephone +61 2 4221 3530.

Web site: www.uow.edu.au/science/

The Degree Coordinator is the Associate Dean, Associate Professor Paul Carr, Room 41.259, email: pcarr@uow.edu.au.