2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757601


The Dean Scholar 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) and additional enrichment opportunities.

During the first three years students gain a comprehensive education in Science by selecting a major study and a range of elective subjects. The major areas of study comprise: Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physical Geography and Ecology and Conservation Biology. The flexible structure of the major and electives allows students to design their study program to meet their particular interests and abilities. Students may combine their chosen Science major with a second major chosen from outside the Faculty, or with a range of elective subjects.

All students are invited to participate in various enrichment activities throughout the program and, after the first year, to develop a close association with an appropriate member of one of the faculty's research teams.

Dean's Scholar students have the opportunity to undertake individual research subjects. Students are normally required to achieve at least a Distinction average in subjects completed in a calendar year.

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. Graduates may then be eligible for enrolment into a research doctorate in their chosen field or into other postgraduate degrees. Those who do not qualify for direct entry to the advanced degree may gain admission via the Bachelor of Science, subject to satisfactory performance in first year and approval of the Head of Students or Associate Dean (Education).

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Integrate and apply broad and advanced knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with a specific discipline area of science.
2 Analyse and synthesise information to independently generate solutions to complex problems.
3 Exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing and applying new understandings.
4 Adapt and apply knowledge and skills in a variety of research contexts.
5 Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
6 Independently plan and execute a project/piece of research and communicate the findings to a variety of audiences.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Science (Honours)(Dean's Scholar), a candidate must successfully complete at least 192 credit points, comprised of:

  • No more than 60 credit points of 100-level subjects 
  • A minimum 24 credit points of 300-level subjects 
  • A major study listed below

To maintain a place in the Dean's Scholar 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 Faculty after the completion of 72 credit points. Students not meeting the minimum progression requirements will be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Science degree.

Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in at least 24 credit points of 300-level core subjects which form part of a Science major.


Students select a major from those listed below:


After fulfilling the progression requirements, Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) 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 Coursework Rules.

Other Information

Please note: Similar programs are also available to students wishing to undertake one of the specialist degrees in the disciplines of Conservation Biology, Marine Science, Medical Biotechnology or Medicinal Chemistry.

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 14 January, 2020