Why study the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)

If you are a high achieving student with a keen interest in science then the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) will allow you to challenge and extend yourself.

This elite four year program will provide the foundation for a research career with continuous interaction with researchers from your first year of study.

You will visit research laboratories, conduct a research project in your final year and be mentored by academics. You will interact with other high achieving students and be exposed to cutting edge technologies and discoveries to put you at the forefront of the next generation of scientists.

The program differs from the Bachelor of Science by offering courses at an advanced level and an Honours year incorporated as a standard part of your program schedule rather than as an additional component dependent on eligibility.

Summary

  • Program code
    2341
  • 731901
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (27 Feb, 2017)
    Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2017)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    64
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Equivalent of Qld Senior Maths B, English, plus two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Maths C, or Physics.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Biology

You will study life processes and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution and distribution. As a biologist you will play a major role in confronting the growing number of issues facing our planet in areas as diverse as agriculture, health and medicine, and management of sensitive environments.

When you select Biology as your BAdvSc(Hons) major you will specialise in one of the sub-disciplines of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Plant Science or Zoology.

More information about the Biology Field of Study.

Biomedical Science

Did you know biomedical research receives, both nationally and internationally, around half the total research dollars available to all of science?

This underscores the relevance of biomedical science in today's society as it provides the foundation for modern healthcare and answers our questions about the human body and treatment of disease.

Your study of biomedical science will commence with a broad focus on the human body at the molecular, cellular and whole body levels. In the third year, you will choose specialised study in subject areas including physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, developmental biology, human genetics, neuroscience, human immunology and infectious diseases.

More information about the Biomedical Science Field of Study.

Chemistry

Encompassing the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, you will explore their properties and develop new ways to use them. You will understand the mechanisms of reactions and processes that occur at the molecular level and the chemical principles underpinning disciplines such as biochemistry, engineering, food science, materials science, nanotechnology and pharmacy. You may choose to focus on a particular area of chemistry such as synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, computational chemistry or surface chemistry.

More information about the Chemistry Field of Study.

Geographical Sciences

Geographical Science investigates the spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena on local, regional and global scales. It examines the patterns and processes of natural and built environments and human activity, how they change over time and how they interact. In the geographical sciences major, students are able to study courses in environmental systems and Earth system science (physical geography), human geography and spatial information science. The major will provide students with the opportunity to gain understanding of the big issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, scarcity of freshwater and population growth.

More information about the Geographical Sciences Field of Study.

Geological Sciences

You will examine the interactive systems of the solid Earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere as they evolve through time to ensure a sustainable supply of natural resources and the responsible use of these resources for the solution of environmental challenges. You will access a wide range of core courses in geology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, which provide a foundation for your study of fundamental geologic methods and problems, both in the laboratory and in the field. You may specialise in economic geology, mining geology, energy resources, geophysics, environmental geology, geochemistry, palaeobiology, marine geology, surficial processes and landscape evolution, tectonics, and remote sensing. Field and laboratory based projects will solidify your geologic skills and provide essential training for independent research.

More information about the Geological Sciences Field of Study.

Mathematics

As one of the most enduring fields of study, mathematics is essential in an expanding number of disciplines and professions. You may choose to join those mathematicians who continue to develop new mathematics for its own sake, or you may prefer to combine your knowledge of mathematics and statistics with modelling and computational skills and use the latest computer technology to solve problems in the physical and biological sciences, engineering, information technology, economics, and business. You will access an extensive range of advanced mathematics courses to gain a deep understanding of the foundations and applications of mathematics and prepare you for research within and beyond this degree.

More information about the Mathematics Field of Study.

Physics

Embracing the study of the most basic natural laws, physics explains how and why things work on scales ranging from the sub-nuclear, through the everyday, and on to the entire cosmos. As a physicist you will explore and identify basic principles governing the structure and behaviour of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interaction of matter and energy.

You may choose to use these principles in theoretical or experimental studies on topics such as the nature of time and the origin of the Universe; or alternatively you may apply your physics knowledge to practical areas, developing advanced materials, electronic and optical devices, and equipment for a wide range of fields such as medicine, mining, astronomy and geophysics.

As a physicist, you have career opportunities in new interdisciplinary areas such as information technology, nanotechnology, quantum technology and biophotonics. In other newly developing areas in the biosciences, an understanding of basic physical principles is one of the keys to advancing knowledge.

More information about the Physics Field of Study.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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