Why study the Bachelor of Science (Honours)

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) program provides students with the opportunity to pursue an independent research project in an area of interest under the supervision of an academic staff member. Students will acquire skills which will enable them to work without close supervision in a research environment in industry or government, or to proceed to a research higher degree.

Summary

  • Program code
    2031
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Bachelor of Science or equivalent with:

An overall GPA of 4 and a GPA of at least 4.5 over #8 of late year courses from Part B of the Bachelor of Science course list relevant to the chosen field; and

Satisfy any additional requirements set by the Head of School.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of 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 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.

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Bachelor of Science (Honours).

When you graduate, any fields of study you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Anatomy

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

Archaeological Science

While commonly considered a humanities discipline, archaeology is increasingly empowered by scientific approaches and ways of thinking which have revolutionised research into globally significant issues such as human evolution and dispersal, the development of civilisation and human-environment relationships. You will study geography, earth science, biology, psychology in combination with core archaeology courses to develop your skills in scientific reasoning and provide you with strong multidisciplinary knowledge as the foundation for a career in this exciting field. UQ has the largest dedicated number of archaeological science teaching and research staff and is a recognised leader in this discipline in Australia.

The BSc Honours Field in Archaeological Science is designed to complement undergraduate study and together fulfil the minimum qualification for professional entry (following national benchmarks) to archaeology for science-based students, as well as research based higher degrees. Thesis research projects will be developed with collaborators from UQ's broader science community, thus deepening and extending existing collaborative research links across UQ.

Biochemistry

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results. For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Bioinformatics

The study of Bioinformatics includes the development of new computational methods and the adaptation or application of existing methods to solve emerging problems in biochemistry and molecular biology. Bioinformatics enables science to approach data-driven challenges of scale and complexity in the disciplines of genomics and proteomics. It may involve the analysis and modeling of biological data, to provide an understanding of biology. It can also address issues of storage of data and the automation of the above analysis. For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Biological Chemistry

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results. For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Biomedical Science

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results. For further information on this plan contact the School of Biomedical Sciences. .

Biophysics

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results

Chemistry

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

This program is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for the educational relevance of its chemistry content.

For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Computational Biology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results. For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Computer Science

Plan information will be available here soon.

Developmental Biology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results. For further information on this plan contact the School of Biomedical Sciences, http://www.uq.edu.au/sbms

Drug Design and Development

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results. For further information regarding this plan contact the School of Biomedical Sciences, http://www.uq.edu.au/sbms.

Ecology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Biological Sciences.

Entomology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Biological Sciences.

Evolutionary Biology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Biological Sciences.

Exploration Geophysics

Students undertake a research project and advanced level courses in exploration geophysics. For list of courses, please refer to Course List on the Bachelor of Science (Honours) page.

Food Science and Nutrition

Food and nutrition covers all aspects of the food system from farm to fork. The food system is not only concerned with on-farm production, off-farm food processing, and distribution of produce for sale, but also the selection and consumption of the food by the consumer including the effects of food on their health. Food science covers the physical nature and chemical composition of food to enable us to understand how and why food behaves under different conditions of processing and storage. We use this information to improve the safety and quality of food as well as extend the range of products available. The science of nutrition studies the effects of dietary nutrients on growth, development, health and well-being in the population. It also examines the psychological, sociological and cultural factors which influence food choice, with a particular focus on the consequences for health.

Genetics

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Biological Sciences.

Genomics

Genomics is the analysis of the structure and funtional potential of genomes (single organisms to entire communities) facilitated by DNA sequencing and bioinformatics. It involves the sequencing, assembly and annotation of genomes for comparative, evolutionary and ecological studies.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Geographical Sciences

Geographers analyse distributions of physical and cultural phenomena on local, regional, continental, and global scales. Economic geographers study the distribution of resources and economic activities. Political geographers are concerned with the relationship of geography to political phenomena, whereas cultural geographers study the geography of cultural phenomena. Physical geographers study variations in climate, vegetation, soil, and landforms, and their implications for human activity. Urban and transportation geographers study cities and metropolitan areas, while regional geographers study the physical, economic, political, and cultural characteristics of regions, ranging in size from a local government district to entire continents. Medical geographers study health care delivery systems, epidemiology (the study of the causes and control of epidemics), and the effect of the environment on health. In the BSc, the emphasis is on the study of processes that create and sustain the physical environment, eg climatology, geomorphology, hydrology and biogeography and on techniques for the collection and analysis of spatial information (geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing).

Geology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

Immunology

Immunology is the study of the immune system, and cells and biological pathways of the immune system, in health and disease. The immune system acts as a danger-sensing system, and responds to infection, injury and/or perturbed physiology in a coordinated fashion to return homeostasis. Consequently, many human diseases including autoimmune diseases, cancer, infectious diseases and metabolic diseases involve dysregulated immune function. Studies in the field of immunology have delivered many major biomedical breakthroughs including vaccines, therapeutics for inflammatory diseases and immunotherapies for the treatment of cancers.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Marine Biology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Biological Sciences.

Mathematics

Undergraduate level Mathematics may be studied for its own sake, or for its extensive applications in the physical and biological sciences, engineering, information technology, economics, or finance areas. The Honours program in Mathematics requires students to complete a research project in a chosen area, as well as courses offered in Pure Mathematics, Applied and Computational Mathematics, and Statistics.

Microbiology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Molecular Cell Biology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Nanotechnology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Neuroscience

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results. For further information on this plan contact the School of Biomedical Sciences, http://www.uq.edu.au/sbms

Parasitology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.

Pharmacology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results. For further information on this plan contact the School of Biomedical Sciences, http://www.uq.edu.au/sbms

Physics

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

Physiology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results. For further information on this plan contact the School of Biomedical Sciences, http://www.uq.edu.au/sbms

Plant Science

Plant sciences are among the most relevant scientific disciplines today. Think about two of the most important problems facing humankind: global warming and dependency on fossil fuels. Using a variety of approaches, plant scientists are addressing both problems - from the production of biofuels from plant origin to the use of plants in carbon sequestration. Animals and humans depend utterly on plants, and not only for food. Today, plant science has demolished the classic barriers of being confined to farm and food production. With the advent of modern biotechnology, plants are being used to decontaminate land and air, produce industrial products, designer molecules, biopharmaceuticals and energy (biofuels). In addition, designer plants are producing biodegradable plastics, new healthier sugars and anti-cancer drugs. Plant scientists need to understand how plants work, from molecules to ecosystems to improve the production of food, pharmaceuticals and timber, to control diseases, pests and noxious weeds, to allow them to cope with drought, salinity and pollutants and to design new plants for innovative purposes such as biofactories.

Psychology

At undergraduate level, Psychology provides students with an introduction to the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. Psychology, as a discipline, is broad ranging and spans such topics as perception, sensation, the biological basis of behaviour, motivation, development, cognition, learning, communication, social and group behaviour, and abnormal behaviour. Psychology provides valuable analytical thinking skills, as well as a range of other skills, including problem-solving and program evaluation skills that are valuable personally and in many professions. The main aims of the Honours year are: To enable students with an adequate background in Psychology to pursue further study in one specialist area in more depth than is possible with a pass degree To enhance students' capacity for independent research and to acquire research skills appropriate to their area of specialisation. To train to a standard sufficient for enrolment in postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career. Achievement of first class or IIA honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

Statistics

Students undertake a research project and advanced level courses in mathematics, statistics, and probability theory. For list of courses, please refer to Course List on the Bachelor of Science (Honours) page.

Wildlife Biology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

For further information on this plan contact the School of Biological Sciences.

Zoology

Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner. Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.
For further information on this plan contact the School of Biological Sciences.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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