Why study the Bachelors of Science/Education (Secondary)

Bachelor of Science/Education students complete two degrees in less time than if each was studied separately. The Bachelor of Science provides the content knowledge for two teaching areas whilst the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) provides the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experiences required for teacher registration and employment.

The Bachelor of Science/Education degree offers a wide range of teaching area (BSc major) options. Students benefit from a thorough preparation for their teaching areas combined with, and informed by, their professional studies in the area of education.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B plus one of Chemistry or Physics.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria. The process is currently under development - please check QTAC's advice.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Science/Education (Secondary) is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Science/Education (Secondary) has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

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

Practicals, placements and internships

Compulsory Placement Course

Students must complete 10 days school experience and 90 days supervised practicum. Every effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home base but they can be expected to travel up to 90 minutes due to public transport connections and incur costs associated with travel and possible lost income over this period. Students are generally placed at Ipswich, Brisbane, and southeast Queensland and are encouraged to explore the option of a rural placement. Financial assistance may be available to assist with travel and accommodation costs for rural placements.

Students are required to have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing practicum. Students can apply for a Blue Card through the School of Education and should do so three months before their practicum is due to commence. The Teacher Preparation Programs Handbook provides information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from School of Education.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Accreditation body

The Bachelors of Science/Education (Secondary) is accredited by:

  • Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College Of Teachers

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelors of Science/Education (Secondary) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

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:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelors of Science/Education (Secondary) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Science/Education (Secondary).

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

Archaeological Science

Archaeology is increasingly using scientific approaches to revolutionise research in areas such as human evolution and dispersals, the development of civilisation and the history of human-environment relationships. As a student in the Archaeological Science major, you'll study core archaeology courses in combination with electives that examine areas like geography, earth sciences, biology, and psychology. You'll develop skills in scientific reasoning and have the opportunity to apply them in the laboratory and in field settings, including on excavations and survey projects in Australia and overseas.

More information about the Archaeological Science Major.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and molecular biology is the study of the chemical basis of life and underpins all disciplines of biology. A major in this area will provide you with a detailed understanding of the molecular events that control growth and development of all living things. In addition, you will develop an understanding of how such events go wrong in certain disease states and also how they can be exploited in the development of new drugs and improved agricultural processes.

Undertaking a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will inform you on current issues in medicine, the environment, agriculture and industry. Biochemistry and molecular biology also forms the basis of the biotechnology industry.

More information about the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major.

Biomedical Science

The biomedical sciences encompass study areas relevant to the understanding of health and treatment of disease. Biomedical research receives, both nationally and internationally, around half the total research dollars available to all of science. This high representation underscores the relevance of basic biomedical research to health care and the natural curiosity shared by all humans about understanding the mechanisms of our own bodies. Breakthroughs in understanding human disease or its control (vaccines for polio, measles, influenza, antibiotics, cancer genetics) have been, and continue to be, dependent on fundamental research into biological mechanisms at the cellular and molecular level.

More information about the Biomedical Science Major.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the central science. Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life. This involves an understanding of the mechanisms of reactions and processes that occur at the molecular level. An understanding of the principles of chemistry underlines disciplines such as biochemistry, engineering, food science, materials science, nanotechnology and pharmacy.

More information about the Chemistry Major.

Computer Science

Computer science is the science of problem solving, computation and information. Computer scientists work to advance our fundamental understanding of computing, develop new and improved problem solving techniques and design more efficient and powerful computing devices and technology. In the Computer Science major, you will study a core set of computing courses with the added flexibility of combining this with courses from other areas of science and across the University.

More information about the Computer Science Major.

Ecology

Ecology is the scientific study of how organisms interact with each other and their environments. Ecological knowledge underpins our capacity to use Australia's natural wealth sustainably and is essential for solving the environmental problems that face us in a new millennium.

Studies include: behavioural ecology, physiological ecology, population and community ecology, conservation ecology, landscape ecology, evolutionary ecology and mathematics.

Field courses are a key feature of the study of ecology at UQ. Students gain first-hand practical experience in solving ecological problems in the rainforest at Lamington National Park, Queensland outback, on the Great Barrier Reef at Heron Island, and on Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay.

More information about the Ecology Major.

Genetics

Genetics, more than any other discipline, is transforming modern biology. Genetics is the study of inheritance: the structure and expression of genes, the genetic basis of traits, and the interaction between genes and the environment at the population and species level. The growing availability of completely sequenced genomes, computational analysis and molecular analytic tools is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology.

The analysis of vast collections of genomic data has spawned the new discipline of bioinformatics that has required the development of new analytical and programming tools.

Genetics is an appropriate major to be taken on its own or in combination with any other biological major or Computer Science.

More information about the Genetics Major.

Geographical Sciences

Geographical Science investigates the spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national 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.

Physical Geography is concerned with the patterns and processes in climate, landforms, soils, plants, animals as well as the impact of human activities on these systems.

Human Geography examines how people interact with the environment and about applying physical geography elements to human ends. Human geography involves applied studies in urban and rural settlement, location and land-use, human spatial behaviour and demography.

Geographical Information Science is the study of geographic information systems and remote-sensing for modelling, managing, analysing and applying geo-referenced information in a variety of contexts. It is concerned with the interpretation and analysis of geographical information obtained from airborne and satellite images, land surveying, field observation and data systems. It has applications in earth, biological and environmental sciences, built environments, human settlements, planning and natural resources.

Marine Science

Marine science is the scientific study of our oceans and coastal habitats, and includes a wide range of disciplines in the biological, chemical, physical and Earth sciences. Students can pursue a general study plan or a more specialised plan in an area such as marine biology or marine geology. With an increasing focus on the role of our oceans to provide food and resources for our growing populations, the next generation of UQ marine scientists will play a major role in ensuring that we protect and profit from our oceans.

More information about the Marine Science Major.

Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the most enduring fields of study, and is essential in an expanding number of disciplines and professions. Many mathematicians continue to develop new mathematics for its own sake. But today mathematicians also combine their 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.

More information about the Mathematics Major.

Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of microscopic living organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa. These organisms have a major impact on all aspects of life. Diseases caused by microbes are well-known and can involve viruses (e.g. influenza and HIV), bacteria (e.g. meningococcus, Staphylococcus, E. coli) and protozoa (e.g. malaria). Our understanding of these organisms is directly linked to the control and prevention of infectious diseases. Immunology plays a key role in understanding how humans and animals respond to the challenge of these disease-causing organisms.

In recent years, research in microbiology has been revolutionized by new and exciting technologies such as proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics and genetic engineering. Thus, Microbiology is a discipline of enormous importance in basic and applied science.

More information about the Microbiology Major.

Physics

Physics is one of the fundamental sciences and involves solving the big questions that have always intrigued humankind: where did we come from and where are we headed?

Physics embraces the study of the most basic natural laws and is about explaining how and why things work on scales ranging from the sub-nuclear to the entire cosmos. Physicists 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. Some physicists use these principles in theoretical or experimental studies on topics such as the nature of time and the origin of the Universe; others apply their 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.

Physics is also at the heart of new interdisciplinary areas such as information technology, nanotechnology, quantum technology and biophotonics. In 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 Major.

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.

More information about the Plant Science Major.

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave, think and feel. It is a broad ranging discipline that spans topics including brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development, social behaviour and the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviour. Undergraduate students will gain an understanding of how to apply the scientific perspective to psychological phenomena in the laboratory and in the real world.

More information about the Psychology Major.

Public Health

Public health focuses on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health. It is founded upon a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and well-being by considering the vagaries of human behaviour, the physical environment, the socio-economic and cultural determinants of health, and the systems of health care management.

The Public Health major will provide a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. You will learn how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health in communities.

To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health including: epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

More information about the Public Health Major.

Zoology

Zoology is a branch of biology that deals with the scientific study of animals. Fundamental to this science is an appreciation and understanding of animal evolution and diversity, gained through research into aspects of the morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of animals.

Zoologists explore the relationships and interactions of animals with their physical and biological environments at individual, population, community and ecosystem levels, and utilise modern comparative and experimental approaches to investigate the evolution and diversity of animals. The study of Australia's unique fauna provides exciting and rewarding opportunities for zoologists to understand and appreciate animal life.

More information about the Zoology Major.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

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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