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Bachelor of Science

Overview

Develop scientific knowledge and key skills with this flexible program, which gives you the freedom to find or follow your scientific passion to pursue your career goals.

Explore and challenge your scientific thinking in this popular program, which offers one of the broadest selections of science disciplines in Australia.

Our extensive range of specialist fields enables you to develop your interdisciplinary scientific knowledge and practical skills, while pursuing studies that suit your interests and ambitions.

You also have the option to combine your scientific expertise with skills from a broad range of study areas, including languages, communication and design, to broaden your skill set or follow your interests beyond science.

You'll learn how to work confidently in a range of labs, including wet, dry and clinical labs, PC2 and PC3 labs, and animal diagnostic, operating and skills-training labs.

Some majors offer fieldwork opportunities in locations such as the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, national parks and outback Queensland. Plus you'll have the chance to gain relevant, real-world experience through employability and work-integrated learning such as internships, industry placements, research projects and international study.

The Bachelor of Science is a widely respected and globally recognised qualification. You'll graduate with highly developed knowledge in your specialist area, superior technical abilities, and advanced independent thinking and communication skills.

Location
Herston, St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
QTAC Code
731001
Program Code
2461
AQF
Level 7
Location
Herston, St Lucia
Fees
A$44464 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
731001
Program Code
2461
CRICOS Code
001961J
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Select and create exciting course combinations from science and non-science disciplines in your first year.
  • Choose from 16 extended majors, 24 majors and 32 minors, which allow you to study an extensive range of courses, supported by innovative research.
  • Follow your curiosity outside the world of science. Combine your science expertise with a choice of 46 minors in languages, communication, design or economics.
  • Improve your employment prospects and broaden your skills and knowledge by combining your degree with one of 13 other UQ programs, including law, education, arts, engineering or business management.

1 in Australia for food science and technology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2021

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Archaeological Science
  • Archaeological Science

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Theory & Practice in Science
  • Analysis of Scientific Data
  • Genes, Cells and Evolution
  • Global Challenges in Biology
  • Calculus & Linear Algebra I
  • Cells to Organisms
  • Planet Earth: The Big Picture

Dual programs

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Research officer
  • Food chemist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Data scientist
  • Marine biologist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Materials scientist
  • Agronomist
  • Conservation officer
  • Environment and resource manager

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)

$54K–$62K

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Next steps after graduation

When you graduate, you'll be in high demand by employers for your advanced technical, communication, independent thinking and problem-solving skills.

Depending on your major, you'll have the pick of a broad range of career possibilities in areas, including but not limited to:

  • academia and research
  • government
  • industry
  • environment
  • hospitals and health
  • marine preservation
  • secondary school teaching (with further study)
  • environmental planning and site assessment
  • operations research and logistics
  • finance
  • animal health, welfare, nutrition and management (if you choose the Animal and Veterinary Bioscience major at UQ Gatton).

Alternatively, you can further your research ambitions by applying for the 12-month Bachelor of Science (Honours) program.

Find out more about careers that started in science

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
80.0029

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our guaranteed minimum ATAR (PDF, 165.47 KB) you could secure an offer for your preferred program.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Science for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest99.9599.95
Median88.7590.35
Lowest75.980.05

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

11826.16%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

<5<5

(C) Work and life experience

153.33%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
17238.14%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
5411.97%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
<5<5

International students

8719.29%

Total

451100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Majors and minors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,464

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Science for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Science for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Science is 2461.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Science is 731001.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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