Bachelor of Advanced Science

Macquarie University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

The Bachelor of Advanced Science is designed for gifted and talented students in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, palaeobiology, physics or software technology. It has a strong research focus and combines the flexibility of the Bachelor of Science with additional research-focused, small group units. The degree is designed to foster problem-solving skills, independent/critical thinking and expose students to cutting-edge research from their first year of study.


  • 72 credit points
  • minimum 42 credit points at 200 level or above
  • minimum 18 credit points at 300 level or above
  • completion of a qualifying major


  • Astronomy and astrophysics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and biomolecular sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Palaeobiology
  • Physics
  • Software technology

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • For astronomy and astrophysics, physics: Mathematics (Band 4)
  • For mathematics: HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E3) or HSC Mathematics Extension 2


Astronomy and Astrophysics major: accreditation criteria set out by the Australian Institute of Physics; Chemistry major: satisfy the standards of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) for full membership of the learned society governing chemistry in Australia; Mathematics major: accredited by the Australian Mathematical Society; Physics major: accreditation criteria set out by the Australian Institute of Physics; Software Technology: Depending on options taken, may qualify the student for membership of the Australian Computer Society at the professional level.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
North Ryde
  • ATAR: 96
No No information available

Further information

Graduates can expect the best possible employment prospects offered in science and are likely to progress to postgraduate degrees (e.g. PhD). However, the degree is also invaluable for vocational disciplines. Thus, employment is not limited to the traditional fields of science and technology but open to all areas that expect graduates of high calibre.

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