Bachelor of Science (Honours)

University of Southern Queensland USQ

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00244B (QLD); 02225M (NSW)

This program gives students the opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills in the specific discipline area of interest. Building on a previous Bachelor of Science degree, students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge through research. Students will conduct, and report on, a research project under the supervision of a staff member with the appropriate expertise. The Honours program will give students an appreciation of the professional standards required of the practising scientist, and the ethical challenges presented by modern science and technology. Students will also participate in research teams, be introduced to advanced experimental and literature research methods, and have opportunities to make contact with the wider scientific community in the local region, elsewhere in Australia and overseas.

Structure

8 units of study including project courses and specialised courses.

Subjects

  • Applied mathematics/Statistics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Computing
  • Physics
  • Psychology.

Standard entry requirements

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in the area of Honours study, normally, with a substantial amount of undergraduate study in the major area of the discipline in which the Honours study is to be undertaken, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 or above for: the whole program
  • Or 5 or above in the second and third years of the program
  • Or 5 or above in the major study area. Applicants must also be current in their major area of study. To ensure currency of knowledge, students will have commenced their undergraduate degree no earlier than eight years previous to the year of application and will have satisfied requirements for the award of that degree no more than three years previously. English Language Proficiency requirements of Category 2. Candidates for the Psychology Major must have completed a program of study approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as constituting the first three years (or equivalent) of study in psychology within the last three years. Candidates for all majors other than psychology must have both supervisory and honours committee approval prior to enrolment.

Recognition

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology major is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fourth-year program in psychology.

Study pathways

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology program, students will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychologists Board of Australia. However, there is a requirement to complete a further two years of supervised practice or an approved Masters program after initial registration. Graduates are also eligible to apply to the Australian Psychological Society for Associate Membership. If graduates achieve a high level of Honours (either First Class or Second Class, Division A), they would be eligible to apply for a Masters program or PhD at USQ and other universities.

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