Bachelor of Science

University of Sydney

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00026A

The flexibility of the Bachelor of Science allows students the opportunity to change study areas as their abilities, interests or career opportunities change. Flexibility may be of interest to students who are uncertain of the career path they wish to follow. Alternatively, the Science degree can allow students to nominate particular area(s) of study in their first years at university, providing a direction for study throughout the degree. The specialist major(s) will allow the student to graduate with expertise in a particular field or fields and students may nominate to have their major recognised in their degree titles. Specialist majors allow students to graduate with expertise in a particular field or fields. In first year, students enrol in four units per semester. All students complete some units in mathematics and most students choose to study these in first year. In second year, students select units in two to four subject areas to build on first-year study. Third year is when they can specialise in the major, studying one or two subject areas per semester. If they perform well in the first year of B Science, students may apply to transfer into specially designated streams or advanced programs, provided the appropriate first-year units have been completed. Part-time study, daytime only, may be available.


In 1st year students enrol in four units of study per semester. In year 2 students usually select 3 units of study in 2 to 4 subject areas per semester which build on study completed in first year. In year 3 students specialise in 1 or 2 subject areas per semester which are the degree majors. All students must take some units of study in Mathematics.


  • Anatomy and histology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Cell pathology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Environmental studies
  • Financial mathematics and statistics
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geography
  • Geology and geophysics
  • History and philosophy of science
  • Immunobiology
  • Information systems
  • Marine science
  • Mathematics
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Nanoscience and technology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition and metabolism
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant science
  • Psychology
  • Soil science
  • Statistics

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • Selection via ATAR. Assumed knowledge: Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. All students must take some units of study in mathematics during their undergraduate degree. Other assumed knowledge depends on the areas or programs studied. From 2019, this course will require a course prerequisite of Mathematics (Band 4 or higher). The assumed knowledge will still apply.


Professional recognition: Most majors in B Science are recognised by the relevant professional association.

Study pathways

Students who perform well in the first year of the BSc may apply to transfer into the specially designated streams: BSc (Advanced), BSc (Advanced Mathematics), BSc (Bioinformatics), BSc (Environmental), BSc (Molecular Biology and Genetics), BSc (Nutrition), BSc (Marine Science), BPsych, BCST, BCST (Advanced) or BMedSc, provided the appropriate first year subjects have been completed.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Camperdown/Darlington International: $150,000
  • ATAR: 80

Further information

The top students in the Faculty of Science may participate in the Talented Student Program (TSP). The TSP is designed for students in the top 1% or 2% in the NSW HSC or equivalent or for students who have performed at an exceptionally high level in a science subject or have competed in a Science or Mathematics Olympiad. The TSP caters solely to the individual needs of these students. Career opportunities: Examples include research and analysis in the CSIRO, finance sector, hospitals and other science organisations, science administrator, biotechnologist, business analyst, computer analyst, forensic scientist, information systems analyst, medical scientist, museum conservator, quality controller, researcher in universities and government bodies, science communicator.

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