Bachelor of Science
Everything you need to know about Change of Preference
The Bachelor of Science provides a multitude of study options, graduate pathways and career outcomes, and the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your interests and goals.
The Bachelor of Science spans the sciences, health sciences, technology and engineering systems.
As well as preparing you for a professional career in science, the Bachelor of Science is also the first step towards a career in fields such as engineering, veterinary science or health practice, which can be pursued through further study. This course is an ideal pathway, along with the Bachelor of Biomedicine, to graduate professional entry programs in dental science, medicine, nursing, optometry and physiotherapy. It is also the shortest pathway to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne.
- You can choose from 37 majors in which to specialise
- Melbourne is ranked Number 1 in Australia for psychology, medicine, chemistry, physics and astronomy by the QS World University Rankings 2013-2014.
- The University is located within the Parkville Precinct, an innovative hub for world-class science and the main precinct in Australia for research and activity in the medical, bioscientific, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. It is home to research centres like the Victorian Life Sciences Institute (VLSCI); the Melbourne Brain Centre; and the Bio21 Institute, the University’s $140 million, state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary research facility and one of the largest biotechnology research centres in Australia.
Majors (focus your undergraduate degree)
The Bachelor of Science offers a huge range of majors across all areas of science, so you can tailor your degree to meet your interests and goals.
The following majors are available:
- Agricultural Science
- Animal Health and Disease
- Animal Science and Management
- Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Bioengineering Systems
- Cell and Developmental Biology
- Chemical Systems
- Computing and Software Systems
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Electrical Systems
- Engineering Systems
- Environmental Science
- Food Science
- Forest Science
- Human Structure and Function
- Marine Biology
- Mathematical Physics
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Mechanical Systems
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Plant Science
- Spatial Systems
Chancellor’s Scholars Program
The Chancellor’s Scholars Program offers very high-achieving students at Melbourne a guaranteed place in the graduate program of their choice, along with a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.
Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Science
The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2014. i
The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.
Access Melbourne allows you to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. Guaranteed entry is available to eligible students from a rural area or disadvantaged financial background. i
Access Melbourne can help you gain a place in a course, even if your ATAR is below the Clearly-in Rank. Eligible students must apply through Access Melbourne and meet prerequisites.
You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.
Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL, and a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics and in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics; OR Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL, and a study score of at least 25 in both Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.
Applicants intending to progress to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine are encouraged to complete VCE Units 3 and 4 in Chemistry (or equivalent).
All domestic undergraduate students enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which is subsidised by the Australian Government. Students pay a contribution amount that is determined by the Australian Government, based on the subjects undertaken. More details on fees and student contribution amounts.
If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more.
Once you’ve graduated from this degree, you can choose to continue your graduate study in one of the following areas in the sciences:
- Agricultural and Animal Sciences
- Environmental and Forest Sciences
- Information Technology
- Science research training
You can also choose to undertake further study to gain a professional qualification in one of the following areas:
Concurrent diplomas (study alongside your undergraduate degree)
You can choose to study one of the following concurrent diplomas alongside this undergraduate degree at Melbourne: