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Bachelor of Science


Macquarie University
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 3 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 3 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 69
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 39
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 18
Minimum number of credit points designated as Science 42
Completion of specified Foundation units
Completion of a qualifying major for the Bachelor of Science
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Students must complete one designated People unit and one designated Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different Faculties. Any unit which is listed below or as part of the student's qualifying major(s) will not satisfy the People unit requirement or Planet unit requirement.
Not all qualifying majors listed for the Bachelor of Science can be completed through external study. The following majors are available for external study:

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Foundation Units

Credit points

100 level

3cp from
Discrete Mathematics I (3)
Quantitative Methods for Science (3)
Mathematics IA (Advanced) (3)
Mathematics IA (3)
Introductory Statistics (3)
Statistical Data Analysis (3)

Not all qualifying majors listed for the Bachelor of Science can be completed in minimum time with a Session 2 commencement. The following majors can be completed in minimum time with a Session 2 commencement:
Biology, Business Information Systems, Computing, Decision Science, Geophysics, Human Biology, Human Geography, Information Systems and Business Analysis, Mathematics, Psychological Science, Spatial Information Science, Statistics, Web Design and Development

Qualifying Majors
Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 7 Bachelor Degree
CRICOS Code 001365G
Overview and Aims of the Program The Bachelor of Science is a broad-ranging degree allowing you to follow a path to suit your intended career in the sciences. You will specialise in a particular area of science by choosing a major and also include combinations of units in other sciences – or even non-science areas such as commerce or law.This interdisciplinary approach is a hallmark of our graduates and highly valued by employers: one of the reasons why we have strong ties to industry.

The Bachelor of Science will help you develop skills such as problem solving and critical thinking through practical work and peer-assisted learning. Our science staff are recognised for their excellence in teaching and many are known internationally for their research, ensuring you are taught with the most up-to-date scientific knowledge.

More information can be found in the information on the individual majors.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes Refer to individual majors.
Learning and Teaching Methods Refer to individual majors.
Assessment Refer to individual majors.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Refer to individual majors.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Refer to individual majors for details of professional accreditation.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148