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Bachelor of Science

Graduation requirements

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (24 subjects).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Science course is a vocationally-oriented course that produces graduates with a sound knowledge base in physical science and specialised studies in a number of majors.

The Bachelor of Science is a general science course with current majors in Analytical Chemistry, Mathematics, Spatial Science, Biology, Microbiology and Forensic Chemistry. It provides students with an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of much of modern scientific investigation, and produces highly employable graduates.

Learning facilities

To make sure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include:

  • state-of-the-art laboratories which include mass spectrometry and chromatography
  • GIS/remote sensing facilities with two airborne digital imaging systems and GPS equipment
  • modern PC2 glass-houses for plant biotechnology experiments
  • fully-equipped laboratories for molecular analysis
  • computer-aided mathematics software packages to assist students.

Your course is recognised by industry

Students completing the Analytical Chemistry major must complete a minimum of six weeks industrial work experience to qualify for membership in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Students completing the Forensic Chemistry major, who take MTH101 and MTH102, and complete the six weeks industrial work experience, will also qualify for membership in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Credit

Credit packages are available, e.g: NSW TAFE Diploma of Chemical Technology (Chemistry major).

Residential school

Distance education students usually study two subjects per session. Many subjects in this course have optional and/or compulsory residential school requirements. Most residential schools are of two to four days duration.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Chemistry graduates find ready employment in industry, government departments and authorities, and research laboratories. Their work may involve research, development and design of new products and processes, sample testing and analysis, quality control and laboratory management.

Employment opportunities for Mathematics graduates include forecasting and risk analysis in the finance and insurance industries; modelling of environmental and industrial systems; optimisation - transport industries, urban and regional planning, data analysis; government and business; signal and image processing; astronomy, remote sensing and GIS; technical programming and teaching.

A graduate in Spatial Science could expect to find employment in the expanding industries of resource monitoring, mapping and planning. Areas such as agriculture, geology and environmental studies are all seeking graduates with image analysis, GIS and computing skills to support both project and research work. Jobs are found at all levels of federal, state and local government as well as the private sector.

Graduates in Biology will have a broad grounding in the biological sciences and can expect to find employment in a variety of government and semi-government organisations as well as in industry and teaching.

Graduates in Forensic Chemistry will be proficient in general forensic science, crime scene management and fire science. Subjects studied will cover crime scene management, scene contamination and preservation, evidence detection, combustion science, explosives, electricity, fire/arson investigation, and separation and identification of unknown compounds. Supporting studies will explore the general areas of chemistry, statistics, Australian business law, biomedical sciences and information technology. The combination of studies ensures forensic study is embedded in a more general degree and so prepares graduates for employment in a cross-section of careers including chemistry disciplines as well as forensic science.

Course structure

The course comprises a major, a minor, and a number of free electives:

  • the major must contain a minimum of 64 points (the equivalent of eight standard subjects) with at least 48 points at Level 2 or higher and at least 24 points at Level 3 or higher;
  • the minor must contain a minimum of 32 points (the equivalent of four standard subjects) with at least 16 points at Level 2 or higher;
  • three subjects (STA201 SCI200 and SCI101 are core to all combinations of Majors and Minors;
  • free electives - at least 50% of the free electives must be completed at Level 2 or above
  • no more than 32 points of free elective subjects can be chosen from EEA, EED, EEL, EEP, EMM, EMS, EMT, EPT, ESC, ESR or ESS coded subjects.


Restrictions to majors: analytical chemistry requires a minimum of 104 credit points major (including 16 credit points in mathematics MTH101 and MTH102 and a compulsory physics minor. See Course Director for details.

A free elective is any subject offered by the University (subject to any pre-requisites being met). A student may choose to complete a second minor provided the minimum requirements for majors and minors (as set out above) are met. In such cases and where the total point value of the major and two minors is less than 192 points, the number of free electives that would be required to complete course requirements will also be undertaken, with at least 50% of the subjects taken in the second minor and any free electives combined being at Level 2 or above.

Compulsory core subjects for all Majors:
SCI101 What is Science?
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Majors
Examples of available majors are analytical chemistry, forensic chemistry, biology, spatial science, mathematics, and microbiology

Minors
A minor may be chosen from any science related area. Within the chosen minor, the student may select an appropriate combination of subjects (provided the minimum requirement of 32 points is met with a minimum of 16 points at Level 2 or above), as approved by the Course Coordinator. Pre-requisite requirements must be satisfied for individual subjects.

Biology Major
BIO100 Concepts of Biology
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
BIO203 Animal Systematics
AGS200 Agricultural Genetics
HRT202 Plant Taxonomy and Systematics or PSC102 Botany
BIO216 Conservation Biology
BIO401 River and Floodplain Ecology (BIO323 for Internal Wagga)
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BIO312 Landscape Ecology

Maths Major
MTH101 Computer aided mathematics 1
MTH102 Computer aided mathematics 2
MTH218 Multivariable calculus
MTH219 Linear algebra
MTH220 Ordinary differential equations
MTH328 complex analysis
MTH307 Mathematical modelling
MTH418 Topics in calculus

Analytical Chemistry Major (this Major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute)
CHM104 Chemistry 1 A
CHM107 Chemistry 1 B
MTH101 Computer aided mathematics 1 with applications
MTH102 Computer aided mathematics 2 with applications
CHM213 Analytical chemistry
CHM214 Physical chemistry
CHM215 Inorganic chemistry
CHM216 Organic chemistry
CHM306 Fire chemistry
CHM321 Lab management
CHM323 Instrumental analysis 1
CHM324 Instrumental analysis 2
CHM335 Analytical Chemistry Industry Experience

Compulsory Minor Subjects for the Analytical Chemistry Major
PHY101 or PHY107 Mechanical and Thermal Physics OR Engineering Physics
PHY102 Electricity and Waves
PHY215 Scientific Instrumentation (Electronics)
PHY216 Modern Physics

Forensic Chemistry Major (this Major is NOT accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute)
CHM104 Chemistry 1 A
CHM107 Chemistry 1 B
CHM213 Analytical chemistry
CHM214 Physical chemistry
CHM215 Inorganic chemistry
CHM216 Organic chemistry
CHM306 Fire chemistry
CHM321 Lab management
CHM323 Instrumental analysis 1
CHM324 Instrumental analysis 2

Spatial Science Major
GEO164 Earth System Processes
SPA115 Principles of GIS
SPA512 Cartography and Data Visualisation
SPA405 Image analysis
SPA406 GIS Application
SPA414 Current issues in GIS
SPA313 Advanced GIS and modelling
SPA412 Integrated remote sensing and GIS

Microbiology Major
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS215 OR FDS202 Microbial Biotechnology OR Food Microbiology
BMS339 Virol, Mycol & Parasitol
BMS308 Immunology
SCI300 Biotechnology and Industry
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology

Plant Science Major
CHM104 Chemistry 1 A
CHM107 Chemistry 1 B
BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
PSC102 Botany
PSC215 Plant Physiology
PSC208 Plant Metabolism
PSC371 Plant Pathology
HRT222 Plant Taxonomy & Systematics
AGS200 Agricultural Genetics
HRT301 Plant Propagation
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
AGR402 Reading Science & Agriculture

Chemistry Minor
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
CHM213 Analytical Chemistry
CHM215 Inorganic Chemistry OR CHM216 Organic Chemistry

Biology Minor
BIO100 Concepts of Biology
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
BIO203 Animal Systematics
HRT202 Plant Taxonomy and Systematics

Information Technology Minor
ITC114 Database management systems
ITC161 Introduction to information technology
ITC242 Introduction to data communication
ITC200 Database administration

Maths Minor
MTH101 Computer aided mathematics 1
MTH102 Computer aided mathematics 2
MTH203 Numerical Methods
MTH218 or MTH219 Multivariable calculus or Linear Algebra

Microbiology Minor
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS339 Virol, Mycol & Parasitol
BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology

Statistics Minor
STA201 Scientific Statistics
STA308 Experimental Design and Analysis
STA347 Multivariate Statistical Analysis
STA427 General Linear Models

Spatial Science Minor
GEO164 Earth System Processes
SPA115 Principles of GIS
SPA512 Cartography and Data Visualisation
SPA405 Image analysis

Physics Minor
PHY101 or PHY107 Mechanical and thermal Physics OR Engineering Physics
PHY102 Electricity and Waves
PHY215 Scientific Instrumentation (Electronics)
PHY216 Modern Physics
 

Enrolment pattern

Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of pre-requisites, particularly in the students' chosen major/minors. Normally, at least one subject from the major and one subject from the minor will be undertaken in the first session of enrolment.

Articulation

No special arrangements apply.

Professional recognition

Chemistry major graduates are qualified for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

3 years full-time on campus
6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

70

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