• Length 4 years full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
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  • Mode of delivery
    • Internal

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Please note that if you are commencing your studies in semester 2 there may be restrictions on the courses available for enrolment. We strongly recommend that you make an appointment with an academic advisor (science.enquiries@anu.edu.au or phoning 6125 2809) to discuss your options. There will also be advisory sessions offered during the week before semester commences.

If you are looking for that little bit extra in your degree, the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) provides the same breadth of opportunities as the Bachelor of Science, with the addition of Honours Pathway Options activities. These activities are designed to extend your understanding and introduce you to concepts that are more advanced than standard course activities. For added flexibility, up to a third of your courses can be from other areas of the University, so you can tailor a program to your interests.


Single degree

  • This degree requires 192 units
  • A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
  • A minimum of 36 units 3000 level Science courses
  • One Science major (48 units)
  • One Science minor, specialisation or a second Science major (24 units/48 units)
  • An average of 75% in Science courses must be maintained to remain in the program
  • Completion of at least 4 Honours Pathway Options/Courses in the first 3 years of study
  • Other courses from Science or another ANU College (maximum non-science allowed 48 units)

About this degree

In a Bachelor of Science (Advanced)(Honours) single degree program you will study a total of 192 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 courses across your whole degree.

You'll need to take one Science major (8 courses) and one Science minor (or specialisation) (4 courses), and four Science electives (4 courses).  If you'd like to, you can use your Science electives to extend your Science minor into a second Science major.  You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU.  You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Science subject, such as history or marketing.

In your 4th year of study you will undertake the Honours year in a single discipline usually closely related to your major.

Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses.  These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as SCNC1234.

  • A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor.
  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
  • You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
  • You need to enrol in courses for at least one potential Science major
  • You need to enrol in courses for at least one potential Science minor or a second potential Science major
  • You may take 1000-level courses later in your program.  But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Science half of the double degree.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

A course can only ever be counted toward one major or minor.

Exception: A maximum of 12 units of 1000 level courses can count toward two majors that share common first year requirements.

There are over sixty Science majors, minors and specialisations available for you to study, from Astronomy and Astrophysics to Water Science.  A list of these is available here (this will link to the majors and minors page in P&C and come up as a separate page so students can toggle easily).

If you aren’t sure what you want to study for your whole degree, that’s fine. You don’t need to commit to majors or minors until after your first year.  Using electives can help to keep your options open.

There are two main ways to choose courses for majors and minors:

  • Choose from the list of Science majors and minors and see what first year courses you need to enrol in.
  • Choose from the list of first-year Science courses and see what majors and minors they count towards.

The following links will take you to the full lists of Science majors, minors and specialisations:







Because there are so many options available, you will need to take your time choosing what you want to study. To help you choose Science courses you can go to the following link to download (and print) the Science First Year Guide:


While you only need to enrol in courses for one Science major and one Science minor, you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Science majors or minors. That way you keep your options open.   Once you've selected courses for a Science major, and a Science minor or second Science major, you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses. 

To find 1000-level courses, use the catalogue finder.  Remember you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College at the University.

Study Options

Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours)

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Science (Advanced)(Honours) with one Science Major and one Science minor.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Science Major 1000 level Course 6 units Science Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Science Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Science Major 1000 level Course 6 units Science Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Science Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Academic Advice

For further information on prerequisites and Science disciplines you can:

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