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Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours)

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science

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  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
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  • Mode of delivery
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  • Field of Education
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  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Natural and Physical Scis NEC
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) requires completion of 192 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

A minimum of 30 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses from the Science course list

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of honours pathway options or honours pathway courses from the Science course list

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of quantitative research skills courses from the following list, which may contribute towards meeting the requirements of a major, minor or specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours):

BIAN3014 Research Design and Analysis in Biological Anthropology (6 units)

BIOL2001 Introduction to Quantitative Biology (6 units)

BIOL2202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology (6 units)

ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)

ENVS2002 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring (6 units)

PSYC2009 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (6 units)

PSYC3018 Advanced Research Methods (6 units)

Any 1000-, 2000- or 3000- level course from the subject areas MATH- Mathematics or STAT- Statistics, with the exception of MATH1042


The 192 units must include:

144 units which must consist of:

48 units from completion of one of the following Science majors:

Agricultural Innovation

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Biochemistry

Biodiversity Conservation

Biological Anthropology

Cell & Molecular Biology

Chemistry

Climate Science

Computer Science

Earth Science

Environmental Science

Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology

Geography

Human Biology

Human Evolutionary Biology

Indigenous Science and Knowledges

Mathematical Economics

Mathematical Finance

Mathematical Modelling

Mathematics

Resource and Environmental Management

Physics

Psychology

Quantitative Biology

Quantitative Environmental Modelling

Science Communication

Statistics

Sustainability Studies

Water Science

 

Either:

24 units from the completion of one of the following Science minors / specialisations:

Abnormal Psychology Minor

Advanced Chemistry Specialisation

Advanced Mathematics Specialisation

Advanced Physics Specialisation

Advanced Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics Specialisation

Applied Statistics Minor

Astronomy and Astrophysics Specialisation

Biology Minor

Biochemistry Specialisation

Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Biological Anthropology Minor

Biological Neuropsychology Minor

Biomedical Science Specialisation

Chemistry Minor

Climate Science Specialisation

Climate Science and Policy Minor

Cognitive Psychology Minor

Computer Science Minor

Developmental Psychology Minor

Earth and Marine Science Minor

Earth Physics Specialisation

Environmental Geology Specialisation

Environmental Policy Minor

Evolution and Ecology Specialisation

Forest Science and Policy Minor

Genetics Specialisation Minor

Geochemistry and Petrology Specialisation

Geography Minor

Geophysics and Geology Specialisation

Human Ecology Minor

Marine Science Specialisation

Mathematical Physics Specialisation

Mathematics Minor

Microbiology and Immunology Specialisation

Neuroscience and Physiology Specialisation

Optics Specialisation

Philosophy and Science Minor

Physics Minor

Plant Science Specialisation

Professional Science Engagement Specialisation

Psychology Specialisation

Science Communication Minor

Social Psychology Minor

Soil and Land Management Minor

Sustainable Development Minor

Water Science and Policy Minor

 

24 units from completion of courses from the Science course list

 

Or:

48 units from completion of a second Science major, listed above

 

48 units from completion of one of the following Honours specialisations:

ASTR-HSPC Astronomy and Astrophysics Honours

BIAN-HSPC Biological Anthropology Honours

BIOL-HSPC Biology Honours

CHEM-HSPC Chemistry Honours

COMP-HSPC Computer Science Honours

EMSC-HSP Earth and Marine Science Honours

ENVI-HSPC Environment Honours

MATH-HSPC Mathematics Honours

MEDR-HSPC Medical Research Honours

PHYS-HSPC Physics Honours

POTE-HSPC Physics of the Earth Honours

POPH-HPSC Population Health Honours

SCNC-HSPC Science Honours

SCOM-HSPC Science Communication Honours

STAT-HSPC Statistics Honours

 

A maximum of 12 units from completion of 1000-level courses may contribute towards meeting the requirements of two Science majors with common 1000-level course requirements. In such cases, an equal number of units must come from the completion of additional courses from the Science course list.

 

Students must achieve a minimum 70% Weighted Average Mark in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in courses from the Science course list in order to continue in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours). Students who do not achieve a minimum of 70% Weighted Average Mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science.

 

In order to be admitted to the Honours specialisation, Students must complete 144 units and achieve a minimum 70% Weighted Average Mark calculated from the 36 units of courses in disciplines cognate to the Honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses, with the highest marks and satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation. Students who do not achieve the 70% Weighted Average Mark after 144 units or do not satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science.

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Majors

Minors

Specialisations

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units 1000 level course Science Major 6 units 1000 level Science elective or minor course 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
1000 level course Science Major 6 units 1000 level Science elective or minor course 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units 2000 level course Science Major 6 units Science elective or minor or specialisation course 6 units Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
2000 level course Science Major 6 units 2000 level course Science Major 6 units Science elective or minor or specialisation course 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
Year 3 48 units 3000 level course Science Major 6 units 3000 level Science elective or specialisation course 6 units 3000 level course Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
3000 level course Science Major 6 units 3000 level course Science Major 6 units 3000 level Science elective or specialisation course 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
Year 4 48 units 4000 level Honours course 24 units 4000 level Honours course 4000 level Honours course 4000 level Honours course
4000 level Honours course 24 units 4000 level Honours course 4000 level Honours course 4000 level Honours course

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.


Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

·        Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:

o  completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and

o  co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and

o  English language proficiency; and

o  any program-specific requirements listed below.

·        Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:

o  previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and

o  English language proficiency; and

o  any program-specific requirements listed below.

·        Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:

o  previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and

o  English language proficiency; and

o  any program-specific requirements listed below.

·        Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:

o  ATAR or equivalent if secondary education was completed; or the Special Adult Entry Scheme (SAES); or work experience; and

o  English language proficiency; and

o  any program-specific requirements listed below.


International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.


Diversity factors & English language proficiency 

As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission 

ATAR:
90
International Baccalaureate:
33

Prerequisites

There are no formal program prerequisites and many first-year science courses assume little specific knowledge. The exceptions are:

For many of the biology majors, chemistry is a requirement, therefore it is recommended that students have at least an ACT minor (but preferably a major) in chemistry, or successful completion of a bridging course in chemistry, or multistrand science in NSW, or equivalent. Chemistry is essential for all later-year courses in the biological streams of biochemistry and cell biology, microbiology and immunology, molecular genetics, animal and human physiology, and some parts of botany and neuroscience. A bridging course is available in February details can be obtained through science.enquiries@anu.edu.au

CHEM1101: ACT major in Chemistry, or successful completion of a bridging course in chemistry, or multistrand science in NSW, or equivalent, is required. Chemistry is essential for all later-year courses in chemistry. A bridging course is available in February details can be obtained through science.enquiries@anu.edu.au

MATH1003: Assumed knowledge: ACT Mathematical Methods (major)/Further Mathematics/Specialist Mathematics (major)/ Specialist Methods or NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent

MATH1005: ACT Mathematical Methods (major)/Further Mathematics/Specialist Mathematics (major)/ Specialist Methods or NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent

MATH1013: A satisfactory pass in ACT Specialist Mathematics or NSW HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students with a good pass in ACT Mathematical Methods or NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent will be considered

MATH1115: A satisfactory pass in ACT Specialist Mathematics double major or NSW HSC Mathematics Extension 2 or equivalent. Students with excellent marks in either ACT Specialist Mathematics major-minor or NSW HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent may be permitted to enrol

PHYS1101: There is a corequisite of MATH1013/1115. See the entries above. There is no formal physics prerequisite but preparation is assumed and recommended. Recommended preparation is - NSW: a high standard in 2 unit physics or a multistrand science; ACT: a high standard in physics (major).

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$47,940.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

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 that are designed to extend your understanding and introduce you to concepts that are more advanced than standard course activities. The fourth honours year allows exploration of research possibilities in your area of interest. It prepares you for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of your discipline, and through the design and implementation of a research project that develops new understandings or provides solutions to complex problems.

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Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

In a global economy driven by data, digital technologies and innovation, high quality scientists are in demand.

A combination of knowledge, technical skills and research experience gained in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) will increase your employability, and equip you well for further postgraduate study. The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) can lead straight to a PhD.

See where a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) could take you: our career wheel will help you turn your interests into a career in science.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop, apply, integrate and generate knowledge in educational and professional contexts.

  2. Develop and use a range of skills and methods to identify, analyse and respond to complex problems and issues.
  3. Work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives.
  4. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge.
  5. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence and draw appropriate conclusions.
  6. Analyse and interpret original research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.
  7. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques and methods to collect original research data.
  8. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.
  9. Exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirement is currently not available for this program.

Further Information

The list of Honours pathway level courses offered by the ANU College of Health & Medicine and the ANU College of Science can be found here .

Please note:

An Honours Pathway Option (HPO) is a alternative piece of assessment/assignments, assessed at a higher level, attached to a regular course. Students who enrol in certain courses have the option of undertaking this piece of assessment and must identify themselves to the course convener at the beginning of the semester so that they can attend extra classes or submit the assignment accordingly. HPOs are usually identified in the Programs and Courses catalogue where there is further information regarding what the assessment entails and how it is graded.

An Honours Pathway Course (HPC) is a course that is inherently taught at a higher level. An HPC is usually identified as such in the Programs and Courses catalogue.


Want to learn more about the structure of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) or wish to map out your degree? Click here to see a short program presentation video and access the study plan.


Internship opportunities

Students interested in incorporating an internship into their degree can find out more from the College of Science website.


Timing of Science Honours year for students in a Flexible Double Degree program:

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) as part of a Flexible Double Degree (FDD) will only be able to commence the Honours year after satisfaction of the progression hurdle into Honours and should note that many Science Honours disciplines only support full-time enrolment in the Honours year (24+24 units).

Where the second bachelor's component of the FDD program has not yet been completed before the intended start term for Science Honours, it is strongly recommended that students seek appropriate academic advice from an Science Sub Dean.


Important fee information for commencing and continuing domestic undergraduate students intending to study psychology as a professional pathway:

Please note that due to changes in Australian government funding from 2021 as a result of the Job Ready Graduates Package, fees for Behavioural Science courses will be invoiced at different rates. This will affect students in the following manner:

Commencing Students

Study of the accredited sequence of psychology courses taken under the psychology degrees recognised by the Australian Government will be eligible for the Professional Pathway funding rates (HECS band 2). At ANU, these programs are:

  • Bachelor Science (Psychology) - (3 year degree)
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Honours) - (+1 Hons year)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) - (4 year degree incl Honours).

Note that Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Honours) students who commenced their Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at ANU prior to 1 January 2021 will be classed as continuing students. 

While psychology courses can be taken as part of other programs of study at ANU [Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)], the study of psychology is not compulsory therefore Psychology courses in these programs will be charged different fees (HECS band 4).


Continuing students

Continuing students (enrolled before 1 January 2021) studying courses in disciplines with increased student contribution amounts, will be grandfathered under the legislation. That is, they will continue paying the same amount as they would have, had these reforms not been implemented for any courses that would otherwise have an increased student contribution. 


Psychology Honours:

For students studying Psychology in this program, the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) should note that the program is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, and the Psychology Honours specialisation cannot be taken through this program. Students wishing to take an accredited psychology program and those interested in Psychology Honours, should seek advice by contacting science.enquiries@anu.edu.au

 

For more information on the 2021 fee changes to Student Contributions Amounts, please visit https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/student-contributions; and for more information on the Job Ready Graduates Package please visit  https://www.studyassist.gov.au/

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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. You can make an appointment by using our online booking system here. Alternatively, you can call Science Central on 6125 2809. 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.

The first three years of this degree is coursework studies. The fourth year is a research intensive honours year.

Single degree

  • This degree requires 192 units
  • A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
  • A minimum of 30 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 70% in Science courses must be maintained each semester 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.

Electives

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. 

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 1000 level course Science Major 6 units 1000 level Science elective or minor course 6 units Science or non-science elective 6 units Science or non-science elective 6 units
1000 level course Science Major 6 units 1000 level Science elective or minor course 6 units Science or non-science elective 6 units Science or non-science elective 6 units

Academic Advice

For further information on prerequisites and Science disciplines you can:

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