• Length 4 years full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan BARTS / BSC
  • CRICOS code 079093D
  • UAC code 130010

The Bachelor of Arts is the most diverse, most flexible, and most popular degree at The Australian National University. Each of its some fifty majors, in fields throughout the arts, humanities and social sciences, is taught by truly outstanding scholars to ensure that each student receives the very best education, is engaged with cutting-edge research, and learns to think like a researcher. These majors can be coupled with more than seventy minors and specialisations to broaden or deepen your study. Regardless of your choices, your Arts degree will provide you with core skills in critical analysis and in written and oral communication, while developing your adaptability and ability to help shape change and prepare you for a multifaceted career or further study.

With a myriad of majors and minors, craft a science degree that is uniquely yours with the ANU Bachelor of Science.

 

You’ll have the opportunity to experiment in our state-of-the-art laboratories while being mentored by leading scientists. You’ll have the flexibility to go on fieldtrips, take your studies overseas, or try an internship.

 

Whether your passion lies in marine science or mathematics, physics or psychology, you’ll be able to explore your interests and follow your passions with our most flexible science degree.

 

Find out more about our science study areas, degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website .

 

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog .

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

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts may find work in publishing, policy, education, international development, politics, media, information technology, communications, journalism, aid, advertising, art conservation, government and many other fields.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts may find work in publishing, policy, education, international development, politics, media, information technology, communications, journalism, aid, advertising, art conservation, government and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

  1. critically apply theoretical frameworks and research techniques to understanding national and international issues and problems;
  2. identify, including through interrogation of databases, relevant sources of information from across a variety of media (print and digital, written and audio-visual) and judge the importance and reliability of those sources;
  3. evaluate ideas and develop creative solutions to problems, including through independent pursuit of knowledge and making connections between different disciplinary approaches and methods;
  4. communicate and debate both orally and in writing, and work with others, using a variety of media; and
  5. understand the ethical implications of ideas, communications, and actions.
  1. develop, apply, integrate and generate scientific knowledge in educational and professional contexts;
  2. use a range of skills and methods to identify, analyse and respond to problems and issues;
  3. convey and relate professional and disciplinary information and ideas to diverse audiences in effective and appropriate ways;
  4. work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives;
  5. exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Admission Requirements

ATAR:
80
International Baccalaureate:
29

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 Major - Minor 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.

Bachelor of Arts - Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Bachelor of Science - 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

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.

Program Requirements

This double degree requires the completion of 192 units.

The Bachelor of Arts flexible double degree component requires completion of 96 units, of which:

A maximum of 36 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 96 units must consist of:

48 units from the completion of one of the following majors

MAJORS

Disciplines and Fields

Ancient History

Anthropology

Archaeology

Art History and Theory

Australian Indigenous Studies

Biological Anthropology

Criminology

Demography

Development Studies

Digital Humanities

Economic Studies

English

Environmental Studies

Gender, Sexuality and Culture

Geography

Global Security

History

Human Evolutionary Biology

Human Rights

International Communication

International Relations

Linguistics

Mathematics

Music

Music Technology

Peace and Conflict Studies

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Screen Studies

Sociology

Technology, Networks and Society

War Studies

 

Languages

Ancient Greek

Arabic

Chinese Language

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Japanese Linguistics

Korean Language

Latin

Persian

Sanskrit Language

Spanish

Thai Language

Vietnamese Language

 

Geographically Defined Area Studies

Asian Studies

Asian History

Asia and Pacific Culture, Media and Gender

Chinese Studies

Contemporary Europe

Indian and South Asian Studies

Indonesian Studies

Japanese Studies

Korean Studies

Latin American Studies

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

Northeast Asian Studies

Pacific Studies

Southeast Asian Studies

 

EITHER:

48 units from completion of a second major from the list above

OR

24 units from completion of one of the following minors, which must have a different name to the major

MINORS

Disciplines and Fields

Advanced Studies

Ancient History

Anthropology

ANU Leadership and Research

Applied Linguistics

Archaeology

Art History and Theory

Australian Indigenous Studies

Biological Anthropology

Climate Science and Policy

Criminology

Demography

Design

Development Studies

Digital Humanities

Economic Studies

English

Environmental Policy

Environmental Studies

Forensic Anthropology

Forensic Linguistics

Gender and Sexuality

Geography

Global Security

Health, Medicine and the Body

Heritage and Museum Studies

History

Human Ecology

Human Evolutionary Biology

Human Rights

International Communication

International Relations

Linguistics

Mathematics

Music

Music Technology

Peace and Conflict Studies

Philosophy and Science

Philosophy

Political Science

Popular Music

Screen Studies

Social Psychology

Social Research Methods

Sociology

Sustainable Development

Technology, Networks and Society

Visual Arts Practice

War Studies

 

Languages

Advanced Ancient Greek

Advanced Arabic

Advanced Chinese Language

Advanced English Language

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Japanese Language

Advanced Korean Language

Advanced Latin

Advanced Persian

Advanced Sanskrit Language

Advanced Spanish Studies

Ancient Greek

Arabic

Burmese Language 

Chinese Language 

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Japanese Linguistics

Korean Language

Latin

Literary Chinese

Mongolian Language

Persian

Russian

Sanskrit Language

Spanish

Tetum Language

Thai Language

Tok Pisin Language

Vietnamese Language

 

Geographically Defined Area Studies

American Studies

Asian and Pacific Anthropology

Asian and Pacific Linguistics 

Asian Art History

Asian History

Asian Studies

Asia and Pacific Archaeology

Asia and Pacific Culture, Media and Gender

Asia-Pacific International Relations

Asia and Pacific Literature and Film

Asia-Pacific Politics

Australian Politics

Chinese Studies

Contemporary Europe

 

Indian and South Asian Studies

Indonesian Studies

Japanese Studies

Korean Studies

Latin American Studies

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

Northeast Asian Studies

Pacific Studies

Southeast Asian Studies

 

ANIP

ANIP3007 Australian National Internships Program D *

 

And 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

OR

48 units from completion of two of the above minors, which must have different names to the major

 

 

The Bachelor of Science flexible double degree component requires completion of 96 units, of which:

A maximum of 36 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 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:

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 area MATH- Mathematics or STAT- Statistics, with the exception of MATH1042

 

The 96 units must include:

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

Biochemistry Specialisation

Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Biological Anthropology Minor

Biological Neuropsychology Minor

Biology Minor

Biomedical Science Specialisation

Chemistry Minor

Climate Science and Policy Minor

Climate Science Specialisation

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

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 majors, listed above

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.

Majors

Bachelor of Science Majors

Bachelor of Arts Majors

Minors

Bachelor of Science Minors

Bachelor of Arts Minors

Specialisations

Bachelor of Science Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 Arts Major 1000 level Course 6 units Arts Minor 1000 level Course 6 units 1000 level course Science Major 6 units 1000 level Science elective or minor course 6 units
Arts Major 1000 level Course 6 units Arts Minor 1000 level Course 6 units 1000 level course Science Major 6 units 1000 level Science elective or minor course 6 units
Year 2 Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Arts Minor 2000/3000 level Course 6 units 2000 level course Science Major 6 units Science elective 6 units
Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Arts Minor 2000/3000 level Course 6 units 2000 level course Science Major 6 units Science elective or minor or specialisation course 6 units
Year 3 Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Arts Elective 6 units 2000 level course Science Major 6 units Science elective or minor or specialisation course 6 units
Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Arts Elective 6 units 3000 level course Science Major 6 units 3000 level Science elective or specialisation course 6 units
Year 4 Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Arts Elective 6 units 3000 level course Science Major 6 units 3000 level course Science elective 6 units
Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Arts Elective 6 units 3000 level course Science Major 6 units 3000 level Science elective or specialisation course 6 units

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Course selection

Enrolling for the first time can seem like a big task. Below, you will find an example enrolment pattern for your first year of study. 

 

There are a few items to note:

  • Courses coded in the 1000 range are appropriate for first-year students. We strongly recommend that students new to tertiary study enrol in first-year courses during their first semester. 
  • We recommend you start a CASS Program Plan. This is a way to track how the courses you take fit within the overall structure of your degree and will help you pick your later year courses.
  • The tables below represent only one possible combination. You are welcome to pick and choose from any other 1000-coded course found under the “Study Tab”. 
  • The tables below assume you are new to tertiary study and ineligible for course credit. 
A step-by-step guide on how to enrol in courses is available on the Enrol for the First time webpage

Single degree

Students starting in Semester 1 or Semester 2 –single degree Bachelor of Arts, example

Semester 1

Arts major

Arts minor

Elective

Elective

Semester 2

Arts major

Arts minor

Elective

Elective

Search Programs and Courses for the full list of available Majors and Minors and select a 1000-level that contributes to that major/minor.

 Other first year courses available: to find all other 1000-level courses, refer to the Catalogue of Programs and Courses. You may refine your selection on the right-hand column of the webpage.


Double degree

Students starting in Semester 1 or Semester 2 – double degree Bachelor of Arts, example

Semester 1

Arts major

Arts minor

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 2

Arts major

Arts minor

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

 

 

 

 

 


Electives






Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units - - - -
- - - -

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units - - - -
- - - -

Academic Advice

Course credit

If you have undertaken previous study that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit. For more information and how to apply, see the CASS credit application webpage, or contact the CASS Student Office.

Other important information for new students

Please refer to the New students page. You will find all the information you require to activate your ANU email account, enrol into courses and our O week details.  

 

Need help?

If you would like further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the Student Office. We offer appointments, and you can reach us at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

You can also check out our in person opening hours and location on the CASS Student Office webpage.


 

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Do you have boundless interests you can't pin down? Are you curious about parasites and planets and everything in between?

Explore the endless possibilities of astronomy and astrophysics, biological anthropology, biology, chemistry, climate science, computer science, earth science, environmental policy, evolution and ecology, genetics, geography, immunology, marine science, mathematics and statistics, natural resource management and sustainability, physics, plant science, psychology and neuroscience, and science communication (just to name a few).

Whatever you choose to study, you will gain transferrable skills in critical thinking, analysis, investigation and evidenced-based decision making.

With the ANU Bachelor of Science you have the flexibility to explore all your interests, tailoring a program for the direction you choose to take science.

Single degree

  • This degree requires 144 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 (24 units) or a second Science major (48 units)
  • Other courses from Science course list or another ANU College (maximum non-science allowed 48 units)

Double degree

  • The Bachelor of Science in a double degree requires 96 units Science courses
  • A maximum of 36 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 (24units/48 units)
  • Other courses from the Science course list

About this degree

Single degree

In a Bachelor of Science single degree program you will study a total of 144 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 (science or non-science courses).  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.

Double degree

In a Bachelor of Science double degree program you will study a total of 96 units of Science course.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree.  However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Science degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.

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.

Study Options
The maximum period for completion of the degree program is 10 years from the date of first enrolment in the program. The 10 years includes periods of leave.

Where there is mention of Science courses, majors, minors and specialisations this refers to courses, majors, minors and specialisations that are offered by the College of Health and Medicine and College of Science as well as some that are offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Business and Economics and College of Arts and Social Sciences as listed below.

Courses offered by College of Health and Medicine and College of Science include any courses commencing with the following codes:

ASTR BIOL CHEM EMSC ENVS MATH NEUR PHYS PSYC SCNC SCOM VCUG

Courses offered by other ANU Colleges can be found on the Science Course List


Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

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.  You can find all the possibilities on our Program and Courses website.

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 if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of Science program.

Study Options

Bachelor of Science - single degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Science 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

Bachelor of Science - double degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Science (degree A) with another three year degree, such as the Bachelor of Science (degree B).

Study Options

Year 1 48 units 1000 level course Science Major 6 units 1000 level Science elective or minor course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
1000 level course Science Major 6 units 1000 level Science elective or minor course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units

Academic Advice

For further information on prerequisites and Science disciplines you can:

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Science.Enquiries@anu.edu.au

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