Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: BSc/BA
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3763
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 068791B

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2016 - 2019 - Please refer to 3658.6 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts

For Commencement Year 2020 - 2021 - Please refer to 3763.1 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts

This double degree program is designed for students whose interests span the Arts and Sciences. It will produce versatile graduates who can work across a range of academic and professional disciplines, including the opportunity to develop global perspectives and communication skills in an Asian language. In the Science area, students can design their own academic program within the Bachelor of Science course structure, which must include a Science testamur major selected from a the following: Zoology, Animal Science, Biology. Chemistry, Applied Physics, Sustainable Environmental Futures, AgriFood or Innovative Foods. This qualification in science can be combined with one of the following majors: International Relations and Asian Studies; Cultural and Social Analysis; English; History and Political Thought; Philosophy; Indigenous Australian Studies; Arabic, Chinese; Japanese; Indonesian; Islamic Studies: Linguistics; Psychological Studies. This qualification in science can be combined with one of the following majors: International Relations and Asian Studies; Cultural and Social Analysis; English; History and Political Thought; Philosophy; Indigenous Australian Studies; Arabic, Chinese; Japanese; Indonesian; Islamic Studies: Linguistics; Psychological Studies.

Students in this double degree also have the opportunity to complete a semester of study overseas and receive advanced standing towards their BA majors and minors subject to WSU limits on advanced standing. Students are encouraged to do so but must discuss this with a BA program advisor first.

Students should note that not all majors and subjects are available at all campuses and travel between campuses may be required.

Study Mode

Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

Program Advice

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above

Accreditation

MT3027 (Chemistry) when undertaken within the Bachelor of Science is accredited with Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

 Bachelor of Science

For the Science degree, work integrated learning is a component of many subjects in the core of the course and testamur majors. Students must study to a specific work integrated learning subject, Complex Case Studies in Science. This subject is designed to provide students with opportunities for personal development, industry and civic engagement and to develop career readiness. The subject assures that students can critically analyse and logically argue complex scientific issues whilst taking into account multiple competing perspectives and builds on employability and communication skills developed in earlier subjects.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

Assumed Knowledge: At least two unit science (any science) and two unit mathematics at year 12 equivalent.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points as prescribed in the structure below. Students who complete this award will graduate with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts.

Note: At least 120 credit points must be at Level 3 or above.

Students who wish to exit this double degree after their third year and graduate with a Bachelor of Science must have completed 240 credit points and completed the subjects as listed below in Years 1, 2 and 3 with at least 60 credit points at Level 3 or above.

Students completing the Bachelor of Science portion of this double degree must complete one of the Science testamur majors listed in the first three years of study.

The conceptual design of this Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts double degree is as follows:

Years 1 to 3

Students will complete 160 credit points of Bachelor of Science subjects comprising eight Bachelor of Science core subjects, eight Bachelor of Science testamur major subjects and eight Arts subjects as listed in the program sequence below

Bachelor of Science Core Subjects

Students should note that core subjects will be allocated based on the Testamur Major chosen and as indicated in the relevant Testamur Major sequence.

Subject Title Credit Points
Bachelor of Science core subjects
Students are required to complete the following two subjects
CHEM 1008Introductory Chemistry10
NATS 1019Scientific Literacy10
Foundation
Students are allocated core subjects from the following areas depending on the testamur major chosen. Students should consult the sequence of units identified for each testamur major.
Select two of the following (depending on testamur major selected):20
Cell Biology
Biodiversity
Essential Chemistry
Mathematics
Select one of the following (depending on testamur major selected):10
Quantitative Thinking
Mathematics 1A
Biometry
Analytical Science
Select one of the following (depending on testamur major selected):10
Advanced Calculus
Biochemistry
Forensic and Environmental Analysis
Science Research Methods
Analytical Chemistry
Epidemiology
Work Integrated Learning
Select one of the following (depending on testamur major selected):10
Complex Case Studies in Science
Work Internship for Science Professionals
Core Capstone
Select one of the following (depending on testamur major selected):10
Laboratory Quality Management
Field Project 1
Conservation Biology
Topics in Medical Science
Total Credit Points80

Bachelor of Science Testamur Majors

Students are required to complete eight testamur major subjects from one of the following testamur majors. Students selecting MT3031 Environmental Health are required to complete twelve testamur major subjects.

Students may only select one testamur major

Please note that not all Testamur Majors are available at all campuses.

Years 1 to 4

In Years 1 to 4 students will complete the four level 1 Bachelor of Arts (BA) core subjects, eight Bachelor of Arts Major subjects from one of the following Bachelor of Arts Majors and four Bachelor of Arts Minor subjects from one of the Minors listed.

Please note that not all Arts majors are available at all campuses.

Subject Title Credit Points
The Four Level 1 Bachelor of Arts (BA) Core Subjects
HUMN 1052Australian Politics and Active Citizenship10
HUMN 1053Diversity, Language and Culture10
LANG 1029Foundations of Academic English10
LANG 1030Thinking Critically About Texts and Society10
Total Credit Points40

For details of the relevant Arts Majors, refer to the current listing of Bachelor of Arts.

1706 - Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts Majors

Bachelor of Arts Minors

Replaced Majors and Minors

The majors and minors listed below counts towards completion of this Program for students who began studying these majors or minors prior to the years indicated below. 

M1052 Cultural and Social Analysis, Major, replaced by Culture and Society, Major in 2021 (listed above)

SM1070 Cultural and Social Analysis, Minor, replaced by Culture and Society, Minor in 2021 (listed above)

Recommended Sequence

Note: students choosing MT3047 Applied Physics should consult the Academic Program Advisor for advice regarding subject sequences.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
Select two Level 1 core Arts subjects of the following: 20
Australian Politics and Active Citizenship  
Foundations of Academic English  
Diversity, Language and Culture  
Thinking Critically About Texts and Society  
Select two Science core subjects:  
BIOS 1001 Biodiversity 10
CHEM 1008 Introductory Chemistry 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select two Core Arts subjects of the following: 20
Australian Politics and Active Citizenship  
Foundations of Academic English  
Diversity, Language and Culture  
Thinking Critically About Texts and Society  
Select one core Science Mathematics subject of the following (depending on testamur major selected): 10
Quantitative Thinking  
Mathematics 1A  
Biometry  
Select one core Science Foundation subject (depending on testamur major selected): 10
Cell Biology  
Essential Chemistry  
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
Scientific Literacy  
Select two core Science subjects comprising: one Analytical Science subject of the following (depending on testamur major selected): 20
Advanced Calculus  
Biochemistry  
Forensic and Environmental Analysis  
Science Research Methods  
Analytical Chemistry  
Epidemiology  
Select one Arts major or minor subject 10
Select one Science testamur major subject (see the sequence provided with each testamur major) 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one Arts major or minor subject 10
Select one core Science Work Integrated Learning subject 10
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
Complex Case Studies in Science  
(only available to students in MT3031 Environmental Health)  
Select two Science testamur major subjects (see sequence provided with each testamur major) 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
Select one Arts major or minor subject 10
Select one Science capstone subject of the following (depending on testamur major chosen): 10
Laboratory Quality Management  
Field Project 1  
Conservation Biology  
Topics in Medical Science  
Select two Science testamur major subjects (see the sequence provided with each testamur major) 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one Arts major or minor subject 10
Select three Science testamur major subjects (see the sequence provided with each testamur major) 30
 Credit Points40
Year 4
Autumn session
Select four Bachelor of Arts major or minor subjects 40
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select four Bachelor of Arts major or minor subjects 40
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points320