Bachelor of Science

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: BSc
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3754
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041144M

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 2020 to 2021 - please refer to: 3754.1 Bachelor of Science

Science asks questions about how the natural world works and the impact of humans at its interface. It does so in a systematic, yet rigorously creative way based on inquiry and evidence. A Bachelor of Science will prepare you to take part in this process of inquiry, by both contributing to it and by using scientific knowledge to solve current problems in broad settings. Students will learn core concepts and skills investigating the natural world, proposing and testing ideas by experimentation and observation; quantifying and modelling processes; communicating findings, thinking independently and critically. Students can enrol in this degree and select from a range of scientific disciplines with the option of expanding learning into other areas outside of science.

Students choosing T076 Environmental Health, Testamur Major must complete a compulsory work placement of 100 hours.

All students must complete 60 credit points of study at Level 3 to meet program requirements. Depending on the major selected, students may need to select at least 10 credit points of elective study at Level 3 to meet this requirement.

Students need to note that different majors are offered on different campuses, and not all majors will be offered at every campus.

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six 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 |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Campbelltown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Campbelltown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Hawkesbury Campus Full Time External See above
Hawkesbury Campus Part Time External See above
Hawkesbury Campus Full Time Internal See above
Hawkesbury Campus Part Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above


T026 Chemistry - is accredited by The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). T076 Environmental Health when undertaken within the Bachelor of Science has Conditional Provisional Accreditation with Environmental Health Australia.

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.

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

Work integrated learning is a component of many subjects in the core of the program and testamur majors. Additionally, students will be allocated to one of two specific work integrated learning units.

The first of these, Complex Case Studies in Science, 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.

In the second specific work integrated learning subject, Work Internship for Science Professionals, students undertake a one hundred hour industry placement. This unit will only be undertaken by students studying T076 Environmental Health to meet accreditation requirements. The placement will allow students to observe and develop professional skills and behaviour and integrate theoretical and practical science knowledge and conventions into a real world setting. Student placements are unpaid and are undertaken in accordance with the requirements of Western Sydney University’s Placement Policy. Students who are in relevant employment may apply for this experience to be recognised for advanced standing purposes. Students should consult the Advanced Standing Policy.

Placement Policy

Advanced Standing Policy


Assumed Knowledge: Students should have at least two unit English, and 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.

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.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

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 completion of 240 credit points which includes 80 credit points of core subjects plus 80 credit points of subjects taken as a Science major plus 80 credit points of elective subjects.

There are two exceptions to this: For T076 Environmental Health, students must complete 80 credit points of core subjects plus 120 credit points of Environmental Health subjects plus 40 credit points of elective subjects.

Students selecting T049 Forensic Science must use their elective units to complete 0143 Crime Scene Investigation to meet industry requirements. All students must complete 60 credit points at level 3 or above.

Depending on the major selected, students may need to select at least 10 credit points of flexible study at Level 3 to meet this requirement.

Subjects are 10 credit points each unless otherwise indicated.

Core Subjects

All students are required to complete the following two subjects:

Subject Title Credit Points
NATS 1019Scientific Literacy10
CHEM 1008Introductory Chemistry10
Total Credit Points20

NOTE: Students are allocated a core subject from the following areas depending on the major chosen. Students should consult the sequence of subjects identified for each major.

Subject Title Credit Points
Students are allocated two of the following:20
Cell Biology
Essential Chemistry
Students are allocated one of the following:10
Quantitative Thinking
Mathematics 1A
Students are allocated one of the following:10
Advanced Calculus
Forensic and Environmental Analysis
Science Research Methods
Analytical Chemistry
Students are allocated one of the following:10
Complex Case Studies in Science
Work Internship for Science Professionals (only available to students in T076 Environmental Health)
Students are allocated one of the following:10
Laboratory Quality Management
Field Project 1
Conservation Biology
Topics in Medical Science
Total Credit Points60


Students are required to complete eight major subjects from one of the following testamur majors. Students selecting T076 Environmental Health are required to complete twelve major subjects. 

Elective Subjects

Students may use their elective subjects to complete a major (80 credit points) or one or more minors (40 credit points each) from the same or another discipline area, or up to 80 credit points from the wide range of units offered by Western Sydney University.

Students may complete a second testamur major chosen from the list below:

Suggested minors

Environmental Health, Minor
Infectious Diseases, Minor
Microbiology, Minor

Students taking a pathway to teaching minor must first seek academic advice before selecting electives or minors.

Students can apply for a major or minor via MySR.

Enrolment in elective subjects is dependent on meeting any required criteria for individual subjects, such as co-requisites and pre-requisites.