CU18 - Bachelor of Science

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

Science underpins every aspect of human civilisation and will be crucial for solving current and future medical, environmental, industrial and technology problems. In the Bachelor of Science, you will study a range of scientific units that will result in the development of a body of knowledge and set of skills to enable problem-solving and critical thinking. You may choose from the Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry majors, both of which will incorporate aspects of environmental studies. In the Applied Chemistry majors, you will also explore the emerging fields of nanotechnology, food chemistry and biomaterials centered around an analytical chemistry focus. In the Applied Biology major you will study a range of disciplines including botany, ecology, microbiology and zoology.

As a graduate, your employment opportunities may include laboratory work (in food, and industrial settings), research officer (universities, CSIRO, industry and government), technical/sales representative in scientific sectors, environmental field work and plant breeding.

Career Information

Knowledge and skills in science are the prerequisite for entry into many professional careers and Bachelor of Science Graduates find employment in areas as diverse as chemical and material production, medicine, mining and metals, power industry, environmental science and ecology, food technology and forensic analysis, as well as careers in research and development in the private and public sector. The two specialisations in the Bachelor of Science course are designed to deliver not only a solid foundation in scientific skills and knowledge but also the flexibility to focus on specific areas of study that are relevant to the career and employment options chosen by each student.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BSc
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Distance - 850615
  • QLD - Bundaberg - 810611
  • QLD - Rockhampton - 850611
  • VIC - Distance - 1700110541 
  • NSW - Distance - 160411
International Students
CRICOS Codes
  • ROK - 040203B
  • BDG - 040203B
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
Please Click Here for more information.
The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Show Less

International Availability

Term 2 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Show Less
For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

Domestic students - English (4, SA);

Students who have not completed Chemistry at secondary school or another tertiary institution are advised to complete some bridging Chemistry study before attempting CHEM11041 - Chemistry for the Life Sciences.

International students - refer to the international student section.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

Biology, Chemistry & Maths B.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CV93 - Diploma of Science CV94 - Associate Degree of Science
Professional Accreditation

Not applicable

Learned Society Accreditiation

Students graduating from this course will be eligible to apply for membership of a range of professional societies depending on their particular field of study.

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School - Students studying via distance education will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units.
Click here to view all Residential Schools

Practicum/Work Placement

BIOL12050 - BIOL12050 - This unit provides students with an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills attained in their degree course to the professional work environment. Students will undertake either a) an industry placement, or b) a short research project. They will report on their experience in an appropriate format, identifying the nature of the work and activities undertaken. In this report, they will also reflect on how the knowledge gained and the skills developed during placement relate to their course of study and their future career.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 105
2017 96
2016 107
2015 100
2014 101
Core Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Applied Biology Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Demonstrate broad theoretical and technical knowledge of the basic concepts of biological science.
  • 2. Present concepts, arguments and results to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, using a variety of modes.
  • 3. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to issues in the field of biological science.
  • 4. Review, comprehend and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources in the field of biological science.
  • 5. Use relevant field and laboratory techniques in a range of contexts.
  • 6. Undertake self-directed learning and develop skills for life-long learning.
  • 7. Exhibit interpersonal and teamwork skills and ethical practice.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Applied Chemistry Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Demonstrate broad theoretical and technical knowledge of the basic concepts of chemical science.
  • 2. Present concepts, arguments and results to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, using a variety of modes.
  • 3. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to issues in the field of chemical science.
  • 4. Review, comprehend and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources in the field of chemical science.
  • 5. Use relevant field and laboratory techniques in a range of contexts.
  • 6. Undertake self-directed learning and develop skills for life-long learning.
  • 7. Exhibit interpersonal and teamwork skills and ethical practice.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major

Applied Biology Major

Number of units: 14 Total credit points: 84


Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ZOOL12009 Invertebrate Zoology
BOTN19001 Terrestrial Botany
MBIO19013 Applications of Microbiology
BOTN12010 Botany of Aquatic Environments
ZOOL19002 Australian Vertebrate Biology
EVST13014 Freshwater and Marine Systems
ZOOL19004 Integrated Pest Management
ZOOL13015 Environmental Physiology of Animals
BOTN13002 Plants and the Environment
MARN13007 Coastal Marine Resources
BIOL13031 Ecology: Theory and Application

In addition to the above, students must complete three (3) electives from

1. The B Sc (Applied Chemistry) major

OR

2. The following list:

  • EVST19023 Water Resource Management (Term 1)
  • ENVR12001 Soil Science and Conservation (Term 1)
  • GEOG12021 Remote Sensing of Environment (Term 1)
  • EVST13015 Landscape Ecology & Management (Term 2)
  • GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems (Term 2)
  • ENEV12002 Community and Indigenous Engagement (Term 3)
  • BIOL12107 Genomes, Genetics & Evolution (Term 3)
  • EVST19021 Sustainability Issues and Solutions (Term 3)

OR

3. Any unit approved by the Head of Course.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major

Applied Chemistry Major

Number of units: 14 Total credit points: 84



Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11005 Foundations of Biochemistry
BMED19007 Forensic Science
CHEM19085 Environmental Chemistry
BIOL12109 Technology and Instrumentation
CHEM12077 Food Science & Analysis
BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry
BIOL12106 Molecular Biology
CHEM13080 Analytical Science
CHEM13082 Nanotechnology: Health and the environment
CHEM13081 Biomaterials: Environmental and Medical Applications
CHEM12078 Industrial Atmospheric Emissions

In addition to the above, students must complete three (3) electives from

1. The B Sc (Applied Biology) major

OR

2. The following list

  • BMSC13010 Pharmacology (Term 1)
  • EVST19023 Water Resource Management (Term 1)
  • ENVR12001 Soil Science and Conservation (Term 1)
  • BMSC13002 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry (Term 2)
  • ENEV12002 Community and Indigenous Engagement (Term 3)

OR

3. Any unit approved by the Head of Course.

More Details
Study Schedule

A recommended study schedule for this course can be obtained from your Student Advisor (Courses and Careers) by contacting http://programadvice.cqu.edu.au.

Students may determine their own schedule based upon credit transfers and personal study requirements. It is important to note that full-time students usually enrol in 4 units per term and part-time students usually enrol in 2 units per term.

Unit Availability

Students must check to see when and where a unit is offered before enrolling.

Applications for credit transfer

Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies undertaken equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course have been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to claim exemption.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.

Computing Requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.