Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science provides a broad education in science as well as the opportunity to specialise in an area of interest through the study of a major such as human biology, environmental chemistry, biology, engineering, information technology, psychology and mathematics. The degree is ideal for attaining a general overview of science before specialising in a specific course of study. It offers flexibility in subject choices enabling students to tailor their study to their learning goals.
Video Transcript: Bachelor of Science
Hello I'm Kathryn Taffs, the course coordinator for the Bachelor of Science.
The Bachelor of Science is a relatively new degree that was introduced to provide students with a broad overview of the sciences but also the flexibility to tailor the degree to meet their individual interests.
So the first year is an overview of science and as students develop a better awareness of their area of interests, the degree can be tailored to meet their individual career goals. The Bachelor of Science can often be a great start for students not quite decided on their future direction. It is possible to use the Bachelor of Science as an introduction to university study and the science discipline before choosing a specialist area. If you are interested in environmental science there are majors in biology and environmental chemistry.
These majors suit students who want a degree more specialised than an environmental science degree and are targeting a career in a field such as mine remediation or laboratory analysis for environmental quality audits. If you are interested in engineering but not a full engineering degree there is a major in engineering that teaches engineering principles but within the physical and biological aspects of science.
Major areas of study
Biology provides students with a broad base for understanding principles governing life processes at all levels–molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological. There is a strong focus on human impacts. The management of ecosystems is embedded throughout the major.
Engineering ensures students have a sound base of environmental engineering knowledge coupled with principles of physical and biological sciences.
Environmental Chemistry gives students the knowledge to solve chemically related environmental problems. Students will also gain an overview of sediment and aquatic chemistry, which includes laboratory analysis of materials.
Mathematics provides an area of specialisation for students in advanced mathematical skills. Subject areas can include an overview of algebra, calculus, physics and more complex analysis and group theories.