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Which of the world's problems would you like to solve? CSU's Bachelor of Science prepares you for a rewarding career helping to advance Australian and international scientific knowledge and develop solutions to some of the complex problems facing society.

With a choice of seven majors, nine minors and numerous electives, you can tailor your CSU science degree to your interests or explore a range of scientific disciplines to determine where your passions lie.

  • Why study this course?

    Flexible study options

    Choose the mode of study that suits you, whether full-time, part-time, online or on campus. If you have completed prior study, you may be able to apply for a credit package to reduce the length and cost of your course.

    Well-rounded skill set

    Gain transferable skills that will serve you well in the workplace. As well as theoretical knowledge, you will develop skills in analysis, problem solving, independent thinking, communication and collaboration.

    We're here to help

    CSU's small class sizes mean greater personal engagement with lecturers, providing support and insight as you progress through your degree and consider your career options.

    Quality facilities

    Gain authentic practical experience in your chosen discipline. Staffed by leading scientists and researchers, the National Life Sciences Hub is a contemporary research, learning and teaching complex established at CSU's Wagga Wagga Campus. Facilities include student teaching laboratories, collaborative research areas, controlled environmental facilities and a glasshouse complex, and quarantine-approved research areas.

    Further studies

    Research Centre scholarships are available towards the end of your degree, allowing you to work on a project led by a lecturer. As well as providing further practical experience, this is an excellent introduction to the research opportunities available through Honours and postgraduate programs.

  • Career opportunities

    A global career

    A wealth of scientific career options exist that could take you anywhere in the world.

    Diverse opportunities

    Find out more information about the career paths associated with different scientific disciplines.

    Get a head start on a teaching career

    Become a secondary school science teacher with further study. The Bachelor of Science gives you the opportunity to complete the science subjects required for teaching accreditation. Across Australia there is a high demand for teachers qualified to teach secondary chemistry, mathematics and physics.

  • Professional recognition

    Analytical Chemistry major graduates are qualified for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have studied and successfully completed relevant subjects at other universities or TAFE at Certificate level or higher may apply for credit for those subjects when applying to CSU's Bachelor of Science. Credit will be granted for subjects that are equivalent in content and standard, at the discretion of the Courses Director.

    Credits as assessed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Workplace learning

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    CHM335 Analytical Chemistry Industry Experience

  • Subjects

    Students in the Bachelor of Science can choose from a range of majors. Download a suggested enrolment pattern for each major:

    Download a course flyer to read more about the Analytical Chemistry or Plant Science majors.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course comprises a set of core subjects, a major, a minor, and a number of electives:

    * The core subjects are common to all combinations of majors and minors. There are six core subjects composed of four set subjects (STA201 STA308 SCI101 and SCI201) and two additional breadth core subjects to be chosen outside the major and minor disciplines from BIO100 CHM108 MTH105 GEO164 PSC102 PHY107 and MCR101. These subjects will broaden the basic scientific knowledge of graduates and therefore cannot align with the disciplines studied in their major or minor. They can however be a component of a second minor.

    * The major must contain a minimum of 64 points (the equivalent of eight standard subjects) with at least 48 points at Level 2 or higher and at least 24 points at Level 3 or higher; restrictions to majors: the Analytical Chemistry major requires a minimum of 96 credit points (including 16 credit points in Mathematics, i.e., MTH101 and MTH102). See Courses Director, Program Leader or designated course administrator for details.

    * The minor must contain a minimum of 32 points (the equivalent of four standard subjects) with at least 16 points at Level 2 or higher;

    * The major and minor areas of studies must align with the majors and minors described in this document. Students can only replace a subject suggested in a major or minor described in this document upon approval by the Courses Director, Program Leader or designated course administrator in order to retain the integrity of the disciplines. In exceptional cases, a student may be allowed to design a major and/or minor that is not described in this document. This major or minor must satisfy the rules defined in this document, the nature of the discipline must be clearly identified, and design of the major or minor must be approved by the Courses Director, Program Leader or designated course administrator before studies are undertaken.

    * Electives - at least 50% of the electives must be completed at Level 2 or above. An elective is any subject offered by the University (subject to any pre-requisites being met). Electives may be chosen from several disciplines or used to complete a second minor or used to complete a double major (in which case the electives are chosen in the same discipline as the minor and complete the minor with the subjects required to make up the major as listed in this document).

    Majors
    The majors offered at CSU include Analytical Chemistry, Conservation Biology, Mathematics, Microbiology and Immunology, Physics, Plant Science and Spatial Science.

    Minors
    The minors offered at CSU include Biology, Chemistry, Immunology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Spatial Science and Statistics.

    Analytical Chemistry Major (this Major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute)
    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1 with Applications
    MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2 with Applications
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    CHM213 Analytical Chemistry
    CHM214 Physical Chemistry
    CHM215 Inorganic Chemistry
    CHM216 Organic Chemistry
    CHM321 Laboratory Management Issues
    CHM323 Instrumental Analysis 1
    CHM324 Instrumental Analysis 2
    CHM335 Analytical Chemistry Industry Experience

    Conservation Biology Major
    BIO100 Concepts of Biology
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    BIO203 Animal Diversity
    HRT202 Plant Taxonomy and Systematics
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO416 Conservation Biology
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    BIO328 Restoration Ecology

    Mathematics Major
    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
    MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2
    MTH218 Multivariable Calculus
    MTH219 Linear Algebra
    MTH220 Ordinary Differential Equations
    MTH328 Complex Analysis
    MTH307 Mathematical Modelling
    MTH418 Topics in Calculus

    Suggested electives
    MTH203 Numerical Methods
    MTH309 Principles of Operations Research

    Microbiology and Immunology Major
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
    BMS344 Molecular Immunology

    Physics Major
    PHY101 Mechanics and Thermal Physics
    PHY102 Electricity and Waves
    PHY215 Scientific Instrumentation (Electronics)
    PHY216 Modern Physics
    PHY299 Introduction to Astronomy
    PHY301 Astrophysics
    PHY302 Quantum Mechanics
    PHY304 Relativity and Cosmology

    Plant Science Major
    CHM108 Chemistry Fundamentals
    PSC102 Botany
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
    PSC215 Plant Physiology
    HRT202 Plant Taxonomy and Systematics
    HRT301 Plant Propagation
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    AGR501 Special Topics 1

    Suggested electives
    PSC104 Soil Science
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology

    Spatial Science Major
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    SPA215 Principles of GIS
    SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment
    SPA308 GIS Applications
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    SPA412 Integrated Remote Sensing and GIS
    SPA414 Critical Review of GIS and Geocomputation
    SPA313 Advanced GIS Applications and Modelling

    Suggested electives
    SPA503 GIS Algorithms
    SPA512 Cartography and Data Visualisation

    Biology Minor
    BIO100 Concepts of Biology
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    BIO203 Animal Diversity
    HRT202 Plant Taxonomy and Systematics

    Chemistry Minor
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    CHM213 Analytical Chemistry
    CHM215 Inorganic Chemistry OR CHM216 Organic Chemistry

    Immunology Minor
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    BMS308 Immunology
    BMS344 Molecular Immunology

    Information Technology Minor
    ITC106 Programming Principles
    ITC161 Computer Systems
    ITC211 Systems Analysis
    ITC212 Internet Technologies

    Mathematics Minor
    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1
    MTH102 Computer Aided Mathematics 2
    MTH218 Multivariable Calculus
    MTH219 Linear Algebra

    Microbiology Minor
    MCR101 Introductory Microbiology
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology
    BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology

    Physics Minor
    PHY101 Mechanical and Thermal Physics
    PHY102 Electricity and Waves
    PHY215 Scientific Instrumentation (Electronics) OR PHY299 Introduction to Astronomy
    PHY216 Modern Physics

    Spatial Science Minor
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
    SPA215 Principles of GIS
    SPA217 Remote Sensing of the Environment
    SPA308 GIS Applications

    Statistics Minor
    STA201 Scientific Statistics
    STA308 Experimental Design and Analysis
    STA448 Multivariate Statistical Analysis
    STA427 Advanced Statistical Modelling

    Enrolment pattern

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements (i.e., major/minor/breadth core combinations), there is no single enrolment pattern. Enrolment patterns should be requested from the Courses Director, Program Leader or designated course administrator.

  • Residential schools

    CSU's flexible study options mean you can study a laboratory-based course online, spending only a few weeks on campus during residential schools.

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    HRT202 Plant Taxonomy and Systematics
    CHM323 Instrumental Analysis 1
    BMS308 Immunology
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    CHM216 Organic Chemistry
    PSC102 Botany
    BMS315 Medical Microbiology
    BIO100 Concepts of Biology
    CHM214 Physical Chemistry
    BMS338 Clinical Bacteriology
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    CHM321 Laboratory Management Issues
    PSC215 Plant Physiology
    CHM324 Instrumental Analysis 2
    BMS215 Microbial Biotechnology
    PHY216 Modern Physics
    PSC104 Soil Science
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    PHY299 Introduction to Astronomy
    CHM213 Analytical Chemistry
    PHY215 Scientific Instrumentation (Electronics)
    HRT301 Plant Propagation
    BIO203 Animal Diversity
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    PHY101 Mechanics and Thermal Physics
    BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
    BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology
    CHM215 Inorganic Chemistry
    PHY102 Electricity and Waves

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Standard CSU and UAC admission criteria apply.

    • Note: Assumed knowledge for all majors is NSW HSC or equivalent 2 Units of any mathematics course. Additional assumed knowledge for individual majors is as follows:
    • Analytical Chemistry major: 2 unit Chemistry
    • Conservation Biology major: 2 Unit Biology
    • Mathematics major: NSW HSC Mathematics, or Mathematics Extension 1 or 2 or equivalent (i.e., calculus-based Mathematics subject) and any 2 Unit science course
    • Microbiology and Immunology major: 2 Unit Biology
    • Physics major: 2 Unit Physics
    • Plant Science: 2 Unit Biology or Senior Science
    • Spatial Science major: Any 2 unit science course

    Successful applicants who believe they do not have an appropriate high school chemistry, physics, statistics or mathematics background are encouraged to undertake the University's STUDY LINK supplementary program prior to commencing study in the course (or prior to completion of the corresponding credit subject).

    Students required to or wanting to complete MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1 without High School or University calculus-based Mathematics should first complete MTH105 Introductory Mathematics (to count as an elective or breadth core in the course).

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8896*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

     
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSCQ
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNISCQ
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKSSC
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN215854
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNESSC

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (24 subjects) and meet the course structure requirements.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    025519G (Wagga Wagga)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is the largest and most successful provider of agricultural, horticultural and wine science education supporting rural industries in Australia. Operating out of the Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School comprises of approximately 70 academics, research, technical and administration staff, offering courses and research focus in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, wine making and viticulture. Research is undertaken through key CSU Research Centres, and staff have major involvement in national Cooperative Research Centres – linking universities, government bodies and industry organisations across Australia to focus on national sector-wide issues. The School’s industry linkages ensure courses remain relevant and topical, and that we develop graduates who will make an impact within their profession.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following Study Link subjects for this course:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study

    If you wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar, we recommend any of the following:

    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (Face-to-Face Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 - Critical Thinking
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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