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Bachelor of General Studies (Science)

Associate Degree in General Studies (Science) [exit point only]
University Certificate in General Studies (Science) [exit point only]

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CSU's Bachelor of General Studies (Science) gives you the flexibility to design a study program to meet your personal goals or employment needs.

Offering a wide range of disciplines and subjects, this degree can lead to multiple opportunities for graduates.

  • Why study this course?

    Drawing on the Faculty of Science's extensive portfolio of subjects, as well as other faculties' subject offerings and approved tertiary study you have previously undertaken, this degree aims to increase your potential to meet diverse vocational needs in an increasingly broad variety of science environments.

    Versatile offering

    The Bachelor of General Studies (Science) may suit you if you: know you want to study but are unsure which areas interest you; want to mix scientific disciplines that are not offered in another course; wish to start university study in a supportive environment that builds your academic skills, or you're seeking to return to study after a break; wish to study a generalist science course or subjects as a pathway to another tertiary degree; need an opportunity to finish your science-based university degree.

    Flexible study options

    CSU's course is designed for maximum convenience, allowing you to choose between full-time, part-time, online and on-campus study options to complement your professional and personal commitments.

    Exit points

    You can choose to exit the course with a University Certificate in General Studies (Science) or Associate Degree in General Studies (Science).

    Study overseas

    From the early stages of your degree right through to postgraduate study, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. Subject to University approval, you could embark on a short study tour or take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU's partner institutions across the world.

  • Career opportunities

    Multiple career paths

    While this degree is designed to support your transition to university or employment, your studies will provide knowledge and skills that could be beneficial in a variety of careers.

    Pathway to further study

    Depending on the subjects studied, you may be able to pursue further study in a scientific discipline that interests you.

    Get a head start on a teaching degree

    Become a secondary school teacher with further study. If you choose, you can complete the science subjects required for teaching accreditation as part of your Bachelor of General Studies (Science).

  • Credit and pathways

    CSU Credit Regulations apply.

  • Subjects

    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

    Bachelor of General Studies (Science)

    This course of 192 points duration consists of:

    • Restricted elective subjects (160 points; 20 standard weighted subjects)
    • Free elective subjects (32 points; 4 standard weighted subjects)

    Restricted elective subjects are chosen from the menu of subjects held by the course coordinator; all subject prerequisite and corequisite requirements must be met.

    Free elective subjects can be either:

    • subjects from outside the Faculty of Science (chosen with the approval of the Course Co-ordinator and the relevant Teaching School);
    • additional subjects from the list of restricted elective subjects.

    Students must complete a minimum of 40 points (5 standard weighted subjects or equivalent) at Level 3, and a minimum of 80 points (10 standard weighted subjects or equivalent) at Levels 2 or 3.

    There are no key subjects in this course.

    Associate Degree in General Studies (Science) - exit point only

    This exit point only course of 128 points duration consists of:

    • Restricted elective subjects (112 points; 14 standard weighted subjects)
    • Free elective subjects (16 points; 2 standard weighted subjects)

    Restricted elective subjects are chosen from the menu of subjects held by the Course Co-ordinator; all subject prerequisite and corequisite requirements must be met.

    Free elective subjects can be either:

    • subjects from outside the Faculty of Science (chosen with the approval of the Course Co-ordinator and the relevant Teaching School);
    • additional subjects from the list of restricted elective subjects.

    Students must complete a minimum of 32 points (4 standard weighted subjects or equivalent) at Level 2 or above.

    There are no key subjects in this course.

    University Certificate in General Studies (Science) - exit point only

    This exit point only course of 64 points duration consists of:

    • Restricted elective subjects (56 points; 7 standard weighted subjects)
    • Free elective subjects (8 points; 1 standard weighted subject)

    Restricted elective subjects are chosen from the menu of subjects held by the Course Co-ordinator; all subject prerequisite and corequisite requirements must be met.

    Free elective subjects can be either:

    • subjects from outside the Faculty of Science (chosen with the approval of the Course Co-ordinator and the relevant Teaching School);
    • additional subjects from the list of restricted elective subjects.

    There are no key subjects in this course.

    Enrolment pattern

    It is not possible to specify an enrolment pattern. Students will receive written advice from Course Coordinator's about the subjects that best suit their needs and interests. It will be the students responsibility to select subjects based on this advice, subject availability, prerequisites, co-requisites and/or enrolment restrictions.

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    To be admitted into the course, prospective students need to indicate their likelihood of success through one or more of the following:

    • previous studies;
    • English Language proficiency;
    • voluntary or paid work experience;
    • TAFE tertiary study preparation programs;
    • performance in tests and examinations conducted by professional recognised bodies;
    • participation in continuing education programs and/or staff development programs conducted by adult education agencies, consultancies, professional bodies or employers;
    • completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) or equivalent aptitude tests; and,
    • other attainments and experience deemed appropriate by the Course Coordinator.

    Previous studies include:

    • the NSW Higher School Certificate or interstate /overseas equivalent;
    • the International Baccalaureate Diploma;
    • a completed or part completed course of a university, college of advanced education or other accredited tertiary institution;
    • a completed or part completed course of a TAFE college or other accredited postsecondary institution (including TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate);
    • an approved Foundation Studies program certificate;
    • completion of undergraduate subjects as an Associate Student with the University or through another University, or Open Universities Australia.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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

  • 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 EducationAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSGT
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300110011
    UACOn CampusOrangeCGSYYN214008
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN214007
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN214001
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSGA
    UAC
    Direct
    On CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN214004
    DirectOn CampusOrangeCGSYYNKSGO
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKSGS
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESGS
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKSGW

    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

    In order to graduate with the Bachelor of General Studies (Science) qualification, Students must complete 192 points, including at least 40 points of Level 3 subjects and 80 points of Level 2 or 3 subjects.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

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

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

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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.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

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

    International recruitment agents

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • 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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