Bachelor of General Studies (Science)

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.

At a glance

Domestic students

Study mode: Online; On campus

Campuses:

Duration:

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

ATAR: 7000

International students

This course is not available to international students

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

Course Structure

Bachelor of General Studies (Science)

This course of 192 points duration consists of:

  • Restricted elective subjects (160 points; 20 standard weighted subjects) to be chosen from undergraduate subjects offered by the Faculty of Science and the School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
  • Elective subjects (32 points; 4 standard weighted subjects) to be chosen from any undergraduate subjects offered by Charles Sturt University

Subjects are chosen on the understanding that all subject prerequisite requirements and enrolment restrictions have been met.

Students must complete a minimum of 48 points (6 standard weighted subjects or equivalent) at Level 3, and a minimum of 112 points (14 standard weighted subjects or equivalent) at Level 2 or above.

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) to be chosen from undergraduate subjects offered by the Faculty of Science and the School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
  • Elective subjects (16 points; 2 standard weighted subjects) to be chosen from any undergraduate subjects offered by Charles Sturt University

Subjects are chosen on the understanding that all subject prerequisite requirements and enrolment restrictions have been met.

Students must complete a minimum of 48 points (6 standard weighted subjects or equivalent) at Level 2 or above.

There are no key subjects in this course.

Diploma of 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) to be chosen from undergraduate subjects offered by the Faculty of Science and the School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
  • Elective subjects (8 points; 1 standard weighted subject) to be chosen from any undergraduate subjects offered by Charles Sturt University

Subjects are chosen on the understanding that all subject prerequisite requirements and enrolment restrictions have been met.

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

An ATAR of 70 (including bonuses) at the NSW Higher School Certificate or interstate/overseas equivalent.
OR
An approved Foundation Studies program.
OR
Successful study at university level of at least 2 subjects in any area, with a minimum GPA of 3.3.
OR
A completed Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate IV or higher, studied at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - or equivalent.
OR
Partial completion of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Diploma, of at least 50 per cent from a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - or equivalent.
OR
A completed Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) or bridging program studied at a TAFE, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or university - or equivalent.

Cost of study

For information on the tuition fees and other costs associated with studying this course, see 'Cost of study' section of online course brochure

Course Details

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

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSGT
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300110011
UACOn campusOrangeCGSYYN214008
UACOn campusBathurstCGSYYN214007
UACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN214001
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSGA
UACOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYYN214004
DirectOn campusOrangeCGSYYNKSGO
DirectOn campusBathurstCGSYYNKSGS
DirectOnlineAlbury-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

For online applications, see 'How to apply' section of online course brochure

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

About the School

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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