Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Develop the knowledge and skills to build specialist experience in the field of science. Designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop research skills relevant to your area of interest across a wide range of disciplines, CSU's Bachelor of Science (Honours) will give you the competitive edge in your science career.

You will learn from leading academics who play key roles in a number of industries, and on graduating you will have an advanced level of knowledge and analytical skills in your chosen discipline.

At a glance

Domestic students

Study mode: On campus; Online

Campuses:

Duration:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

ATAR:

International students

Study mode: On campus; Online

Campuses:

Duration:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

CRICOS: 056226G (Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Orange)

Why study this course?

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) has the flexibility to meet the differing needs of students wishing to specialise in many of the disciplines offered by the Faculty of Science.

Build your research capability

Featuring a substantial research project, this course will support you in the development of your knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to conducting research, especially for entry to higher degree courses.

Secure specialist knowledge

Develop an advanced level of knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation. You will be guided in your work by an expert supervisory team. All students enrol under the Bachelor of Science (Honours) course title, but your specialisation will be noted when you graduate. Specialisations available in this course include: agribusiness, agriculture, agronomy, animal science, biology, chemistry, conservation, dentistry, ecotourism, environmental management, environmental science, equine science, health and rehabilitation, horticulture, livestock production, medical science, mental health, natural resource management, nuclear medicine, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, oral health, physics, spatial science, veterinary science, and wine science and viticulture.

Flexible study options

Study on campus at Albury-Wodonga, Orange or Wagga Wagga or online at your own pace.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) will have an advanced level of knowledge and analytical skills in their chosen discipline area.

Immerse yourself in a research career

Help industries and organisations in your area of specialisation innovate in their products, services and processes.

Continue your learning

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) serves as a platform for entry into postgraduate studies in your field of interest.

Build an academic future

This course could help give you a competitive edge in your pathway to an academic or research career.

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

Students must complete:
1. One  8-point subject in research methods, selected from the following list in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator*:
• HRS410 Honours Research Methods
• HLT430 Research Methods in Health Sciences
• SCI415 Social Science Research Methods for Natural Resource Management
• SCI420 Research Methods
• STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
• Alternative 8-point research methods as agreed by the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator, and with the approval of the Associate Dean (Honours)

2. 40-56 credit points comprised of the most appropriate combination of Science Honours Project/Dissertation subjects from the following list:
• HRS408 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (8 points)
• HRS416 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (16 points)
• HRS417 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (16 points, 2 sessions)
• HRS424 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (24 points)
• HRS432 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (32 points)
• HRS433 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (32 points, 2 sessions)
• HRS440 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (40 points, 2 sessions)
• HRS448 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (48 points, 2 sessions)
• HRS449 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (48 points, 3 sessions)

Students may complete up to 16 credit points in elective coursework subjects* where this is deemed relevant to their development within a discipline and of value to their Honours degree and project. The 8-16 points will result in fewer credit points comprising the Project/Dissertation subject combination outlined above. Elective subjects taken in the discipline development component will be through consultation and approval of the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator. Suitability of elective subjects will be determined on the basis of relevance to the discipline, and being at an appropriate subject level for the award of a Level 8 AQF qualification. 

*The final class of Honours grade will be based on assessment in the Project/Dissertation subject/s only. The research methods and any elective coursework subjects will not contribute to the honours class.

Enrolment pattern

Students will be required to take the research methods subject in their first session of enrolment. Elective subject/s will be taken in the most appropriate session of study as agreed between the student, supervisor, and School Honours Co-ordinator. Remaining study loads in any given session will be comprised of the most appropriate selection of Project/Dissertation subjects. Typical enrolment patterns are shown below:

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

By Full-time study

Session 1

One of:
• HRS410 Honours Research Methods
• HLT430 Research Methods in Health Sciences
• SCI415 Social Science Research Methods for Natural Resource Management
• SCI420 Research Methods
• STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
• STA404 Statistical Reasoning
• Alternative 8-point research methods as agreed by the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator, and with the approval of the Associate Dean (Honours)

And
HRS424 Science Honours Project/Dissertation
Or
1-2 elective subjects, and an appropriately weighted Honours Project/Dissertation subject in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator.

Session 2
HRS432 Science Honours Project/Dissertation
Or
1-2 elective subjects, and an appropriately weighted Honours Project/Dissertation subject in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator.

By Part-time study

Session 1
One of:
• HRS410 Honours Research Methods
• HLT430 Research Methods in Health Sciences
• SCI415 Social Science Research Methods for Natural Resource Management
• SCI420 Research Methods
• STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
• STA404 Statistical Reasoning
• Alternative 8-point research methods as agreed by the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator, and with the approval of the Associate Dean (Honours)

And
HRS408 Science Honours Project/Dissertation

Sessions 2, 3 and 4
HRS449 Science Honours Project/Dissertation

Or
An elective subject, and an appropriately weighted Honours Project/Dissertation subject in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator.

Admission Information

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

To be eligible for admission applicants must have been awarded, or be eligible to graduate with, a three-year Bachelor degree in an appropriate discipline from a recognised tertiary institution. Normally, to be eligible,  a student must possess a GPA 5.0 or above in their Bachelor Pass degree, and have completed this degree in minimum time.

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
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSTZ
DirectOn campusOrangeFPOSYYNISRZ
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSSZ
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISTZ
DirectOn campusOrangeCGSYYNKSRZ
DirectOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKSSZ
DirectOn campusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNISSZ
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESSZ

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

Students must complete a total of 64 credit points, in which 8 credit points comprises a research methods subject with at least a Pass grade, and at least 40 credit points comprises a combination of HRS Science Honours Project/Dissertation subjects with at least an Honours third class (H3) grade.

How to apply

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

Preparing for study

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

  • 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

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.

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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