Bachelor of Science

University of Newcastle

The Bachelor of Science is for those who are interested in understanding the world around us and how it works. This degree is for those that are inspired to build new knowledge and discover new things. You will learn from leading science researchers who will guide you through a tailored program, specifically designed to give you the skills that employers are seeking. You will be able to follow your passions, and customise your study with a wide range of disciplinary choices. Our guidance and mentoring give you the confidence to know you are heading where you want to with your career in Science. You will begin the important process of establishing the professional networks that will be critical throughout your career. You will have authentic opportunities to work with industry and in research whilst you study. By the time you finish your studies, you will have the practical skills to make a difference in the world and contribute new solutions to the many scientific challenges we face. High-achieving students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science may be invited to apply for admission to the Merit Pathway. This provides an opportunity to enrich the undergraduate experience and develop world-class research skills.

Course Fee:

International: $107,730

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (2 units); Recommended: Chemistry and/or Physics and/or Biology; or approved TAFE studies, or other preparatory program such as Newstep, Open Foundation or Yapug; Selection via ATAR


240 units, of which 70 units are core and 10 units are a directed mathematics course. Students can take a single major of 80 units, or a double major consisting of two 80 unit majors, or a 120 unit extended major. Courses in some majors also require fieldwork as a supplement to or in place of laboratory work. Certain majors have a research placement course option.

Subjects you can Study:

Animal Biology; Biodiversity and Conservation; Biology; Chemistry; Chemistry of Advanced Materials; Climate, Water and Soils; Conservation and Ecological Sciences; Earth Sciences; Environmental and Analytical Chemistry; Environmental Remediation; Geography; Geology; Integrated Geography; Marine and Coastal Science; Marine, Coastal and Ecological Sciences; Mathematics; Medicinal and Organic Chemistry; Plant Biology; Physics; Psychology; Statistics; Sustainable Resources Management;

Study Pathways:

Up to 4 bonus points may be available to HSC students who have achieved high results in HSC Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Biology. Credit may be available to students who have completed a TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma. Honours is available as an additional year for meritorious students. Postgraduate coursework and research degrees are also possible.


A major in Chemistry is recognised by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). A major in Photonics or Physics qualifies graduates for associate membership of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan 60 Yes Part time 6 years
Ourimbah 60 Yes Part time 6 years
Ourimbah 60 Yes Full time 3 years
Callaghan 60 Yes Full time 3 years

Since our foundation as an independent university in 1965, the University of Newcastle has specialised in delivering world-class education to talented students from all walks of life. 

Our commitment to equity, performance in innovation and making a global impact has been recognised internationally, with the university being ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings Fact File, 2018). 

The University of Newcastle is home to more than 38,000 enthusiastic individuals from 115 countries around the globe, all looking to bring new to the world.

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We deliver degrees that promote real-world experience, facilitate specialised work placements and encourage entrepreneurial opportunities.

From international exchanges that allow you to make your mark on the world stage, to opportunities to create a social enterprise around your passion, we offer a supportive and future-focused learning environment. 

Embedding Work Integrated Learning programs into our degrees allows students to gain real-world, practical experience and establish professional networks during their studies. 

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Our teaching and research staff are leaders in their field. They are here to motivate and inspire future generations of students who will be the leaders of tomorrow. 

The University of Newcastle continues to deliver innovative approaches to research.  The significance of our research is reflected in the Australian Government's Excellence in Research Australia assessment, which awarded the university the highest possible '5' rating across 22 research fields, placing us in the top eight Australian universities for research quality well above world standard.

Our world-class research and strong national and international partnerships drives the kind of innovation and discovery that challenges conventional thinking. Our research breaks new ground and changes lives.

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