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Monash University

Bachelor of Arts (Communication)/Bachelor of Science

Course code: 2130 ~ Course abbreviation: BA(Comn)/BSc ~ Total credit points required: 192 ~ 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Gippsland)

Off-campus (Gippsland - P/T only)

Multimode (Gippsland)

Course description

This double degree course allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Arts (Communication) and Bachelor of Science degrees.

There is an increasing need for scientists to be able to communicate their work and its importance to colleagues in other rapidly diverging fields and to grant-awarding bodies, as well as to industry and the community in general. There is also a need for people with specialised and flexible communication skills to make science accessible to the general public.

Course objectives

This double degree is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of the role of science and communication in society.

Course structure

Students must complete 96 points in the Bachelor of Arts (Communication) component and 96 points in the Bachelor of Science component.

Areas of study

For information on arts majors and minors offered, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Minors can be taken in Australian studies, community studies, English, history-politics, journalism, Australian Indigenous studies, philosophy, psychological studies, psychology, public relations, social and community welfare, sociology or writing

For details on science disciplines, refer to `Science areas of study and sequences - Gippsland' in the Faculty of Science section of this handbook.

Course requirements

Arts (communications) component

(a) a communications major (48 points)

(b) an arts minor (24 points)

(c) a further 24 points in arts.

Science component

(a) two 6-point science core units: SCI2010 (The practice and application of science) and one of SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning), STA1010 (Statistical methods for science) or MAT1085 (Mathematics 1B) (12 points)

(b) a science major (excluding computing) (48 points)

(c) a science minor (24 points)

(d) at least one first-year-level unit from the following groups - physical processes, life processes, earth process (this unit is to be drawn from a different group from those which include the two chosen science discipline sequences above) (6 points)

(e) additional electives within the Faculty of Science to complete the 96 points required

Students cannot graduate from either single degree, or undertake an honours program, until they have satisfied the above requirements and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points in the relevant component. Students undertaking the above double-degree program are permitted to count up to 48 points of the other faculty's component towards those 144 points. Students must also complete at least 36 points at third-year level to meet Bachelor of Arts (Communication) requirements. To satisfy the science component requirements, students cannot include more than 36 points of level 1 science units and no less than 24 points of level 3 science units overall.

Note that students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.

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