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Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)/Bachelor of Science

Course code: 2131 ~ Course abbreviation: BA(Journ)/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 (Journalism) and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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

Course objectives

This double degree aims to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the practice of science journalism, the role of science and media society, modern multimedia technology appropriate to journalism and science communication.

Course structure

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

Areas of study

Students complete a compulsory major in journalism. The arts minor may be chosen from Australian Indigenous studies, communications, community studies, English, history-politics, philosophy, psychological studies, psychology, public relations, social and community welfare, sociology, or writing.

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

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

Course requirements

Arts (journalism) component

Students must complete:

(a) a journalism 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 processes (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 (Journalism) 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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