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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Undergraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(Comn)/BSc
CRICOS code037822A
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Contact details


  • Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.
  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


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.


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


This course consists of 96 points of study in the arts (communication) component and 96 points in the science component.

Areas of study

In addition to the communication major, arts 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
  • writing.

For information on arts majors and minors offered, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

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


Arts (communications) component

Students complete:

(a.) a communications major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor (24 points)

(c.) a further 24 points in arts

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For details, contact the Faculty of Arts.

Science component

Students complete:

(a.) two 6-point science core units (12 points):

  • SCI2010 (The practice and application of science)
  • one of SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning), STA1010 (Statistical methods for science) or MTH1055 (Mathematics 1A)

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

(c.) a science minor sequence (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 sequences above) (6 points)

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

Progression to further studies

Students cannot undertake an honours program from either single degree until they have satisfied the same requirements detailed under 'Alternative exit/s'.

Alternative exit(s)

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


Bachelor of Arts (Communication)

Bachelor of Science