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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

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(Journ)/BSc
CRICOS code037823M
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.


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.


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 the media in society, modern multimedia technology appropriate to journalism and science communication.


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
  • communication
  • community studies
  • English
  • history-politic
  • philosophy
  • psychological studies
  • psychology
  • public relation
  • social and community welfare
  • sociology
  • writing.

For information on the journalism major and arts minors offered, refer to the 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 in this Handbook at


Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (throughout the duration of the degree).

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

Students must complete:

(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.

Progression to further studies

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

Alternative exit(s)

Students cannot graduate from either single degree until they have satisfied the requirements and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points in the relevant component. Students undertaking this double-degree program are permitted to count up to 48 points of the other faculty's component towards those 144 points. To meet Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) 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 (Journalism)

Bachelor of Science