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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 Science

Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBA(Global)/BSc
CRICOS code068636B
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details



  • Except with the permission of both faculties, the maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including intermissions. Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 192 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take additional units can only do so on a single subject basis (full-fee paying basis) with the approval of the faculty.
  • This course has a compulsory overseas study component.


This course provides students with the opportunity to combine studies in a very wide range of science and arts disciplines, together with international studies. Part of these studies are taken overseas, at a Monash off-shore campus or at another partner institution.


Upon completion of this course, graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills in at least one area of science and a broad and critical understanding of knowledge. Graduates will have improved life and employment skills including generic skills necessary to critically analyse and communicate ideas and information, and a capacity to apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking to define and analyse problems, and develop effective solutions.

Course progression requirements

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science, or undertake honours in science, prior to the completion of the full BA(Global)/BSc course must have completed at least 144 points of studies including all of the science requirements for the course.

Overseas study costs

Students need to be aware that there will be personal financial costs associated with the compulsory overseas study component of this course. Grants may be available but are not guaranteed. Contact Monash Abroad for details at


Areas of study

Students must complete minor and major sequences in both arts and science.

The Faculty of Arts requires arts studies to be chosen from the arts disciplines outlined at

The Faculty of Science requires science studies to be chosen from the science units listed in the section 'Science areas of study and sequences' in this handbook available via

Students in the this course may not take units from faculties other than the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science.


The course requires completion of 192 credit points of studies as follows:

(1.) 96 points of arts units including

  • two core units (12 points) in global studies:

(a.) GLO2000/GLO3000 Global studies core unit (6 points)

(b.) GLO3001 Global research core unit (6 points)

  • an international studies major of eight units (48 points)
  • an arts minor sequence of four units in a different area of study (24 points)
  • a third level one arts sequence (12 points)
  • a minimum of one and a maximum of three semester(s) abroad at another Monash campus or designated overseas university (ie exchange partner)
  • a maximum of six level one arts units (36 points)

(2.) 96 points of science units including

  • a major sequence in a science area of study (48 points) - information about 'Science areas of study and sequences' is available via
  • a minor sequence in a different science area of study (24 points)
  • at least one mathematics or statistics unit from the following four units (see notes below):

(a.) SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning

(b.) STA1010 Statistical methods for science

(c.) MTH1020 Analysis of change

(d.) MTH1030 Techniques for modelling

  • SCI2010 The practice and application of science
  • a maximum of 36 points of level one science units
  • a minimum of 24 points of level three science units
  • science electives to complete a total of 96 points of science studies

Notes: The level one mathematics/statistics unit taken will depend on the mathematics background and interests as follows:

  • The statistics units SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning) and STA1010 (Statistical methods for science) are normally recommended for students planning to study areas where experimental design and data analysis skills are particularly important, such as the life sciences.
  • SCI1020 is for students without a strong mathematics background, while STA1010 requires the student to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or equivalent).
  • The mathematical methods unit MTH1030 is recommended for students with an interest in mathematics and/or physics. MTH1030 requires the student to have studied VCE Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) or MTH1020.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Arts (Global) or a Bachelor of Science after three years, depending on the units studied.


Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Arts (Global)