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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 titleBSc/BBusCom
CRICOS code039975A
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
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  • The maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission. 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.


The course aims to prepare students to work at a professional level in a scientifically oriented environment in which application of modern business techniques is required, or in a commercial environment where a background in science, technology or information technology is desirable.


Upon completion of this course, students will have advanced knowledge and skills in two areas of science and in at least one area of business/commerce. Graduates will have a basic knowledge of the business disciplines of accounting, business statistics, business law, economics, management and marketing. They will also have improved life and employment skills, including generic skills necessary to critically analyse and communicate scientific ideas and information, and a capacity to apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking to define and analyse problems, and develop effective solutions.

For the Bachelor of Business and Commerce objectives, refer to the single degree entry at

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Business and Commerce component of this degree with relevant units is recognised by the following legal entities:

  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • CPA Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • National Institute of Accountants
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Professional recognition may be dependent upon work experience requirements and the correct choice of units.

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This course comprises a minor and a major sequence in different areas of science, and a major in business and commerce, along with a specified number of core and additional units.

Students are required to complete 96 points from the Faculty of Science and 96 points from the Faculty of Business and Economics. Within the science component, students may not complete more than 36 points of level one units, and overall must complete at least 24 points of level three science units.

The Bachelor of Business and Commerce course structure has three main components:

  • a set of core units which provide an introduction to the key areas of business study
  • a major from the list of majors below (this primary major must be selected from majors available on the student's campus of enrolment and all units taken as part of this major must be from the student's campus of enrolment)
  • two electives which may be taken from the Bachelor of Business and Commerce.


Science component

(1.) Students complete 96 points of science units including:

(a.) a major sequence in one of the available science areas of study listed below (48 points)

(b.) a minor sequence in a different science area of study (24 points)

(c.) SCI2010 The practice and application of science (6 points)

(d.) science electives to complete a total of 96 points of science studies.

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

The science sequences must be taken from two of the following:

  • biochemistry
  • chemistry
  • ecology and environmental management
  • mathematics (minor only)
  • medical bioscience
  • microbiology
  • physiology (minor only)
  • veterinary bioscience


STA1010 (Statistical methods for science) is excluded from this double degree.

Additional Bachelor of Science requirements:

  • a minimum of four third year level units (24 points)
  • a maximum of six first year level units (36 points)

Business and commerce component

(2.) 16 units (96 points) from the Bachelor of Business and Commerce as follows:

(a.) six compulsory common core units (36 points)

Note: All unit codes displaying a 'G' as the third character are offered by Off-campus learning.

(b.) a major of eight units* (48 points):

  • the major must come from the approved list of majors listed under 'Areas of study'
  • at least two units (12 pts) must be completed at each of second and third year levels

* Depending on the major chosen, one of the units in the major may have already been studied as part of the group of common core units - where this is the case, students will complete an additional unit as detailed below.

(c.) additional units from the Bachelor of Business and Commerce to reach the required minimum of 16 units (96 pts).

Additional degree requirements:

  • a maximum of eight first-year level units (48 points) from the Faculty of Business and Economics
  • a minimum of four third-year level units (24 points) from the Faculty of Business and Economics
  • in addition to specific unit prerequisites, second-year level units require the successful completion of three first-year level units and third-year level units require the successful completion of two second-year level units.

Areas of Study

Business and commerce majors

Progression to further studies

Students may apply for admission to an honours program in science, following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 points of units including all of the science requirements for the double degree course. Students who are considering doing honours in science prior to completing the double degree should consult with the Faculty of Science regarding their unit selection prior to re-enrolling for level three.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Business and Commerce after three years, depending on the units studied. Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the science requirements for the double degree course.


Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Business and Commerce