Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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(ScSchProg)(Hons)
CRICOS code030800G
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The course aims to provide students who have qualified for 1120 Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program) with a higher level of experience in independent analysis and research in their chosen area of expertise. The degree with honours is awarded upon the successful completion of a program of advanced study including a supervised research project which will include a contribution to the knowledge of the subject by original work and a critical review of the literature. This course has vocational aims but also provides preparation for higher degree studies.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and technical skills in at least one area of science
  • develop, apply, integrate and generate scientific knowledge in professional contexts to analyse challenges and to develop effective solutions
  • convey ideas and results effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of formats, and present scientific work in a potentially publishable way
  • work independently to undertake a scientific literature review, and to design develop and implement a research project
  • collect, organise, analyse, interpret and present data meaningfully, using mathematical and statistical tools as appropriate to the discipline of specialisation
  • exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen

Entry requirements

Students who have successfully qualified for course 1120 Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program) with at least a distinction grade average (70 per cent) in 24 points of studies in level three units in the relevant science discipline may apply to enter. These 24 points of studies will normally include at least 18 points of units in the area of study in which they wish to undertake honours.


The specific requirements for the award of a degree with honours is dependent on the field of study but in general will include advanced coursework and specified assessment tasks, a thesis component and seminars/oral presentations.


The science honours program requires the completion of 48 points of study, including coursework and research. A key component of the course is the completion of a major research project, which will normally contribute at least 40 per cent of the workload and assessment for the course.

Schools are able to cater substantially for the interests of individual students, although there may be compulsory elements to be completed by all students in some areas of study. The work to be completed by a candidate will be as prescribed by the relevant head of school.

Further details about the requirements for honours in each field of study, along with faculty honours policies and guidelines are available at

The available areas of specialisations and units applicable to each are outlined below:

Anatomy and developmental biology

  • DEV4100 Anatomy and developmental biology research project (36 points)
  • DEV4200 Advanced studies in anatomy and developmental biology (12 points)


  • ASP4100 Astrophysics honours part 2 (project) (24 points)
  • ASP4200 Astrophysics honours part 1 (24 points)

Atmospheric science

  • ATM4100 Atmospheric science honours part 2 (project) (24 points)
  • ATM4200 Atmospheric science honours part 1 (24 points)

Biochemistry and molecular biology

  • BCH4100 Biochemistry and molecular biology research project (36 points)
  • BCH4200 Advanced studies in biochemistry and molecular biology (12 points)


  • CHM4100 Chemistry research project (36 points)
  • CHM4201 Chemistry honours coursework (12 points)

Computational science

Honours thesis (24 points) consisting of the following units:


  • FIT4005 IT research methods (6 points)
  • two computer science electives as published by the Faculty of Information Technology (12 Points)

plus one of the following computer science electives (6 points):

  • FIT4009 Advanced topics in intelligent systems
  • FIT4010 Advanced topics in algorithms and discrete structures
  • FIT4012 Advanced topics in computational sciences

Ecology and conservation biology

  • BIO4100 Biology research project (36 points)
  • BIO4200 Advanced coursework in biology (12 points)


  • GEN4100 Genetics research project (36 points)
  • GEN4200 Advanced coursework in genetics (12 points)

Geographical science

  • ATS4778 Geography honours thesis part 1 (12 points)
  • ATS4779 Geography honours thesis part 2 (12 points)
  • ATS4776 Seminar in geography (12 points)
  • ATS4889 Directed studies in geography (12 points)


  • GPS4100 Geophysics research project (36 points)
  • GPS4200 Geophysics honours coursework (12 points)


  • ESC4100 Earth sciences research project (36 points)
  • ESC4200 Earth sciences honours coursework (12 points)

Immunology and medical biology

  • IMB4100 Immunology and medical biology honours project (36 points)
  • IMB4200 Communicating immunology and medical biology (12 points)

Marine and freshwater biology

  • BIO4100 Biology research project (36 points)
  • BIO4200 Advanced coursework in biology (12 points)

Materials science

  • MSC4100 Materials science project (24 points)
  • MSC4200 Advanced materials science (24 points)

Mathematics and statistics

  • MTH4100 Mathematics honours part 2 (project) (24 points)
  • MTH4200 Mathematics honours part 1 (24 points)


  • MIC4100 Microbiology research project (36 points)
  • MIC4200 Advanced studies in microbiology (12 points)


  • PHA4100 Pharmacology research project (36 points)
  • PHA4200 Advanced studies in pharmacology (12 points)


  • PHS4100 Physics thesis project (24 points)
  • PHS4200 Advanced physics (24 points)


  • PHY4100 Physiology research project (36 points)
  • PHY4200 Advanced studies in physiology (12 points)

Plant sciences

  • BIO4100 Biology research project (36 points)
  • BIO4200 Advanced coursework in biology (12 points)


  • PSY4100 Psychology honours: Research project (24 points)
  • PSY4210 Statistics and research design for professional psychology (6 points)
  • PSY4220 Ethical and professional issues in psychology (6 points)
  • PSY4270 Psychological assessment (6 points)

plus one of the following psychology electives (6 points):

  • PSY4110 Psychology in society
  • PSY4130 Developmental and clinical neuroscience

Stem cells and regenerative medicine

  • MIS4100 Stem cells and regenerative medicine research project (36 points)
  • MIS4200 Advanced studies in stem cells and regenerative medicine (12 points)


  • BIO4100 Biology research project (36 points)
  • BIO4200 Advanced coursework in biology (12 points)


The honours degree of Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program)