Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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)
CRICOS code030799G
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


Course coordinator

Dr Leo Brewin


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • There will be no intake for this course for 2014.
  • An accelerated course may, in some cases, be completed in less than three years, with a minimum of 96 credit points. Students who satisfy all of the course requirements as listed below with a minimum of 96 credit points of study are eligible to graduate. Students wishing to take additional units can only enrol on a single unit (non-award) basis (full-fee) with the approval of the faculty.


This course allows high achieving students to complete an advanced program of individual study in science with specialist training in one or more science disciplines. Depending on previous studies it may be possible to complete the degree in two years by taking an accelerated program, or to undertake additional units to enrich the study program while completing the degree in three years.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, 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 broad knowledge and technical skills in at least one area of science, and a basic understanding of science disciplines other than those in which they specialise
  • develop, apply, integrate and generate scientific knowledge in professional contexts to analyse challenges and to develop effective solutions
  • demonstrate understanding of the importance of science to the human endeavour
  • collect, organise, analyse and interpret data meaningfully, using mathematical and statistical tools as appropriate to the discipline of specialisation
  • convey ideas and results effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of formats
  • work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives
  • exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen

Course progression requirements

A sustained high level of achievement must be demonstrated throughout the course. Students in the Science Scholar Program are required to maintain at least a distinction average (70 per cent) across all science units in each calendar year to remain in, and to graduate with, the award of Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program). Students who do not meet this standard will be required to transfer to course 0050 Bachelor of Science.

Students who at the commencement of their course are awarded credit for previous studies (based on previous tertiary study, including secondary school year 12 enhancement studies) may have the opportunity to undertake a course of study which can lead to course 2188 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program) after three years rather than the normal four years.

Alternatively, students will be able to complete the degree in a normal three-year period (or four years if progressing to an additional honours degree) while at the same time being able to enrich their studies by enrolling in units additional to those normally required to satisfy the Bachelor of Science degree requirements.


With the assistance of the course co-ordinator, an individual course of study will be devised for each student in this program. The minimum credit points required is 96, however students can complete up to 144 credit points within the degree structure.


Students must complete studies in science including all of the following:

  • at least one major sequence in a science area of study
  • at least one minor sequence in a different science area of study
  • at least 36 points of science units at level two and at least 48 points of science units at level three

Information about the science areas of study and sequences can be found in the Science areas of study and sequences - ClaytonScience areas of study and sequences - Clayton ( section of this Handbook.

Students in the Science Scholars Program are not required to complete the standard Bachelor of Science level one mathematics/statistics and breadth of study requirement or the level two core unit. However, students who revert to the Bachelor of Science, either by choice or as a result of exclusion from the Science Scholar Program, must complete all of the requirements for course 0050 Bachelor of Science.

Minimum grade for course completion

Distinction average (70 per cent)


Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program)