By combining science with studies in arts, humanities or social sciences this double degree course provides you with powerful communication and critical thinking skills coupled with a strong technological or scientific base.
It offers over 60 study areas to select from. You might pair criminology with chemistry and take human rights or pharmacology as a minor and focus on forensic science, or human geography combined with ecology and conservation biology for a career in the environmental sector. If your focus is more towards the life sciences, you might consider combining psychology with politics and take minors in bioethics or developmental biology and language studies. The choice is yours.
If you're uncertain about which areas of study you like best, our course advisors will help you plan a course of study.
NOTE: For learning outcomes and other relevant information of this double degree, refer to the single degree entries:
The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double degree course and receive the awards.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-s2006.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 192 points:
1. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in Bachelor of Science component, of which:
- at least 30 points and no more than 36 points of level 1 units must be completed
- at least 60 points must be completed at levels 2 and 3
- at least 24 points must be completed at level 3
- you must complete the level one sequences at stage one before enrolling in level two science units.
2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in Bachelor of Arts component, of which:
- no more than 36 points can be completed at level 1
- at least 36 points at level 3 of which at least 24 points must be arts units.
Bachelor of Science is a comprehensive course and it will provide you with a broad, general science education, as well as specialist training in one or more science disciplines.
Part A. Science specified study (48 points)
Although the requirements in Part A appear to exceed 48 points, a level 1 sequence is typically counted towards your major (Part B) and not towards Part A.
You must complete:
Approved science sequences
a. At least two level 1 approved science sequencesapproved science sequences (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/sci-level-1-sequences.html) (24 points)
Normally, the units in a level 1 sequence are required for the completion of a related minor or major. The choice of level 1 sequences will influence your choice of level 2 and level 3 units and will lay the foundation for your major.
Mathematics and statistics unit
b. At least one of the following level 1 mathematics or statistics units (6 points) if not already taken as part of a level 1 approved sequence:
- MTH1020 Analysis of change
- MTH1030 Techniques for modelling
- MTH1035 Techniques for modelling (advanced)
- SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning
- STA1010 Statistical methods for science
Note 1: The unit required in b. will depend on your mathematics background and interests.
SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning and STA1010 Statistical methods for science
- Recommended if you are planning to study areas where experimental design and data analysis skills are particularly important, such as the life sciences. SCI1020 is recommended if you do not have a strong mathematics background, while STA1010 requires you to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or equivalent).
MTH1020 Analysis of change and MTH1030 Techniques for modelling
- Recommended if you have an interest in mathematics and/or physics. MTH1020 requires you to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods (or equivalent). MTH1030 requires you have studied VCE Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) or MTH1020.
If you have a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject you
Additional level 1 units
c. Any additional level 1 units (usually one or two) required taking the total level 1 science listed units to 36 credit points. Level 1 science listed units are chosen from units listed under any major, extended major or minor offered in the Bachelor of Science or level 1 mathematics and statistics units listed above or from the following:
- MTH1010 Functions and their applications
- SCI1200 Humans, evolution and modern society
- SCI1300 Climate change: From science to society
- SCI1800 The sustainable planet
Note 2: You can replace one level 1 science listed unit with a level 2 or level 3 science listed unit.
Years two and three
d. One unit (6 points) from:
- SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication
- SCI2015 Scientific practice and communication (advanced).
e. Any additional units required to make the total level 2 and 3 Bachelor of Science listed units to 60 points (inclusive of the unit in d. and the units in your major in Part B), with at least 24 points at level 3, chosen from:
- SCI2400 From Galileo to GPS: How astronomy shapes our lives
- SCI3910 Schools science project
- SCI3920 Science internship
- SCI3930 Career skills for scientists
- units listed under any major, extended major or minor offered in S2000 Bachelor of Science
Part B. Science listed major (48 points)
Complete at least one science listed major from those listed below. A major requires eight units with no more than two units at level 1 (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level 3. You may replace the major with an extended major by using the elective units available in Part A.
It is recommended that you consider completing level 2 units in more than one area of science to maximise your choice of major at level 3.
If you intend to undertake an honours year you should ensure you complete the specific units required as a prerequisite for honours in your chosen major area of study.
Minors, majors and extended majors
Note: Psychology is taught by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Refer also to the table of minors and majors by campusminors and majors by campus (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/sci-bsc-minor-major-extended-major.html) which details if an area of study is available as a minor, major or extended major.
Bachelor of Arts is a comprehensive course and in the double degree course you complete Arts specified study and an Arts listed Major.
Part A. Arts specified study (48 points)
This will expose you to several arts disciplines areas of study contributing breadth to your knowledge of the arts, humanities and social sciences. It will also give you the opportunity to learn about several areas of study before finalising your choice of major and minor.
You must complete eight units selected from those listed under any major or minor offered in the Bachelor of Arts including at least one arts listed minor (24 points) in an area of study different to your chosen arts major from Part B. A minor requires four units with no more than two units (12 points) at level 1. You may replace the minor with a second arts major by using elective units available in Part A.
It is recommended that you complete level two units in more than one area of arts to give you options for finalising your choice of major at level three.
Part B. Arts listed major (48 points)
This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in one Faculty of Arts listed major area of study. You will learn to critically analyse, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of the area of study.
Complete at least one arts listed major. A major requires eight units with no more than two units at level one (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level three.
If you intend to undertake an honours year you should ensure you complete the specific units required as a pre-requisite for honours in your chosen major area of study.
Minors and majors
Note: Psychology is taught by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
You may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts after three years, depending on the units studied.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A and B for the Bachelor of Science degree.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A and B for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
You may be eligible to apply for a one-year honours course once you have successfully completed this double degree, or have completed all of the requirements for one of the single degrees including a total of 144 points. The following honours courses apply:
- S3701 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- A3701 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
You are usually eligible to apply for honours if you achieve a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant units at level 3. This sometimes also means you need to have completed specific units. If you are Science student you should refer to the honours prerequisites table.
If you successfully complete the Bachelor of Science you may proceed to:
- S5003 Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Malaysia only)
- S6000 Master of Science (from 2019)
- S6001 Master of Financial Mathematics*
- S6002 Master of Environment and Sustainability**
- S6003 Master of Mathematics (from 2019)