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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Undergraduate handbook change register for details.

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
CRICOS code017092G
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton, Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Contact details

Email: enquiries@sci.monash.edu.au

Notes

  • The maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission. Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 144 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.

Description

The course provides students with a broad, general science education, as well as specialist training in one or more science disciplines. The flexibility of the course and the wide range of areas of specialisation allows students to explore new areas, further develop their strengths in science and to pursue their interests. The emphasis on generic skills - quantitative literacy, data analysis, information literacy, problem solving, communication and presentation skills, and the capacity to work in teams - and specialisation in at least one discipline ensures a firm foundation for a career in science. Graduates will be equipped for a variety of careers or for honours and postgraduate study, leading to global employment opportunities in any of the traditional and emerging careers for scientists.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will have advanced knowledge and skills in at least one area of science and will have a basic understanding of science disciplines other than those in which they specialise. Graduates will 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.

Course progression requirements

Students must complete the mathematics/statistics requirement at stage one before enrolling in level two science units.

Structure

Areas of study

Students must complete a minor and a major sequence in different areas of science, along with a specified number and type of science electives, a level two science core unit, and elective units. The science major and minor sequence must be chosen from the science units listed in the section 'Science areas of study and sequences' in this handbook available via http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/sci.html for the campus on which they are enrolled.

Requirements

Over the three stages of the course students must complete 144 points of study including all of the following:

  • at least one major sequence in a science area of study (48 points)
  • at least one minor sequence in a different science area of study (24 points)
  • at least one level one mathematics or statistics unit (6 points) from SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning), STA1010 (Statistical methods for science), MTH1020 (Analysis of change) or MTH1055 (Mathematics 1A), MTH1030 (Techniques for modelling) or MTH1085 (Mathematics 1B)
  • the core unit SCI2010 (The practice and application of science) (6 points)
  • an approved combination of level one units to ensure breadth of studies across science disciplines. Students can satisfy the level one breadth of studies requirement in one of two ways. Detail are provided under the 'Stage one' heading below.
  • additional elective units to take the total credit points to 144.

Note: Students must complete:

  • at least 36 points of science units at level one and at least 24 points of science units at level three
  • no more than 48 points of units offered by another faculty, subject to meeting any entry requirements of that faculty
  • no more than 60 points of level one units overall.

Students must complete the mathematics/statistics requirement at stage one. The level one mathematics/statistics unit taken will depend on the mathematics background and interests:

  • 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 units MTH1020 and MTH1030 (only for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science at Clayton) and MTH1055 and MTH1085 (only for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science at Gippsland) are 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, while MTH1085 requires the student to have studied the prerequisite unit MTH1055.

It is recommended that at least two level one science sequences are commenced at stage one. Where possible, commencing three level one sequences can assist students in their selection of minor and major areas of study at stage two. This will also ensure that the requirement of breadth across science disciplines is met.

The level one breadth of studies requirement can be satisfied by one of two ways:

Option 1

At least three level one sequences from the following approved combinations:

Astronomy

  • ASP1010 Earth to cosmos: Introductory astronomy and ASP1022 Life and the universe

Atmospheric science

Biological sciences

One pair of:

Chemistry

One pair of:

Note Students who wish to complete a major sequence in chemistry must complete CHM1022

Computer science

One pair of:

  • FIT1002 Computer programming and FIT1008 Computer science (only for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science at Clayton)
  • FIT1001 Computer systems and FIT1002 (only for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science at Gippsland)

Resource and environmental science

Geosciences

  • ESC1011 Planet earth and its environment: The cosmic connection and ESC1022 Planet earth: Dynamic systems, environmental change and resources

Geography

One pair of:

  • GES1070 Extremes: Natural hazards and human vulnerability and GES1020 Australian physical environments: Evolution, status and management
  • GES1070 Extremes: Natural hazards and human vulnerability and GES1050 The global challenge

Mathematics

One pair of:

Physics

One pair of:

Note: Students who wish to complete a minor or major sequence in Physics must complete PHS1022 Physics

Psychology

Option 2

At least one unit from each of the following three groups:

Physical processes

Life processes

Earth processes

  • ATM1020 The science of climate
  • ATM1030 The science of weather
  • ENV1711 Environmental science 1 - the dynamic environment
  • ENV1722 Environmental science 2 - resource management issues
  • ESC1011 Planet earth and its environment: The cosmic connection
  • ESC1022 Planet earth: Dynamic systems, environmental change and resources
  • GES1020 Australian physical environments: Evolution, status and management
  • GES1050 The global challenge
  • GES1070 Natural hazards and human vulnerability

Recommended program of study

Stage one

Students should complete the level one mathematics or statistics unit along with the level one breadth requirement. To ensure that maximum choice is available at level two it is recommended that at least three level one sequences in science are completed.

Stage two

It is recommended that at least two science minor sequences and the core unit SCI2010 are undertaken at stage two and that any remaining units to complete the level one requirement of breadth of study across disciplines are completed.

Stage three

Students should complete their science major sequence and any remaining units needed to complete any outstanding course requirements at stage three. Additional level two and level three science units may also be taken at stage three, for example to complete a second science major sequence or a double-major sequence.

Progression to further studies

To be eligible to apply for entry into the additional one-year honours program, students should obtain a distinction grade average (70 per cent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant units at level three, which will normally include at least 18 points of units in the area of study in which they wish to undertake honours.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Science

Where more than one award is listed the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.