BH101 - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)

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Plan: BH101BI - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biology) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biology) (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BSc(Dean's ScholarBI)(Hons)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full time or 8 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus and Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 010000
CRICOS code: 097606A

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biology) (Honours) is a specialised research-oriented, four-year undergraduate program in science which includes an integrated Honours year. 

This program prepares you for a career as a biologist in industry, consulting, academia or teaching. You will study biological diversity of plants, animals and microbes based on your understanding of the chemical and physical basis of how cells function. You will see how these biological entities come together in various environments to form ecosystems, and understand how these environments can be disrupted. You will be given the opportunity to apply your learning through various laboratory practicals and field trips, culminating in a capstone Honours Project.

This program is a preferred pathway into higher degrees by research such as a PhD program.

The capstone experience for this program consists of ONPS2663 Science Honours Project 1, ONPS2452 Science Honours Project 2, ONPS2454 Science Honours Project 3 and ONPS2456 Science Honours Project 4. The Honours project is a culmination and application of knowledge and skills from your prior studies. Regular interactions with your supervisor(s) will allow you to obtain technical advice, plan and carry out an advanced project and get feedback on your progress. You will propose solutions to real world problems using the knowledge and competencies acquired during your program.

Please note, you may be based on the Bundoora West campus for Years 3 and 4 of the program.

This program requires on campus attendance and includes various on-line components. While most courses in the program are delivered on campus, others are delivered online.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have completed the first year of the BP229 BSc(AppSc) undergraduate program or an equivalent program with a GPA of at least 3.5, you will be eligible to apply for transfer into the second year of the BSc(Dean's Scholar, Biology)(Honours) program.

This program is a preferred pathway into higher degree by research programs such as PhD and Masters by research programs. You may receive up to 96 credit points towards an appropriate two-year Masters by coursework program on completion of the BSc(Dean's Scholar, Biology)(Honours) program.

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Entrance requirements

This program is intended for capable and highly motivated students who want research training through hands on participation in research projects throughout the program.  The number of places in the program is limited so entry is competitive. Prior tertiary study must show evidence of academic success. 

Program entry requirements
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4— a study score of at least 25 in mathematical methods (CAS) or specialist mathematics and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language 
For international students, a minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.  
For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biology) (Honours) are eligible for membership to the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: -

Membership in professional bodies adds credibility to your area of expertise.

You have the opportunity to access a wide range of industrial contacts through the extensive research programs within the School, many of which are undertaken in collaboration with external organizations.

This program has a Industry Advisory Committee comprised of external members drawn from a diverse external industry base and institutions. These provide opportunities for networking and are a useful link in ensuring that the teaching material and student capabilities remain close to the needs to future employers. In addition, the academic area of biology has a number of industry contacts, relationships and adjunct professors who can help you with your studies as well as offer advice on professional careers. These contacts are made initially through your university lecturers and program.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library and from most areas of the campus.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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