BP229 - Bachelor of Science

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Plan: BP229BISC - Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)
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 (Biological Sciences)
Award abbreviation: BSc(BiolSc)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: Three years full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 019900
CRICOS code: 074352G

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Purpose of the Program

This program allows you to prepare for a career as a scientist in the field of biological sciences. You will study biological diversity of plants, animals and microbes based on your understanding of 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. Importantly you will be given the opportunity to apply your learning through various laboratory practicals and field trips, culminating in a capstone Science Project. This program prepares you for a career as biologist in industry, consulting, academia or teaching.

Student course selection can be individualised to an extent by taking other science courses offered by the School of Applied Sciences. This allows you a degree of flexibility to combine a major field of study with a variety of other science courses to help achieve your vocational and academic goals.

The Applied Sciences degree and plans have a common first year  which ensures that all students have a foundation of academic experience across the range of science. This breadth of experience will enhance your employability and also enable you to make an informed decision on the manner on which you wish to individualise your course of study.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification upon graduating from the lower RMIT University qualification

If you are applying for the BP229BISC Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) and you are a graduate of AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science (Biomedical Science) you will be able to claim credit for courses you have already completed. The table below provides you with information about the credit agreements between these programs.


If you have completed the:AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science (Biomedical Science)
You will be guaranteed entry into the:BP229BISC Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)
Notes on GPA You will be expected to gain a GPA of 2  or more out of 4 in order to qualify for guaranteed entry and 144 credit points
You will get credit for:12 courses, 144 credit points, equivalent to one and half years
The courses for which you will get credit are:


  • CHEM1242  Chemistry Principles
  • BIOL1159   Cell Structure and Function
  • ONPS2334  Scientific Skills and Communication
  • CHEM1239  Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • BIOL2258   Animal Structure and Function
  • BIOL2256   Introduction to Microbiology, Imunnology and Genetics
  • MATH2123  Mathematics and Statistics
  • BIOL2158   Microbiology 1
  • BIOL2262   Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL2260   Biological Chemistry
  • Student Elective
  • Student Elective


Students who satisfactorily complete MSL50109 Diploma of Laboratory Technology may gain entry into this program and if successful in gaining entry will receive 96 credit points.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Note: in order to ensure effective preparation for core course material at advanced levels, credit point exemptions may not correspond to complete semesters of work.

If you have a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or an Associate Degree from a different discipline, or other qualifications from any institution, either local or international, your proposal for credit transfer will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.




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Entrance requirements

 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 Country equivalents web page.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of 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 requirements

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

There is no accrediting body for biology programs in Australia, hence this plan is not accredited.

The following organisations recognise graduates who have successfully completed the recommended courses in a Biology major:

Membership in professional bodies add 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 Program Advisory Committees 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 students with their study 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

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.

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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