BP229 - Bachelor of Science

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Plan: BP229P7 - Bachelor of Science (Applied 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 (Applied Sciences)
Award abbreviation: BSc(AppSc)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: Six semesters 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: 019999
CRICOS code: 056444J

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Purpose of the Program

This program allows you to prepare for a career as a scientist in one of the following major specialisations:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental science
  • Food science
  • Physics
  • and the opportunity to do a double degree with Nanotechnology

There are suggested plans for each of these specialisations to ensure that you derive the appropriate depth of understanding for your major field. In addition, you can individualise your program 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 common first year ensures that all students have a foundation of academic experience across many fields of science. This breadth of experience will enhance your employability and also enable you to make an informed decision about your intended major and/ or any individualisation of your course of study.

This program has two capstone, work integrated learning (WIL) courses: ONPS2335 The Professional Scientist where you work in teams to develop a research proposal and ONPS2186 Science Project, where you engage in an independent science project; this may be in an industry or external lab.

Most of the courses in this program are taught face to face at the Melbourne city campus. Some courses, particularly in the later years of the Food Technology and Nutrition and Biotechnology programs are taught at the Bundoora campus.

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Articulation and pathways

There are currently no formal articulation agreements into BP229P7 Bachelor of Science (Applied Science).

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake post graduate study. Please check with the appropriate program manager for your credit options.

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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

The program is not accredited.  The following organisations recognise graduates who have successfully completed the recommended courses in a major area of study:

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 Committee which includes external members drawn from diverse external industries and institutions. They provide further opportunities for networking and are a useful link in ensuring that the teaching material and student capabilities remain close to the needs of future external employers.

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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.

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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