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

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Plan: BH101 - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(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)(Honours)
Award abbreviation: Bsc(Dean's Scholar)(Hons)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: Eight semesters full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 010000
CRICOS code: 079790A

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar) (Honours) is a research-oriented, four-year undergraduate program in science which includes an integrated Honours year. After graduating from this program, you will be qualified to apply your advanced knowledge and research capability in your chosen discipline to professional work or further learning. This program is a preferred pathway into higher degrees by research such as a PhD program.

This program prepares you for a career or further learning in one of the following major specialisations:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

These four major specialisations can be individualised to an extent by taking other science courses offered by the School of Science. 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 on the manner on which you wish to individualise your course of study.

You will have a capstone experience in ONPS2186 Science Project where you will be able to use the knowledge and skills acquired in your degree to develop and implement your own research project.

Please note, if you choose the Biology or Biotechnology specialisation you will be based on the Bundoora West campus for Year 4 of the program.

This program requires on campus attendance and includes various on-line components. 

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT programs enable students graduating from an RMIT qualification to achieve advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

If you have completed the first year of the 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 the BSc(Dean's Scholar)(Hons) program.

This program is a preferred pathway into higher degree by research programs such as PhD and Masters by research programs. Up to 96 cp may be credited towards an appropriate two-year Masters by coursework program on completion of the BSc(Dean's Scholar)(Hons) 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.

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

International students: You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 75%. If you have completed Foundation Studies at RMIT, you must have achieved a GPA of 3.0 with 75% in English and 60% in subjects that are pre-requisites for entry to the program.

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

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

Whilst this 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 of Science, many of which are undertaken in collaboration with external organizations.

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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:

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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