Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science)

Advanced Science at Western

If you enjoy being constantly challenged and extended by your studies and are thinking about a career involving scientific research, then the Western Sydney University Advanced Science degree is for you!

The Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science) is one of a suite of three advanced programs in the sciences, including the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Advanced) and Bachelor of Natural Science (Advanced).

Advanced Science allows you to study the same discipline areas as the Bachelor of Science, but at a deeper level. It gives you highly specialised skills and knowledge in a science relevant to your career and research interests, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of students with a high ability and motivation in science and a desire for a career in scientific research.

The program includes advanced work, academic extension activities and a significant amount of research training. A mentoring program will link you with an experienced academic staff member and research groups, including medical school academics.

This degree is exclusively for high-achieving students, and will continually challenge you to do even better and build on your academic success. Students in the Advanced degree program are automatically enrolled in The Academy, which offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, professional development and local and international internship and engagement opportunities for students.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) for normal entry of a graduate to the Chartered Chemist qualification.

Course structure

The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.

In the General Program, students can study unit across all fields of the sciences, including Marine Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Climate Change, Conservation Biology, Environmental Consulting, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, General Biology, Nutrition and Physiology, and Zoology.

The biological sciences are diverse, fascinating, rapidly changing, and essential to our understanding of living systems at scales ranging from the molecular to the global. They play a vital role in our understanding of the environment, as well as animals, plants and micro-organisms, and are essential to a wide range of contemporary industries. A Bachelor of Science (Biological Science) offers a solid foundation in the basic sciences, including biology, microbiology, biochemistry and environmental science. You will be equipped to enter government, industry or research-based employment in this area (e.g. biotechnology companies, pathology, quality assurance, university and hospital laboratories, scientific sales and government agencies).

A Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) will prepare you to take part in a process of inquiry, by both contributing to it and by using scientific knowledge to solve current problems. The Chemistry program provides a strong background in the key topic areas of contemporary chemistry, including aspects of chemical theory in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, with a strong emphasis on practical laboratory skills, and applications in contemporary research, industry and the environment. A research project is available to students in the final year of the degree preparing you for a professional career in a wide range of chemistry based industries.

Solving the world’s environmental problems will require professionals who are trained in the sciences underlying these issues and who understand the wider human contexts of the
challenges faced.

This is a three year program that produces scientists who have a good background in the biological and chemical sciences, coupled with specialised expertise in forensic science, including methods of forensic analysis, crime scene investigation, forensic photography, forensic investigation, crime and criminal justice and complex case. Students may opt to further specialise in forensic biology, chemistry or microbiology by selecting additional electives or studies in a related or unrelated discipline. Career opportunities include forensic scientists, crime scene investigators, private investigators and consultants, police officers, drug analysts, researchers and academics, and specialised forensic science practitioners. The main employers of forensic scientists are State and Federal police services, State and Commonwealth Government Health Departments and analytical chemical laboratories. Graduates will be versatile with a wide skills base with (depending on their choice of electives) potential for employment in analytical chemistry and microbiology, quality control and assurance, biochemistry and molecular biology, scientific research, education and the chemical industry.

Healthy eating is a vital part of good health. There is more to healthy eating than you realise. A Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science) will prepare you for the future by developing the skills and knowledge to solve future challenges in nutrition and health, food quality and security. The majors will allow further specialisation in your studies in Nutrition and Food Science and allow a wide range of careers in community nutrition and health promotion ensuring healthy diets and lifestyles for good health. The program has strong industry and community links, well-equipped facilities including food processing pilot plant and modern kitchen facilities. A major in Human Nutrition investigates healthy eating as a vital part of maintaining good health and health promotion. The major covers specialised studies in applied and community nutrition, metabolism and human physiology, preparing students for careers in community nutrition, health promotion and education, or work in a range of food and nutrition related businesses, including new product development of healthy foods A major in Food Science explores the science behind food, its preparation, manufacture, storage and preservation. The major covers specialised topics in food processing, quality assurance, product development, postharvest, packaging, microbiological and chemical analysis of foods preparing you for a wide range of careers in the food and beverage related industries, including food product development, quality assurance, food regulations, research and development, plus management of fresh food supply. A major in Food Technology Secondary Teaching brings together food science and nutrition with education studies to meet the graduate requirements for teaching food technology. The major includes specialised studies in food processing, food product development, nutrition, contemporary food issues, and growing crops for school garden projects. It will also address issues in the food marketplace relevant to the Australian food industry and prepare you to teach biology, chemistry or design and technology as additional first or second teaching areas, or design and technology depending on electives selected.

A Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Science) provides you with a strong background in key analytical techniques that have contemporary applications such as the treatment and interpretation of data and the modelling of real-world problems such as global warming. You will develop skills that allow you to model and solve real world problems using mathematical techniques and have the opportunity to specialise in mathematics, statistics or a combination of both. This will provide you with a wide range of career options in commercial and government institutions, which require highly-skilled problem-solvers. There are also a range of majors (e.g. biology, chemistry) and sub-majors offered in Science that can add diversity and/or focus to your degree. There are also a range of sub-majors from other disciplines such as the arts, business, humanities and social sciences to choose from, although these may require cross campus study and are subject to availability and timetabling.

A Bachelor of Science (Zoology) recognises the increased demand for scientific knowledge of how to conserve, protect and care for animals, including native wildlife, and companion and production animals. It will enable you to develop an in-depth scientific understanding of how animals function and interact with their environment; from their ecology and evolution; to physiology and biochemistry of tissues and major organs systems, as well as the structure and function of biomolecules and cells. The key learning and research areas embodied in this degree are ecology, evolution, physiology, growth, reproduction, genetics, and conservation biology. On-campus animal facilities include those for reptiles, small marsupials, small rodents, horses, sheep and cattle, as well as over 1,000ha of native, rural and aquatic habitats.

Students must maintain a grade point average of 5 or above to remain in the course. Those who do not maintain this average will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science.

Fees and delivery

Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.

Student contribution calculator [XLS, 133 KB]

Delivery: On campus

Fees: AUD $29,040*

Delivery: On campus



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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.