Science In Society As Level Coursework Info

The Bachelor of Science offers a large amount of flexibility, allowing you to take a range of different courses in your first year.

Single Degree Structure

When taken as a single degree, the Bachelor of Science is made up of 24 courses taken over 3 years. Each square below represents a course worth 6 Units of Credit (UoC):

Dual Degree Structure

When taken as a dual degree, the Bachelor of Science is made up of 16 science courses taken concurrently with courses for the 'other' degree. Students in a dual degree do not take General Education courses or Free Electives:

How to Choose Courses

Each semester, full-time students must enrol into 4 x 6 UoC courses (a total of 24 UoC per semester; 48 UoC per year).

There are no compulsory courses in the first year of the Bachelor of Science at UNSW. Instead, we recommend taking science courses that interest you:

1. Look at the list of majors available in your degree (see below)
2. Eliminate the majors you are definitely not interested in
3. Look at the courses required for the majors you are interested in
4. Choose first year courses common to the majors that interest you. That way, you’ll be keeping your options open.

You can also choose Free Electives (which are any course at UNSW, including science) or General Education courses (which are any non-science course at UNSW).


Remember: you don't declare your major until start Stage 2 courses.

The following links provide a snapshot of all the courses in each of the majors available in this degree.

The UNSW Online Handbook provides more details and descriptions for each course.

Grab a pen and paper and write down the Level 1 courses that sound interesting to you:

(Hint: the first number of a Level 1 course will be a '1' e.g. MATH1041)

After you have chosen which courses you want to take, check the timetable website to see when they're offered before enrolling via myUNSW.

Not Sure Which Major, and starting in Semester 2?

Not Sure Which Major, and starting in Semester 1?

Science Courses

Science courses are any courses that begin with the codes on the right.

A science course may count as a Science Elective, Free Elective, or as part of your major.

Science courses cannot count as General Education.

Search the Online Handbook for courses by subject area.

See the 3970 Bachelor of Science program page in the Online Handbook for more details on program structure, rules and requirements.


You may choose to complete an optional minor by using your Science and/or free electives within the degree structure, in one of the below areas. Minors must be declared before your final semester.


A program at UNSW is your degree and will have a four-digit program code (e.g. 3970 Bachelor of Science).
A major is a defined sequence of study within a program (e.g. Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry). In some programs, it's possible to do more than one major.
A minor is a specified sequence of study within a discipline or sub-discipline, smaller in size and scope than a major.
All programs, majors and minors at UNSW are made up of courses. Courses are like subjects at school. Each course has an 8-digit course code (e.g. CHEM1011) and usually involve lectures, tutorials and labs. In Science there are 5 types of courses:
Core Courses are compulsory courses that must be taken for a program or major.
Science Electives are courses that start with the codes listed on Table 1.
Free Electives are courses that may be taken from anywhere across the university; either from Science or another Faculty.
Recommended Electives are not compulsory but are considered good complimentary courses for a program or major.
General Education Courses are courses that must be taken from outside the Faculty of Science (i.e. no courses listed on Table 1 can count as General Education).
Science Schools
Within each Faculty at UNSW are a number of schools who teach the courses in their area of expertise. In Science, there are 9 schools:
  • Aviation
  • Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES)
  • Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences (BABS)
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Optometry & Vision Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
The School of Medical Science (which is part of the Faculty of Medicine) also teaches many courses in Science.
Units of Credit (UoC)
Courses, majors and programs at UNSW are measured in Units of Credit (UoC). Most courses in Science are worth 6 UoC each, and a full-time load is 24 UoC per semester (i.e. 4 x courses).
A prerequisite is a course that must be taken before you can enrol in another course. A co-requisite is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course.
Assumed Knolwedge
Assumed Knowledge is the level of understanding you are expected to have before taking a course. Nobody will check that you have the correct level of assumed knowledge, but you will be at a disadvantage if you don't.
Bridging Courses are available to if you don’t have sufficient assumed knowledge for the course you want to take.


Students undertaking the Science Work Placement course gain a genuine experience of working in a science or technology-related workplace. It is the core of a subject credited to their degree. The students are supervised and monitored by the Course Convenor. 

What happens in the internship? 

The internship involves a placement of a minimum of 105 hours (three weeks full-time or spread out part-time across a semester) in a single organisation, working as an intern while gaining experience of the science and technology-related work conducted in that organisation. Students build on their existing skills, with guidance, and are expected to contribute productively to a project or series of activities set up by the organisation for their placement. 

Participating in the internship will also enable students to observe the nature of the organisation more generally – its structure, how different components of the organisation interact, how projects and teams are organised to achieve their goals, and the different ways in which those with a science background apply this in the workplace. 

What is expected of the internship host?

Internship hosts will provide a meaningful experience of their workplace for students. They will provide experienced staff to induct, supervise and mentor their intern and to provide a brief student evaluation report at the conclusion of the internship, comprising 10% of the students assessment. The host organisation will provide a safe working environment for the intern. 

What sort of work do interns do? 

The nature of the work conducted by the intern will clearly depend on the organisation. As host organisation you will provide an experience that is authentic, so the nature of the science-related work the interns do will vary from placement to placement. It is expected that the placement will be commensurate with the level and experience of the student and the host will provide the student with tasks, responsibilities and exposure to the business organisation directly linked to the student’s chosen field. 

Interns may spend time shadowing members of staff in science-related roles, contributing in an assisting capacity to a range of activities. Interns may be asked to be a team member on a project for the duration of the internship – an ongoing project, or one that is completed during the internship. Interns may be assigned to an individual project that can be completed within the hours of the placement. Alternatively, the placement may be a combination of these. Specific tasks may be largely office-based and include data entry, literature searches, or preparation of figures for presentation/marketing materials. Alternatively, depending upon the organisation and project, there may be opportunities for hands on laboratory or field-based activities.

What preparation can you expect of an intern? 

Interns will normally be enrolled in later years of their course, and so will bring the experience of tertiary study in science and technology subjects. Before embarking on their placement interns will participate in compulsory induction online module that will prepare them for the expectations of your placement. 

What are the benefits for the host organisation?

The internship program offers organisations the opportunity to interact with students close to graduation. Students undertaking this subject have demonstrated the initiative to explore the different career pathways that particularly interest them. Even if you are unlikely to be recruiting in the immediate future, offering internship placements provides you with an opportunity to excite the next generation in your areas of activity, increasing the likelihood that high quality employees will be available to your organisation into the future. 

Commercial considerations:


If the placement is unpaid and forms a component of study embedded in the student’s curriculum, it will meet the requirements of a ‘vocational placement’ in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009. Nevertheless, a formal agreement will be established between the University and the host organisation. 

Health and Safety

Host organisations must have a commitment to safe work practices and comply with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Any disagreements, incidents or near accidents must be reported promptly to the Course Convenor (see below). 

Worker’s compensation and insurance

If the internship is unpaid, Worker’s Compensation does not apply. The student is covered comprehensively against accident or injury under the University’s student insurance policy. The University maintains Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance that covers any liability of the University and the student in relation to the placement, and the host organisation is expected to also maintain appropriate Public Liability insurance. 

Subject enquiries

If your would like to participate in the UNSW Science Internship program as an internship host, please contact:

If you are a student and you would like to share this information with a potential internship host, please download the PDF here.


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