Bachelor of Science - CU18

Discover how science can solve current and future medical, environmental, industrial and technological problems and launch your dynamic career in this field, with CQUni's Bachelor of Science. Develop practical, industry-relevant skills desired by industry and government through field and laboratory learning experiences, and choose between completing a professional placement or project to enhance your skills and experience. With the option to major in applied biology or applied chemistry, and choice of minors to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals, this course offers the perfect environment to pursue a rewarding career in science.


SR:69 ATAR:69




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time



Biology, Chemistry & Maths B.



The Bachelor of Science at CQUniversity has been designed with flexibility in mind, allowing you to major in an area of your choice and pursue a rewarding career in science. You will benefit from hands-on, practical learning experiences both on-campus and in the field.

The first year of the course will provide you with a foundation for a career in the biological, analytical and agricultural sciences and prepare you to major in Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry, both of which will incorporate aspects of environmental studies.

You will benefit from field trips to a variety of destinations, including coral reefs, intertidal and terrestrial ecosystems, mainland vegetation communities, agricultural enterprises, mine and other land degradation sites and freshwater and estuarine environments. You will also have the option to undertake a work placement as part of your studies, allowing you to network professionally while completing your studies.

At CQUniversity, you will also benefit from the research strengths of our staff and gain an insight into unique scientific issues in the Central Queensland region.

Core Units 8 Major Units 8
Electives None Minor Units 4

In the Bachelor of Science, you will study a range of scientific units that equip you with skills and knowledge to apply science to help solve current and future medical, environmental, industrial and technology problems. You will also gain strong transferrable skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking.

Your first year of study incorporates skills-focused units that develop your field and laboratory abilities that are useful for research, and valuable for your future career. The units you study provide you with a solid foundation in scientific skills and knowledge. You will choose a major in applied biology or applied chemistry.

Your major allows you to gain deep skills and knowledge in your chosen discipline and the flexibility to focus on a specific scientific area. Both majors incorporate aspects of environmental studies. However, in the applied chemistry major, you will explore the emerging fields of nanotechnology, organic chemistry and biomaterials centred around an analytical chemistry focus. You will study units such as forensic science, environmental chemistry, non-carbon chemistry, organic chemistry, food science and analysis, analytical science, physical chemistry, bio-organic chemistry, biomaterials, and nanotechnology.

In the applied biology major you will focus on the study of botany and zoology. You still study units such as Australian botany, invertebrate zoology, environmental microbiology, plants and the environment, geographic information systems, animal and plant physiology, sustainability issues and solutions, and Australian vertebrate biology.  

The Bachelor of Science prepares you for a range of careers and further research study options. As a graduate, your employment opportunities may include laboratory work (in food production and industrial settings), research within universities, CSIRO, industry and government, technical or sales roles in scientific sectors, environmental fieldwork, and plant breeding.

You will have the opportunity to complete an industry placement or a short research project.

This experience allows you to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained throughout your studies to the professional work environment. The skills, knowledge and experience you gain through this professional practice experience enhances your work readiness and the career opportunities you explore when you graduate.

This course is no longer available.

Applied Biology8
Applied Chemistry8
Animal and Plant Biology in Depth8
Chemistry Analytics 4


Environmental Management4
Liberal Studies4

Plant and Crop Systems4

Unit NameCodeDescription
Professional Placement or ProjectBIOL12050BIOL12050 - This unit provides students with an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills attained in their degree course to the professional work environment. Students will undertake either a) an industry placement, or b) a short research project for 120 hours. They will report on their experience in an appropriate format, identifying the nature of the work and activities undertaken. They will also reflect on how the knowledge gained and the skills developed during placement relate to their course of study and their future career.
Students studying via mixed mode will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units.
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

If you are an international student, visit our international student information for more details.

Each student will be assessed individually.

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Assumed Knowledge

Biology, Chemistry & Maths B.

Knowledge and skills in science are the prerequisite for entry into many professional careers and Bachelor of Science Graduates find employment in areas as diverse as chemical and material production, medicine, mining and metals, power industry, environmental science and ecology, food technology and forensic analysis, as well as careers in research and development in the private and public sector. The two specialisations in the Bachelor of Science course are designed to deliver not only a solid foundation in scientific skills and knowledge but also the flexibility to focus on specific areas of study that are relevant to the career and employment options chosen by each student.

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