Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

If you are fascinated by science, this comprehensive degree could be your passport to an exciting future in one of many diverse areas. Tailor this course to your specific career destination and interests. Majors include Biochemistry, Biological Science, GeoScience. The Bachelor of Science provides a foundation in scientific practice and a specialisation in at least one discipline area chosen from thirteen major study areas.The program is delivered in small applied laboratory classes and workshops, allowing the development of advanced skills sought by employers. The emphasis is on acquiring skills in scientific communication, data analysis and quantitative literacy, problem solving and research skills, and a comprehensive understanding of the scientific and ethical framework of at least one major study area.Graduates have the opportunity to undertake a research-based honours program to enhance their employment prospects and postgraduate study opportunities.


This course consists of 360 credit points. Students will undertake a mix of theoretical and practical units, consisting of four 15-credit point courses per semester. Students will complete 5 core units and 11 electives and 9 specialisation electives.


  • Biochemistry
  • Biological science
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth materials
  • Ecology
  • Environmental geoscience
  • Environmental restoration
  • Food science (minor at Gippsland, major at Ballarat and online)
  • Health and nutrition
  • Mathematics (major at Ballarat, minor at Gippsland and online)
  • Microbiology
  • Mineral processing. Minors: All of the above, and, Information technology and Statistics are also available.

Standard entry requirements

Entry requirements (year 12)Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)Prerequisites Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English;Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or any Science.This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.Guaranteed ATARThis course has a guaranteed ATAR.If you meet the pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this course with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.This is not a minimum ATAR or the lowest ATAR selection rank.Subject AdjustmentsA study score of 35 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.Entry requirements (non year 12)Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education StudyThis course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory course such as Federation Access Studies (FAST).Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study. This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.Admission criteria for applications with work and life experienceMinimum requirementsApplicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this program. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway such as Federation Access Studies (FAST).


Depending on your major area of study, you may be eligible to join the following professional bodies: Royal Australian Chemical Institute; Australian Society for Microbiology; Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand; and others.

Study pathways

TAFE: Diploma graduates Applicants who have completed VCE or its equivalent and who are applying with a science-based diploma will be considered. Applicants who have not completed VCE but have completed a science-based diploma will also be considered. Credits may be considered for TAFE awards relevant to the course. Consider the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management. Certificate IV graduates: Science-based certificate IV level studies will be considered. For applicants who have also completed VCE, both qualifications will be considered. No credit is granted for these studies. Consider the Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology. Federation Access Studies (FAST) - designed to provide you with an alternative entry method into tertiary study. Further study options include: Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Gippsland (Churchill) International: $90,090 Yes
  • Full-time : 3 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) International: $90,090 Yes
  • Full-time : 3 years

Further information

This program is available via Online Learning, in combination with one to two weeks (depending on the program) of compulsory on-campus laboratory sessions. These lab sessions are held in semester one and semester two in each year of the program. Students will also be required to complete examinations either on-campus, or at an approved remote exam location in their region, under supervision. Further information: study.federation.edu.au

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