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The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree program (Program Code 10436) allows a student to qualify for two Level 7 AQF compliant undergraduate coursework programs at the same time.
This combined degree program allows students to study in the area of arts as well as science and complete two awards over four years of full-time study or the part-time equivalent.
In general, a combined degree program offers greater breadth of learning, enhancing the academic and professional qualities gained in each separate degree. At the same time, it recognises the increasing need for students to graduate with multidisciplinary skills.
The APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited major sequence is not available to students who commence the program in 2012 or after. A Psychology major is available in the program, however it is not accredited for students commencing study in 2012 onwards. Students who commence the program in 2012 or after, and who wish to complete an accredited psychology program, are advised to apply for admission to the 4 year Bachelor of Psychology program.
All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/enrolment-and-course-information/apply-for-a-degree for information on how to gain entry.
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students/high-school-students/getting-in to see if you may be eligible.
A basic understanding of General Mathematics at HSC level or equivalent is assumed. If you did not obtain HSC Math Band 5 or higher, you will be required to undertake a 1000 level Mathematics course and if you have no Mathematics background you are strongly urged to undertake a bridging course. As well, HSC Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics is an advantage. For Geography: HSC Geography, Social Science or Natural Science is desirable. If you intend to enrol in Biological Science, Chemistry, or Physics, but have no previous knowledge of these courses, you are advised to enrol in the bridging courses offered by the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre in January and February.
For the Bachelor of Science, it is recommended that in addition to Mathematics, HSC Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics would be a strong advantage to the program, depending on the major you intend to complete. For the Geography major, HSC Geography, Social Science or Natural Science is desirable.
For the Bachelor Arts, mathematics is recommended for those intending to study Psychology. English Advanced for all other Majors.
Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 10 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellors of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology and the Faculty of Education and Arts in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University. If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to your new program, please go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/enrolment-and-course-information/credit-transfer-and-cross-institutional-enrolment/ and click on how to apply for credit.
Honours is available for both degrees as an additional 80 unit program. There are also opportunities for cross discipline studies at Honours level.
Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. An Honours degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.
In the Science degree of the program, laboratory or tutorial work is required in each major. Courses in some majors also require fieldwork as a supplement to or in place of laboratory work. Certain majors have a research placement course option.
A major in Chemistry is recognised by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). Student may become members of RACI upon gradution. http://www.raci.org.au/
A major in Photonics or Physics qualifies graduates for associate membership of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) http://www.aip.org.au/info/
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All international students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before commencing their studies or early in their first trimester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner. Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses & consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/support/disability-support for more information.
Psychology Studies Major
This major is for students with a general interest in psychology, and for those who see psychology as complementary to their other majors within the Bachelor of Arts. It is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
An APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited Psychology Major is not available to students who commenced the degree from 2012 or after.
Students who commenced the program prior to 2012, and who are undertaking a 120 unit APAC approved sequence of courses in Psychology followed by an accredited fourth year, will be able to complete the accredited sequence, but must complete the program within a limited number of years. Students should seek independent advice from the School of Psychology and relevant Program Advisor regarding their eligibility for accreditation.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/study-skills
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/support/indigenous-student-support
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In order to qualify for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science award, a student must successfully complete 320 units comprising:
160 units of approved Bachelor of Arts courses. Students must successfully complete one of the following structures as set out in the Bachelor of Arts program handbook:
1) Double Major Option – One 80 unit Major + A second 80 unit Major
2) Single Major and Double Minor Option – One 80 unit Major + One 40 unit Minor + A second 40 unit Minor.
Students should refer to the Bachelor of Arts Handbook Entry link at the top of the handbook for information on the composition of minors and majors in the Arts program.
160 units of approved Bachelor of Science courses comprising:
At least 60 units of approved Science courses at 1000 level, including:
- One 10 unit Directed STAT course, and
- One 10 unit Directed MATH course, and
- 20 units of 1000 level compulsory courses from your major, and
- An additional 20 units of 1000 level approved Science courses
At least 30 units of approved Science courses at 2000 level, including:
- 30 units of 2000 level courses from your major, including any compulsory courses for the major.
At least 60 units of approved Science courses at 3000 level, including:
- A minimum of 40 units of 3000 level courses from your major, including compulsory courses for the major, and
- An additional 20 units of approved Science courses.
At least 10 units of approved science courses at 2000 or 3000 level.
You must complete one approved Bachelor of Science major, comprising at least 90 units of courses chosen from one major, and including all specified compulsory courses for that major, with:
- 20 units at 1000 level
- 30 units at 2000 level
- 40 units at 3000 level
The Mathematics and Statistics majors are co-majors and can only be taken alongside another major in the Bachelor of Science (i.e. as part of a double major). Because you can only complete one Science major within the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science, you cannot major in Mathematics or Statistics within this program. Students interested in a Mathematics or Statistics major should consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Mathematics or Bachelor of Science programs.
Please note: Students majoring in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Marine Science and Sustainable Resource Management are required to complete 100 units for the major. Students majoring in Photonics are required to complete 110 units for the major.
For all available courses listed in all B Science majors please refer to the B Science handbook at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-science/handbook
- You may only complete a maximum of 120 units at 1000 level
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Students who have commenced this program prior to 2010 are advised to contact your Program Advisor or Program Convenor to discuss individual arrangements.
Please note the following transition arrangements for the Bachelor of Science component:
From 2015, STAT1070 will now be a 1000 level STAT directed course and students must choose either STAT1020 or STAT1070 depending on the major(s) they are undertaking. Students who commenced prior to 2015 and who have completed STAT1070 are unaffected by this requirement.
From 2014 a new program structure was introduced for the BSc and students who commenced the program prior to 2014 will have been advised to transition to the revised 2014 structure, wherever their pattern of enrolment allowed them to do so. Students transitioning to the revised 2014 structure must ensure that they complete all required compulsory courses for their major. Students are strongly encouraged to seek independent transition and enrolment advice from their Program Advisor.
From 2013 the previous core course in the BSc SCIT2000 was removed from the program. Students who commenced prior to 2013 who completed SCIT2000 can still count this course towards their program.
Students who have already successfully completed BIOL1050 cannot count BIOL1070 towards their program.
Students who have already successfully completed ENVS2001 cannot count PHYS2300 towards their degree.
Student who have already successfully completed ENVS3205 cannot count GEOS3340 towards their degree.
Students who have already successfully completed SCIT3000 cannot count GEOG3330 towards their program.
Students who have already successfully completed SRMT2030 can not count ENVS2009 towards their degree.
Students who have already successfully completed MARI3400 or SCIT3000 or SCIT3500 can not count ENVS3400 towards their degree.
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