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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/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ 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/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html 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.
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, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ 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, Photonics or Physics qualifies graduates for membership of the relevant professional organisation.
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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. 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 reasonably 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, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
To help students choose courses that match their interests and career aspirations, the Faculty of Science & IT has developed a website at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/science-it/degree-programs/pathways/ with suggested study pathways. This site also contains links to career information, job descriptions and details of employers.
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 Officer 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/unit/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/about-the-centre/learning-development/
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.
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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 Core course (STAT1070), 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 (except in the case of pre-2012 students completing the 120 unit accredited Psychology major who are only required to undertake an additional 10 units of approved Science Courses at 1000 level - approved by Academic Senate 15/02/2010).
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 either Biological Sciences or Chemistry are required to complete 100 units for the major. Students majoring in Photonics are required to complete 110 units for the major. For more information regarding the major requirements for Chemistry or Photonics, please refer to the "Further Information" section above. For all available courses listed in the Chemistry and Photonics major please refer to the B Science handbook at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/10323.html
- 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 Officer or Program Convenor to discuss individual arrangements.
Current students who have already successfully completed SRMT2030 can not count ENVS2009 towards their degree.
Students who commenced the program prior to 2012 and who are undertaking the APAC accredited Psychology major can still continue to study the accredited sequence, but are strongly encouraged to seek independent advice particular to their current progress in the major, from the School of Psychology and relevant Program Officer.
The Bachelor of Science underwent a review in 2012, and a minor revision to the program was implemented for 2013. Core course SCIT2000 will no longer be offered. Current students who have not yet successfully completed SCIT2000 will be required to take an alternative approved science course at 2000 or 3000 level in lieu of SCIT2000.
Students who have successfully completed MARI3400 or SCIT3000 or SCIT3500 can not count ENVS3400 towards their degree.
The Bachelor of Science was externally reviewed in 2012 and as a result, a number of changes have been made to the Bachelor of Science component of this program. Students who commenced the Bachelor of Science in 2013 will automatically transition to the revised 2014 structure, unless they advise the University in writing of their intention to remain in the 2013 program structure. Students who transition to the revised 2014 structure must ensure that they complete all required compulsory courses for their major. Students who commenced the Bachelor of Science prior to 2013 who wish to transition to the revised 2014 structure must advise the University of their intention in writing. All students are encouraged to seek independent enrolment advice from the relevant Program Officer.
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