The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
74.60 (Median SR)
74.60 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 10436
CRICOS code: 027446C

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:
Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science

Program handbook


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 Bachelor of Psychological Science program.


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Program code10436
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face - Some courses may be available by distance learning.
  • Australian students - 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 4 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Callaghan Campus70.0574.60

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Assumed knowledgeHSC Mathematics.
Recommended studiesHSC English (Advanced), Biology and or Chemistry and or Physics or equivalent. For geography: HSC Geography, Social Science or Natural Science or equivalent. For psychology: HSC Mathematics or equivalent.
Term typeSemesters
    Managing faculty
    1. Faculty of Science
    Relevant University rules and policies
    CRICOS Code027446C

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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here.  Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

    Enrolling in mathematics - Maths placement test

    Your degree includes either compulsory or optional courses in maths. To maximise your likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that you select the course which matches your existing knowledge and understanding of maths concepts.

    Answer a few questions now to find out what mathematics you should enrol in.

    Minimum English language proficiency requirements

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

    Credit transfer

    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 the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

    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.

    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    320 units

    Program duration

    4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

    International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

    Program requirements

    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, noting that the double major and double minor pathways are not available to students in the combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science program:

    1)    Single Major and Single minor option– 30 units of core courses + one 80 unit major + one 40 unit minor + 10 units of electives; or

    2)    Single Major Option– 30 units of core courses + one 80 unit major + 50 units of electives.

    Students should refer to the Bachelor of Arts Handbook Entry link at 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 (please note that certain majors will require particular levels of mathematical assumed knowledge. Please see the B Science Program handbook for these requirements), 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

    You may only complete a maximum of 120 units at 1000 level.

    Program plans

    Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

    Additional documents

    Transition arrangements

    2018 revision

    Bachelor of Arts:

    The Bachelor of Arts program was revised in 2017, and changes to the degree were implemented for Semester 1 2018. 

    Students commencing from Semester 1, 2018 must follow the new Bachelor of Arts [40096] program, which includes three core courses, HASS1000, HASS2000 and HASS3000.

    Students who commenced the combined Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor Science program in Semester 2 2017 or prior, must follow the Bachelor of Arts [10345] program structure. Pre-2018 students may opt to transition to the revised combined program, where they have sufficient units to fulfil the requirements of the new Bachelor of Arts program.  Students who are interested in transitioning to the revised structure should seek advice from the relevant Program Advisor.

    2015 revision

    Bachelor of Science:

    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.

    2014 revision

    Bachelor of Science:

    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.

    2013 revision

    Bachelor of Science:

    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.

    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.

    Students who have commenced this program prior to 2010 are advised to contact your Program Advisor or Program Convenor to discuss individual arrangements.


    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.

    Additional information

    All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

    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.

    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).

    International students

    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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

    Additional support

    AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online