Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about feesAUD 34,530 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about fees
Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science (pre 2019)
The Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science is for those who are interested in understanding the world around us and how it works. Through the sciences you will be inspired to build new knowledge and discover new things. Through the arts you will explore ideas, theories and records of how people process the human experience through society, culture, and more. You’ll be able to follow your passions, and you will learn from leading researchers who will guide you through a tailored program, specifically designed to give you the skills that employers are seeking. Our guidance and mentoring give you the confidence to know you’re heading where you want to with your career, and you’ll have authentic opportunities to work with industry and in research whilst you study. A combined degree program offers greater breadth of learning, enhancing the academic and professional qualities gained in each separate degree. On completion, you will have the practical skills to make a difference in the world and contribute new solutions to the many challenges we face.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Communication: The developed capacity to communicate effectively across written, oral, visual, and digital forms.
- Critical thinking and research skills: the ability to identify high-quality information and critically analyse it as a user, researcher and producer, with a focus on well-reasoned argumentation.
- Intercultural competence: the ability to engage with a range of diverse perspectives from which knowledge, beliefs, and values are developed and maintained from the local to the global, regional, and global levels.
- Work readiness: a demonstrated capacity to engage in teamwork, initiative, problem solving, ethical decision-making, and to manage projects.
- Knowledge: the capacity to research, analyse, and apply knowledge from disciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives within the Bachelor of Arts.
- Tenacity: You will be a problem solver and an innovator who can identify, draw upon and manage resources to take a scientific project from concept to completion.
- Perception: You will be a critical thinker who has keen insight and a broad perspective of the world to find scientific solutions to complex problems.
- Knowledge: You will be a practitioner who has the ability to apply your learning and skills to create new understandings of the world and real world issues that lay at the intersection of many traditional and emerging science disciplines.
- Proficiency: You will be a keen scientific researcher and skilled technician who has the ability to think creatively, to plan, to evaluate, to reflect upon and apply your findings.
- Responsiveness: You will be a person who has the flexibility to work in many different environments, to harness collective knowledge within local and global professional networks, to communicate effectively, to work with people and have an appreciation of others.
- Integrity: You will be a professional who can apply your skills and knowledge of science to the highest ethical standards responsibly and honestly.
|Information correct as at||30 Jul 2021 3:34 am|
|Locations and UAC codes|
|Mode of delivery|
|Assumed knowledge||HSC Mathematics (2 unit)|
|Recommended studies||HSC English (Advanced) or equivalent. HSC Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics and/or Earth & Environmental Science would be a strong advantage in this program, depending on the major you intend to complete.|
|Relevant University rules and policies|
Click on the headings to show/hide sections of content. Hidden information will not be printed. Hide all sections
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.
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.
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 for more information on applying for credit.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science requires students to pass courses totalling 240 units, as follows:
- 100 units of Core courses
- 10 unit Mathematics Directed course
- 80 unit Major from the Bachelor of Arts
- 80* unit Major from the Bachelor of Science
- 50* units of Electives
1) *Students can use 40 units of their Electives in order to complete the 120 unit Physics major for their Bachelor of Science Major or to complete a 40 unit Minor from the Bachelor of Arts.
2) Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.
3) Electives include any unrestricted courses offered within the university.
4) Students choose their MATH Directed course based on previous mathematical background. See the course descriptions for details.
5) Students cannot complete both the Bachelor of Science Psychology Major and the Bachelor of Arts Psychology Science Major.
6) Students cannot complete both the Bachelor of Science Geography Major and the Bachelor of Arts Human Geography and the Environment Major.
It is strongly recommended that students undertake the maths diagnostic quiz prior to enrolment to assist in selecting the appropriate level of maths. For more information please click here.
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.
- 40168 B Arts B Science 120 unit Major S1 2019-2020 264.2 KB
- 40168 B Arts B Science 120 unit Major S2 2019-2020 266.5 KB
- 40168 B Arts B Science All Majors other than Physics S1 2021 294.1 KB
- 40168 B Arts B Science All Majors other than Physics S2 2021 305.8 KB
- 40168 B Arts B Science Pathway A 80 unit Major S1 2019-2020 305.8 KB
- 40168 B Arts B Science Pathway A 80 unit Major S2 2019-2020 360.2 KB
- 40168 B Arts B Science Physics Major S1 2019-2021 242.3 KB
- 40168 B Arts B Science Physics Major S2 2019-2021 227.7 KB
From 2021 there are changes to both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. For students who commenced the program prior to 2021, please refer to the Bachelor of Arts Program Handbook and the Bachelor of Science Program Handbook for more information.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
Advanced course filters
Courses that are currently unavailable are hidden by default. You can show them by adjusting the advanced course filters above, or clicking the 'show all' links below each section.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|HASS1000||BA Futures||10 units|
|SCIE1001||Professional Scientific Thinking||10 units|
|SCIE1002||Multidisciplinary Laboratories||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|HASS2000||BA Practice||10 units|
|SCIE2001||Professional Employment Skills||10 units|
|SCIE2002||Interdisciplinary Challenges||10 units|
|HASS3000||BA Project||10 units|
|SCIE3001A||Transdisciplinary Capstone: Planning and Implementing||10 units|
|SCIE3001B||Transdisciplinary Capstone: Implementing and Communicating||10 units|
|Mathematics Directed course|
Choose 10 units from the following Mathematics directed courses. Please note that some disciplines require a minimum level of mathematical knowledge. MATH1002 or higher is required for a Chemistry major. MATH1110 or higher is required for Physics or Mathematics majors.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|MATH1001||Preparatory Studies in Mathematics||10 units|
|MATH1002||Foundational Studies in Mathematics||10 units|
|MATH1110||Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1||10 units|
Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may apply to undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree and further develop their specific areas of interest.
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.
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.
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 College 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.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.