Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of International Studies

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
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  • Awarded by:
    Western Sydney University
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  • Career Outcomes:
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Course Rundown

Ground scientific study in a deep understanding of the complex dynamics of our ever-changing world. It starts with this unique combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of International Studies course from Western Sydney University.

Designed for students with varied interests and a desire to start a meaningful career, this combined undergraduate degree offers the skills, knowledge and experience required to launch an exciting global career in research, analysis and policy. You’ll have the opportunity to combine your interest in science with a sophisticated understanding of international contexts, challenges and systems.

Upon completion of this course, you’ll be equipped with the skills, insights and knowledge required to understand and investigate the world around you, understand the complex relationships of international societies, cultures and governments, analyse contemporary politics, advance new ideas, and take yourself further.

With a focus on tailored learning, this course offers 15 majors and opportunities for sub-majors and elective subject study. From Arabic to zoology, a diverse range of courses are in your hands, and you’ll study exactly what you want. What happens next is up to you.


The following sets of Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies apply.

Bachelor of Science

  • Assumed knowledge: At least two unit science (any science) and two-unit mathematics at year 12 equivalent.

Bachelor of International Studies

  • Assumed knowledge: Two units of HSC English at Band 4
  • Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent

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In this combined science and arts course, the subjects you may study include:

Science core subjects, depending on chosen science major:

  • Biodiversity
  • Introductory chemistry
  • Scientific literacy
  • Cell biology
  • Essential chemistry 2
  • Biometry
  • Mathematics 1A
  • Quantitative thinking
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Forensic and environmental analysis
  • Functional proteins and genes
  • Natural science research methods
  • Programming fundamentals
  • Complex case studies in science
  • Work internship for science professionals
  • Applications of big data
  • Biological adaptation to climate change
  • Field project 1
  • Laboratory quality management
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Quality assurance and food analysis

Science majors:

  • Animal science
  • Applied physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Data science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental futures
  • Forensic biology
  • Forensic chemistry mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition and food science
  • Zoology

Arts core subjects:

  • Australian politics and active citizenship
  • Diversity, language and culture
  • Foundations of academic English
  • Thinking critically about texts and society

All students will undertake the arts major of international relations and Asian studies. Students will also undertake one of the following arts sub-majors:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • International English

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Study online or on-campus and gain valuable, real-life skills that'll see you succeed in the workforce. With a reputation for excellence, you can be proud to graduate with a degree that comes from a uni ranked in the top 2% globally! Open up to a world of possibilities and enquire about a course with WSU today.

When you join Western Sydney University you’re also joining an engaged online community of fellow students and academics, who are committed to helping you succeed during your studies.

Whether you're studying on-campus or online, students will have access to student advisors, specially trained online learning advisors, access to online assignment assistance to ensure your work is always on the right track, student welfare services including professional counselling, plus stay in touch with other students via WSU’s specially-built digital portal.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

New South Wales: Parramatta South

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of International Studies from Western Sydney University.

This degree will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek work across a range of roles in globalised science-based professions and industries. After completing this course, you'll have the opportunity to seek employment across a range of academic, professional, commercial and government disciplines, and may choose to work a research, policy, communication or analysis role for a private firm, government, or a not-for-profit organisation.

Your chosen field will depend on your area of study. With this degree, you'll have the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects, including chemistry, mathematics, data, languages, international politics, natural sciences, biology, geography, economics and international relations. You may choose to work in Australia or take your career abroad.

Curious about where a career in arts and humanities could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Western Sydney University offers flexible payment options for students.

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay your degree fees upfront.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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