Breadth Requirements for the Bachelor of Science

  1. Bachelor of Science students complete a breadth component of 50 points (four subjects), with another 25 points (two subjects) of free (that is, breadth or core) subjects.
  2. At least 12.5 points of breadth must be taken at Level 2 or 3 (and no more than 37.5 points at Level 1).
  3. You are encouraged to take at least one 37.5 point (three subject) breadth track. (Learn more about Breadth Tracks)
  4. Students who seek to undertake further subjects in order to complete the equivalent of a major in History and Philosophy of Science will be permitted to take up to 100 points of breadth study in History and Philosophy of Science, replacing 25 points of the Science requirements of the Bachelor of Science.


Breadth Subjects Available for Bachelor of Science Students

  • University Breadth Subjects.
  • Non Core subjects available as breadth study (such as undergraduate subjects in Law or Education).
  • English as a Second Language subjects.
  • Subjects offered in the Bachelor of Arts and available as breadth, with the exception of Psychology and those Geography subjects that are offered in the core of the Bachelor of Science.
  • Subjects offered in the Bachelor of Environments and available as breadth, with the exception of subjects contributing to the Science and Engineering Systems cluster of majors, and their prerequisite subjects.
  • Subjects offered in the Bachelor of Commerce and available as breadth, with the exception of Quantitative Methods and Financial Mathematics subjects.
  • Subjects offered in the Bachelor of Music that are available as breadth.
  • Some subjects designed specifically as breadth for Bachelor of Science students that contrast with all core offerings in the Bachelor of Science, in categories such as Communication in the Sciences.
  • Organisational Information Systems subjects taught by the Department of Information Systems.

Subjects that may contribute to your Bachelor of Science breadth component will be subjects that contrast with science, technology and Engineering Systems, or integrate these studies with humanities and social sciences so that the subject encompasses a much broader arena of knowledge and skills (e.g. University Breadth Subjects).

You are encouraged to take at least one of the three-subject breadth tracks available to Bachelor of Science students. (Learn more about Breadth Tracks)

Subjects in the following areas cannot contribute to the breadth component of the Bachelor of Science:

  • Subjects in any area of study that contributes to the core of the Bachelor of Science and its major studies, including the natural sciences, behavioural sciences, mathematics, statistics, technology and Engineering Systems, whether that individual subject is offered in the core of the Bachelor of Science or not. For example, in addition to subjects in the core of the Bachelor of Science, the following subjects would not be permitted as breadth: Constructing Environments (Bachelor of Environments), Quantitative Methods I (Bachelor of Commerce), and Frontiers of Biomedicine (Bachelor of Biomedicine).
  • Subjects taught by the School of Social and Environmental Enquiry that may be credited as core, prerequisite or elective subjects to the Geography major in the Bachelor of Scence.
  • Subjects taught by the Department of Information Systems that may be credited as core, prerequisite or elective subjects to the Science Informatics major.