Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Undergraduate degree

Complement an understanding of science with skills like critical thinking and strong communication to gain access to a world of exciting career options.

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Key facts


Waurn Ponds:
Lowest selection rank


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2024 close 27 October 2024

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Gain a competitive edge in the job market by studying the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science double degree. Complement your understanding of science with invaluable skills like critical thinking and strong communication and open a world of exciting career options once you graduate.

You do not need to have a defined career path mapped out when you start this combined course. Choose from a wide range of science and arts study areas and discover what disciplines you love as you progress.

The freedom to create your own study journey is a highlight of the course. So too is the extensive practical experience on offer. There are opportunities to gain a global perspective of arts with a range of international experiences. Plus, you will get hands-on training in world-class science labs and plenty of industry experience through community science projects and professional placements.

Want to secure your future with a combined course that prepares you for work in any industry?

More than just a qualification that demonstrates your expertise across a broad spectrum of fields, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science lets you create a unique degree that highlights your skills and passions.

In the arts stream, you will develop specialist knowledge in your chosen disciplines and learn how to apply creative and strategic thinking to solve real-world issues. You will also develop transferable skills such as communication, research, critical thinking, and problem-solving, making you highly employable within a range of industries.

Learning from teaching staff who are active in their fields and recognised as leading practitioners, you will gain hands-on experience relevant to your chosen disciplines in our world-class purpose-built facilities.

Benefit from the many work placements we offer, and you will graduate ready to take your studies beyond the classroom and into the real world. Advance your job-readiness and gain a competitive edge by undertaking a study tour, internationally focused internship in Australia or overseas, language study, or longer study abroad exchange experience.

The science stream will train you to be a scientific explorer, ready to solve tomorrow’s global issues through science and discovery. You’ll build your foundational knowledge through a range of science-related study areas before focusing on one of 10 majors:

  • animal biology
  • cell biology and genomics
  • chemistry
  • environmental science
  • food science
  • human biology
  • mathematical modelling
  • plant biology

Best of all, learning extends beyond the classroom. Throughout your science units, you will gain practical experience through programs in modern science laboratories, completion of a community science project and undertaking an industry-based learning placement. All of this prepares you for real-life science environments and scenarios, so you can confidently enter the workforce with the industry experience needed to thrive.

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Course information

Award granted

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science


2024 course information

VTAC code
1400314391 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514391 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
CRICOS code?
085868M Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science, students must complete 32 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts and 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Science, which must include the following:

Bachelor of Arts studies

Students must complete 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts, including:

  • Either the Global Challenge sequence (3cp) or Employability sequence (3cp)
  • One major sequence (8 credit points) as described under course A310 Bachelor of Arts
  • The remaining credit point(s) may be used to undertake a Bachelor of Arts minor sequence or to take additional elective units chosen from the Bachelor of Arts.
  • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 of Arts coded units.
  • DAI001 Academic Integrity (0 credit-point compulsory unit)

Bachelor of Science studies

Students must complete 16 credit points from science course grouped units, including:

  • 9 core science units;
  • At least one 6 credit point approved Science major sequence;
  • Level 3 - a minimum of 4 Science units
  • SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit-point compulsory unit)

Note: DAI001 Academic Integrity Module replaces STP050 Academic Integrity from 2024.


Bachelor of Arts credit points


Bachelor of Science credit points


Total credit points

Bachelor of Arts units

Global Challenges sequence

  • Global Challenges and Personal Agency
  • Global Challenges and Innovation Strategies
  • Global Challenges and Collaborative Action
  • or

    Employability sequence

  • Your Future Direction
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Leadership and Transformation
  • Communication and Persuasive Presentation
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Expand Your Experience
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Internship
  • Enhance Your Experience
  • Your Professional Story
  • Bachelor of Arts Majors and Minors

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    One (1) approved Arts major sequences of 8 credit points selected from A310 Bachelor of Arts Major/Minor listing, the remaining credit point(s) may be used to undertake a Bachelor of Arts minor sequence or to take additional elective units chosen from the Bachelor of Arts. A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 of Arts coded units.

    *UX refers to User Experience

    Bachelor of Science units

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Cells and Genes
  • Ecology and the Environment
  • Essential Skills in Science
  • Physics for the Life Sciences
  • Science and Society
  • Communicating Science Ideas #
  • Choose one from:

  • Community Science Project # or
  • Professional Practice #
  • # Must have successfully completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

    Mathematics - choose one from:

  • Introduction to Functions, Relations and Graphs
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
  • ∼ Please note:

    • It is recommended that students intending to take the Chemistry, Human Biology, Cell Biology and Genomics, Animal Biology, Plant Biology or Environmental Science majors undertake SIT191 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis.
    • students intending to take the Chemistry major and who have not previously completed VCE Maths Methods (units 3 and 4) are advised to alternatively undertake SIT190 Introduction to Functions, Relations and Graphs.
    • students intending to take the Mathematical Modelling major who have not completed VCE Maths Methods (units 3 and 4) are strongly advised to first complete SIT190 Introduction to Functions, Relations and Graphs.
      Students intending to take the Mathematical Modelling major are not required to complete SIT190 Introduction to Functions, Relations and Graphs or SIT191 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis, however, they are able to undertake SIT190/ SIT191 as electives.

    Chemistry - choose one from:

  • Chemistry in Our World
  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences ^
  • ^Assumed knowledge: SLE133 Chemistry in our World or high achievement in VCE Chemistry 3 and 4 (or equivalent).

    Please note: SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences is a required prerequisite when undertaking the Cell Biology and Genomics and Chemistry majors.

    Bachelor of Science Majors and Minors

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
    Students must complete at least one major from the following areas:

    *Enrolment in a Trimester 3 study period is compulsory

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    You may be required to complete units in Trimester 3 depending on your chosen major. Please refer to the Handbook for unit offering patterns.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you’re currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL


    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and have not undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in Art, Dance, Drama, any English, any Humanities, any LOTE, Media, any Music, any Mathematics, Studio Arts, any Science, Theatre Studies or Visual Communication Design equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $10,174 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.  Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.  You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.  Learn more about fees and available payment options on our Current students fees website.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    Indigenous Access Scheme

    You can apply for this course through the Indigenous Access Scheme, which recognises the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and considers the skills, experience and community work that prepares you for study. We look beyond your ATAR and academic results so we can reward your hard work with a place at university.

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    Career outcomes

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science allows you to explore the relationships between various areas of study, combining them in innovative ways to prepare yourself for a broad range of career opportunities in industry, government and research. The types of opportunities available will depend on the major sequences taken within the course. For more detailed information on career outcomes for this combined course, see the entries for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Science (Chemistry major) has been professionally accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). Graduates of this course are encouraged to apply for membership of the respective local branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of the single degree.

    *Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).
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    #QS Stars University Ratings 2016–2017
    **QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019