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Bachelor of General Studies (Science)

Associate Degree in General Studies (Science) [exit point only]
University Certificate in General Studies (Science) [exit point only]

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CSU's Bachelor of General Studies (Science) offers a range of flexible, generalist undergraduate study areas with a wide range of opportunities and choices available to graduates.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of General Studies (Science) provides students flexible study options with access to a diverse pool of subjects that teach a wide range of knowledge and skills. The aim of this approach is to increase the student's potential to meet a wider range of vocational needs in an increasingly broad variety of science environments. The course allows students flexibility in the construction of a program of study that they consider will best meet their future employment needs.

    The Bachelor of General Studies (Science) draws upon the extensive portfolio of subjects already developed by CSU's Faculty of Science as well as the subject offerings of other CSU faculties and any tertiary study previously undertaken.

    The University Certificate in General Studies (Science) and Associate Degree in General Studies (Science) are exit point degrees, should a student decide to withdraw from the Bachelor of General Studies (Science).

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Bachelor of General Studies (Science)

    This course of 192 points duration consists of:

    • Restricted elective subjects (160 points; 20 standard weighted subjects)
    • Free elective subjects (32 points; 4 standard weighted subjects)

    Restricted elective subjects are chosen from the menu of subjects held by the course coordinator; all subject prerequisite and corequisite requirements must be met.

    Free elective subjects can be either:

    • subjects from outside the Faculty of Science (chosen with the approval of the Course Co-ordinator and the relevant Teaching School);
    • additional subjects from the list of restricted elective subjects.

    Students must complete a minimum of 40 points (5 standard weighted subjects or equivalent) at Level 3, and a minimum of 80 points (10 standard weighted subjects or equivalent) at Levels 2 or 3.

    There are no key subjects in this course.

    Associate Degree in General Studies (Science) - exit point only

    This exit point only course of 128 points duration consists of:

    • Restricted elective subjects (112 points; 14 standard weighted subjects)
    • Free elective subjects (16 points; 2 standard weighted subjects)

    Restricted elective subjects are chosen from the menu of subjects held by the Course Co-ordinator; all subject prerequisite and corequisite requirements must be met.

    Free elective subjects can be either:

    • subjects from outside the Faculty of Science (chosen with the approval of the Course Co-ordinator and the relevant Teaching School);
    • additional subjects from the list of restricted elective subjects.

    Students must complete a minimum of 32 points (4 standard weighted subjects or equivalent) at Level 2 or above.

    There are no key subjects in this course.

    University Certificate in General Studies (Science) - exit point only

    This exit point only course of 64 points duration consists of:

    • Restricted elective subjects (56 points; 7 standard weighted subjects)
    • Free elective subjects (8 points; 1 standard weighted subject)

    Restricted elective subjects are chosen from the menu of subjects held by the Course Co-ordinator; all subject prerequisite and corequisite requirements must be met.

    Free elective subjects can be either:

    • subjects from outside the Faculty of Science (chosen with the approval of the Course Co-ordinator and the relevant Teaching School);
    • additional subjects from the list of restricted elective subjects.

    There are no key subjects in this course.

    Enrolment pattern

    It is not possible to specify an enrolment pattern. Students will receive written advice from Course Coordinator's about the subjects that best suit their needs and interests. It will be the students responsibility to select subjects based on this advice, subject availability, prerequisites, co-requisites and/or enrolment restrictions.

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    To be admitted into the course, prospective students need to indicate their likelihood of success through one or more of the following:

    • previous studies;
    • English Language proficiency;
    • voluntary or paid work experience;
    • TAFE tertiary study preparation programs;
    • performance in tests and examinations conducted by professional recognised bodies;
    • participation in continuing education programs and/or staff development programs conducted by adult education agencies, consultancies, professional bodies or employers;
    • completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) or equivalent aptitude tests; and,
    • other attainments and experience deemed appropriate by the Course Coordinator.

    Previous studies include:

    • the NSW Higher School Certificate or interstate /overseas equivalent;
    • the International Baccalaureate Diploma;
    • a completed or part completed course of a university, college of advanced education or other accredited tertiary institution;
    • a completed or part completed course of a TAFE college or other accredited postsecondary institution (including TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate);
    • an approved Foundation Studies program certificate;
    • completion of undergraduate subjects as an Associate Student with the University or through another University, or Open Universities Australia.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

     
  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSGT
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300110011
    UACOn CampusOrangeCGSYYN214008
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN214007
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN214001
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSGA
    UAC
    Direct
    On CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN214004
    DirectOn CampusOrangeCGSYYNKSGO
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKSGS
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESGS
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKSGW

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    In order to graduate with the Bachelor of General Studies (Science) qualification, Students must complete 192 points, including at least 40 points of Level 3 subjects and 80 points of Level 2 or 3 subjects.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    •  SSS021 - Transition to University Study

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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