Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code3517
Managing facultyScience
Partner facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titleBSc/BCompSc
CRICOS code082580G
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT

One of the computer science units may require students to study over a summer semester or overload in another semester. The maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)

This course has compulsory off-campus placement requirements for those students undertaking the Industry-based Learning (IBL) stream.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Science: telephone +61 3 9905 4604, email or visit

Computer Science:

Course coordinator

Bachelor of Science: email; Bachelor of Computer Science: Dr Alan Dorin, Faculty of Information Technology, Clayton


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to combine the strong communication skills, critical analysis and problem-solving ability of a science degree with mathematical and computational thinking and the IT skills required to solve complex scientific problems.

Eligible students who achieve a distinction average may apply to participate in the Industry Based Learning (IBL) placement stream of the Bachelor of Computer Science. IBL students are awarded a scholarship and undertake a 22-week industry placement with participating companies as directed by the University. The student's work during the placement will be structured and assessed as part of the degree.


Refer to the outcomes for the single degrees S2000 Bachelor of Science and 2380 Bachelor of Computer Science.

The industry-based learning (IBL) stream

The IBL placement program of the computer science component of this double degree is available to all eligible students. A limited number of places will be available. Selection will be made after the completion of second year and will be based on academic performance and an interview conducted by industry partners. IBL students are required to be available during the normal holiday periods in summer and winter for special units and industry-based learning placements.


Industry-based learning stream students must undertake an industry placement to complete the requirements of the course.


This course consists of a major in a science discipline, along with a specified number of core, elective and additional units in both science and computer science.

Students in this course cannot take units from faculties other than the Faculty of Information Technology and the Faculty of Science.

The Faculty of Science requires the science units to be chosen from the science units listed in the section Science majors and minorsScience majors and minors ( in this Handbook.

For the purposes of this course, computer science units (FIT-coded) and MTH3051 are not considered as science units.

Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 192 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take additional units can only do so on a single unit basis (full-fee paying basis) with the approval of the faculty.


Students must complete 96 points of science units and 96 points of units offered by the Faculty of Information Technology as outlined below.

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Science component

Students must complete:

(1.) 16 units (96 credit points) of science units including:

(a.) at least two Approved level-one sequences in ScienceApproved level-one sequences in Science (

(b.) at least one level-one mathematics or statistics unit from:

  • MAT1830 Discrete mathematics for computer science
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science

(c.) a science major (48 points) chosen from the science disciplines offered on the Clayton campus (see notes below)

(d.) a core unit:

  • SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication or SCI2015 Scientific practice and communication (advanced)

(e.) a minor in mathematics (see noted below)

(f.) additional science units to take the total credit points to 96.


For details of available science majors, consult the section Science majors and minors - ClaytonScience majors and minors - Clayton ( in this Handbook.

Within the science component a maximum of six level-one science units (36 points) can be taken overall.

A minimum of ten science units (60 points) at level two and three (including either SCI2010 or SCI2015) must be taken, with at least four science units at level three.

Students should contact Science Student Services before enrolling in any stage of the double degree to ensure that the program they wish to follow will satisfy prerequisites necessary for higher stages. For information relating to course planning, science majors and minors, students should refer to the Science Faculty InformationFaculty Information ( section in this Handbook.

Computer science component

Students must complete:

(2.) 96 credit points of computer science units including:

(a.) 13 core units (78 points):

(b.) the following unit (6 points):

  • MTH3051 Introduction to computational mathematics

(c.) two approved level-three computer science elective unitscomputer science elective units ( (12 points)**

Recommended program of study

Stage one (all students)

  • FIT1004 Data management
  • FIT1008 Introduction to computer science
  • FIT1029 Algorithmic problem solving
  • FIT1040 Programming fundamentals
  • MTH1030* Techniques for modelling and MTH1020*** Analysis of change or MTH2010*** Multivariable calculus
  • a 12 point level-one sequence in a science discipline other than mathematics

Note: Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the units MTH1030 and MTH2010 with their advanced versions MTH1035 and MTH2015 respectively. Students will need to seek permission to enrol in these units at Science Student ServicesScience Student Services (

Stage two (all students)

  • FIT1031 Computers and networks
  • FIT2004 Algorithms and data structures
  • FIT2014 Theory of computation
  • MAT1830 Discrete mathematics for computer science or STA1010 Statistical methods for science
  • MTH2010*** (if not already completed) or the core unit SCI2010 or SCI2015***
  • MTH2032 Differential equations and modelling
  • 12 points of science units to complete a minor other than mathematics or computational science

At the end of stage two, students should have completed two minors - one in mathematics and one in another science discipline (not including computational science).

Stages three and four

General stream
IBL stream
  • FIT2001 Systems development
  • FIT2002 Project management*
  • FIT3139 Computational science
  • FIT3140 Advanced programming
  • FIT3143 Parallel computing
  • FIT3045 Industry-based learning (18 points)
  • MTH3051 Introduction to computational mathematics
  • SCI2010 or SCI2015*** (if not already completed)
  • 24 points of science units to complete a major in a science discipline, in either mathematics or the area of the minor completed at stage two
  • two or three elective science units to complete a total of 96 credit points of science units. Within the science component the units studied at stages three and four must take into account the requirement of a minimum of ten science units at level two and three (including SCI2010 or SCI2015), with at least four science units at level three.

* FIT2002 should be completed in summer semester, otherwise IBL students will need to overload in one semester by one unit.

** Students who complete the 12-point computer science project will only complete one approved level three computer science elective.

*** Students who have not completed the prerequisite requirements for MTH1030 should complete MTH1020 and MTH1030 at stage one, complete MTH2010 instead of SCI2010 or SCI2015 at stage two, and complete SCI2010 or SCI2015 instead of one of the science elective units at stage three.

Progression to further studies

Students may apply for admission to an honours program in science or computer science, following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 credit points of units including all of the science or computer science requirements for the single degree. Students who are considering doing honours in science prior to completing the double degree should consult with Science Student Services regarding their unit selection prior to re-enrolling for level three.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Computer Science after three years, depending on the units studied.

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double degree must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the science requirements for the single degree. Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Computer Science prior to the completion of the double degree must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the computer science requirements for the single degree .


Bachelor of Computer Science
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