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MAJOR

Multidisciplinary Science Major (BSc Science)

MJRU-MTDSC

TAUGHT BY: Faculty of Science and Engineering

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

N/A

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

600

About offering

In many areas of scientific endeavour, knowledge across multiple disciplines has provided innovative solutions to important problems. A bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary science provides well-rounded and diverse capabilities across traditional science boundaries, and you will be ideally placed to develop a career that can span science, technology and mathematics.

Multidisciplinary science is a flexible course that allows you to design a major that suits your background and particular career goals. You have the freedom to personalise your study plan in consultation with faculty members in the relevant disciplines, while meeting the requirements for a degree in science. 

This course can be used as an alternative pathway into other science, engineering and health science courses. You can undertake mathematics and science foundation units over one or two semesters to achieve the prerequisites for your desired course, and meet the required ATAR by achieving the minimum Course Weighted Average for entry.

You can choose to study a primary discipline from areas such as:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics.

*Note, some disciplines may take longer than 3 years of study, subject to having the essential WACE courses. See individual Bachelor of Science majors for required pre-requisites.

You can combine with a secondary Science discipline above, or go outside the physical sciences to areas such as:

  • Molecular or Human Biology (Genetics, Bioinformatics)
  • Social Sciences (Media, Education)
  • Spatial Sciences (Geographic Information).

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

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Multidisciplinary Science

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in at least two scientific areas of study; recognise the limitations of scientific theories and the problem-solving capability of science; apply scientific principles and methodology to the solving of scientific problems
  • plan and design with guidance, experiments to test scientific theories; perform measurements with due regards to accuracy and precision; provide solutions to study problems and experimental designs, thinking creatively to develop innovative solutions
  • access a variety of existing information in the chosen scientific areas of study; determine the physical meaning, application, and societal implication of physical data and phenomena
  • competently use information technology and a variety of tools to retrieve, manipulate, transform and present data and information
  • communicate effectively, through the written word and by oral presentation of project work, within an ethical and professional framework of their chosen scientific area of study
  • design, construct and use appropriate experimental apparatus or algorithms to solve problems; apply and develop computational and statistical processes to experimental data with due regard to accuracy and precision; recognise and assess the limitations of experimental apparatus or methods, or algorithms in solving scientific problems
  • develop independent study and time management skills that will enhance learning capabilities in subsequent years of study and in professional life
  • recognise the universal nature of scientific disciplines; recognise that while nature/science and its language are acultural, the application and ways of working may have cultural dimensions
  • demonstrate a professional attitude to the conduct of project work; apply an ethical approach to analysis of scientific data and information

Why study Multidisciplinary Science Major (BSc Science)

  • The multidisciplinary science major allows for the greatest flexibility in course design, combining an individualised combination of units which may not be possible through any other route.
  • This course allows for a primary Science discipline supported by a secondary or combination of Science disciplines. Final year students may conduct a significant research project in their chosen area of study, in conjunction with research groups involved in world-class research.
  • Opportunities exist across the broad science spectrum, depending on the choice of subjects. For example, becoming a professional science writer by combining science units with journalism, or being able to model complex environmental systems by combining mathematics units with environmental biology.
  • Graduates are also ideally placed to pursue a career in teaching, through developing a very broad science background from which to teach, and the flexibility to meet the requirements for Education Major and Minor Teaching Specialisations.
  • This course can be used as an alternative pathway into other courses. You can undertake mathematics and science bridging units in order to meet the prerequisite requirements of your desired courses, including engineering and health sciences.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course may be eligible for membership in the relevant society or institute of their chosen area of study.

Career information

Complementary skills allow you to compete effectively in industrial or government occupations, or develop a very broad science background that can enrich a teaching career. Opportunities exist across a wide spectrum, depending on your choice of units. For example, you could aim to become a professional science writer by combining science units with journalism.

You could also be ideally placed to pursue a career in secondary science education, through the development of a very broad science or mathematics background and the flexibility to include an education minor for a teaching specialisation. You could also choose to undertake postgraduate study to further expand your career options.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

What kind of applicant are you?

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Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Completed your secondary education in Australia within the past two years? Learn how you can apply to Curtin.

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Have you studied a VET course? Find out how you can get into Curtin using these qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience

Spent time in the workforce, completed a pathway program or finished secondary education more than two years ago? See how you can apply to study at Curtin

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Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime studies, Physics , Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology.

  • STAT entry: Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime studies, Physics , Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • the prerequisites.

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Applications ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
  • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.
Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Applications ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Applications ATAR.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
    OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • satisfied the prerequisite.

    The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

    • Maths Applications ATAR; or
    • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
    • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime studies, Physics , Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology.

  • STAT entry: Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability. Find out more about portfolio entry.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime studies, Physics , Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology.

  • STAT entry: Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability. Find out more about portfolio entry.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Minimum academic entry requirements

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Essential course prerequisites

Mathematics. One science subject is desirable.

Mathematics. One science subject is desirable.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

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Next steps

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-MTDSC
  • This offering was last updated on: December 7, 2018