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Core Stage I courses

For each major there are compulsory courses that you must take in your first year of study. You need to pass these courses in order to progress to Stage II in your chosen major as well as achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0 or higher for most Stage II and III.

To keep your options open, you may wish to select the core Stage I courses for two or more subject areas. Use the list below to help you select your first year courses, or consult the University Calendar for details of the majors, prerequisites and course prescriptions.

Also view the departmental handbooks as these publications have more information on courses including textbook requirements and assessments.

 

Majors under the Bachelor of Science degree

Anthropological Sciences

  • ANTHRO 101 and 102

Biological Sciences

  • BIOSCI 101 + 45 further points in Stage I Biological Science

Biomedical Science

  • BIOSCI 101, BIOSCI 106, BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, PHYSICS 160, MEDSCI 142, 1 x elective (STATS 101 or 108 or POPLHLTH 111 if intending to apply for Medicine)
Further information on Biomedical Science enrolment can be found in the Biomedical Science Enrolment Guide for 2017.

Biotechnology

  • BIOSCI 101, BIOSCI 106, BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110 or CHEM 120

Chemical Sciences

  • CHEM 110, CHEM 120, MATHS 110

Computer Science

  • COMPSCI 101 and COMPSCI 105 (Note you must complete COMPSCI 101 before COMPSCI 105.)
Recommended courses (to meet prerequisites for stage II and III courses): MATHS 108, MATHS 110, MATHS 150 (or equivalent), and PHYSICS 140.

Data Science

  • COMPSCI, COMPSCI 105, MATHS 108 or MATHS 150, STATS 101 or 108, STATS 125

Earth Sciences

  • GEOG 101 and GEOLOGY 103, plus
  • One of MATHS 108, 150, 162, STATS 101, 108, plus
  • One of BIOSCI 101, 102, 104, 106, CHEM 110, 120, MATHS 108, 110, 150, 162, STATS 101, 108, PHYSICS 120, 121, 160

Ecology

  • BIOSCI 101, 104, ENVSCI 101, STATS 101 or 108

Environmental Science

  • ENVSCI 101 and STATS 101

Environmental Science is designed to be taken as a second major, in conjunction with another Science subject. Students must ensure that they take the core stage I courses necessary for their contributing major.

Exercise Sciences

  • EXERSCI 101, EXERSCI 103, BIOSCI 107, MEDSCI 142, PSYCH 108 or 109

Food Science and Nutrition

  • Food Science pathway: BIOSCI 101, 106, 107, CHEM 110, plus recommended elective courses are ENGSCI 111, PHYSICS 160, CHEM 120. These electives fulfill prerequisites at stage II and stage III.
  • Nutrition pathway: BIOSCI 101, 106, 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, POPLTHLH 111, and 15 points from CHEM 120, ENGSCI 111 or MATHS 108, HLTHPSYCH 122, PHYSICS 160, POPHLTH 101 or 102
See the Food Science and Nutrition degree planner for the recommended order to select these courses.

Geophysics

  • EARTHSCI 103
Recommended courses (to meet prerequisites for stage II and III courses): PHYSICS 120, PHYSICS 121, MATHS 108 or 150, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, COMPSCI 101.

Geography

  • GEOG 101 and/or GEOG 102

Information Systems

  • COMPSCI 101, COMPSCI 105, ACCTG 101
Recommended courses (to meet prerequisites for stage II and III courses): MATHS 108, 110, 150 (or equivalent), and PHYSICS 140.

Logic and Computation

  • COMPSCI 101, PHIL 101
Year 1 Elective: See the Logic and Computation degree planner for a list of courses that can be counted as the Year 1 Elective. Consider the courses you want to take at stage II and III (see planner) when choosing your Year 1 Elective.

Marine Science

The Marine Science major offers two undergraduate courses in Marine Science at stage II (MARINE 202) and stage III (MARINE 302). There are no specified courses to take at stage I.

The major is intended to be combined with courses in Biological Sciences, Geography, Earth Sciences, and/or Geophysics.

In addition to MARINE 302, 45 points (3 courses,) must be taken at stage III, preferably from one of these subjects. Therefore, students must ensure that they take those courses necessary for their contributing major, e.g. GEOG 101 and/or 102 for Geography; BIOSCI 101 + 45 points Stage I BIOSCI for Biological Sciences. 

Mathematics

  • Semester 1: MATHS 150; Semester 2: MATHS 250 (if prerequisites are met)

Medicinal Chemistry

  • BIOSCI 101, BIOSCI 106, BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, MEDSCI 142
  • Year 1 Elective: COMPSCI 111, STATS 101, PHYSICS 120 or PHYSICS 160

The first year core courses for Medicinal Chemistry are similar to the core courses for Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, Pharmacology and Physiology.  

Pharmacology

  • Recommended courses are BIOSCI 101, BIOSCI 106, BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, and MEDSCI 142

Physics

  • PHYSICS 120, PHYSICS 121; MATHS 108, 110 or 150; MATHS 208 or 250 (in Semester 2, if prerequisites are met)

Physiology

  • Recommended courses are BIOSCI 101, BIOSCI 106, BIOSCI 107, MEDSCI 142 and CHEM 110 or 120
Enrolment in these courses will ensure students meet the prerequisites for stage II and stage III MEDSCI courses required for the Physiology major.

Psychology

  • PSYCH 108 and PSYCH 109; and STATS 101 or 108

Statistics

  • STATS 101 or STATS 108, STATS 125 and MATHS 108, 110 or 150
MATHS 108 or 150 (or 110) is a co-requisites to STATS 125, so students should enrol in this at the same time.