All program and course information for Science is detailed in the University Handbook. This is available as a hardcopy from the University bookshop or in the Online Handbook. When searching the Handbook, it is important that you are familiar with the UNSW terminology used to describe our teaching programs, some definitions are given at the bottom of this page.

To assist you in finding information in the Handbook, please note the terminology used throughout:

Course is the term used at UNSW to describe individual subjects that make up a sequence of study. This is commonly referred to as a subject, eg. Chemistry 1A.

Program refers to the sequence of courses taken to qualify for a degree. This is commonly referred to as a degree, eg. Bachelor of Science.

Units of Credit (UOC) The University’s academic structure is based on units of credit and every course in the University has a unit of credit value. Each program requires teh successful completion of a set number of UOC eg BSc - 144UOC, BAdvSci - 192UOC. A full time load for one year is defined as 48UOC (24UOC per semester).

Compulsory Courses must be studied to satisfy the program. Often a compulsory course is either a prerequisite or a corequisite for another that is required in the program.

Elective Courses are courses are a student can choose in accordance with his or her own interests, (subject to meeting the prerequisites and requirements of the program). In some circumstances electives have to be taken from a specified list.

Exclusions are courses students are excluded from taking, generally because they have content in common with courses for which the student has previously been granted credit.

General Education (GE) courses are taken in most programs at UNSW. The purpose of these courses is to broaden students understanding of the environment outside their specialisation.

For further details concerning the rules and requirements for your degree, please consult the Online Handbook.