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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science (BASC)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 32 units

  • 4 years or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Note: Some majors within the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science is available via external study only. Therefore, these majors may not available to international students who wish to study on-campus.

Increase your career prospects

This degree will broaden the range of your knowledge and skills in your area of specialisation, appealing to prospective employers in the public and private sectors.

A double degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science allows you to combine your chosen Arts degree with a range of science skills to enhance your employability. The Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to study across several skill and knowledge-bases in many different fields of study with plenty of flexibility. Combining this with your chosen major within the Bachelor of Science will give you success in many different careers and let you do it in less time than if you were completing two separate degrees.

Professional accreditation

The Information Technology major and the Computing major of this program are accredited at professional level by the Australian Computer Society and, through the Seoul Accord, is recognised in other countries.

The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) major is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as a three-year sequence of study.

As a graduate with a double degree, your career opportunities are extensive and vary widely depending on your chosen majors and can include employment in many fields the arts and science industries.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 71
plus 12 x Arts courses (1 x 8-unit major + 1 x 4-unit minor, or 1 x 12-unit major) 12
plus 13 x Science courses (1 x 8-unit major + 5 Science approved courses, or 1 x 12-unit major + 1 Science approved course) 132
Total 32


1 Students studying majors in Biology, and Human Physiology are only required to complete 6 core courses.
2 Students majoring in Mathematics, Statistics, Computing (eight-unit majors) or Information Technology (12-unit major) must take CIS1000 Information System Concepts.

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 7956
Domestic full fee paying AUD 20580

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

This is the 2019 adjusted OP / Rank for this program.

The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 15/66. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2019.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (4,SA)
    • Science majors: Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent for Food Science, Plant Agricultural Science and Wine Science.
    • Science majors: Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent for Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Recommended study: Science majors: Mathematics B (4,SA) and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science21 or equivalent for Biology, Computing, Environment and Sustainability, Food Science, Human Physiology, Information Technology and Plant Agricultural Science.
  • Assumed knowledge: Science majors: Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent for Biology, Computing, Environment and Sustainability, Information Technology and Physical Sciences.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.

*Further admission information

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.

Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2018.

How to apply

  • Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:
    1. have never studied with USQ before, or
    2. are a Year 12 student, or
    3. want to transfer to USQ from another university.

Please note down the QTAC codes below to complete your application.

  • Alternatively, you may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:
    1. are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
    2. have recently graduated from TAFE.

Note: Semester 3 courses are only available via distance education.

QTAC codes

Depending on the Science major you are interested in studying within the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, please note the different QTAC codes as follows:

 Area of interest  External   Toowoomba
 Astronomical and Space Sciences    909585  909581
 Biology  909785  909871
 Computing  909785  909871
 Counselling  909685  909681
 Environment & Sustainability  909785  909871
 Food Science  909785  909871
 Human Physiology  909785  909871
 Information Technology  909785  909871
 Mathematics  909585  909581
 Mathematics & Statistics  909585  909581
 Physical Sciences  909585  909581
 Plant Agricultural Science  909785  909871
 Psychology   909685  909681
 Wine Science  909785  909871

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2019 - applications close Friday 15 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.
  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 17 July (QTAC) and 24 July (direct), with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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