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Bachelor of Science Major Astronomical & Space Sciences

Bachelor of Science Major Astronomical & Space Sciences (BSCI)

Entry requirements
  • OP: 15
  • Selection Rank: 68
Study mode
  • External
Campus
  • -
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
  • November
Note: Due to highly recommended on-campus residential school classes, the External offering is unsuitable for international students studying overseas.

Overview

  • Are you fascinated by the universe? Interested in science and the physics at work in the world around us? Astronomy aims to understand our universe using observations, experiments, and theoretical and numerical studies. Astronomy is a discipline that relies on the innovative application of physics, whilst drawing on a number of other scientific and technological disciplines.
  • You will learn from internationally recognised stellar astronomy and planetary systems experts and access USQ’s advanced research facilities, including Mount Kent Observatory, scientific computing software and support, and overseas telescopes available through USQ’s international collaborations in astrophysics.
  • Experience world standard learning with the flexibility of studying externally either full or part-time. You will be supported by online classes, remote access to USQ facilities, and residential schools where appropriate.
  • USQ’s Bachelor of Science (Astronomical and Space Sciences) major enables students to survey the state of modern astronomy and of physics, develop professional knowledge and skills in stellar astrophysics, planetary science, solar physics, space science and physics, obtain research project experience, and graduate with widely useful scientific, numerical and critical analysis skills.
 

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate you may find career opportunities as a scientist working for industry or government, technician working in a laboratory or in the field, teacher (in combination with appropriate education studies), meteorologist (subject to appropriate government training), researcher or academic (subject to appropriate postgraduate qualifications), or self-employment providing scientific and/or technical services.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Including adjustments Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Excluding adjustments Entry score not including adjustment factors.
Lowest OP/selection rank to receive an offer The minimum entry score for this degree based on USQ offers.
OP
15
Rank
68
OP
17
Rank
62

Starting uni in 2021?

If you want to start your studies in 2021, the format of subject pre-requisites will change slightly from previous years. ATAR will also replace OP for Queensland students who graduate from high school from 2020. Find out more about these changes to ensure you are prepared to apply.

Pre-requisites

Subject pre-requisites: Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent.

To study this degree we also assume you have sound knowledge in: 

  • English
  • Mathematics A

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this degrees' student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree 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.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning 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.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
1 x 12-unit major 12
1 x 8 unit major
or 8 x approved courses
8
Total 24

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

Double degrees

You may like to study the Bachelor of Science as part of a double degree to give you the flexibility tailor your degree to your ambition.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

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

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 9527
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 22400

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

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

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 906665

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.

Apply directly to USQ

You may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:

  • are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.
  • Semester 3, 2020 - applications close Friday 20 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 16 November 2020.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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