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Bachelor of Science Online Degrees in Australia

Australia has some excellent science schools that allow you to study online for a Bachelor of Science. Expect high-quality teaching and a good learning experience.

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A science degree from an Australian university will prepare you for a career where you advance human knowledge and solve complex problems. You can choose from many different majors and customise your program according to interests.

Bachelor of Science degrees are available 100% online depending on the subjects you choose. For some study areas, you may need to attend occasional residential schools as part of mixed-mode study. The best online science courses are rated highly, including when compared to on-campus programs, with course satisfaction percentages into the high 80s.

Study Science Online

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Studying science online is the most convenient way to get a degree. Science is a knowledge-driven field, with many subjects available for distance learning. A popular arrangement is to study part-time from work or home, allowing you to combine study with professional or family responsibilities.

Academic (non applied) science units are available fully online. These can be learned just as effectively through distance education as in a physical classroom.

Physical, hands-on kinds of subjects (such as chemistry and environmental science) may also be available online. Generally, lab or field work is saved for advanced (postgraduate) courses. Bachelor programs may just aim to teach concepts and factual knowledge.

For subjects where some physical attendance is essential, you can attend occasional intensive residential schools. Being open to attending a campus sometimes can give you greater course choice. Attendance at residential schools may be confined to, say, a single block of 2-3 days on campus per semester.

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Australia’s best online Bachelor of Science programs are highly rated by science graduates in the Graduate Outcomes Survey. The courses are delivered by strong online universities offering plenty of subject choice.

Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University offers a highly rated Bachelor of Science degree, which is supported by a network of campuses and study centres across NSW and other parts of Australia. Available majors include Analytical Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, Mathematics, and Physics. For each 8-credit subject you take, anticipate dedicating 10 to 12 hours per week to activities such as assignments, reading assigned materials, tutorials, individual or group research/study, forum discussions, and attending lectures, intensive schools, or exams.

Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University offers specialised science degrees that can be studied by a combination of distance education and residential sessions in Lismore or Coffs Habour. Science degrees available fully or partially online with SCU include (Bachelor of) Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Human Biology, Information Technology, Mathematics and Psychology.

University of New England

The University of New England in Armidale gets consistently excellent ratings from graduates for its online science courses. The Bachelor of Science degree has around 20 possible majors, ranging from Animal Science through to Chemistry, Genetics, and Zoology. You can do a double science major or, for greater freedom, a single major and a wide variety of electives.

Study Options

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University science programs offer potentially numerous majors to choose from. Here are just some of your study options. Each major provides students with a unique blend of theoretical and practical knowledge. You gain knowledge and skills for careers in sectors such as research, education, healthcare, government and industry.

This list is a sample only. Other majors are also available for online learning.

† Online courses are available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Gold Coast, Newcastle. Australia-wide.