Science/Computer Science - 3983

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 425800

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Science (Major)

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

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Program Description

With this dual degree program, students can add a Science program to the standard, professionally accredited BSc in Computer Science program offered by the School of Computer Science and Engineering. All Science majors within program 3970 are available.

Students should schedule the Science and Computer Science components to suit their preferences while meeting constraints of timetables and prerequisites. The Science Faculty section in this Handbook describes the Science options and the School of Computer Science and Engineering Student Office can supply sample programs indicating what previous students have arranged.

In addition to the BSc in Computer Science program 3978, students must complete a minimum of 96 units of credit in Science courses, including a major sequence in an approved area. The Science office must approve the Science component while the School of Computer Science and Engineering will approve the final program and schedule.

The award of Honours in either the Science or the Computer Science program requires at least one further year of study.

Students wishing to gain a degree at Honours level as part of their dual degree program shall meet all the relevant requirements of the faculty concerned and of the appropriate schools. Such students may enrol for the Honours year only on the recommendation of both the program authorities concerned.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please contact the School of Computer Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Science for information on the Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes.

Program Structure

Year 1
And ONE of:
And ONE of:
  • Level 1 Science Elective (24 UOC)

Year 2
  • Level 2 Science Elective (24 UOC)

Year 3
  • Level 3/4 Computer Science Elective (24 UOC)
  • Level 2 & 3 Science Elective (24 UOC)

Year 4
  • Level 3/4 Computer Science Elective (6 UOC)
  • Computer Science Elective (12 UOC)
  • Level 2 & 3 Science Elective (24 UOC)

The flexibility of the Computer Science Program electives allows double majors within the program.

In addition to the standard COMPA13983 Computer Science major, you can choose to specialise in one additional major. Details for the majors are available here. A list of the majors available follows:

COMPA1 Computer Science
COMPG1 Computer Game Design & Construction
COMPI1 Artificial Intelligence
COMPH1 Human Computer Interaction
COMPR1 Robotics
COMPE1 Electronic Commerce
COMPN1 Computer Networks
COMPD1 Database Systems

General Education Requirements

This program is a combined degree and no longer has any General Education requirements.


Honours (Optional) COMPAH3978

Computer Science Honours takes one year full-time or two years of part-time study.

Normally, students are expected to have attained an average mark of 65 (according to NewSouth Student calculations) to qualify for entry to the Honours year. Students who do not meet this expectation may be admitted in special circumstances. Students who have graduated with a three-year computer science degree from UNSW or another university can apply for admission to Honours. Application forms are available from the Student Office of Computer Science and Engineering in K17 G01. Detailed information about the program is available at the Honours website at:

Academic Rules

Please refer to Program Structure for the Academic Requirements relating to this program.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:

Further Information and Requirements

Some courses listed here also offer advanced versions.

Computing Requirements
Information regarding recommended computing equipment and software for the program is available from the School of Computer Science and Engineering Help Desk.

Professional Recognition

The Australian Computing Society

The peak professional body for computing in Australia is the Australian Computing Society (ACS) -

The objectives of the ACS can be found here and include: "advanc[ing] professional excellence in information and communications technology, and further[ing] the study, science and application of information and communications technology."

Again, students who want to join ACS should go to Member Application

Area(s) of Specialisation