Commerce/Science - 3529

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Business School

Contact:  UNSW Business School Student Centre

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 424100

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Commerce (Major)

Bachelor of Science (Major)

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Program Description

The handbook provides you with information on the degree structure you would need to follow for the year you commence your study.

If you are a prospective student researching your study options, please visit UNSW Business School website for more information.

The dual degree program Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science (BCom/BSc) degree provides the latest thinking in business and technology for today and the future. It offers excellent career options, equipping graduates with unique skill sets that can lead to a wide range of career opportunities.

Whether you want to focus your career on science and also want the commercial skills that a business degree can give you, or you want a career in business with the added dimension of a science degree, then this dual degree gives you the flexibility to choose a program to meet your needs.

For detailed information on the professional recognition this degree offers please visit Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the BCom component, students will have the ability to:
  • demonstrate business knowledge and apply that knowledge in business problems
  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • present complex issues in coherent written statements and oral presentations
  • demonstrate understanding of disciplinary issues in a local or global context
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles of working collaboratively in teams
  • understand the social and ethical dimensions in their chosen disciplinary areas
The Bachelor of Science component has been designed to:
  • Develop and sustain an interest in and knowledge of Science
  • Develop a working knowledge of scientific methods of investigation
  • Encourage curiosity and creative imagination, and an appreciation of the role of speculation in the selection and solution of problems, the construction of hypotheses, and the design of experiments
  • Develop an appreciation of scientific criteria and a concern for objectivity and precision
  • Develop confidence and skill in formulating problems and in treating both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Develop the ability and disposition to think logically, to communicate clearly by written and oral means, and to read critically and with understanding
  • Develop the habit of seeking and recognising relationships between phenomena, principles, theories, conceptual frameworks and problems
  • Promote understanding of the significance of science, technology, economics and social factors in modern society, and of the contributions they can make in improving material conditions
  • Provide opportunities for the development of students' motivations and social maturity, and an awareness of their capabilities in relation to a choice of career which will be fruitful to themselves and to society
  • Provide an opportunity to study science in combination with other disciplines

Program Structure

Studies leading to the award of the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science degree normally consists of 192 UOC or 32 courses to be completed over 4 academic years (16 UNSW Business School courses (96 UOC) and 16 Science courses (96 UOC).

These UOC need to be made up of:
  • BCom Compulsory core courses
  • Core statistics course
  • BCom Flexible core courses
  • Major requirements for both BCom and Science
  • Science elective courses
BCom Compulsory core courses account for 18 UOC (3 courses)
Core statistics course

6 UOC (1 course) of statistics selected from:
or alternative statistics courses approved by the program advisor.

Students should select the MATH or PSYC course required for their Science major. If a Science major does not require a MATH or PSYC course (for example the Pathology and Vision Science majors) or if the Science major does not require one of the statistics courses listed above, students should complete ECON1203.

Students who complete a MATH or PSYC course to satisfy this requirement will have the course counted towards their Science component. Students who complete ECON1203 to satisfy the requirement will have the course counted towards their Commerce degree component.

BCom Flexible core courses account for 24 UOC (4 courses). Students should choose four courses from the following list:
Major requirements account for up to 138 UOC (23 courses)

BCom Major Requirements: A single major within the UNSW Business School consisting of 48 UOC, which includes 42 UOC in an approved disciplinary stream and 6 UOC from the core (compulsory or flexible) requirements. Students are unable to take a modern language as a major stream.
Any remaining credit requirements within the B Com component (a total of 96 UOC must be completed) after the core courses and Commerce major must be taken in courses offered by the UNSW Business School.

BSc Major requirements: Completion of the required courses for a major in one approved Science discipline. Majors in the Bachelor of Science range from 54 units of credit to 90 units of credit. Please refer to the majors available on the 3970 Bachelor of Science program page.

Students may choose Information Systems as a major in the BCom component only. In selecting their combination of majors, students should note that while there is a wide range of choice, not every combination can be completed in 4 years of full-time study.

Click here to view the Progression Plan for your Commerce program

Science Elective courses: These will typically account between 6 and 42 units of credit in ‘science’ courses to ensure a student completes 96UOC for the BSc component. The exact number of additional 'science' courses to be completed will depend on the major chosen. For details of what courses constitute ‘Science’ courses, please see the 3970 Bachelor of Science program page.


B Com

High achieving students may undertake honours in the area of their business major by enrolling in 4501 BCom(Hons) program.

B Science

High achieving students may undertake honours in the area of their science major. Please refer to the Honours section on the 3970 Bachelor of Science program page for details.

Academic Rules

Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Commerce component

Rules relating to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Commerce in dual mode shall apply wherever relevant. Students are advised to consult the Academic Rules for further information.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in dual mode.

When taken in dual mode a Bachelor of Science is comprised of 96 units of credit which includes:-
  • An approved major from the Bachelor of Science program; and
  • Science elective courses.

Academic rules relating to the Bachelor of Science in dual mode are as follows:
1. Students must complete a minimum of 96 units of credit;

2. Students must complete at least one approved Bachelor of Science major, and this must be declared before enrolling in Level II courses (see the 3970 Bachelor of Science page for approved majors). Information about how to declare a major can be found on the Science Student Centre website.

3. Students may choose to complete an optional minor using their Science electives (see the 3970 Bachelor of Science page for the list of approved minors).

Students cannot complete a minor with the same name as their nominated major, and Level II and III courses cannot be double-counted between majors and minors. More than one minor may be completed subject to the limit on double-counting. Students must declare their minor(s) before their final semester.

4. In addition to the courses required for a student's chosen major, students must take 'Science' courses so that the major plus 'Science' courses total 96 UoC. ‘Science’ courses are listed in Table 1 on the 3970 Bachelor of Science page.

5. Students must complete at least 24 UoC of Level I ‘Science’ courses. ‘Science’ courses are listed in Table 1 of the 3970 Bachelor of Science page.

6. Students may not enrol into Level II courses until at least 30 UoC of Level I courses have been successfully completed.

7. Students may not enrol into Level III courses until at least 72 UoC of courses have been successfully completed

Double Majors and Minors in Dual Degrees
Students who intend to complete a double major or a major combined with a minor in the Bachelor of Science when taken as part of a dual degree should be aware that it may be difficult to complete these combinations within 96 UoC. This may involve extra time and cost to complete, and may have visa implications for international students.


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Professional Recognition

For further information, refer to the Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Further Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change. Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks.

If students are unsure of the program requirements they should contact the relevant Faculty Office

UNSW Business School Student Centre
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
Forms, policies and procedures
Frequently asked questions

UNSW Science
tel: + 61 2 9385 6125 / 9385 7788
location: Robert Webster Building, Room 128

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