Breadth study

Subjects taken from outside the main area of study.

Breadth studies are a key aspect of the Bachelor of Science, reflecting the importance of gaining a varied academic experience, as well as skills that will contribute to future employment or study plans. A compulsory part of the degree, students can take up to one quarter of their subjects from outside the core discipline of the degree.

Whether to complement a science major, reinforce talents learnt in high school, 'road-test' a possible area of graduate study, or simply for the fun of trying something new, breadth study is a critical aspect of the Melbourne experience. Taking subjects in areas beyond the fields of science, technology and engineering provides the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge, learn different ways of thinking and challenge one’s perceptions.

For example, Bachelor of Science students may investigate the parallel foundations of economic theory alongside a major in mathematics, reflect on how urban planning interplays with studies in environmental science or simply learn another language to enhance their scientific education.

Breadth requirements

Breadth requirements for the Bachelor of Science are:

  • A student can take up to 75 points (six subjects) of breadth study;
  • A student must complete a minimum of 50 points (four subjects) of breadth study including at least 12.5 points at Level 2 or Level 3;
  • A student may complete a maximum of 37.5 points of breadth (three subjects) at Level 1.

Breadth requirements

Breadth tracks

A breadth track is a set of three or more subjects that progressively develops knowledge and skills relevant to a domain, theme, topic or issue. Students are strongly encouraged to undertake at least one breadth track as part of their breadth studies.

Examples

Breadth to develop your capacities to communicate about science
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Breadth to develop your workplace  skills
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Breadth to develop an understanding of business and marketing
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Breadth to develop an understanding of how science is done
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Breadth to understand issues relevant to science and where science makes a contribution
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Breadth to understand science as a global discipline
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Breadth to understand the law
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Many students also choose to take languages as breadth and you can search for individual areas in the handbook.

Breadth tracks