Develop the skills to apply scientific knowledge to complex problems and improve the world we live in.
The Associate Degree of Science opens the doors to understanding the biological, chemical, physical, and technological processes that shape our world. This two-year degree, taught by SCU College, also provides a guaranteed pathway for entry and credit toward a Bachelor degree in science disciplines of your choosing – from environmental and marine science, to health sciences and engineering.
SCU College understands that learners have diverse experiences and ways of learning. The College supports your study success and connects you to your peers through additional workshops to assist you develop academic and study skills.
The Associate Degree in Science is the perfect opportunity to explore all the possibilities of a career in science.
Graduates may find work in para-professional roles in a range of settings, including positions as field assistants, laboratory assistants, revegetation officers and environmental monitoring officers.
Graduates of the Diploma of Science and the Associate Degree of Science are also guaranteed entry into linked degree programs as follows: Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Environmental Science, Bachelor of Marine Science and Management and the Bachelor of Forest Science and Management.
Graduates may receive up to 16 units of credit towards their undergraduate degree (depending on the course and units studied).
The course includes core studies in science with the choice of electives in two broad study streams: environmental sciences and physical sciences and mathematics.
Study areas are offered as follows:
Please note: Not all units are available to study online and some units require attendance at on-campus workshops.
Assessment tasks vary from unit to unit and can include essays, reports, audio or video presentations, class participation, individual and group work, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout the course. The performance criteria, grading standards and due dates for assessment tasks are included in each Unit Information Guide. Students receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches which can including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, field trips, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. Students receive a regular schedule of face-to-face and/or online contact with academic staff.
Online students experience a highly interactive study mode that strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Please note: Some units contain compulsory residential workshops at the Lismore campus that may include lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and field trips.