Positives - you learn a lot, you have fun in the labs doing all sorts of experiments and playing with chemicals! We also got to go on a field trip to a park and perform exploration and take fauna and put them under a microscope!
Negative - expensive course, took a lot of time of my study, I had no life
My advice to future students is: Don't forget about your hobbies!
It’s a very broad course and covers many different aspects related to science. It’s also a great course to do if you want to transfer to a different course such as medicine or even biomedicine.
The negatives of the bachelor of science are that since it’s quite a broad course it may be difficult to find specific jobs with the degree, as opposed to courses that are more specific and target a particular area of work such as psychology or engineering.
My advice to future students is: Go to all information sessions and uni open days before selecting the course. Also, ask previous students how they found the course and the different majors/minors they did.
There were new units specifically designed for my major. They were really interesting and hands on and excellently designed
Negative aspects was that some of the material was poorly presented for students without the proper background
My advice to future students is: Use all the facilities and help services available
Positives: I get to learn new things about the world
Negatives: i am very stressed with the heavy course content
My advice to future students is: To not take notes on everything only the importnt things and make sure to stay on top of things... it is easy to fall behind
Positives: The people, the free food
Negatives: No guidance whatsoever, not much external help, pressure and struggles to submit tasks, no help settling in
My advice to future students is: Defer.
Positives: I can learn about very broad topics. and have the choice of my major at the end, which can stem anywhere. also monash have great science facilities
Negatives: It is very broad and for people that did sciences in year 12 it is a full repeat of the entire course, and also it does not have as many job opportunities as other courses, or from what i have heard. It is easy to get lost and not have an idea of what you want to do
My advice to future students is: Select your major wisely, yet also do not put all the pressure on yourself to make a course decision, nor to start university ASAP. University can wait, your mental health or wellbeing is more important than pushing yourself to complete something that doesn't make you happy. If you're doing something you love, you wont work a day in your life!
My course teaches a wide range of topics that provide engineers with the required and fundamental knowledge to become an engineer. It provides several real world scenario like tasks which benefits the students in the long run. However it's a very very time consuming and effort intensive course if you want to do well above average. It leaves you little to no time for a social life or to balance everything else that isn't academic.
My advice to future students is: Be sure it's what you want to do
Positives: there are a lot of pretty cool experiments each semester and It's easy to apply what you learn in class to your life eg. When I finished my immunology. Every time I get sick I can sort of figure out what's wrong with me and how can I recover faster
Negatives: The total weekly class time is too long. Others may have about 20 hours. I usually have about 28 hours per week
My advice to future students is: Practice your skills of math before you choose science
Positives: The course provides a great introduction to a foundation science degree. It offered ample flexibility to select from a range of units, that lends the student to a career in various fields involving science. The course affords students the options to also select elective subjects from other faculties which provides a platform for either further study in a different field, or simply, retaining student engagement in the course.
Negatives: Whilst the course provides ample opportunity to select units from other faculties, the course offered limited variation of subjects within the earlier years.
My advice to future students is: Students should consider the Bachelor of Science course as an introductory degree. It offers a wide range of subjects and great flexibility. However, the course itself did not secure me a permanent ongoing position of employment. It did however, provide me a pathway into a different career which I am still thoroughly enjoying after eight years of work.
Positives: This course allows you to major in a variety of fields relevant to scientific research.
Provided hands on experience in wet lab techniques that are relevant and crucial for laboratory work in current workplaces.
Sound overviews of Occupational Health and Safety (OH and S) policies and Good Laboratory practices (GLP) two key requirements for scientific research.
Negatives: The wide variety of subjects on offer made it difficult to choose a specific field to major in.
My advice to future students is: In your first year choose a wide variety of subjects as possible and then focus your attention and choose subjects that you love and excel at.
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