You now know all the facts and stats about the Bachelor of Science at Macquarie. If you don’t, have a quick look here!
But, are you still curious about how people feel about this degree? Wonder no more!
We chatted with Monique, a Bachelor of Science student at MQU, about what this degree is really like to study.
Have a look!
Why should you study a Bachelor of Science at Macquarie?
The Bachelor of Science at Macquarie Uni is a degree for people who love science and want to get a taste of it all! This degree helps students develop not only scientific skills but also life skills such as critical thinking.
You don’t need to know what you’d like to specialise in right from the start — this degree gives you the chance to dip your toe into different subjects before making a decision!
Top 3 Pros of a Science degree
#1: The passionate staff
It really helps to have tutors and lecturers that are genuinely engaging and passionate! Macquarie is not short of teachers who are this way.
“The lecturers are amazing! They are so passionate and fun. They genuinely want to engage with their students,” Monique says.
#2: Variety of learning methods
“There are so many different ways to learn and this degree really acknowledges this!” Monique says.
The content you learn in the units for a Bachelor of Science at Macquarie can be taught in various ways. From tutes, to labs, workshops and lectures, you’ll be able to develop not only your theoretical knowledge, but practical skills too!
#3: The knowledgeable staff and resources provided
The Bachelor of Science wasn’t always something Monique was sure of choosing. She actually decided on this degree after careful thought and deliberation, with some help from the accomodating staff at Macquarie and the resources provided!
“When I called Future Students, the attendant was amazing — they were so kind and really listened! They helped me gain perspective on going into my degree and made sure I was happy with my decisions,” Monique tells us.
Top 3 Cons of a Science degree
#1: Internships aren’t compulsory
Unlike other degrees, internships aren’t built into a Bachelor of Science, so you won’t exactly get proper industry experience unless you have the initiative to find some yourself.
Not to worry though, you’ll be able to build the right skills to get yourself an internship! “Macquarie really prides themselves on internships, and it’s for an amazing reason. The uni really supports you in getting the skills needed to secure an internship,” Monique says.
Macquarie Uni has a service for its students to find jobs and placements! Check out Macquarie’s CareerHub for more info.
#2: The long hours
This degree is a full-time and full on degree — with four subjects to be completed each semester, this means a lot of contact hours. You could find yourself on campus for more than 20 hours a week!
“This degree is full on, but there is always help and support if you need it. Do not feel embarrassed to email your teachers asking for clarity!” Monique says.
#3: High assessment weighting
A science degree at Macquarie equates to being assessed in a multitude of ways, including lab reports, group tasks, research reports and more. Unfortunately, if you aren’t a fan of exams, you can’t avoid them with the Bachelor of Science.
“Usually we will have either a mid-semester exam or a final exam with assignments — sometimes both! These assessments can weigh quite high,” Monique reveals.
For most of your subjects, exams can potentially weigh up to 60% of your overall grade, so you really can’t afford to skimp on exams since you’ll need them to pass the overall course.
The only regret Monique could think to express is the advent of COVID-19 and how it affected her studies.
“With COVID, we missed the chance to connect and interact face-to-face. They did try their best to be interactive, but as we weren’t in the uni environment, it was a lot harder to get the social aspects online,” Monique says.
Apart from a global pandemic, Monique couldn’t think of any regrets about this degree — that’s pretty awesome!
What do you wish you had known before starting a Bachelor of Science at Macquarie?
Monique wishes that she wasn’t so stressed out about which degree she wanted to undertake at Macquarie. “Don’t get too bogged down into which degree exactly you want to study. I think for me this was a really big stress thinking ‘Oh, I need to do this course’,” Monique tells us.
Again, if you aren’t sure what you want to specialise in just yet, this degree gives you the opportunity to figure out what you do enjoy and choose a major afterwards. With a Bachelor of Science, you have the chance to major in:
- Astronomy and astrophysics
- Biomolecular sciences
- Earth and environmental sciences
- Human biology
- Psychological science
- Statistical modelling
What makes this degree different from the ones offered at other universities?
With a Bachelor of Science at Macquarie, you’ll be surrounded by caring, passionate and fun teachers — the cohort exudes this same energy too!
“The Bachelor of Science is different because I feel like I am more than just a number! My experience is personalised and interactive,” Monique tells us. At Macquarie, you won’t feel like just any other student.
What inspired you to choose a Bachelor of Science at Macquarie?
“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do! The double degree helped me to get the best of two fields I am interested in. The skills gained from both of these degrees can combine with each other,” Monique says.
To really diversify your degree and up-skill in more than just one area, you can also consider a double degree program like Monique, to graduate with two qualifications!
What are the possible career paths?
There are a multitude of different areas and disciplines that graduates from a Bachelor of Science at Macquarie can end up in! The possibilities are as endless as the different subject combinations for this degree.
Some career directions include:
- Agricultural agencies
- Banks and financial institutions
- Consultancy firms
- Environment protection authorities
- Exploration and mining industries
- Government departments
- IT companies
- Medical research centres (especially laboratories)
- National parks and conservation agencies
- Research institutions
- Telecommunication companies
Matilda Elliott is a Content Writer at Art of Smart and a Communication graduate with a major in Journalism at Western Sydney University. You can find some of her published work in a range of platforms including SBS World News, The Music Network and within her own creative exploits with her twin sister. Matilda is a lover of listening, helping people to tell their stories, making genuine connections, clowning around in her circus troupe and dancing like no one is watching at live music shows!