The Australian Defence Force requires leaders with sound scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills. As a Bachelor of Sciencegraduatefrom Canberra, you will possess the intellectual and analytical skills required to be an effective leader and have broad choices about where to take your ADF career. 

Science is also fundamental to defence specialties such as technology, computers, aircraft, ships, explosives, code-making and code-breaking. 

Expand your understanding and discover the world of science with a Bachelor of Science from Canberra.

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Degree type



3 years full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1

Program code


Delivery mode

On campus

Study at Canberra

A Bachelor of Science degree from Canberra offers you a diverse understanding of the physical and social world, from chemistry and sub-atomic physics, to large-scale behaviours of oceans and planets, to contemporary transformations in social and cultural life,to computational techniques and data analysis. 

Studyingscience will develop your scientific literacy and deepen your science expertise in your chosen field of study. You can choose to specialise in:

  • Aviation
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Oceanography
  • Physics

The ADF is always looking for leaders with expertise in physical, environmental and mathematical sciences. Should you excel in your Bachelor of Science degree, you may have the opportunity to undertake an additional one-year Honours program –Bachelor of Science (Honours). This is subject to the needs of the individual Services.

World-class teaching &facilities

When you study Science with Canberra, you’ll join a unique and diverse community. Learning from leading academics and industry experts, your qualifications and skills will be highly sought after in Australia and abroad. Benefit from the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia and access world-class research materials and laboratories.

What our students say

"I had a lot of flexibility in my degree choice at Canberra, as I was selected as a pilot for the RAAF. My degree is helping me to develop the way that I think and learn."
Max Pickering, Bachelor of Science student

Science &your Defence career

The Canberra Bachelor of Science degree developsskills in critical thinking, problem solving and communication.A science degree opens up a wide variety of ADF and non-defence career options.

As an Australian Defence Force Academy () Trainee Officer studying science, you will build lifelong skills in creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication. Your degree will equip you with a breadth of technical, strategic and logistical knowledge for a successful career as an Officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

Design your degree

Expand your potential by choosing specialisations that suit your passions and interests. As a student at Canberra at , you can select two discipline areas to major in. Detailed descriptions of these majors can be found in the Handbook.

    • Mathematics – Physics
    • Chemistry- Physics
    • Chemistry – Geography
    • Chemistry - Mathematics
    • Mathematics – Oceanography
    • Physics – Oceanography
    • Geography – Oceanography
    • Mathematics – Aviation
    • Physics – Aviation
    • Chemistry – Aviation
    • Geography – Aviation
    • Mathematics – Computer Science

    Current students can access Degree Plans for the above Double Major Combinations on the.

  • Chief of the Defence Force Program

    The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) programs offer the opportunity for studentsentering Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level ofperformance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that willdevelop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available inthe standard bachelor degree programs.

    The range of CDF programs is characterised by theinclusion of specialist courses in critical analysis and/orresearch methods appropriate to the area of study.All programs also include discipline-specific researchprojects. The research projects will be supervisedby academic staff from the relevant discipline. Withthe approval of the Head of School, multi- or cross-disciplinaryprojects may be undertaken. Students inthe research courses may work independently or aspart of a team, depending on the nature of the projectundertaken, though all students will submit an individualassessment. The final assessment will be based on a writtenpaper or report and oral presentations.

    Throughout the program, students will be engaged incohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interestand continuing involvement in the program via invitedlectures, seminars, general reading and social events.

Key contacts

Student Enquiries
T: (02) 5114 5000

Available to
Trainee Officers
ADF Current Serving Members

Assumed knowledge

Additional selection criteria
Defence Force Recruiting process