A ver­sa­tile de­gree

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EVER dreamt of a ver­sa­tile de­gree that can pro­vide you with a mul­ti­tude of course op­tions as well as pre­pare you for a pro­fes­sional ca­reer?

The Bach­e­lor of Science (BSc) is an un­der­grad­u­ate aca­demic de­gree that pro­vides just that.

The Monash Uni­ver­sity Malaysia BSc is an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised aca­demic de­gree that gives you the free­dom you want.

Among the dif­fer­ent ma­jors of­fered are ap­plied bio­chem­istry, ap­plied mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, biotech­nol­ogy, medic­i­nal chem­istry, psy­chol­ogy and trop­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal bi­ol­ogy.

There are dif­fer­ent ma­jors to choose from, and how you mix and match those ma­jors will pave the path­way for the ca­reer of your choice.

Un­like a spe­cialised de­gree like the Bach­e­lor of Biotech­nol­ogy, the BSc of­fers you the best fit, as it pro­vides you with a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ma­jors to choose from.

Un­like the Bach­e­lor of Biotech­nol­ogy, you will not be obliged to com­plete the com­pul­sory elec­tives set un­der the pro­gramme.

There are two com­po­nents to the BSc – the ma­jor and the elec­tive.

A third of the de­gree is left for the elec­tive and you are at lib­erty of choos­ing cour­ses from dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines to fill up the re­quired cred­its for an elec­tive pro­gramme.

The ar­eas of study stu­dents can ma­jor in in­clude Ap­plied Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, Biotech­nol­ogy, Medic­i­nal Chem­istry, Psy­chol­ogy and Trop­i­cal En­vi­ron­men­tal Bi­ol­ogy.

Apart from that stu­dents also have the op­tion to go for a dou­ble de­gree.

The dou­ble de­gree struc­ture pro­gramme that Monash Malaysia of­fers is much aligned to pro­vid­ing you with greater ca­reer op­tions.

You will be able to take up the BSc and an­other de­gree at the same time, and com­plete both in less time than if do­ing them sep­a­rately.

BSc stu­dents are also given the flex­i­bil­ity to trans­fer their cred­its from Monash Malaysia to Monash Aus­tralia.

As far as em­ploy­a­bil­ity goes, do­ing a science de­gree al­lows stu­dents to de­velop generic yet crit­i­cal skills – quan­ti­ta­tive lit­er­acy, data anal­y­sis, in­for­ma­tion lit­er­acy, prob­lem solv­ing, crit­i­cal think­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion skills, and the ca­pac­ity to work in teams.

These skills can be ap­plied to any ca­reer, and are not re­lated to science-based jobs only. It is im­por­tant to know that not ev­ery BSc grad­u­ate be­comes a sci­en­tist.

The flex­i­bil­ity within the BSc boosts ca­reer prospects, leav­ing grad­u­ates with the op­tions of di­verse and in­ter­est­ing ca­reers.

You can use the BSc de­gree as a “launch pad” to gain em­ploy­ment in banks, uni­ver­si­ties, fi­nance com­pa­nies and many other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Science is a way of life and the BSc is a de­gree that of­fers end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties to its grad­u­ates.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sci.monash.edu.my.

Science is a way of life and the Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree of­fers end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties to its grad­u­ates.

Wes­ley Chan (fifth from left, front row) and Dr Soo Wincci (cen­tre, front row) with the Curtin Malaysia stu­dents.

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