Faculty of Science

Broadening units

Further information

  • Undergraduate majors
  • Why Study Science at UWA?

An exciting feature of UWA's undergraduate courses are the broadening units.

Broadening units are a requirement of all five bachelor’s degrees and will provide you with knowledge beyond the fields in which you choose to specialise. You will be required to take four broadening units, including at least one with a global or cultural focus.

These broadening requirements will give you the opportunity to study a diverse range of subjects as part of your degree and gain an understanding of different methods of enquiry. You may choose to study units that are of a particular interest to you or which add extra value to your primary degree area.

How does it work?

Information is available on the Future Students website.

Category A broadening units offered by the Faculty of Science

Unit details are available via the UWA Handbook links provided here.

Undertaking broadening units in these areas is an excellent opportunity for students in the fields of arts, commerce and design to incorporate science into their studies. 

You can count all approved Study Abroad or Student Exchange units (taught by your host institution and deemed to be equivalent to a six point UWA unit) as Category A broadening units provided that the units are not contributing towards your degree-specific major. Your category A requirement can also be fulfilled by completing a unit in a language other than English provided that it is not in the same discipline as your degree-specific major.

Category B broadening units

Category B broadening units can be chosen from any area outside those in your degree, including Category A and language other than English units, provided you have fulfilled any unit prerequisites. You can either choose to study a range of electives as your category B units or take them as part of a second major chosen from outside your degree. There are many interesting Category B options as nearly all units offered at a Level 1 undergraduate level can be selected as Category B broadening units, giving you hundreds of choices.

Faculty of Science broadening units brochure