Diploma of Science

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Key Information

Duration

2 trimesters (8 months)
3 trimesters (12 months)

Intakes

Trimester 1, 2

Location

Mount Gravatt Campus (Brisbane)

CRICOS 092487K

Fees

Domestic Students

2023 Tuition Fees: A$28,250
2024 Tuition Fees: A$29,900

2023-24 Non-Tuition Fees:
Refer to Incidental Fees

DOMESTIC INTERNATIONAL

Fees

International Students

2023 Tuition Fees: A$35,750
2024 Tuition Fees: A$38,600

2023-24 Non-Tuition Fees:
Refer to Incidental Fees

Diploma of Science

This Diploma will provide you with a solid understanding of the natural and physical sciences, including fundamental theoretical and practical principles of chemistry, biology, genetics; and for some pathways, environmental science.

Your study is enhanced by additional interactive workshops and language development modules to build the communication skills you need for success in science industries.

You will also gain the necessary computational skills for scientific practice across observation, analysis and problem solving. The program will prepare you for further studies in a broad range of areas including biomedicine, environmental sustainability, chemistry and physical sciences, marine, wildlife and microbiology.

Pathways to a Griffith University Science Degree

QTAC codeDegree codeProgramCampusCredit granted*
0815511031Bachelor of Biomedical ScienceNathan80 CP
081541/ 0815311547Bachelor of Environmental Science
Majors: Ecology and Conservation / Soil and Water Science / Urban Environments / Environmental Management
Gold Coast / Nathan80 CP
0815711328Bachelor of Marine Science
Gold Coast80 CP
081521/ 0815111634

Bachelor of Science
Majors: Applied Mathematics / Biochemistry & Molecular Biology / Chemistry / Clinical Sciences / Data Science / Geography / Marine Biology / Microbiology / Wildlife Biology / Physics

Gold Coast / Nathan80/70 CP
N/A1601Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Data Science
Majors: Applied Mathematics / Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Chemistry / Data Science / Geography / Marine Biology / Wildlife Biology
Gold Coast / Nathan70 CP
     
Credit eligibility for other programs
N/A1094Bachelor of Biomedical ScienceGold Coast40 CP
0815611264Bachelor of Forensic Science
Major: Forensic Molecular Biology / Forensic Chemistry
Nathan70/60 CP
N/A1592Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts
Major: Physics
Gold Coast / Nathan80/60 CP
N/A1619Bachelor of Laws (Honours)Gold Coast / Nathan40 CP
     
Progression:
Students will progress to their bachelor degree upon completion of their Griffith College diploma with a GPA equivalent to Griffith University’s admission rank requirement for entry to the bachelor program. Contact Griffith College for GPA to rank equivalencies. Diploma students who do not meet the progression requirements for their pathway to Griffith University can apply for a place in their preferred degree via QTAC, and be considered along with other external applicants subject to QTAC admissions requirements and processes.

*80 credit points is equivalent to one year of full-time study. Completion of degrees where students obtain less than 80 credit points of advanced standing in the degree, may take additional time.
†Lower amount of credit applied if students are required to undertake language enhancement course
‡Nathan campus only.
§Gold Coast campus only.

Degree codeProgramCampusCredit granted*Min. GPA requirements†
1031Bachelor of Biomedical ScienceNathan80 CP4.5
1547Bachelor of Environmental Science
Majors: Ecology and Conservation / Soil and Water Science / Urban Environments / Environmental Management 
Gold Coast / Nathan80 CP4
1328Bachelor of Marine Science
Gold Coast80 CP4
1634Bachelor of Science
Majors: Applied Mathematics / Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Chemistry / Data Science / Geography / Marine Biology / Wildlife Biology 
Gold Coast / Nathan80/70 CP4
1601Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Data Science
Majors: Applied Mathematics / Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Chemistry / Data Science / Geography / Marine Biology / Wildlife Biology
Gold Coast / Nathan70 CP4
     
Credit eligibility for other programs
1094Bachelor of Biomedical ScienceGold Coast40 CP4.5
1264Bachelor of Forensic Science
Majors: Forensic Molecular Biology / Forensic Chemistry
Nathan70/60 CP4.5
1592Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts
Majors: Physics
Gold Coast / Nathan60/70 CP‡4
1619Bachelor of Laws (Honours)Nathan / Gold Coast40 CP5
     
*80 credit points is equivalent to one year of full-time study. Completion of degrees where students obtain less than 80 credit points of advanced standing in the degree, may take additional time.
†International students must achieve the required minimum GPA to progress to their chosen Griffith College bachelor degree.
‡Lower amount of credit applied if students are required to undertake language enhancement course (unless students have an IELTS 7.0).
§Nathan campus only.
¶Gold Coast campus only.

Where Could This Diploma Take Me?

With a Diploma of Science from Griffith College you could start your journey towards one of the careers below:

  • Biochemist
  • Marine science
  • Pharmaceutical scientist
  • Neuroscience
  • Forensic science
  • Laboratory or pathology
  • Microbiologist
  • Environment consultant
  • Conservation and pollution control

Unlock new opportunities

"The Diploma of Science opens up so many doors. There is a variety of degrees I can move into - during my studies we experienced more fields and options of science before I had to choose my bachelor."
 

-Ikran M., Diploma of Science

First Trimester

Sample Program Structure

Students who enter with an IELTS (or equivalent) < 6.0 will be required to undertake the free Language Development Modules as part of their program.

This course offers students a broad introduction to the skills involved in acquiring information and in displaying knowledge to others. It includes the basic knowledge skills required to successfully participate in an undergraduate degree program and to operate effectively in a professional context.

Biological Systems is an introductory course that provides an appreciation of the main concepts of modern biology. Students will gain an understanding of the origin, function and structure of living organisms by examining life at increasing levels of biological complexity, from the molecular and cellular level to whole organisms and ecosystems. Course content will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, laboratory sessions and online material.

This course assists students to develop and/or refresh the fundamental mathematics knowledge and skills required for success in the diploma maths or maths related course. It is a free, non-weighted, and competency based (pass/fail), which means that it does not count towards students GPA (grade point average) and consequently, students are not permitted to drop this course. However, it is compulsory and must be completed in order to graduate and it is a prerequisite for the following Diploma of Science courses: Mathematics 1A and Chemistry 1A and students will be given maximum two attempts to successfully complete this course.

* Students who demonstrate success in the Mathematics Ready Quiz prior to commencing their study may be exempt from completing Core Maths Skills and hence potentially reduce the duration of their diploma program.

Second Trimester

This Course provides an introduction to human anatomy and physiology and cell biology. It examines the structure and function of the major body systems, highlighting the interrelationship of body organ systems, homeostasis and the dependence of function upon structure. An appreciation of human body structure and regulation is gained through clinical application, namely diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

Chemistry is known as the central science, in that it is important to our understanding interactions that occur in all the other scientific disciplines through the study of matter, its properties, reactions and associated energies. This course introduces the fundamental terminology, concepts and methods of general chemistry. Students will explain chemical concepts and solve problems (quantitative and qualitative) involving stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, properties, thermodynamics and equilibrium. Fundamental concepts of matter underpin understanding and problem solving in biomolecular, biological, biotechnical, chemical, environmental, engineering, forensic, materials and medicinal sciences. Consequently, Chemistry 1A is a core course in the study of these fields. Skills that will be developed include academic language/reporting, scientific methodology and approaches, quantitative literacy, critical reasoning (explaining macro phenomena using chemical concepts), laboratory techniques and safe work practices.

Genetics and Evolutionary Biology is an introductory course that will provide foundational concepts in molecular genetics and evolutionary biology. Students will understand the process of inheritance and mutation, population genetics, and evolutionary theory at the molecular, organismal and population level. Students will also learn commonly used genetic analysis methods and techniques employed by scientists.

Third Trimester

This course considers the molecular organisation of cells and the biochemical properties of the major classes of biological compounds which exist in, and contribute to, the cellular environment eg amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids. It covers the properties of water, pH and buffers, the structure and function of proteins, including an introduction to enzymes, the cell membrane and membrane transport.

This course aims to provide students with both an understanding of the basic concepts and practices of data analysis and inferential statistics (real data sets will be provided for the purpose of the projects) as well as the knowledge of several statistical techniques applicable to Science. The course focuses on understanding the relevant statistical tests, the underlying distributions and assumptions associated with these tests, and the use of exploratory data analysis (EDA). The course also aims to develop generic skills in redefining scientific problems in statistical terms, problem solving, statistical methodologies and writing statistical reports.

1022SCG Chemistry 1B

Chemistry is known as the central science, in that it is important to our understanding interactions that occur in all the other scientific disciplines through the study of matter; its properties, reactions and associated energies Chemistry 1B extends the knowledge gained in Chemistry 1A, introducing students to concepts, experimental methodologies and problem solving in organic systems (organic molecules, their properties and reactions), physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Students will explain chemical concepts and solve problems (quantitative and qualitative) within the context of these modules. Fundamental concepts of matter underpin understanding and problem solving in biomolecular, biological, biotechnical, chemical, environmental, engineering, forensic, materials and medicinal sciences. Consequently, Chemistry 1B is a core course in the study of these fields . Skills that will be developed include academic language/reporting, scientific methodology and approaches, quantitative literacy, critical reasoning (explaining macro phenomena using chemical concepts), laboratory techniques and safe work practices.

 


1011SCG Mathematics 1A

This course introduces basic vector algebra in two and three dimensions, matrices, complex numbers, probability and revises basic functions. It provides a foundation in the mathematical sciences for later studies in science and engineering.

This course introduces students to the concept of environmental sustainability and how it can be used to solve real world problems. It explores the relationships between the natural, rural, industrial, and urban environments, and includes the study of the impact humans have upon nature. The course also considers the way environmental sustainability can be used to address environmental, economic, and social issues in an integrated way.

 

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