ATAR cut-off
65.20
74.90 (Median ATAR)
66.75
74.90 (Median ATAR)
About ATARs
International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 10323
CRICOS code: 001609C

Study science at UON

The future will bring new challenges. Your future will be solving them.

There has never been a more exciting time to study science. The immense field of science underpins areas such as technology, industry, business, agriculture, environment, research and development, health, and the information revolution. A science degree provides you with the skills, knowledge, and attributes to make a positive difference to the world in these and other arenas.

If you have an inquisitive mind, a passion for discovery, strong analytical and research skills, and an interest in the world around you, then the Bachelor of Science is for you. A degree in science allows you to contribute to science and society into the future, pursue higher-level employment, and undertake research.

Why study with us?

  • We're globally recognised for excellence in scientific research - we ranked well above world standards in nine of our science disciplines.
  • Learn from quality teachers actively involved in research, including 2012 NSW Scientist of the Year Laureate Professor John Aitken.
  • Access cutting-edge jobs - growth and development in the science industry saw 80% of our graduates from 2015 employed in a diverse range of careers within four months of graduating.

What you will study

80% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 150 ? for geography
Award-winning researchers ? on hand to teach you
Top 3 in Australia ? for cognitive sciences
World top 200 ? for environmental studies

What you will study

Most of the critical issues that face our society today require science to help find the right solutions for our current and future generations. Using the latest scientific developments and advancements, you'll learn first-hand from our actively involved researchers how to deliver innovative solutions for real-world problems. You'll also develop highly sought after and transferable skills in problem solving, communication and independent thinking.

Majors

The Bachelor of Science offers 11 majors so you can tailor your degree to suit your interests and career objectives. A major allows you to gain detailed skills and a strong understanding of key principles in your chosen speciality. There is also the opportunity to undertake a double major to maximise your skills and knowledge base.

For more information on the difference between a single and double major see the program plans.

Advanced study options

An Honours degree equips you with highly sought after and respected skills and knowledge, giving you a competitive advantage.

Studying the Bachelor of Science (Honours) gives you the opportunity to contribute to the development of knowledge in your field of interest by working one-on-one with an academic on their research.

Offered through the Faculty of Science, the Honours degree in science can be completed over one year of full-time study or part-time equivalent at our Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campuses.

A science Honours degree opens up a diverse range of employment opportunities in private industry and government organisations.

Depending on your specialisation, you could pursue a career in pathology, chemical analysis, product control development or research, telecommunications, fibre-optics, laser technology, medical physics, coal technology, organisational psychology, human resource management, research and data evaluation... and more.

An Honours degree can also lead to a research career in academia or elsewhere.

At the Newcastle campus, you can specialise in:

  • biological sciences
  • chemistry
  • earth science
  • geography and environmental studies
  • photonics
  • physics
  • psychology

The specialisations available at our Central Coast campus are:

  • marine science
  • psychology
  • sustainable resource management

Science (Honours) program handbook

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

Additional documents

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GradSchool

Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation

Want to take your learning to the next level? The Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation provides you with specialised training in risk assessment and environmental remediation designed for the growing needs of the remediation industry both nationally and globally. This hands on practical and research-focused program will help prepare you for your dream job.

Visit GradSchool for more information

Career opportunities

Science professionals work in a huge range of areas including:

  • geological surveys
  • water quality
  • land degradation
  • drug discovery
  • ecology
  • plant science
  • demographic change
  • urbanisation
  • marine science
  • geophysics

Because the Bachelor of Science emphasises problem-solving, teamwork and critical thinking, graduates are sought after across a range of sectors.

Careers by major

    The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biological Sciences. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Biological Sciences.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    The following list provides some example job titles that may be available to graduates of a Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from a Chemistry major.

    A Mathematics co-major with another Science major will enhance the mathematical, modelling, data processing and research methods used in the other science discipline. Refer to the job titles listed with the other science major you are considering or are currently undertaking for a fuller list of sample jobs. The sample job titles listed below show the diversity of graduate outcomes depending upon the other science co-major and includes a range of opportunities at degree, honours, postgraduate study and experience levels.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained in this area of study.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    A Statistics co-major with another science major will enhance the statistical analysis and research methods used in the other science discipline. Refer to the job titles listed with the other science major you are considering or are currently undertaking for a fuller list of sample jobs. The sample job titles listed below shows the diversity of graduate outcomes depending upon the other science co-major and includes a range of opportunities at degree, honours, postgraduate study and experience levels.

    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained in this area of study.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    The following list provides some example job titles that may be available to graduates of a Bachelor of Science with a major in Earth Sciences. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained from an Earth Sciences major.

    The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates with a major in Geography. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.


    As well as the jobs listed above, there are many positions outside the general field of Geography that graduates may pursue using the transferable skills gained in their studies. The list of job titles below shows examples of the type of jobs / careers graduates can diversify into; that might not necessarily be directly related to their degree.

    The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates with a major in Marine Science. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained during the Marine Science major.

    Graduates majoring in Photonics can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates with a major in Photonics.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Photonics.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    Graduates majoring in Physics can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates with a major in Physics.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Physics.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    Graduates majoring in Psychology Studies can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates from this major.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Psychology Studies.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    Graduates majoring in Sustainable Resource Management can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates majoring in Sustainable Resource Management.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.


    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Sustainable Resource Management.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    Professional recognition

    Professional recognition

    Practical experience

    Practical experience

    Throughout your degree you'll participate in lab work to help develop your analytical, research and communication skills. First-year lab work is usually undertaken in small groups or pairs. As you progress through the science degree and learn more, the type of lab work you do will build in complexity.

    Depending on the majors you choose, you will also be able to take part in field trips, excursions, seminar presentations and workshops. All of this is designed to enhance the theory you learn in the classroom so that you can apply it to real-life situations and build on your experience.

    At UON you will have access to world-class facilities including our nanoscience and chemistry laboratories, mathematics grid room and psychology clinic.

    Marine science students have access to the Central Coast Marine Discovery network and will undertake field studies in a variety of ecosystems.