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The area of science and the environment can help you be part of navigating some of the world's biggest issues. Demands like the increasing need for energy, land, food and water. Those who study in the fields of science and the environment have an important role to play in the ongoing health of our world, and ultimately mankind itself.

The future is bright for Australia’s aspiring scientists. With the 2015 launch of the National Innovation and Science agenda, there is a national coordinated approach and investment in the industry. Matched with a global demand for science skills, degrees in this area create a launch-pad like no other.

Why study science and the environment at UON?

  • We are research leaders, ranking well above standard in 14 science disciplines and home to 2012 NSW Scientist of the Year Laureate Professor John Aitken.
  • Learn through experience - all our degrees in this area incorporate practical training like fieldwork, lab work, and projects with industry partners.
  • Connect with industry through practical placements at organisations such as Landcare, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service or water and mining companies.
  • Build international networks with cultural immersion tours, workshops, masterclasses or lectures at overseas universities.

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75% ? of the fastest growing occupations now require Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills
$10.1 Billion ? government investment in Science, Research and Innovation 2016-17

What you can study

We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree you'd like to pursue, but you know which field excites you. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study options based on your interests and career goals.

Biology is the science of life. Biologists study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms. Biology is an integral part of society due to our reliance on the natural world for our survival. Biological sciences span a wide range of interests from genes to the environment.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Animal Biologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Plant Scientist

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Science (major in Biological Sciences)
  2. Bachelor of Biotechnology
  3. Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  4. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Biology)
  5. Bachelor of Natural History Illustration

Chemical engineers use their knowledge of the synthesis and processing of chemicals to convert raw material into useful products. They help develop everyday products like toothpaste, beer, puff pastry, chocolate, lipstick, paracetamol and petrol. Chemical engineers work in fields such as energy production, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Biotechnology Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Chemical Safety Manager
  • Water Treatment Designer

STUDY OPTION

  1. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)

Almost everything you touch in the modern world will have a chemist’s input at some stage. At its most basic, chemistry is the manipulation of atoms and molecules for real-world applications and it plays a key role in virtually all sciences. Chemists help solve problems affecting the world we live in and are involved with developing new drugs, new computing devices and better energy storage materials.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Environmental Chemist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Geochemist
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Science (major in Chemistry)
  2. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Chemistry)

Earth science is the study of the Earth and its neighbours in space. It is made up four basic areas: geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Today we live in a time when the Earth and its inhabitants face many challenges. Climate change, alternate energy sources, over-population and natural disasters are just some of the issues Earth scientists are dealing with.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Climatologist
  • Geologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Spatial Scientist

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Science (major in Earth Sciences)
  2. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (major in Earth Systems)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Earth and Environmental Science)

Ecology is the scientific analysis and study of interactions between organisms and their environment. It focuses on understanding plant and animal populations and communities, as well as their ecosystems. Ecologists research everything from tiny bacteria’s role in nutrient recycling to the effects of tropical rain forests on the Earth’s atmosphere. There are many practical applications of ecology in conservation biology, wetland management, natural resource management, city planning, community health, economics and human social interaction.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Bushland Assessment Officer
  • Conservationist
  • Fisheries Officer
  • Park Ranger

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Environment Science and Management (major in Ecosystems and Biodiversity)

Environmental engineers apply their knowledge of chemistry, geomechanics, hydrology and land surface processes to find solutions for complex environmental problems, such as water pollution and soil erosion. They’re responsible for developing sustainable engineering practices that have a profound impact on our health and quality of life. They work with other specialists to optimise the use of resources and minimise long-term impacts on the environment.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Water Reclamation Project Designer
  • Environmental Remediation Technician
  • Environmental Impact Consultant
  • Toxic Materials Control Engineer

STUDY OPTION

  1. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental)

Exercise science explores the complex nature of human movement and how the body reacts to acute and chronic physical activity pursuits such as general fitness regimes, recreational activities and elite sports. With the increase of health problems due to lifestyle and inactivity and the high profile of elite sport, there is an increasing need for qualified specialists with an understanding of the relationship between exercise and health.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Biomechanist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Scientist

DEGREE OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Food science is the study of the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food; and the concepts underlying food processing. Food science draws from many disciplines such as biology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry in an attempt to better understand food processes and ultimately improve food products for the general public. Food scientists study the physical, microbiological, and chemical makeup of food. They are responsible for developing safe, nutritious foods and innovative packaging that lines supermarket shelves everywhere.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Flavourist
  • Food Chemist
  • Food Technologist
  • Research Scientist

STUDY OPTION

  1. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Geographers study the environment of humans and the complex ways humans and environments shape each other. They aim to understand the processes that form cultural and physical environments, the geographical organisation of human practices and physical phenomena and the interplay between human practices, environments and social political objectives.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Development Compliance Officer
  • Demographer
  • Environmental Geographer
  • Transport Geographer

Degree options

  1. Bachelor of Science (major in Geography)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Geography)

Marine scientists explore the impacts of fishing, climate change, pollution and how to manage these resources given our reliance on the marine environment for food, recreation, transport and energy. Australia is responsible for approximately 16.1 million square kilometres of coastal shallows and ocean floor including the conservation of resources, control of pollution and management of species in these areas.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Biological Oceanographer
  • Fisheries Officer
  • Hydrographer
  • Marine Biologist

Degree options

  1. Bachelor of Science (major in Marine Science)
  2. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (major in Marine Science)

Medical research is conducted to aid and support the development of knowledge in the field of medicine. Medical research is heavily grounded in biology and can either focus on biomedical science or biotechnology. Biomedical science studies the human body, its structure and function in health and disease. While, biotechnology uses living organisms to modify products for a specific human purpose. Biotechnology plays a key role in the development of genetically modified crops or the creation of vaccines.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Biotechnologist
  • Embryologist
  • Geneticist
  • Molecular Biologist

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  2. Bachelor of Biotechnology
  3. Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program)

Medical radiation science is a field that’s constantly evolving. Medical radiation scientists are healthcare professionals who perform complex testing and treatment to help diagnose and solve medical issues. There are three main branches of this scientific field: diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.

Diagnostic radiography is an important first step to diagnosing, treating and managing injuries and disease. Nuclear medicine scientists conduct nuclear medicine scans of a person’s body using radioactive material called radioisotopes. Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy, uses sophisticated radiation technology to target and destroy cancer cells and shrink tumours – allowing cancer to be treated, managed and cured.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Chief Radiographer
  • Nuclear Medicine Scientist
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Sonographer

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography)
  2. Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Nuclear Medicine)
  3. Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Radiation Therapy)

Photonics is the science of producing, manipulating and detecting light. This field incorporates optical fibres and their use in modern communications technology, which is the only apparent solution for the growing societal demand for bandwidth. Photonics underpins technologies of daily life from smartphones, laptops and the Internet, to medical instruments and lighting technology.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Laser Engineer
  • Optical Engineer
  • Optical Research Scientist
  • Photonics Engineer

STUDY OPTION

  1. Bachelor of Science (major in Photonics)

Physics is one of the oldest natural sciences dedicated to the study of how the universe works. It is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. Physics explains the fundamental mechanisms of the other sciences, underpins the technologies that are the focus of engineering and opens up new areas of research.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Nanotechnologist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Space Scientist
  • Optical Physicist

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Science (major in Physics)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Physics)

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, the human brain and its effect on the way we act and why. This fascinating area of study covers a broad range of areas such as memory, decision-making and developmental studies. Psychology can be applied in a broad range of industry sectors, enabling you to choose the career path that’s right for you.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Market Researcher
  • Neuroscientist
  • Human Resources Consultant

STUDY  OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Psychological Science
  2. Bachelor of Aboriginal Professorial Practice (major in Psychology Studies)
  3. Bachelor of Arts (major in Psychology Studies)
  4. Bachelor of Science (major in Psychology)
  5. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Psychology Studies)

Sustainable resource management is about striking a balance between protecting and using our environment. Achieving sustainability in the management of Australia’s natural resources is vital if we are to ensure the country’s ongoing social, economic and environmental well-being.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Biodiversity Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Officer
  • Sustainability Educator
  • National Park Ranger

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (major in Sustainability)
  2. Bachelor of Science (major in Sustainable Resource Management)
  3. Bachelor of Development Studies (major in Environmental Sustainability)
  4. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Earth and Environmental Science)

Postgraduate degrees

Postgraduate degrees are a higher level of study that clarify and redefine your new. In most cases, but not all, you would usually complete a postgraduate qualification after your undergraduate degree.

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PhD and Research Masters

Higher degrees in research are centred on defining your new through research and discovery. Research PhDs or Masters can only be completed after the Honours component of your undergraduate degree.

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