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 87% of our graduates from 2016 employed in a diverse range of careers within four months of graduating.

What you will study

87% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World top 150 ? for geography
World top 200 ? for environmental studies
Award-winning researchers ? on hand to teach you
Top 3 in Australia ? for cognitive sciences

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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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

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    Professional recognition

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    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.