The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
60.05
71.40 (Median SR)
60.05
71.40 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

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

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
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 a science degree at UON

The future will bring new scientific challenges. Your future will be researching the solution.

There has never been a more exciting time to study a science degree. 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. Through theoretical and practical coursework, you’ll learn to solve complex challenges through research experiments, and ultimately pursue higher level employment.

Why study science with us?

  • We're globally recognised for excellence in scientific research - we ranked well above world standards in nine of our science disciplines.
  • Learn about science 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 82% of our graduates from 2017 employed in a diverse range of careers within four months of graduating.
82% 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 and diverse courses 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 science 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 scientific 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 scientific research and experiments.

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 your degree's structure and what courses 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.

View the full course list

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 Postgraduate study 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

    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.

    • Bushland Assessment Officer
    • Environmental Manager
    • National Park Ranger
    • Park Ranger
    • Policy Officer/Analyst
    • Research Scientist
    • Response Officer
    • Science Editor
    • Science Information/Education Officer
    • Scientific Patent Examiner/Technical Advisor
    • Scientific Policy Officer
    • Scientific Writer
    • University Lecturer/Academic

    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.

    • Biometrician
    • Emergency Manager
    • Environmental Geographer
    • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
    • Laboratory Analyst
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Operations Manager
    • Planning Officer
    • Political Advisor
    • Science Teacher

    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.

    • Access and Equity Advisor
    • Aged and Disability Officer
    • Careers Counsellor
    • Case Manager/Worker
    • Community Development Worker
    • Community Project Officer
    • Community Services Worker
    • Counsellor
    • Disability Services Manager
    • Disability Services Officer
    • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
    • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
    • Health Promotion Officer
    • Human Resources Officer
    • Immigration Officer
    • Learning and Development Consultant
    • Lifestyle Coordinator
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Neuroscientist
    • Probation/Parole Officer
    • Recruitment Consultant
    • Rehabilitation Consultant
    • Research Scientist
    • Residential Care Worker
    • Scientific Writer
    • Social Scientist
    • Support Worker
    • Training Officer
    • University Lecturer/Academic
    • Welfare Officer
    • Witness Assistance Officer
    • Youth Worker

    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.

    • Child Protection Officer
    • Customs Officer
    • Human Resources Manager
    • International Aid/Development Worker
    • Journalist
    • Lawyer
    • Legal Aid Lawyer
    • Management Consultant
    • Media Planner
    • Mediator
    • Medical Technician
    • Office Administrator
    • Play Therapist
    • Player Development Manager
    • Police Officer
    • Primatologist
    • Speech Pathologist
    • Statistician
    • Training and Development Manager

    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.

    • Acoustical Physicist
    • Astronomer/Astrophysicist
    • Biophysicist
    • Climate Change Analysts
    • Climatologist
    • Cosmologist
    • Fluid Dynamics Analyst
    • Geophysicist
    • Health Physicist
    • Laboratory Analyst
    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Laser Engineer
    • Meteorologist
    • Nuclear Medicine Physicist
    • Nuclear Physicist
    • Occupational Hygienist
    • Oceanographer
    • Optical Engineer
    • Optical Physicist
    • Optical Research Scientist
    • Photonics Engineer
    • Plasma Physicist
    • Research Manager
    • Research Officer
    • Research Scientist
    • Risk Analyst
    • Science Editor
    • Science Information/Education Officer
    • Scientific Patent Examiner/Technical Advisor
    • Scientific Policy Officer
    • Scientific Writer
    • Technical Sales Representative
    • University Lecturer/Academic

    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.

    • Biometrician
    • Journalist
    • Lighting Designer
    • Manufacturing Engineer
    • Manufacturing Systems Engineer
    • Mathematical Modeller
    • Nanotechnologist
    • Operations Manager
    • Patent Attorney/Technical Advisor
    • Policy Officer/Analyst
    • Quality Assurance Engineer
    • Science Teacher
    • Special Effects Technician
    • Systems Analyst
    • Technical Writer

    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.

    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Laser Engineer
    • Optical Engineer
    • Optical Research Scientist
    • Photonics Engineer
    • Research Scientist
    • Science Editor
    • Science Information/Education Officer
    • Scientific Patent Examiner/Technical Advisor
    • Scientific Policy Officer
    • Scientific Writer
    • Technical Sales Representative
    • Test Engineer
    • University Lecturer/Academic

    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.

    • Biometrician
    • Lighting Designer
    • Manufacturing Engineer
    • Manufacturing Systems Engineer
    • Nanotechnologist
    • Network Cabling Technician
    • Operations Manager
    • Quality Assurance Engineer
    • Technical Writer
    • Telecommunications System Analyst

    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.

    • Biological Oceanographer
    • Botanist/Plant Scientist
    • Coastal Management Officer
    • Conservationist/Ecologist
    • Environmental Manager
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Fisheries Officer
    • Hydrographer
    • Laboratory Analyst
    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Marine Biologist
    • Mitigation Officer
    • National Park Ranger
    • Oceanographer
    • Park Ranger
    • Policy Officer/Analyst
    • Research Manager
    • Research Officer
    • Research Scientist
    • Science Editor
    • Science Information/Education Officer
    • Scientific Patent Examiner/Technical Advisor
    • Scientific Policy Officer
    • Scientific Writer
    • Technical Sales Representative
    • University Lecturer/Academic
    • Water Resource Manager/Engineer

    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.

    • Aid Worker
    • Biogeographer
    • Biologist
    • Biometrician
    • Environmental Lawyer
    • Environmental Logistician
    • Field Assistant
    • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
    • Forensic Scientist
    • Geological Oceanographer
    • Hydrogeologist
    • Hydrologist
    • Journalist
    • Operations Manager
    • Planning Officer
    • Science Teacher
    • Zoologist

    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.

    • Climate Change Analysts
    • Climatologist
    • Coastal Management Officer
    • Conservationist/Ecologist
    • Demographer
    • Development Compliance Officer
    • Environmental Geographer
    • Environmental Manager
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Geography/Human Society and its Environment Teacher
    • GIS Officer/Spatial Information Systems Officer
    • Mitigation Officer
    • National Park Ranger
    • Park Ranger
    • Research Scientist
    • Science Editor
    • Scientific Policy Officer
    • Scientific Writer
    • Social Scientist
    • Spatial Scientist
    • Transport Geographer
    • University Lecturer/Academic
    • Urban Designer
    • Water Resource Manager/Engineer

    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.

    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Biogeographer
    • Biometrician
    • Cartographer
    • Field Assistant
    • Fisheries Officer
    • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
    • Geospatial Analyst
    • Librarian
    • Operations Manager
    • Planning Officer
    • Policy Officer/Analyst
    • Political Advisor
    • Real Estate Appraiser and Researcher
    • Science Teacher
    • Soil Geographer/Land Management Specialist
    • Technical Sales Representative
    • Travel Writer

    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.

    • Climatologist
    • Environmental Manager
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Geodetic Surveyor/Geodesist
    • Geologist
    • Geophysicist
    • Hydrogeologist
    • Laboratory Analyst
    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Mathematical Geologist
    • Mining/Exploration Geologist
    • National Park Ranger
    • Oceanographer
    • Park Ranger
    • Research Manager
    • Research Officer
    • Research Scientist
    • Science Editor
    • Science Information/Education Officer
    • Scientific Patent Examiner/Technical Advisor
    • Scientific Policy Officer
    • Scientific Writer
    • Soil Geographer/Land Management Specialist
    • Spatial Scientist
    • Technical Sales Representative
    • University Lecturer/Academic
    • Water Resource Manager/Engineer

    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.

    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Biometrician
    • Emergency Manager
    • Environmental Lawyer
    • Field Assistant
    • Geological Oceanographer
    • Geospatial Analyst
    • Mitigation Officer
    • Native Title Consultant
    • Operations Manager
    • Photogrammetrist
    • Planning Officer
    • Science Teacher
    • Technical Writer
    • Viticulturalist

    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.

    • Biometrician
    • Media Analyst
    • Research Scientist
    • Social Scientist
    • University Lecturer/Academic

    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.

    • Biostatistician
    • Clinical Research Coordinator
    • Data Mining Analyst
    • Demographer
    • Epidemiologist
    • Geophysicist
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Optical Research Scientist
    • Photogrammetrist
    • Scientific Writer

    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.

    • Climatologist
    • Mathematical Geologist
    • Operations Analyst
    • Risk Analyst
    • University Lecturer/Academic

    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.

    • Epidemiologist
    • Geospatial Analyst
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Mathematics Teacher
    • Meteorologist
    • Optical Research Scientist
    • Scientific Writer

    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.

    • Analytical Chemist
    • Developmental Chemist
    • Environmental Chemist
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Flavourist
    • Food Scientist
    • Forensic Chemist
    • Geochemist
    • Industrial/Production Chemist
    • Laboratory Analyst
    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Occupational Hygienist
    • Organic/Synthetic Chemist
    • Pharmaceutical Scientist
    • Pharmaceutical/Clinical Specialist Sales Representative
    • Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemist
    • Quality Assurance Technician
    • Research Manager
    • Research Officer
    • Research Scientist
    • Science Editor
    • Science Information/Education Officer
    • Scientific Patent Examiner/Technical Advisor
    • Scientific Policy Officer
    • Scientific Writer
    • Technical Sales Representative
    • University Lecturer/Academic

    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.

    • Biochemist
    • Bioinformatician
    • Biometrician
    • Clinical Research Coordinator
    • Conservator
    • Dietitian
    • Field Assistant
    • Food Chemist
    • Forensic Scientist
    • Medical Technician
    • Mitigation Officer
    • Nanotechnologist
    • Nutritionist
    • Operations Manager
    • Patent Attorney/Technical Advisor
    • Policy Officer/Analyst
    • Process Development Manager
    • Quality Assurance Engineer
    • Science Teacher
    • Special Effects Technician
    • Sports Nutritionist
    • Technical Writer
    • Viticulturalist
    • Work Health and Safety Officer

    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.

    • Animal Biologist
    • Animal Research Scientist
    • Biochemist
    • Biological Sciences Technician
    • Biologist
    • Biotechnologist
    • Botanist/Plant Scientist
    • Bushland Assessment Officer
    • Clinical Research Coordinator
    • Conservationist/Ecologist
    • Embryologist
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Flavourist
    • Food Scientist
    • Forensic Biologist
    • Geneticist
    • Laboratory Analyst
    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Microbiologist
    • National Park Ranger
    • Neuroscientist
    • Oceanographer
    • Park Ranger
    • Pathology Assistant
    • Pharmaceutical/Clinical Specialist Sales Representative
    • Physiologist
    • Quality Assurance Technician
    • Reproductive Medicine/IVF Specialist
    • Research Manager
    • Research Officer
    • Research Scientist
    • Science Editor
    • Science Information/Education Officer
    • Scientific Patent Examiner/Technical Advisor
    • Scientific Policy Officer
    • Scientific Writer
    • Technical Sales Representative
    • Tissue Culture Technician
    • University Lecturer/Academic

    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.

    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Biogeographer
    • Bioinformatician
    • Biological Oceanographer
    • Biometrician
    • Biostatistician
    • Echocardiography Technologist
    • Environmental Manager
    • Epidemiologist
    • Field Assistant
    • Fisheries Officer
    • Forensic Scientist
    • Genetic Counsellor
    • Marine Biologist
    • Medical Scientist
    • Medical Technician
    • Molecular Biologist
    • Nanotechnologist
    • Nutritionist
    • Operations Manager
    • Osteologist
    • Patent Attorney/Technical Advisor
    • Pharmaceutical Scientist
    • Policy Officer/Analyst
    • Primatologist
    • Science Teacher
    • Sports Scientist
    • Technical Writer
    • Viticulturalist
    • Work Health and Safety Officer
    • Zoologist

    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.