The University of Newcastle, Australia

Study a degree in science at UON

There’s no one type of scientist. Career opportunities are ever-evolving and exciting. You might work in a lab, discovering life-changing scientific breakthroughs. You could work in science education, sharing your passion and knowledge with the next generation. Maybe you see yourself using science to shape government policy – or something else entirely.

Our new Bachelor of Science degree* offered from 2019 is designed to help you become the scientist you want to be.

Discover a new way of learning and develop practical skills that will enhance your science knowledge and make you a highly employable science graduate.

Need some inspiration?

Here are 10 types of scientists in the world today.

Communicators share science with the world.  They find creative, targeting way to communicate information to a wide range of audiences, and work across diverse industries like TV, advertising, public affairs, museums and cultural institutions.

Entrepreneurs make big ideas a reality. They combine their knowledge of science and business with an entrepreneurial flair, embracing every opportunity to bring new innovations to the world.

Investigators are experts at finding connections between ideas and information, and using this to map the scientific landscape. By working in a team to plot the bigger picture, they allow others to find their way more easily.

Policy Makers use their scientific knowledge and understanding to help shape government policy. Through excellent communication and negotiating skills, they ensure decisions are grounded in sound, scientific evidence.

Regulators are all about safety. They ensure that new science and technology is safe and secure. They require excellent communication skills and must build trust and confidence among other scientists and the public. For example, Regulators check that our food is safe to eat.

Developers take other people’s discoveries and transform them into something practical – like a new product, service or technology. They are practical problem-solvers who embrace challenges with fresh eyes and new ideas.

Explorers take risks. They embrace a bold approach to research in pursuit of new scientific discovery. They aspire to break new ground across a diverse range scientific fields, and it’s hard to know what they might find. Whatever it is, there’s a good chance it’s never been found before.

Some might say the Technician represents the most traditional picture of a scientist. Lab coat, test tubes, experiments – Technicians work in specialised laboratories to carry out crucial scientific tasks. Their findings are essential to a huge range of areas like crime scene investigation, food science, health service, education and research.

Business Scientists combine their understanding of science, technology and business to excel across all industries. They’re not only in demand in obvious fields like pharmaceuticals or IT, but also finance, insurance, marketing, product development and many more.

Educators share their passion and knowledge of science with the world. They help students in schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions like museums, to understand scientific concepts, and inspire them to use their new knowledge to make the world better. They also develop tools and methods to improve the way science is taught, and information is received.

Why study with us?

  • Design your degree to suit your interests – choose from a range of majors with science and professional pathways to tailor your study experience.
  • We're globally recognised for excellence in scientific researchwe 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.
  • Accredited pathways – gain accreditation with our statistics and physics majors.

*Undergoing final University approval.

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.

You'll study core course that give you the edge in the following areas:

  • Professional scientific thinking – you will learn how science has and can contribute new knowledge and find solutions to challenges in our society. You will find out what it means to be a science professional through interactive and reflective processes.
  • Communicating as a professional scientist – during this course you will complete your practical scientific project and gain experience in communicating to a range of audiences. You’ll also gain practical job seeking experience to help to gain employment in the scientific field that interests you.
  • Lab & Fieldwork skills – you will learn how to collect data to develop new findings through  specialist scientific technical skills in the laboratory and/or in the field.
  • Career Planning- discover the type of scientist you want to be! you’ll be guided to make career and study decisions that interest you by understanding the different types of scientists and the skillsets they require in the workforce.
  • Problem solving and facing new challenges – you’ll gain further knowledge in a variety of areas within science along with integrative perspectives to develop solutions to complex scientific problems.
  • Professional employment Skills –  You’ll develop the skills that employers are looking for in the workforce so that you can take advantage of the higher wages typically available to those with science qualifications.
  • Project planning and implementation – during this course you will have the opportunity to take the role of a freelancing scientist working for a client to solve a complex but practical scientific project.

Majors

You can choose from a variety of majors within each discipline, these are:

Biology

  • Theoretical Biology
  • Animal Biology
  • Plant Biology

Chemistry

  • Medicinal and Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental and Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Advanced Materials

Earth Science

  • Earth Science
  • Geology
  • Water, Climate and Soils

Environmental Science

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Marine Science
  • Sustainable Resource Management

Geography

Mathematics and Statistics

Physics


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.

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 labs.

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