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CourseCampusType of
UAC codePattern of
Course start dateMajor offer round
B Science (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Mathematics, Photonics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics) Newcastle – Callaghan CSP 484000 3F/EqP 65.15 23 Feb 2015
27 Jul 2015
21 Jan 2015
24 Jun 2015
B Science (Marine Science, Psychology, Sustainable Resource Management) Central Coast – Ourimbah CSP 484010 3F/EqP 67.70 23 Feb 2015
27 Jul 2015
21 Jan 2015
24 Jun 2015

For information about when you'll need to apply to be considered in each offer round refer to UAC applications and offer round dates. Check the course search for the most recent final closing date.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics.

Recommended studies: One or more of Biology, Chemistry, Physics depending on the major selected. Applicants without recent knowledge of these are advised to enrol in bridging courses offered by the University’s English Language and Foundation Studies Centre before the start of the program. Read 'Bridging courses'.

Major studies: Newcastle campus: Biological sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, geography, photonics, physics, psychology. Central Coast campus: Marine science, psychology, sustainable resource management. Co-majors: Newcastle campus: Mathematics and/or statistics can only be taken in conjunction with another major. Students interested in mathematics or statistics as a single major should enrol in the B Mathematics program.

Practical experience: Training and hands-on experience in a specialist area in addition to the more general teamwork, analytical, research and communication skills needed to be ‘a scientist’.

As students progress, laboratory work becomes more complex and advanced. By third year, in most majors, students have the opportunity to undertake individual research or industry placement. They also take part in problem-based learning, seminar presentations and workshops.

Honours: Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to meritorious students. Honours is highly regarded by potential employers and may provide entry into a research career.

Professional recognition: Graduates of some majors are eligible to apply for membership of the relevant professional organisation.

Career opportunities: Examples for individual specialisations include:

Biological science (Newcastle): Pathology laboratories, biological, agricultural or medical research institutes, bioanalytical laboratories, and government departments and industries related to the environment or agriculture.

Chemistry (Newcastle): Manufacturing and mining industries, general commerce and government organisations as chemists in product development and research, scientific-product quality control and sales, and technology management. There are also opportunities in areas such as teaching (with additional studies), environmental problem-solving and health.

Earth Sciences (Newcastle): Mining and exploration geology, environmental sciences, geochemistry, geophysics, geotechnical fields and hydrology. There are opportunities to work in a wide variety of urban, rural and remote locations worldwide.

Geography (Newcastle): Town planning, demography, government planning agencies, secondary and tertiary education (with additional studies), and climatologists, geomorphologists and biogeographers dealing with the natural and humanly altered environment in government services and utilities and private organisations.

Marine science (Central Coast): Marine scientists in Commonwealth, state and local government bodies such as local councils, departments of environment and conservation, departments of primary industries, departments of infrastructure, planning and natural resources and catchment committees, CSIRO, and private environmental consultancies. Opportunities also exist within both terrestrial and freshwater enterprises.

Mathematics – co-major (Newcastle): Finance, commerce, defence, medicine, state and Commonwealth public service and, with additional studies, teaching. Graduates often enter research management and strategic planning fields as well as working with insurance companies, taxation and computer-related enterprises. Mathematical skills are applied to problem-solving in areas such as manufacturing, scheduling and statistical analysis.

Photonics (Newcastle): Optical fibre and component research and development, production, testing and installation; medical application of lasers and detectors; telecommunications; remote sensing in mining and exploration; application in government telecommunications support and regulatory agencies. This major provides students with an excellent knowledge of modern optics, including lasers, nanotechnology, detectors and optical waveguides, and a range of experiences in research methods, data analysis, instrumentation and IT, as they apply to the photonics industry.

Physics (Newcastle): Medical physicist, including the operation and development of nuclear and imaging techniques; in industry in areas such as fibre optics, laser, coal and measurement technology; and in computing, data analysis and modelling. Physics graduates also work in finance and management and in research areas such as solar energy, solid-state physics, astronomy, astrophysics, quantum computing, nanotechnology, photonics, food and textile research, and medical imaging.

Psychology (Newcastle and Central Coast): Human resource management, organisational psychology, training, vocational guidance, child protection, counselling, research and academia.

Statistics – co-major (Newcastle): Bioinformatics, biostatistician, business analyst, chemometrics, data analyst, data mining expert, economics/social statistician, research scientist, risk analyst, statistician.

Sustainable resource management (Central Coast): Local government strategic planning groups; private industry consultants on environmental and sustainable resource matters; research organisations in areas such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry, livestock, soil and wildlife management; government departments such as department of environment and heritage, department of primary industries and department of infrastructure, planning and natural resources.

Additional information: Students have the opportunity to learn in world-class facilities, including our nanoscience and chemistry laboratories, mathematics access grid room and psychology clinic. Marine science students have access to the Central Coast Marine Discovery network and a unique field study location with a variety of ecosystems.

This degree program covers a wide range of majors. Its flexibility means students do not necessarily have to decide at the beginning of first year which major to pursue. After first year, students focus on specific areas of interest and build on studies completed in first year. Generally, students select two or three discipline areas at second-year level and one or two at third-year. The program also allows students to take a double major.

High-achieving students enrolled in B Science may be invited to apply for admission to the Merit Pathway. This provides an opportunity to enrich the undergraduate experience and develop world-class research skills.

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Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with Honours are four year programs available with direct entry and other programs are three year end-on Honours programs that require a 3 year Bachelor degree for admission. Check the course descriptions carefully.

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