The University of Newcastle
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The University of Newcastle's Bachelor of Science is for those who are interested in understanding the world around us and how it works. Science underpins technology, industry, business, agriculture, environmental management, research and development, health, and information technology. Discover a new way of learning and develop practical skills that will enhance your science knowledge and make you a highly employable science graduate.
Learning from leading science researchers who will guide you through a tailored program, specifically designed to give you the skills that employers are seeking. You’ll be able to follow your passions and customise your study the option for a double major or extended studies with a wide range of disciplinary choices.
Newcastle Majors: Biodiversity and conservation, biological sciences; chemistry of advanced materials; earth sciences; geography; mathematics; medicinal and organic chemistry; physics; psychology; statistics. Central Coast Majors: Biodiversity and conservation; psychology. Core courses: professional scientific thinking, communicating as a scientist, lab and fieldwork skills, career planning, problem solving, project planning and implementation.
Animal biologist, botanist, chemist, climatologist, conservationist/ecologist, geographer, geologist, mathematician, marine biologist, microbiologist, neuroscientist, oceanographer, physicist, statistician.
Graduates who complete the accredited Physics major are eligible for accreditation through The Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Graduates who complete the accredited Statistics major are eligible for accreditation on becoming a member of the Statistical Society of Australia.
Graduates who complete the Geology major will be eligible for entry into the graduate category of the Australasian Institute of Minerals and Metallurgy.
To prepare you for engagement with the wider scientific community, you’ll have the opportunity to attend seminars, present research and build a diverse network of professional relationships.
Students will have access to world-class facilities including our nanoscience and chemistry laboratories and mathematics grid room. Throughout your degree you’ll
participate in lab work to help develop your analytical, research and communication
skills. From the first week of your degree, you will be in the field as we use the campus as our personal living laboratory. You will also take part in field trips, seminar presentations and workshops to enhance classroom theory and apply it to real-life situations.
As a student progresses, laboratory work becomes more complex and advanced.
By third year, students will have the opportunity to undertake individual research or
industry experiences. They also take part in problem-based learning, seminar presentations and workshops. Work integrated learning opportunities may include volunteer work with Oakvale Wildlife Park and the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre (CCMDC).
Available as an additional year (or part-time equivalent) to students based on merit.
Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Advanced.
Recommended studies: One or more of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics (depending on the major).
If you have not previously studied one or more of these subjects or your knowledge is limited, we encourage you to undertake bridging courses. NUPrep Bridging offers academic preparation and support short courses, which are free and can be completed on campus or online before you start your degree.
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If you completed or partially completed higher education studies, your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank for admission purposes.
If you completed or partially completed competency-based vocational education and training (such as TAFE, a private Registered Training Provider, or vocational studies undertaken in high school), this can be used to determine your eligibility for admission.
Studies completed at an AQF Level 4 (Cert IV) or higher provide Guaranteed Entry into many of our undergraduate programs.
If you do not have an ATAR (or equivalent) or formal qualification, Newcastle University offers a range of pathways toward your dream degree. No matter what your age or experience, there is a place for you.
If you have undertaken previous studies at another higher education institution or registered training organisation, you may be awarded credit towards your undergraduate degree. You must apply for admission before applying for credit.
View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.
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