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Strengthen your curiosity

Studying science at UOW provides you with the opportunity to ask questions and make new discoveries to advance society and protect our natural world. 

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase 10.2% in employment growth in Australia. The projected high rate of employment growth for 2018 to 2023 reflects ongoing strength and demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections.   

Belong to one of the best

  • World's top 200: UOW ranks in the world's top 200 universities (2021 QS World University Rankings).
  • Top 100 in the world: UOW also ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Materials Science, top 150 for Earth and Marine Sciences and top 200 for Chemistry in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2019.
  • Subject experts: UOW also ranked 3rd in NSW (QILT 2019) for Science and Mathematics, and has been recognised with a 5 Star rating in student experience, skills development, learning resources and staff qualifications (Good Universities Guide).

Be at the forefront of technology:

  • Modern, purpose built facilities: Our $35 million Sciences Teaching Facility is equipped with the latest technologies to assist your learning including purpose built laboratories and touch screen devices built into laboratory desks where data can be analysed as its being collected.
  • Learn from the best: You'll be taught the most current knowledge direct from leading researchers who are keen to instill their passion for science into every student. 

 

  • Nearly half the course is practical: Spend about half of your course hours in laboratories or out in the field - in coastal, freshwater, bushland and geologically diverse environments. This allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the theory and develop your practical skills which provides a solid foundation for your career in science.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities: Help make ground-breaking discoveries working alongside our scientists in areas such as medical biotechnology, climate change, anti-cancer drugs and biodiversity.
  • Global Challenges in Science is a first year subject with a focus on developing highly sought after and transferable skills in problem solving, communication and critical thinking. Develop your scientific professional identity, establish supportive relationships and take control of your future. 

Number 1

The latest QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey ranked UOW number one in NSW and the ACT, with overall satisfaction of graduates at 89.6 per cent.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2019

Become one of the world's most employable graduates

At UOW, you'll develop real-world practical skills and content, not just theory. The latest QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey ranked employers’ overall satisfaction with UOW graduates at 89.6%, placing UOW 1st among NSW universities.

UOW is consistently rated in the top 200 universities in the world for the quality of our graduates (QS 2020).

  • Agricultural adviser
  • Biochemist
  • Cartographer (Mapping)
  • Chemist
  • Coastal or estuarine management officer
  • Conservation biologist
  • Drug regulation officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Food chemist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Geologist
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Marine or fisheries biologist
  • Materials scientist
  • Medical biotechnologist
  • Medical researcher
  • Oceanographer
  • Science teacher
  • Veterinary researcher

Read more: What can I do with my degree?

Meet Brooke

Throughout this degree, I have enjoyed my major as I have been able to gain hands-on skills. The capstone EESC course allowed us to go into the field for a week and put our skills together to create a major research project. In this industry, it is important to learn field-based skills, as it will likely be a significant aspect of future employment.BrookeInternational Bachelor of Science (Physical Geography & Environmental Geosciences)

Real-world experience

When you study science at UOW, we encourage you to follow your inquisitive nature and ask the important questions. Here you will be fully supported in your search for the answers that will advance our world and protect our natural environment.

I've always been passionate about geology and earth science, and learning about nature. In geology we actually have quite a lot of practical experiences. I think half the degree is practical work. One of the best practical experiences I think was going out to Flinders Ranges for two weeks and doing some mapping and hiking and identifying rocks and relationships. It was actually a fantastic experience –a once-in-a-lifetime experience I would say. The practical learning experiences are vital for geology, especially because you need to see the rocks in the field as they are. It really helps solidify that knowledge. It's an experience you can't get in a classroom.

Hands-on is everything in this industry. Getting your hands dirty, actually touching the rocks, understanding the processes, being able to take a concept in class, going out to the field without knowing anything about it. Taking those particular concepts to understand processes and then taking that information back to a lab to confirm that.

I get a lot of satisfaction out of understanding how things work on a really small scale and that's what biology allows you to do and so for me biology was a way of tying that curiosity about how the world works with understanding how the human body works, and also improving health outcomes at the same time. You really sink your teeth into what it's like to be a scientist, also how to investigate things independently, how to design and execute an experiment from start to finish and then also what to do with the knowledge you've gained from those experiments.

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