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Study Science

The study of Science at UC provides you with versatility and a wide variety of career options by allowing you to tailor your own general undergraduate science degree or choose a specific specialist degree within a range of discipline areas.

Forensics 2The general Bachelor of Science degree offers majors such as mathematics, chemistry, biomedical science, biology, IT, computing technology, earth and environmental studies, physics and physical education, sport and exercise science.  There is also the scope to combine a science major with another major elsewhere in UC such as indigenous studies, journalism, communication studies, museum studies, media and public affairs, entrepreneurship, or social science, to name a few. Students interested in secondary teaching are encouraged to undertake our special pathways in science education, incorporating a minor in teacher education with the relevant majors in line with their particular interest/specialisation.

microscopeThe specialist degrees reflect the research excellence at UC in areas such as environmental science, medical science, and forensic studies. These degrees offer a deeper learning experience within these particular specialisations with an opportunity to learn from leading researchers.

A key component of each science degree is the Work Integrated Learning program (WIL) that is available through practical and field-based learning. Faculty Led Programs (FLP's) are also offered as an opportunity for students to gain hands-on work experience is an international setting, and there are a range of additional workplace training opportunities, jobs on campus, and overseas programs.

Biomedical Careers

Our courses prepare you for a range of exciting careers:

  • Local, state or federal government hospitals and health clinics
  • Science-focused industries e.g. pharmaceutical industry
  • Local, state or federal government science policy and management e.g. Therapeutics Goods Administration
  • Research laboratories

Sudha1Many of our graduates continue their studies to become qualified research scientists (Masters and PhD), and others go on to further study to pursue careers in medicine, pharmacy, or science education in primary or secondary schools.

Environmental Careers

Our Environmental Science degree prepares you for a range of exciting and engaging careers in local, state or federal government, in industry, or in support of community initiatives.

Depending on the combination of majors and specialisation, career options include:

  • Environmental Officer
  • Catchment Management Officer
  • Earth Scientist
  • GIS and Data Management Officer
  • Water Scientist
  • Wildlife Ecologist
  • Environmental Policy Manager
  • Environmental Rehabilitation Officer
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Environmental Research Scientist.

TomMany of our graduates choose to progress to further study to qualify as research scientists (Masters and PhD) in a particular field.

Professional Recognition

Depending on the approved majors studied, students are eligible to apply for membership at the following organisations:

  • Australian Association for Natural Resource Management
  • Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
  • Australian Institute of Geoscientists
  • Australian Society for Limnology
  • Australasian Wildlife Management Society
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand
  • National Environmental Law Association
  • Geological Society of Australia.

Graduate Success

Many UC environmental science graduates go on to have successful careers, some of the industry positions they're working in are listed below: 

  • Environmental Consultant with AECOM (formerly URS Australia Pty Ltd)
  • Ecologist with a large environmental consultancy firm working out of Darwin
  • Senior Data Acquisition Officer with Geospatial Services, Australian Federal Police
  • Catchment Coordinator (Native Vegetation) with the Central-West Catchment Management Authority, NSW
  • National Resource Project Officer, Terrestrial, with the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
  • Project Officer with CSIRO International
  • Wildlife Biologist with the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation in Arnhem Land.

Forensics Careers

Courses within forensic studies are designed to develop generic, analytical and critical thinking skills that position students to enter a wide variety of occupations in industry, government agencies, and research organisations. The career opportunities include:

  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • DNA Analyst
  • Formulation Chemist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Quality Assurance Officer

Forensics 3Forensic Scientist positions are highly competitive and typically require an honours degree or higher qualification. UC graduates have a high success rate in gaining forensic employment, which is partly due to the faculty's strong industry links with the National Centre for Forensic Studies. Our academic staff members have either been employed in the forensic industry or have spent significant time in operational forensic laboratories.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is broadly defined as any learning activity or program that provides students with industry experience. Examples of industry experience within science at UC include:

  • Guest lectures and practical on-site engagement by industry representatives
  • Industry suggested projects completed on-campus
  • Industry or community volunteering
  • Short term placements
  • Industry embedded placements or internships

Science WIL is a significant component of each course and opportunities exist for part-time industry placements that prepare students for employment and enable the development of professional networks. This is undertaken primarily by giving applied science students the opportunity to undertake internships and placements, relevant to their course, through the Professional Practice in Applied Science unit (8783). There are a number of partner organisations who offer these opportunities throughout the year, the list can be found on the Careers UC website.

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