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 science degree or choose a specific specialist degree within a range of discipline areas.
The specialist disciplines include Environmental Science, Biomedical Science, Medical Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Forensic Studies and Exercise and Sport Science. The more generalist Bachelor of Science offers majors in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biomedical, Biology, IT, Computing Technology, and Earth and Environmental Studies, Physics and Physical Education . 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. A key component for each degree is the professional development offered and work-place training opportunities.
- 392AB Bachelor of Science
- 131JA Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science
- 660AA Bachelor of Medical Science
- 264JA Bachelor of Biomedical Science
- 791AA Bachelor of Environmental Science
- 142JA Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies (Canberra)
- 242JA Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Communication in Journalism
- 836AA Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws
- 194JA Bachelor of Forensic Studies/Bachelor of Laws
- 249JA Bachelor of Justice Studies/Bachelor of Forensic Studies
- 882AA Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online)
- 270JA Graduate Certificate in Forensic Security (Online)
Masters by Coursework
Masters by Research
Our collaborative work in theCentre for Research in Therapeutic Solutionsaims to identify and develop novel drugs by studying the molecular mechanisms of specific diseases. CResTS aims to provide a cohesive force for the continued growth of research discovery, development and delivery in Biomedical Sciences; building upon the national and international standing of individuals and groups in the area of immune-therapeutics.
The Environmental Science Program and its undergraduate teaching are closely integrated with research and postgraduate training in the Institute for Applied Ecology a leading research centre at the University of Canberra. Research staff are also part of the Murray Darling Basin Co-operative Research Network.
For more information, please visit the Institute for Applied Ecology website.
Forensic Studies is a multi- and cross-disciplinary area and this is reflected in the broad range of research topics covered by staff within the National Centre for Forensic Studies (NCFS). Research focus areas include the value of forensic science to the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and to national security, with discipline specific strengths in fingermark detection, environmental forensic chemistry, microbiology, DNA profiling, forensic genetics, illicit drug analysis, forensic toxicology, and the analysis of trace materials (including explosives, textile fibres, glass and paint).
The NCFS has several national and international research relationships and staff enjoy international standing in their areas of forensic research interest. The NCFS operates out of well-equipped and purpose-designed specialist forensic facilities and has been successful in attracting Australian Research Council grants. We have research collaborators in many of the operational forensic laboratories around Australia.
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
- in support of community-led biomedical and health initiatives.
Many of our graduates go on to further study for a particular career, such as Medicine or Pharmacy, science education in primary or secondary schools, or to become a qualified research scientist (Masters and PhD) in a particular field.
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.
Many of our graduates choose to progress to further study to qualify as research scientists (Masters and PhD) in a particular field.
Depending on the approved majors studied, students are eligible to apply for membership of the:
- 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.
Career destinations of some of our recent graduates include:
- Environmental Consultant with 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.
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 government agencies and science-based organisations. Forensic positions are highly competitive and generally a minimum of an Honours degree is required. UC graduates have a high success rate in gaining forensic employment in part due to the strong industry links of the NCFS and the discipline. Our academic staff members have either been employed in the forensic industry or have spent significant time in operational forensic laboratories.