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More about the Faculty of Science and Technology

It is an exciting time to be a student of the Faculty of Science and Technology, our courses are continually being refined to ensure that you graduate with the skill set required by employers around the country, and around the world.

Your education will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and short term overseas programs available from early in your degree. You’ll be given the opportunity to travel interstate and overseas for a range of unique experiences.

With internationally renowned and award winning teaching staff, you can rest assured that your degree encompasses the latest information and research from around the world.

Good Universities Guide logoYou’ll also be pleased to know that our Computing and Information Systems graduates rank in the top two nationally for employment and our Science and Mathematics graduates rank in the top five (QILT 2017).

We were also recently awarded 5 stars for graduate employment for our Computing and Information Systems study areas by the Good Universities Guide 2018.

Australian River Assessment System logoThe AUSRIVAS Online training course is offered twice a year by the University of Canberra (next course starting March 2018). The course aims to teach the skills and knowledge needed to assess river health to an acceptable standard using the Australian River Assessment System (AUSRIVAS) methods. Those who complete its requirements successfully are eligible for accreditation.

There are no prerequisites for this non-award course, other than registration and payment. The theoretical knowledge required to use AUSRIVAS for river health assessment can be learnt entirely online in four interactive modules that can be completed at you own pace over 12 weeks. You can enrol in as few or as many of the Modules as you like in any Semester. A 5-day practical face-to-face workshop is offered as a fifth module, teaching the practical skills required. The workshop module is held in December each year at the University of Canberra and sites close by.

The workshop includes training and accreditation in AUSRIVAS field data collection (water quality, habitat and invertebrates) and invertebrate identification accreditation or an invertebrate identification tutorial.

If you would like more information please email Sue Nichols or visit the Australian River Assessment System (AUSRIVAS) website.




Online Modules - Semester 1 2018 - starts 15 March

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Online Modules - Semester 2 2018 – starts 6 August

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Workshop - 3-7 Dec 2018

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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.

The 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.

The 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.

The School of Information Technology and Systems covers the disciplines of Information Technology and Information Systems.

Information Technology (or IT, also known as Information and Communication Technology, or ICT) is technology that can store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data. It includes computers and networks, software, mobile phones and other devices, apps, websites, database, the Internet and related technologies.

IT professionals use IT to create Information Systems (IS) that people and organisations can use. Examples of information systems include:

  • Uber, Google Maps, SkyScanner
  • eBay,, Gumtree
  • Facebook, LinkedIn, Messenger, Instagram, Twitter
  • Netflix, Spotify, YouTube
  • This website

The list is endless. And most information systems are less well-known, because they are private to particular organisations or business areas. Information systems and information technology are crucial to the day-to-day functioning of every organisation, and—increasingly—to all of us!

There is great demand for IT professionals with work-ready skills and knowledge. Our graduates work for business and government organisations in Canberra, across Australia and beyond. Our courses will prepare you for work in a variety of IS/IT roles, including business analyst, web developer, cyber security specialist, network engineer, IT support specialist, data analyst, IT consultant and many more.

We define our teaching philosophy as “professionals in training”. Through practical teaching and opportunities for practice in projects and work placements, you will come to see yourself as a professional in the process of gaining the knowledge and skills to perform professional duties. The course becomes your journey to actively acquire the required professional knowledge and skills so that you are job-ready before graduating.

The School of Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics (SEMS) covers the disciplines of Mathematics and Statistics, with future engineering courses to be added to the school in 2020.

In SEMS you’ll have the opportunity to study a range of units, such as discrete mathematics, survey design and analysis, bioinformatics, multivariate statistics and elementary analytical methods. These units of study can be taken as part of the following two coursework degrees, Graduate Certificate in Statistics and Graduate Diploma in Statistics.

At SEMS we put the emphasis on teaching you practical skills and giving you opportunities to apply your knowledge to real-life scenarios. We work hard to foster close industry connections and collaborations with industry partners who can provide you with work placement positions and training opportunities.

As a statistics student, you will gain an understanding of statistics and practice in a number of fields, such as health, business and social sciences.

Majors and Minors

You can also do a MAJOR or MINOR in Mathematics or Statistics as a part of many of our courses.