Science Programs

Major in discovery

Science at Western is a journey of discovery. Of learning about the world around us, questioning everything and investigating problems. Whether you want to improve health and medical treatments, create a more sustainable future or teach the next generation, your journey starts here.

With a range of science disciplines to choose from, you can explore your passion and major in an area relevant to your career goals. Interested in the medical field? Biomedical Science or Anatomy and Physiology are units you might enjoy. Or perhaps you’d like to get into the emerging ‘green collar’ industry – you might consider a degree in Environmental Health, Agriculture, Animal Science or Food Science.

With world-class teachers, equipment and facilities, our students have everything they need to become world-class Scientists.

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Student success stories

Sandy Craze
Bachelor of Advanced Science (Chemistry), Master of Research

Geography, convenience and a lucrative scholarship all played a part in Sandy Craze's decision to study at Western. Now, he's been offered a scholarship from Oxford University.

"I grew up in a country town named Bungendore, in south west NSW. There was no local high school, so I had to travel for more than an hour to attend school in Canberra. By the time I started Year 11, my family had moved to Campbelltown. I was living a five-minute bike ride away from Western's campus – which was very appealing, after so many years of travelling to school. I did consider other universities – but I was ultimately swayed by the offer of an Academic Excellence scholarship.

I'm so glad that I chose Western, as it has opened so many doors for me. At Western I discovered my passion for Chemistry, and now I have secured a scholarship for a doctoral position at Oxford.
In my PhD, I will be working toward finding a solution for one of the world's biggest challenges: the high levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. It's very exciting.

If you are unsure of which University to choose – take it from me: at Western, doors will open for you!"

Domenic Raneri
Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science) & Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Domenic Raneri is a Crime Scene Officer in the Forensic Imaging Section of NSW Police Force.

“The field experience at Western really sets students up for the workforce. When I was looking for jobs I actually had case files of work we’d done with simulated crime scenes, which could only be done at Western.”

Domenic is recognised as an international subject matter expert in 3D imaging and crime scene reconstruction. He discusses his career journey which started at Western here.

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Join a leading Australian Institute

Major in Medicinal Chemistry and you can apply for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Experimental field sites

Get out of the classroom and into the field. Students can see agriculture in action with our experimental field sites, including:

  • Farm dams
  • Climate-controlled plant-growth cabinets
  • A post-harvest controlled environment system and physiology labs
  • Orchards, a vineyard, and an olive grove
  • Animals kept on campus including cattle, sheep, marsupials and deer

Leading climate change research

At Western, we’re invested in the future – of students, science and the world.
The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) at Western conducts leading climate change and energy research, attracting researchers from all over Australia and internationally. HIE’s current research includes landscape revegetation and reforestation, biofuel production, remediation of contaminated soils and adaption to climate change.