Science Courses

Major in discovery

Get ready for a journey of discovery, when you study Science at Western. Develop the skills you need to investigate any number of scientific disciplines, from Biological Sciences to Forensic Science, Medical Science, Chemistry and Zoology. Or help create a more sustainable future in the emerging ‘green collar’ industries with a degree in Natural or Environmental Sciences, Agriculture, Animal Science or Food Science.

Pick which units suit your career goals, like Biomedical Science, Medicinal Chemistry, or Anatomy & Physiology. Open up to a world of unlimited opportunities in medical research, hospital or pathology labs, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics, forensics, the list goes on.

Want to be a teacher? A Bachelor of Science - Pathway to Teaching (Primary/Secondary) combined with a sub-major in Education gets you ready to take on a Master of Teaching – the next step to becoming an inspiring science teacher of the future.



Our new, $30-million, state-of-the art research facilities and labs include an imaging lab, instrumentation lab, polarisation microscopy systems, development systems for detecting fingerprints, specialised light sources and cutting-edge photography technologies.

Cool toys for serious work

Perform cutting-edge research using high-tech instruments, like the Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer, the confocal bio-imaging facility, and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility, arguably the best in the Southern Hemisphere.

Crime Scene House

Forensics majors can collect evidence and investigate realistic crime scenes at Western’s world-class training and research facility, Crime Scene House. Facilities include:

  • Imaging lab for recording and analysing images
  • Instrumentation lab with a glass analysis system
  • Polarisation microscopy systems to examine, for example, hairs and fibres
  • Development systems for detecting fingerprints on various surfaces
  • Specialised forensic light sources
  • Cutting-edge forensic photography technologies
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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

See agriculture in action at Western’s experimental field sites. These include farm dams, climate-controlled plant-growth cabinets, a post-harvest controlled environment system and physiology labs, orchards, a vineyard, an olive grove and cleared plots. Animals kept on campus include cattle, sheep, reptiles, marsupials and deer.

Leading climate change research

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) at Western is a beacon for the best and brightest climate change and energy researchers from around Australia and the world. Just some of the HIE’s research includes landscape revegetation and reforestation, biofuel production, remediation of contaminated soils and adaptation to climate change.