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 seven 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, Medicinal Chemistry, 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 Natural or Environmental Science, Agriculture, Animal Science or Food Science.
With world-class teachers, equipment and facilities, our students have everything they need to become world-class Scientists.
As well as learning from experts in the field, you’ll have access to our $30-million state-of-the-art facilities. From Anatomy to Zoology, we’ve got specialised labs and equipment for all of our scientific disciplines.
Crime Scene House
Collect evidence and investigate realistic crime scenes in our world-class research and training facility. Students have access to an imaging lab, glass analysis system, polarisation microscopy systems to examine hair and fibres, fingerprint detection systems, specialised forensic light sources, and cutting-edge forensic photography technologies.
Animal Research Facilities
Hawkesbury campus is home to cattle, sheep, marsupials and deer. Our experimental field sites and animal research facilities allow students to observe and study animal behaviours and their environments. Notable facilities include the Native Mammal Facility and Australian Freshwater Turtle Research Facility.
The Astrophysical eScience Laboratory operates at the Penrith Observatory, where our researchers are mapping the universe with the latest radio telescopes. We aim to share our knowledge and enhance exposure to astronomy, science, technology, engineering and mathematics by hosting public viewing nights, school excursions and group events.
Specialised teaching and research laboratories
Other specialised labs include the Chemical Science Facilities, Herbal Analysis and Pharmacological Laboratories, and the Biological and Molecular Sciences Research Laboratories.
Student success stories
Bachelor of Natural Science (Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security)
Alice Warner is a Western graduate and runs Five Serves Produce on the Hawkesbury, growing and supplying vegetables to the local community.
“The people I met at Western were the reason I got passionate about agriculture. The other students in my course, the lecturers, people I met at university events who were talking about the need for change… they made me see the importance of having community supported agriculture.”
Read more of Alice’s story here.
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.
Keep exploring more results
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.