Bachelor of Science

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Study science. Major in discovery

Study Science at Western.

Gain confidence through lab and field work. Get unique opportunities to participate in ground-breaking research.

Study at Western’s specialist facilities and state-of-the art teaching labs. Learn to solve complex problems by working with students in other disciplines. You can even complement your degree with subjects from non-Science disciplines, such as Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Professional accreditation

Depending on your major, graduates can apply for admission to the Australian Mathematical Society and the Statistical Society of Australia, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian Society of Microbiology, the Australian Institute of Biology, the Australian Institute of Physics, the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.

Course structure

Our course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.

Marine environments play vital roles in providing food, water, recreation and other ecosystem services to human society, as well as providing habitat for important species that make up global biodiversity. This major will equip students with the background knowledge and training to work in marine environments, to learn skills in inquiry and problem solving, so that they can contribute beneficially to management and/or conservation of waterways and oceans and the biodiversity within them.

This major will equip students with knowledge and skills in fundamental biology and chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology to allow students to enter industrial or research-based employment in this area (biotech companies, pathology, quality assurance, university and hospital labs and scientific sales, government policy analysis). As this area has expanding knowledge and technologies, outcomes also include the ability to read, critique and evaluate emerging research with the view to becoming a life-long learner in the field. The outcomes of this major would support honours or masters level research in this area.

A Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) will prepare you to take part in a process of inquiry, by both contributing to it and by using scientific knowledge to solve current problems. The Chemistry program provides a strong background in the key topic areas of contemporary chemistry, including aspects of chemical theory in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, with a strong emphasis on practical laboratory skills, and applications in contemporary research, industry and the environment. A research project is available to students in the final year of the degree preparing you for a professional career in a wide range of chemistry based industries.

A factual understanding of climate, the components that go to make it up, and how climate has varied in the past, is essential for any person working in the climate change area. This unit will introduce students to the concept of climate, our understanding of how it works, and how it has changed through time. Topics in basic atmospheric science will give students a critical understanding of current environmental concerns and debates about the greenhouse effect and climate change, and the science behind greenhouse gas accounting. Students will be introduced to current atmosphere-related research at Western Sydney University and elsewhere.

Conservation biology has emerged as a field of study from a synthesis of the ecological, demographic, genetic and societal risks faced by small natural populations. This major equips students with skills in fundamental biology, in the ecology of populations and communities, in population genetics and in the legal conservation framework to enable them to work in this area.

The major in General Biology gives students a broad training in biology, with the opportunity to select a program that ranges across the scale from macro- to micro- to molecular level processes. Completion of the major meets the requirements for secondary school biology teaching (post-graduate study is required to qualify as a teacher).

This major gives a systematic introduction to the principles and practice of forensic chemistry. Forensic chemistry is the science underlying many forensic investigations from the analysis of toxic material to the detection and identification of illicit drug use. Forensic chemistry also forms the basis of a large portion of the techniques used at the crime scene. This major is designed to complement a science-based degree, but it may also be taken by students who are studying a different discipline or profession as all pre-requisites are included.

This major covers topics in the traditional areas of calculus and algebra. Single and multivariable calculus are covered, as well as topics in linear algebra, analysis and mathematical modelling. This major is available to all undergraduate students and may meet the NSW Institute of Teachers accreditation requirements for teaching Mathematics as a first subject in NSW state high schools.

Microorganisms impact on all aspects of our lives. A major in microbiology will equip students with the skills and knowledge of microbiology and molecular microbiology relevant to employment in research laboratories and industries including biotechnology companies, medical and environmental laboratories, food, wine and pharmaceutical companies, quality assurance and scientific sales. The major, which includes the study of bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses and their roles in medicine, industry and the environment, will also provide a foundation for research at Honours and postgraduate levels.

This major addresses the physiological and nutritional foundations for understanding the nature of food and the physiological and epidemiological relationships between food, nutrients and components of food and common diet-related diseases prevalent in Australia. The study of nutrition and human physiology incorporates knowledge of the human biology and biochemistry to understand how the body utilizes nutrients and related substances for optimal health throughout the lifecycle. This major is recommended for students seeking an in-depth understanding of diet-related health issues and are intending to work in allied or community health, education, or seeking postgraduate studies in nutrition, dietetics or public health.

This major trains students in how to best care for and protect our animals, by covering scientific knowledge of native wildlife, companion animals, and production animals. This major will allow students to develop scientific understanding of how animals function and interact with their environment; from their ecology and evolution; to physiology and biochemistry of tissues and major organ systems, as well as structure and function of biomolecules and cells. On-campus animal facilities include those for reptiles, small marsupials, small rodents, horses, sheep and cattle, as well as over 1000ha of native, rural and aquatic habitats.

This major in Environmental Consulting prepares graduates for jobs in environmental consulting companies, government environmental offices, land and water management agencies or non-government organisations. The natural resources boom and growing human population in Australia have created a demand for environmental specialists to conduct and prepare environmental assessments and impact statements. This major will provide you with broad skills in fauna, flora and habitat assessments, as well as, policy and regulation associated with planning and development in Australia.

Fees and delivery

Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.

Student contribution calculator [XLS, 133 KB]

Delivery: On campus

Fees: AUD $29,040*

Delivery: On campus

 

 

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"Studying science at Western Sydney University is very practical because science is involved in our everyday lives."

— John Ho. Bachelor of Science.

World class facilities

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.

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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.