Get ready for a journey of discovery when you study Science at Western. Develop the skills you need to investigate a wide range of scientific disciplines from astronomy to zoology. Help create a sustainable future in all businesses and industries.
Pick which units suit your career goals. Open up to a world of unlimited opportunities in astrophysics, conservation biology, drug design and pharmaceuticals, environmental health, food formulation, forensics, biomedical and biophysical research, hospital or pathology labs, plant science and horticulture, and wildlife management.
Note: Not all majors are studied at every campus. Please refer to specific study areas for locations.
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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.
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.
Our course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
Interactions between people and animals are increasing due to our reliance on animals for companionship and food production. This major will enable you to develop a deep understanding of these issues, through studies of animal behaviour, animal health and welfare, animal nutrition, animal production, animal reproduction, and human-animal interactions. You will have access to diverse on-campus animal facilities including reptiles, native mammals, sheep, cattle and deer and off-campus organisations such as wildlife parks, zoos and farms.
A variety of exciting career paths are available to graduates of this program, including international opportunities in the many fields of animal science. Graduates of this degree can look forward to career opportunities as an animal welfare officer, life scientist, quarantine officer, animal journalist or can progress into pursuing a research career, teaching career or working in government and related industries.
This major provides a deep knowledge of physics and its applications. While also developing a grounding in mathematics and strong computing knowledge, the physics major assures understanding of the concepts, tools and techniques of physics including the interfaces where physics contributes to other scientific disciplines, and the use of physics in wider intellectual and social contexts.
Graduates of this degree can look forward to career opportunities as a medical laboratory scientist, forensic scientist, in government and related industries, in scientific and technical management or can pursue a research or secondary teaching career.
This major provides students with a broad knowledge base of biology from the molecular world to global ecosystem science with a focus on the sustainability of the natural world. The major allows students to use the learning beside a range of other diverse majors and is especially applicable to students who are considering teaching as a career. Students will have the opportunity to develop discipline knowledge alongside scientific laboratory and inquiry based skills. The major also includes developing strong communication and critical thinking skills, essential for the future role of biology graduates.
Graduates of this degree can look forward to career opportunities as a laboratory scientist, research scientist, in government and related industries or can progress into pursuing a research career or a career in secondary teaching.
A Bachelor of Science with a chemistry major 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. The degree allows for the completion of a second major or additional sub-majors and electives to diversify learning for the careers of the future.
Graduates of this degree can look forward to career opportunities as a research scientist, forensic scientist, or a scientist in environment, mining or manufacturing industries. Other opportunities can be found in pharmaceutical industries, health and food industries, in scientific and technical sales, consumer affairs or you can progress into pursuing a research or secondary teaching career.
The major in Data Science equips its graduates with the skills and knowledge for designing experimental studies, building and fitting models for analysis, visualisation, estimation and prediction, and storage and retrieval of big data. These skills are essential for the analysis of customer transactions and behaviour, scientific investigations, financial trends, and online behaviour. Our graduates will have the knowledge and skills required to operate effectively in a data-driven world.
Graduates of this degree can look forward to career opportunities as a big data scientist, research scientist, data mining engineer, data architect, working in industry and government, or working in business intelligence analytics.
Solving the world's environmental problems will require professionals who are trained in the sciences underlying ecological issues and who understand the wider human and social contexts of the challenges faced. The Ecology major will open up a wide range of career opportunities for those with environmental, conservation and ecological interests. Some of the key areas in this major include conservation biology, ecosystems, climate change science, biodiversity and adaptation Using our unique Hawkesbury campus, students will have access to world class facilities and be taught by staff at the forefront of international research in Ecology.
Graduates of this degree can look forward to career opportunities as a research scientist, environmental scientist, laboratory worker in government and related industries, working in forensics or medical laboratories and technical management. Other opportunities include pursuing postgraduate research study or pursuing a secondary teaching career.
Solving the world's environmental problems will require professionals who are trained in the sciences underlying these issues and who understand the wider human and social contexts of the challenges faced. This major will combine scientific, social, economic, cultural and political elements of environmental challenges and critically examine processes and relationships that underpin environmental management and sustainability in urban, peri-urban and rural landscapes. Some of the key areas in this major include environmental planning, climate change science, understanding landscape, water and food security and environmental risk management including land and aquatic environments.
Graduates of this degree can look forward to career opportunities as an environmental scientist, research scientist, conservation officer, environmental auditor, environmental planning consultant, environmental protection officer, landcare or pollution control officer or a water quality manager. There are also opportunities to pursue postgraduate research study.
This major will allow students to develop their analytical skills to model and solve real world problems such as climate change and provides opportunity for a range of careers in government and commercial institutions. In addition, students have the chance to further diversify their learning by combining this major with a range of other majors and sub majors.
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.
Graduates of this degree can look forward to career opportunities as a quantitative/financial analyst or consultant, business, market, investment or risk analyst, sales and production forecasting officer, production systems planning officer or work in the areas of finance, information security, mining, meteorology, health and genetics. Other opportunities include pursuing a secondary teaching career.
There is more to healthy eating than you realise. This program will help you understand nutrition and the science behind food. A major in Nutrition and Food Science will prepare you for the future by developing the skills and knowledge needed to solve future challenges in nutrition and health, food safety and quality. Students will develop a strong foundation in the biological and chemical sciences needed to underpin studies. Additional majors in ‘Nutrition and Physiology’ or ‘Food Science and Technology’ will allow further specialisation.
Career opportunities include nutritionist, nutritional scientist, consumer relations, food quality assurance, new food product development, and food technology secondary teaching. The program has strong industry and community links, well-equipped facilities including food processing pilot plant and modern kitchen facilities.
This major will provide students with a detailed understanding of the diversity of the animal kingdom. Students will develop a scientific understanding of how animals function and interact with their environment; from their ecology, behaviour and evolution; to the physiology and biochemistry of cells, tissues and major organ systems. On-campus animal facilities include those for reptiles, small marsupials and rodents, sheep and cattle, as well as over 1000ha of native, rural and aquatic habitats. This major will enable students to graduate with practical laboratory and fieldwork skills that will prepare you across a wide variety of disciplines in this field.
Graduates of this degree can look forward to career opportunities as a zoologist, in animal nutrition, in reproduction technology, genetics, behaviour and health, product development and physiology, scientific officer and science communicator. Other opportunities include pursuing postgraduate research study.
This major gives a systematic introduction to the principles and practice of forensic biology. Forensic biology is the science underlying many forensic investigations, applying knowledge of human anatomy and cellular physiology to determine the reasons for crime scene events. Forensic biology also forms the basis of a large portion of the techniques used at the crime scene.
Graduates of this degree can look forward to career opportunities in forensic science and biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and cell biology, as a scientist in hospital, veterinary or pathology settings as well as working in quality control and environmental monitoring laboratories. Other opportunities include pursuing postgraduate research study or pursuing a secondary teaching career.
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 provides students specialised expertise in forensic science including methods of forensic analysis, crime scene investigation, forensic photography, forensic investigation, crime and criminal justice and complex cases. Career opportunities include forensic scientists, crime scene investigators, private investigators and consultants, police officers, drug analysts, researchers and academics, and specialised forensic science practitioners. The main employers of forensic scientists are State and Federal police services, State and Commonwealth Government Health Departments and analytical chemistry laboratories. Graduates will be versatile with a wide skills base with (depending on their choice of electives) potential for employment in analytical chemistry and microbiology, quality control and assurance, biochemistry and molecular biology, scientific research, education and the chemical industry.
The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the places we live, work and play all have major impacts on our health and well-being. The testamur major Environmental Health, when combined with the major Environmental Futures in a Bachelor of Science, will equip you to explore the diverse range of natural and built-environment challenges that confront us, from the mitigation of human health impacts of global climate change through to the more localised issues of air and water quality, waste management, food security, environmental noise and healthy communities. The major areas of study addressed within the major include air pollution; community studies; emergency management; environmental regulation and policy; environmental monitoring; environmental planning; environmental protection; epidemiology; food safety; noise, occupational environment; risk assessment; sustainable environmental management; toxicology; urban development and water pollution.
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.
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $29,040*
Delivery: On campus
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As a science graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Science-based work in industry
- Government environmental agencies
- Patent work
- Quality control
- Environmental consulting laboratories
- Scientific equipment companies
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Medical Laboratory Scientists conduct medical laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
As a Forensic Scientist you'll provide impartial scientific evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution or defence in criminal and civil investigations. You'll be primarily concerned with searching for and examining contact trace material associated with crimes.
With further study, you can become a Secondary School Teacher. You will teach one or more subjects and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
Research Scientists plan and carry out experiments, analyse results and data, present your findings in scientific journals, carry out fieldwork, develop new products or apply new discoveries, test materials and teach and lecture.
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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.
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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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Further study options
*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.