Faculty of Science

Undergraduate

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UWA offers a wide variety of undergraduate science courses and a comprehensive range of modern research and teaching facilities and a commitment to translate the latest scientific discoveries into our teaching.

Scientists begin with what is known and try to go even further to extend the boundaries of human knowledge. A science degree at UWA could be just your thing, if you:

  • think outside the box
  • love to get to the root of things
  • crave a degree with variety and flexibility
  • want a stimulating, challenging and rewarding career.

At UWA, you will gain a deep understanding of your subject area and acquire the communication and research skills that are embedded throughout each major, preparing you for the many diverse and exciting careers available.

Graduate employability

UWA was ranked number 3 in Australia and number 49 in the world for overall graduate employability, in the 2015 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) graduate employability rankings.

Subject rankings

2016 subject rankings placed us in the top 40:

  • 30th Earth and Marine Sciences
  • 34th Psychology
  • 38th Agriculture and Forestry

(Source: QS 2016)

Majors from the Faculty of Science

24 majors are offered by the Faculty of Science. A wide range of other science majors are also available.

Information about pre-requisites and recommended subjects for each major can be found on the entrance requirements tab on each major's webpage.

Student testimonials

Read what students have to say about their studies, across six overarching Faculty themes.

Feeding the world

Sophie Hooper on Agricultural Science
Sophie Hooper

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I have combined Agricultural Science with Accounting to allow for a comprehensive understanding of two vital components in agricultural production.

Coming from a farming background in the WA wheat belt caused my interest in the area, in which has further stimulated over my three years at UWA.

Studies in agriculture have enabled me to acquire extensive knowledge of various components, inclusive of soils; plant physiology; and animal production, for a range of farming systems. Over the period of my degree I have attained work experience within UWA grounds through the Australian Herbicide Resistance Institute (AHRI), in which has provided additional education from another perspective within the industry.

The social aspects of the university were also thoroughly enjoyed, with my involvement in the Faculty society of SNAGS (Students of Natural and Agricultural Sciences) as a committee member.

Preventing, diagnosing and treating disease

Luke Smithers on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Luke Smithers

Studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has given me an in-depth understanding of the workings of living organisms from all areas of life at the molecular level. This theoretical knowledge is nicely balanced with a practical component in each core unit, developing critical laboratory techniques and methods used in the discipline.

In my third year, I and many other students in my year took on the opportunity to use the skills we had learnt to work in one of the laboratories over the holidays. This provided me with experience conducting research relevant to modern medical struggles.

In addition to this, the intense practical component allows you to work together with other like-minded people meaning I have gained many close friends along the way.

Furthering human knowledge and serving humanity

Josip Knezevic on Science Communication
 Josip Knezevic

I chose to study Science Communication not only because I thought it provided useful tools and practices when it came to effectively presenting scientific topics, but also because it’s an underappreciated practice.

Effectively communicating the science in our world is as equally as important as discovering them and often this is neglected. The Science Communication major at UWA provided myself and other students the chance to explore different areas of communicating science, through a variety of mediums and audiences.

In doing so, it taught us the value of communication in our world and helped shape further communication strategies to use in any industry and society.

Harnessing resources and energy for a sustainable future

Adriana Ukalovich on Geology
Adriana Ukalovich

Geology is a course for those with an insatiable curiosity of the world around them, and for those who love the great outdoors. I completed my undergraduate Geology studies with a second major in Environmental Science. Other complementary majors may include Physics, Chemistry and Economics.

Studying Geology at UWA has been a truly rewarding experience. The degree is taught by passionate lecturers in an approach that promotes independence, both in the classroom and the field - a skill that is valued in both industry and research.

The field trips put theory into practice, and are the most exciting parts of each year. By spending time in some of the most geologically fascinating parts of the state, the field work contributes considerably to the value of the course. You make lasting friendships in the field, and the sense of camaraderie in geology is second to none.

Studying Geology at UWA positioned me for a graduate role in mining with BHP Billiton, and offers many opportunities to further my prospects with postgraduate studies in exciting research projects. Geology is challenging, complex, and absolutely worth it.

Restoring and maintaining balance in our natural environment

Georgia Brund on Environmental Science
Georgia Brund

I am really interested in the science behind climate change and studying Environmental Science has allowed me to explore the concepts and theories driving these changes. Pairing this major with Geography has allowed me to gain a complete understanding of how earth system processes are interlinked on a number of temporal and spatial scales.

Studying in the ‘Earth stream’ I was exposed to a broad range of units from soil science and hydrology to atmospheric based content. This major exposes you to a lot of fieldwork; with an overnight fieldtrip in third year to the UWA Future Farm and many day trips throughout the entire course, visiting dune/vegetation systems and wetlands/waterways.

I was able to use the knowledge I gained in this degree to obtain vacation work within the mining sector during my summer break.

Optimising physical and mental performance

Grace Dimmick on Exercise and Health
Grace Dimmick

My double major in Sport Science and Exercise and Health has provided me with the knowledge to be healthy using exercise and sports. I keep healthy and fit by playing Touch Football at least twice a week. Not only do I keep fit, I get to play a sport that I am very passionate about and it makes ‘exercising’ less daunting than it sounds.

UWA has provided many sporting clubs for students to participate in and get involved. Qualifying for the Annual University Games Touch Football Women’s team has given me the opportunity to compete at high standards of competition and placing fourth in these games has brought great joy.