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Welcome I would like to extend a warm welcome to you from the UOW Faculty of Science. If you’re like me, you’re interested in science and technology and curious about the world around us. This makes you the perfect candidate for a degree in science. Science above all is about doing. This is why UOW science students are very well trained in practical methods and skills, spending about half their time in laboratories or on fieldwork. Our degrees will develop your communication and teamwork skills as well as your critical and analytical thinking. These skills are all in high demand, which is why our graduates enjoy some excellent career destinations and outcomes. A UOW science degree provides excellent training and a pathway to many different career options. It will not only give you in-depth knowledge of a scientific discipline, but will also develop your practical and fieldwork skills as well as research training. If you have a passion for science, if you want to make a difference to some major world issues and enjoy a really rewarding career, if you want to learn and understand— consider a science degree at UOW. Best wishes

PROF WillIAM E. Price

Dean, Faculty of Science

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We are looking for curious students who see what’s in front of them and want to know more. Science is a way to understand the world. By understanding how the natural world works, we can learn why things happen the way they do. You may already have firm ideas as to where a science degree will lead you, and many of our graduates have successfully pursued their dreams from day one. Their degrees have led them into a wide range of careers including environmental management, exploration geology, medical research and postgraduate medicine. Alternatively, you may not have a fixed career or area in mind, but do have particular interests and passions in science that you want to pursue. Science degrees at UOW satisfy both these desires. Our flexible degrees allow you to build a study program to meet your developing interests, while our more prescribed degrees provide you with the range of skills and experience employers want. With about half of your course hours made up of practical classes and field activities, our degrees will develop your skills and abilities as a practising Scientist.

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research Research is about finding out new things. It’s at the centre of all scientific endeavours. It can result in major leaps in technology and improvement to the quality of life and preservation of our environment. At UOW, our researchers are engaged in world-first interdisciplinary research in areas such as nanomaterials for biomedical devices, adaptation to climate change and coastal management, anti-cancer drugs and protecting our biodiversity and ecosystems. Research is naturally at the very heart of what we do. This is normal for an international university. What’s not normal is that you could work on some of these research projects—while you are still in your undergraduate degree.

WHAT IS A RESEARCH SCIENTIST? Many trained scientists find careers in scientific research. Regardless of the field, there is always new research being conducted all over the world, with international collaborations common. Many research scientists will find work in higher education, government or private research organisations where the purpose of research is to further scientific knowledge, leading to outcomes that over time may lead to direct application. Basic research is an exploration into the fundamental rules of the world—how things work, how they interact, what makes things happen the way they do. You could also work in applied research, where you take what was learned in basic research and use that knowledge to solve a specific problem. Development is the final stage when these applications are refined into useful products or tools. Traditionally, most pure research occurs in government or academic institutions, and the bulk of development work is done by private industry. However, companies still fund basic research, and academic institutions will sometimes create application and development centres, such as UOW’s AIIM Processing and Devices facility.

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RESEARCH AT UOW We’re engaged in a wide range of research projects including new materials, environmental science, and medical bioscience. This research is concentrated in research centres, comprising groups of scientists focusing their efforts in a particular area. It is common for students in their second or third year of study to carry out individual research projects, as part of one of our internationally renowned research teams. You could be working in well equipped labs on many exciting projects: helping design a new drug to combat childhood leukaemia, making new material to keep diseased heart valves open, dating a recently discovered archaeological artefact from Indonesia or looking at the ecological effects of bushfires in Australia and how to manage them. Research skills and training are also great for your CV, as they develop skills that are in high demand by employers.

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RESEARCH CENTRES Some of our research centres and their areas of expertise are detailed below:

Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI)

GeoQuEST

IPRI is a world renowned research group focused on advanced materials and their applications. IPRI is also part of The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. The Centre is made up of six research organisations, whose common goal is to make new advanced electromaterials for application in biomedical science, photovoltaics and energy storage.

GeoQuEST conducts highly innovative research in the earth and environmental sciences. It brings together researchers from the disciplines of geography, geology and environmental science with interdisciplinary research interests in Earth processes, environmental change and human interactions. GeoQuEST undertakes fundamental research across the geosciences, at a range of time scales, linking past Earth history, present process studies, and sustainability of future environments.

See ipri.uow.edu.au for more information.

Centre for Archaeological Science (CAS) CAS is engaged in a range of field and laboratory programs. Its aim is to develop, integrate and apply modern scientific techniques to answer fundamental questions about human evolution and the analysis of material remains of past human life and activities. See cas.uow.edu.au for more information.

Centre for Medical Bioscience (CMB) CMB is a multidisciplinary team of chemists and biologists with a common interest in the molecular basis of disease and disease prevention. CMB researchers collaborate closely on exciting research programs focused primarily in three key areas: Antimicrobial agents; age-related diseases such as the investigation of cataract, neurodegenerative and inflammatory disorders; and new therapeutics for breast and prostate cancer. CMB is a regional centre of expertise in biotechnology and forms the hub of molecular biology research in the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. See uow.edu.au/science/research/cmb for more information.

Centre for Medicinal Chemistry (CMC) CMC is a medically focused research group investigating a diverse range of disease states which aims to develop new pharmaceutical agents targeting novel molecular mechanisms. Current research is specifically targeting a number of infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease and the development of anticancer agents. See uow.edu.au/science/research/cmc for more information.

GeoQuEST incorporates the Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry (CAC). CAC is dedicated to the investigation of atmospheric composition and chemistry, which is vital to understanding global climate change. The group is internationally renowned for its expertise in atmospheric measurements. See uow.edu.au/science/eesc/geoquest for more information.

Institute for Conservation Biology and Environmental Management (ICBEM) ICBEM combines expertise in conservation law and policy with strong research in evolutionary and environmental biology. It incorporates research in three major themes: Environmental Biology, including the impact of humans and climate change on both marine and terrestrial plants and animals; Evolutionary Biology, including forensic entomology and population genetics and adaptation to climate change; and Conservation Law and Policy, where the core biological research used to inform the decisions of policy makers. ICBEM incorporates two other research centres, namely the Centre for the Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires (CERMB) and the Shoalhaven Marine and Freshwater Centre (SMFC). See the below for more information: ICBEM - uow.edu.au/science/biol/icb CERMB - uow.edu.au/science/biol/icb/cermb SMFC - uow.edu.au/science/research/smfc

The Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER) AUSCCER brings together a strong combination of research expertise and skills to the study of cultural environmental research. Cultural environmental research explores how humans interact with and understand the environment using cultural research methods and concepts. AUSCCER’s research explores two main areas: understanding the cultural environment and advancing cultural research for environmental sustainability. See uow.edu.au/science/eesc/ausccer/research for more information.

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APPLY YOURSELF Scientific training is about more than specific knowledge. It’s about learning how to learn, how to find out what you don’t know—and do something about it. UOW Science graduates are taking what they know to new heights every day.

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Rachael Bartlett Bachelor of Biotechnology Advanced (HONOURS) Rachael Bartlett graduated from the Bachelor of Biotechnology Advanced in 2010. She is now studying her PhD in Science, researching receptor variants in motor neuron disease. “The goal of my project is to try and find out if this particular receptor is involved with the disease and if it is we might be able to find ways to block that receptor and hopefully come up with a treatment.” Rachael certainly didn’t expect to be studying a PhD when she was in High School. “I did work experience in Year 11 in a lab and I didn’t enjoy it. Once I started at UOW and got involved with the practical aspects of research, I couldn’t even remember what I didn’t like about lab work.” Rachael describes the practical opportunities she had in her undergraduate degree as the reason she has ended up in research.

“Even in first year, all the subjects have a three hour practical component.” In her third year of her Bachelor’s degree, Rachael took part in research. “I got to do my own project—it was totally my own thing ... I would spend a day each week doing experiments, and I really enjoyed it.” The research she is doing today is a little more in depth than when she was still an undergraduate. “I don’t think there is such a thing as a typical day.” “A lot of the time, it can be very challenging in Science. A lot of things don’t work and you need to pick yourself up and keep going: it’s all for that one little breakthrough. I enjoy the fact that I am doing something that no-one else has done and it may lead to something which might help a lot of people.”

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Eva Goesch BACHELOR OF SCIENCE ADVANCED (HONOURS) (GEOSCIENCES AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES) Exploration Geologist, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mine Eva is a Graduate Exploration Geologist for KCGM (Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines), at Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. KCGM is responsible for managing the mining and mineral processing of the ‘Superpit’, which is the largest economic activity within Western Australia’s Goldfields area. “At present, the Superpit has a mining life until around 2021. In short, our role in the exploration geology department is to identify and prove up additional mineral reserves to extend this mining life.” ‘Proving’ a mining resource is the process of identifying which mineral or gas deposits are economically viable—essentially, which minerals are worth going after. The process is typically a collaboration between scientists, engineers, financial advisors and management. Growing up on a wheat and sheep farm in Temora NSW, Eva had a strong interest in the natural world. “I enjoy learning about what is around me and why it is the way it is. My strongest subjects at school were biology and geography, and whilst I enjoyed all of my studies, I gained the most personal satisfaction from these subjects.” The geoscience and biology majors at UOW allowed her to combine these interests.

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“The most enjoyable part of studying science at UOW was the practicals, especially those out in the field. Field trips were a major part of both the biology and geoscience subjects. They ranged from mapping habitat types up on the escarpment to nocturnal animal spotting and trapping at Jervis Bay, or the resource geology field trip to Orange, where we visited the Cadia Au-Cu mine. These experiences greatly enhanced the learning experience and fostered an inclusive and enjoyable atmosphere back in the classroom. That really made a big difference to my time at uni. “I feel confident as I begin my career that I got the most out of my tertiary education, due to the quality and reputation of UOW as an institution and also due to the quality of the academics that I directly interacted with. “My time studying science at UOW was a challenging, stimulating and enjoyable whole experience, where I gained theoretical knowledge, practical skills, research skills, friends, contacts and a positive and confident attitude toward a future in science.”


Andrew Leach Bachelor of Marine Science (HONOURS) Geospatial Analyst, GHD Growing up in Canberra, Andrew had to look outside the inland capital to pursue his interest in marine science.

research opportunity came about through UOW’s Shoalhaven Marine and Freshwater Centre industry links.

“UOW’s Marine Science program was new and expanding with good connections to many other universities to study abroad. I had also grown up visiting the Illawarra and knew of its great beaches and lifestyle and knew it would be a great place to study.”

“Through the experience of completing my Honours thesis I can say I learned a lot, I was able to study overseas and I learned how to plan, organise and execute a scientific study.

Andrew graduated in 2011 with Honours in the Bachelor of Marine Science and now works in Brisbane as a Geospatial Analyst for GHD, an engineering and environmental consultancy firm. “A big part of my role is to provide maps and figures based on marine and terrestrial ecology which directly relates to environmental science work that I did in my second and third year. The government requires these reports to be made and then they are able to make decisions as to what projects can go ahead.” During his Honours degree Andrew researched the effectiveness of heated sea-water treatments on preventing pest species entering sea chests. A sea chest is a ship’s seawater intake system, used for a range of operations including engine coolers and fire fighting equipment. The research was for Thomas & Coffey, an engineering firm who wanted to test technology that they were developing to prevent marine pests being spread via certain areas of ships. Andrew’s

“Because I was working with Engineers for this project, it gave me an insight as to how Engineering firms work and it was that experience that helped me get the job I have now.” While he studied, Andrew lived at International House. “I really got involved with campus life and made some great new local and international friends. The campus is beautiful with an awesome beach setting and most of the facilities are new and amazing. “There were a lot of really great activities; I was involved with the UOW environmental collective and I took part in an Indigenous tutoring program. “I went on exchange to the University of Miami which was absolutely amazing. As part of my exchange I took part in a research project with a small group of people who I still talk to now. I would strongly recommend any student to study a session abroad.”

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DEGREES OVERVIEW Bachelor of Science Our classic three-year degree; you complete one or two major studies in the fields of your choice. The Bachelor of Science is a flexible degree which can lead to jobs in industry or further study and research.

Bachelor of Science Advanced A four-year program for high-achievers, the Bachelor of Science Advanced offers direct entry into the fourth year honours program. For those seeking a challenge, the advanced degree will give you opportunities to go beyond the classroom and to take it as far as you want to go.

International Bachelor of Science Offered in conjunction with the University of Colorado and Dublin City University, giving an International perspective on science and its applications. All students are required to complete at least one semester abroad at one of the partner universities.

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Bachelor of Conservation Biology Bachelor of Environmental Science Bachelor of Marine Science Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Bachelor of Nanotechnology

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advanced PROGRAMS If you want a challenge, an advanced program will give you freedom to push yourself as far as you want to go. Advanced Degrees

Research

The Bachelor of Science Advanced and Advanced specialist degrees are for high-achieving students who want to take their studies further. In addition to the scientific training available in the base degrees, you’ll have access to a number of special benefits and opportunities including:

Honours years and Advanced degrees offer you the chance to undertake a significant research project. This is serious research where you can make a real contribution to the body of scientific knowledge. Advanced science students have worked in teams on research including:

ƒƒ Research Assistantships (get paid to work alongside leading researchers on their research grants) ƒƒ Vacation scholarships (get paid to work over Summer) ƒƒ Study at an overseas university ƒƒ Honours projects with an external organisation, providing a link with a potential employer

ƒƒ Designing new antibiotics and cancer treatments ƒƒ Development of new materials for chemical and biological sensors ƒƒ UV-radiation and protective pigments in Antarctic moss species ƒƒ Signatures of global environmental change, landscape evolution and the impact of our population on Australia

Honours Honours are available as an additional year of study after completing a Bachelor degree, usually focused on a significant research project. An Honours year is also integrated into all Advanced degrees, which means you can automatically be considered for Honours without having to apply. Honours distinguish a graduate as a high-achiever and it is recognised as a qualification above and beyond a Bachelor degree. Honours students prove to employers they are independent learners with advanced research skills, vital to most science careers. Completing Honours is also the main path from an undergraduate degree to a PhD. You apply for Honours at the end of your degree—you don’t have to do anything now except think of the possibilities.

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Of course, there’s always new research taking place, with new projects to join—or start. Our research programs are clustered around themes: Materials Chemistry, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, Medical Biotechnology and Biochemistry, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Atmospheric Chemistry, Earth Processes (Geology and Physical Geography), Archaeological Dating and Human Geography. Our academics are experts in these fields, so most new research at UOW will occur in these areas. However, you can undertake Honours in most related fields.


international Bachelor of science ATAR

95

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

ENTRY

ATAR and special application form and interview

Location

Wollongong

UAC 757600 CRICOS

072610M

The International Bachelor of Science is a standout four-year degree offered by the University of Wollongong in conjunction with the University of Colorado in the USA and Dublin City University in Ireland. The degree offers strong discipline-based training in a selected science major, integrated with a technological application of science and its social context, and a strong international perspective. Students undertake at least one semester of overseas study at a partner university, and complete a major Honours-level research project in year four of the program. Entry into the program is extremely competitive. The following criteria will be used in the selection of students for this degree: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Outstanding academic achievement (ATAR 95) Awareness of international issues, especially as they relate to science High performance in science and technology subjects at high school Applicants must submit a special application form Applicants will be required to attend an interview

Degree Structure A major chosen from the Faculty of Science Biological Sciences Chemistry Geology Geosciences Human Geography Physical Geography

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A Technology minor Select from a wide range of subjects including Engineering Technology, Informatics, Information and Communication Technology, Internet Technology, Mathematics and Physics. A Social Science minor Select from a wide range of subjects including Economics, Human Geography, Languages, Management, Politics, and Science, Technology and Society. A Global Science Study component Participate in three “global classroom” subjects with students from the partner institutions. The subjects comprise: International Perspectives in Science, Ethical Dilemmas in Science, and Research Frontiers in Science & Technology. Exchange component At least one semester of the degree is to be completed at one of the partner institutions. Travel scholarships are available. OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS Through your degree, you’ll study at one or both of our international science partners and share video-linked virtual classes with students on the other side of the world. University of Colorado (Boulder) Located in the scenic city of Boulder, the University of Colorado is one of the most visually spectacular campuses in the USA, if not the world. Located within the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado, the region is abundant with streams, lakes, and an excess of snow and ski resorts. To find out more about the University of Colorado – Boulder, please visit: www.colorado.edu

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International Bachelor of Science (CONTINUED)

Dublin City University Founded in 1980 the university is located on 35 hectares within Dublin city, Ireland. Named the 2010 Sunday Times University of the Year in Ireland, the university has a strong reputation for research and academic excellence. To find out more about Dublin City University, please visit: www.dcu.ie An Honours Research Project Undertaken in the area of your Science specialisation during the final year of the program.

Bachelor of Science ATAR

75 / 95 (Adv)

DURATION

3 years / 4 years (Adv)

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621 / 757601 (Adv)

CRICOS

003283D / 052463E (Adv)

The Bachelor of Science is an incredibly flexible program that allows students to design their study program to meet their particular interests and abilities. In the Bachelor of Science you are able to choose between a flexible or prescribed major. Flexible majors give the freedom to find new directions for your study. Prescribed majors give you a structure to help you master your discipline. Flexible majors ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Biological Sciences Chemistry Geology Geosciences Human Geography Physical Geography

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If you study any of these majors, you can choose up to nine elective subjects. These might be complementary (or contrasting) science subjects, or other subjects from other areas. Second major from another Faculty If you choose your subjects carefully, you may satisfy requirements for a major from another faculty. Students should consult the Faculty offering the major to confirm requirements. Prescribed majors One of the six interdisciplinary, prescribed majors where the course program is prescribed for each year. ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

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Conservation Biology Environment Land and Heritage Management Medical Biotechnology Medicinal Chemistry Nanotechnology

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STUDY AREAS EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Earth and Environmental Science is the study of our planet—its history, structure, and how its many systems interact. Understanding the Earth is fundamental to protecting it, as well as securing the health and prosperity of future generations.

Environment Bachelor of Science (Environment) ATAR 75 Duration

3 years

Starts

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Environment) ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757601

CRICOS

052463E

Bachelor of Environmental Science

Environmental science is the study of the interaction of the living and non-living elements of the environment and how humans impact on these elements. Environmental scientists assess, research and manage resources, together with a wide range of environmental issues.

WHAT YOU STUDY You will focus on Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Geosciences; these degrees are ideal if you wish to complete a science-based environment degree with a view to employment in an area of environmental monitoring and management. You will be equipped to understand the ethical, social, economic and political aspects of environmental issues.

CAREERS You will have the knowledge to work alongside engineers, lawyers and other professionals. You will have the skills to work in Environmental Protection, the conservation and preservation of natural resources as well as Environmental Education, Communications and Research. Environmental Scientists are employed in a broad range of sectors including government, industry and environmental consultancy.

ATAR 85 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757612

CRICOS

002256D

Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757618

CRICOS

071454D

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Land and Heritage Management Bachelor of Science (Land and Heritage Management) ATAR 75 Duration

3 years

Starts

Autumn (February) Spring (July)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D)

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Land and Heritage Management) ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February) Spring (July)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757601

CRICOS

052463E)

Land and Heritage Management examines how we use and interact with the Earth on both an urban and rural scale. It includes the practices of conservation, restoration, museology, archaeology, history and architecture. This area of science is also concerned with the intangible aspects of heritage and geography, such as traditional skills, cultures, movement patterns and languages.

WHAT YOU STUDY The Bachelor of Science (Land and Heritage Management) provides a core grounding in both the Human and Physical Geography strands, and provides the skills to work on both cultural and natural heritage issues or in land management.

CAREERS Land management scientists work with government bodies, industry engaged in environmental monitoring, and Indigenous groups. Career areas for land and heritage scientists include tourism, heritage assessment and management, sustainability projects and Indigenous land management. Many work environments now involve the intersection of law, policy, business practice and environmental interests. Good decisions can often only be made with the support of thorough scientific study. This means that the job of managing and protecting land and heritage needs scientists who are trained across a number of interrelated fields— including land and climate change, biology, spatial science, statistics, history and culture, population studies, environmental law, and resource management.

Geology Bachelor of Science (Geology) ATAR 75 Duration

3 years

Starts

Autumn (February) Spring (July)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Geology) ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February) Spring (July)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757601

CRICOS

052463E

International Bachelor of Science ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757600

CRICOS

072610M

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Study the nature, composition and structure of the Earth and other planetary bodies to increase scientific knowledge; locate materials and minerals and advise on extraction, environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining. Areas of specialised study include economic geology (minerals, metals, coal, petroleum, uranium); geochemistry; geophysics; palaeontology; sedimentology; structural geology; stratigraphy; tectonics; and vulcanology.

WHAT YOU STUDY You will study how planet Earth functions, its composition and origin. You will consider topics such as geological time, the Solar System, the interior of Earth, tectonics and structural geology, crystals, minerals, volcanoes and volcanic processes, and characteristics of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. You will study a variety of areas in the Sciences, gaining an understanding of the physical and chemical makeup of the Earth.

CAREERS Geologists gather and interpret data about the Earth for the purpose of maintaining our existence on the planet, increasing our understanding of the planet, and improving our quality of life. They investigate the materials, processes and history of the Earth to aid in discovery of materials of value, identify geologically stable sites for major structures, and provide foreknowledge of some dangers associated with the mobile forces of the dynamic Earth. Geologists find careers in mining, exploration and other industries, with government agencies and departments at all levels, and in research organisations such as Geoscience Australia.


Geosciences Bachelor of Science (Geosciences) ATAR 75 Duration

3 years

Starts

Autumn (February) Spring (July)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Geosciences) ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February) Spring (July)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757601

CRICOS

052463E

A major in Geosciences enables students to integrate knowledge about the Earth’s processes, materials and landforms with how people interact with them to address environmental issues. The Bachelor of Science (Geosciences) is a broad and flexible Science-based program that provides students with a basic understanding of the major principles, concepts and technologies of the disciplines of Geology, Human Geography and Physical Geography.

WHAT YOU STUDY Geosciences combine skills from a number of scientific fields. It combines Human Geography’s focus on human behaviour, Geology’s study of the Earth’s materials and processes, and Physical Geography’s view of the Earth changing over time. You’ll study subjects across all these fields, incorporating relevant fieldwork.

CAREERS Geoscientists provide information for solving problems and establishing policy for resource management, natural hazard management, environmental protection, and planning for public health, safety and welfare.

International Bachelor of Science ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757600

CRICOS

072610M

Human Geography Bachelor of Science (Human Geography) ATAR 75 Duration

3 years

Starts

Autumn (February) Spring (July)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Human Geography) ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February) Spring (July)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757601

CRICOS

052463E

International Bachelor of Science ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757600

CRICOS

072610M

Human Geography encompasses the study of both people and their environments. Geographers maintain that place matters in debates about population, economic development, environmental management, planning and citizenship. They study conflicts and tensions about access to resources and are able to make important contributions in resolving these conflicts.

WHAT YOU STUDY You will study core subjects that focus on population analysis, geographic and geological science, resource management and climate change. You can then choose from additional electives if you wish to gain further knowledge in a particular area. You could take subjects in sociology and ethics to explore the social implications of land use and climate change. You could focus on physical geography subjects to predict how environmental changes affect population movements. You could even take politics subjects to investigate the relationship between policy, social change and the environment.

CAREERS Human geographers contribute to environmental management, urban planning and the management of social and economic change. Human geography often incorporates questions of social and environmental justice. It uses scientific tools to analyse human, social and natural processes to identify imbalances—and propose sustainable solutions. Human Geographers are employed in a very broad range of sectors including all levels of government as well as in research and consultancy organisations.

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Physical Geography Bachelor of Science (Physical Geography) ATAR 75 Duration

3 years

Starts

Autumn (February) Spring (July)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Physical Geography) ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February) Spring (July)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757601

CRICOS

052463E

International Bachelor of Science ATAR 95 Duration

4 years

Starts

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757600

CRICOS

072610M

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Physical geography is the study of patterns and processes in the environment caused by the forces of nature, with particular emphasis on their spatial arrangement and evolution over time. It examines environmental and ecological problems facing the world and provides the skills and knowledge to help manage them.

WHAT YOU STUDY You will focus on understanding physical landscapes and the dynamics of environmental processes acting on the surface of the Earth, which is essential for the identification, assessment and management of environmental issues. You will study the implications and environmental and geological aspects of resource utilisation on Earth.

CAREERS Physical geography combines measurement of specific phenomena with analysis of systems—that is, how all these phenomena fit together and affect each other. They apply the latest technologies in spatial analysis and satellite imagery within an environmental management context, and coastal and fluvial geomorphology. They are employed across a broad range of sectors including government bodies, industry and consultancy companies.


LIFE SCIENCES The life sciences are about living organisms—how they function, what they’re made of and how they interact with each other and the environment. Life sciences pay particular attention to the relationship between different organisms in an ecosystem.

Biological Sciences Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) ATAR

75

DURATION

3 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Biological Sciences) ATAR

95

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757601

CRICOS

052463E

The science of biology is the study of living things from organic molecules to cells, individual organisms, populations and communities. Field and laboratory studies are built into appropriate subjects at all levels and take advantage of the superb local marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments on the South Coast and inland regions.

WHAT YOU STUDY You will study the major principles, concepts and technologies of modern Biology including types of organisms, their classification and lifestyles; ecology of populations and communities; evolutionary biology and the origin of species. A major in Biological Sciences can be taken in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, comparative physiology, terrestrial ecology, marine biology, evolutionary biology and environmental biology.

CAREERS The applications of biological science are diverse, and the career opportunities for biological scientists reflect this. Advances in biology affect thinking, research and work in conservation, biodiversity, evolution, ecology, genetics, molecular biology and medical research.

International Bachelor of Science ATAR

95

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757600

CRICOS

072610M

SCIENCE

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Conservation Biology Bachelor of Science (Conservation Biology) ATAR

75

DURATION

3 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Conservation Biology ATAR

85

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757627

CRICOS

075254B

Bachelor of Conservation Biology Advanced ATAR

95

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757628

CRICOS

075255A

Conservation Biology is the study of the Earth’s biodiversity with the aim of being able to manage and protect species and ecosystems. At UOW, these degrees provide the knowledge and skills to understand and develop strategies to minimise the impact of humans on their environment and provide students with significant research training and experience. These degrees explore the important interaction of scientific research with policy and management through contact with practising conservation biologists in government and non-government agencies. We take advantage of the superb local marine life, coastal landscapes, nearby rainforest escarpment and freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

WHAT YOU STUDY Through a strong connection with the Institute for Conservation Biology and Environmental Management, you will begin to develop a background in biology, chemistry and earth and environmental sciences. Through the degree you will focus on biology, developing skills in evolutionary physiology, conservation biology and ecology of both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. There is a strong focus on developing high quality research skills through a range of subjects, which can lead to an Honours year where connections with practising conservation biologists in conservation agencies, CSIRO, councils and consultants may occur.

CAREERS Collaborations with industry and government researchers will provide you with real world experience, in land management and conservation, leading to valuable links to potential employers. You will be well trained to achieve a career in government, advising on policy or managing biodiversity, or facilitating and undertaking research for conservation both in Australia and overseas.

Marine Science Bachelor of Marine Science ATAR

85

DURATION

3 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757622

CRICOS

039553A

Bachelor of Marine Science Advanced ATAR

95

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757623

CRICOS

059835C

Marine Science is the area of science that deals with the study of the ocean. You will study the biological nature and capacity of oceans, their impact on human society and the conservation and environmental management of marine and coastal regions.

WHAT YOU STUDY The diverse local coastal environment near UOW is the ideal location to combine specialist marine training with a broad background in biology and geosciences. You will learn the skills required for a career in government, industry and environment related companies. In addition, an Honours degree in Marine Science opens up opportunities in state fisheries, CSIRO, museums, local councils and environmental consultancies.

CAREERS Australia’s estuarine and coastal environments are integral to agriculture, industry and recreation. Sustainable management of these environments is impossible if we don’t understand them, so marine scientists often find work in conservation and marine management. They spend their time observing and defining costal processes, biodiversity and climate change. There are also related roles in analysis and advice, providing scientific evidence to direct government policy and industry practice.

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MOLECULAR SCIENCES Molecular science is concerned with the smallest parts of the world around us. Through studying the physical properties of atoms and molecules, their chemical bonds and how they interact, molecular science gives us a way to understand and manipulate everything from advanced construction materials to the human body.

Chemistry Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) ATAR

75

DURATION

3 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Chemistry) ATAR

85

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757601

CRICOS

052463E

International Bachelor of Science ATAR

95

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757600

CRICOS

072610M

Chemistry is the study of the molecular nature of all matter and its interactions. The relationship between molecular structure and its properties and reactivity give chemistry an essential, central position in science and technology. An understanding of chemistry is needed for the full range of technically based disciplines from solid-state physics and astrophysics to molecular biology and the life sciences; from geochemistry and environmental science to engineering and health sciences. Chemistry is one of the key sciences, helping to unlock mysteries across the physical sciences including both environmental and Earth sciences through to analytical and forensic sciences and even in molecular biology and medical sciences.

WHAT YOU STUDY You will study the fundamentals of Chemistry with an emphasis on molecular structure and activity. You will gain an understanding of how Chemistry impacts on the world around us and you will be able to perform chemical experiments safely and effectively, including organic syntheses. Special topics include spectroscopy, instrumental analysis and nanotechnology.

CAREERS Chemists enjoy some of the broadest career options of any scientist, due to the fundamental importance of chemistry in many scientific and commercial endeavours. However, the highest demand for chemists is in research and pharmaceuticals. Research positions can either be in government or private industry, but most other careers are in the private sector. In research and development, chemists are found working on projects from basic molecular research to development of nanomaterials in multidisciplinary teams. In the industrial and commercial setting, chemists can work on anything from synthesising pigments to manufacturing microelectronics, or advanced materials.

SCIENCE

23


Medical Biotechnology Bachelor of Science (Medical Biotechnology) ATAR

75

DURATION

3 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology ATAR

85

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757611

CRICOS

068720F

Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology Advanced ATAR

95

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757617

CRICOS

068721E

Through technologies such as genetic engineering, biotechnology is shaping diverse aspects of medicine (treating cancer, vaccines, therapy and diagnosis of genetic diseases) and industry (bioremediation). Medical biotechnologists find new ways to do things, such as using naturally occurring interferons to synthesise new drugs—drugs that can destroy viruses and fight cancer tumours.

WHAT YOU STUDY Medical Biotechnology at UOW is focused on providing you with the tools and knowledge to work in biomedical science research and the biotechnology industry. You will complete a major in cellular and molecular biology, including genetics, immunology and bioinformatics. You will also complete a major strand of chemistry and an optional strand in human anatomy and physiology. The nature of subjects like genetic engineering means you will also complete studies in ethics and management.

CAREERS Graduates are employed in a variety of fields both within Australia and internationally including environmental research, patent consultancy and medical research. Additionally, many graduates have continued further study by enrolling in Doctoral degrees or Pharmacy and Medical degrees.

Medicinal Chemistry Bachelor of Science (Medicinal Chemistry) ATAR

75

DURATION

3 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry ATAR

85

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757613

CRICOS

016113D

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Advanced ATAR

95

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757619

CRICOS

071455C

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Medicinal chemists design and synthesise new medicinal and pharmacological agents; develop new dosage forms; monitor guidelines for testing drugs and undertake analyses; assist with drug regulatory affairs; assess patent applications for new drugs; and teach in tertiary institutions. UOW offers specialised subjects in drug discovery and design.

WHAT YOU STUDY You will study a combination of biology and chemistry subjects giving you the foundation you need for advanced studies in pharmacology. You will explore the function of cell receptors and molecular basis of drug action, drug disposition and bioavailability, kinetics of drug action and the factors affecting drug activity.

CAREERS The pharmaceutical industry is one of the biggest employers of chemists, whose work often focuses on the synthetic route of pharmaceutical compounds. The other main role in the field of medicinal chemistry is drug discovery—research and development leading to new drug therapies. Drug discovery is a collaborative process. Sometimes it involves investigating natural compounds to discover new biological effects. It can also mean large scale testing of chemical libraries to search for new uses of known products. Pharmaceutical companies are always engaged in ongoing and well funded discovery projects, making this an appealing area of work for people excited by the ‘frontier’ of scientific investigation. In all cases, though, it requires the same patient and thorough approach to investigation as any scientific work.


Nanotechnology Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) ATAR

75

DURATION

3 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757621

CRICOS

003283D

Bachelor of Nanotechnology ATAR

85

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757625

CRICOS

051709G

Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced ATAR

95

DURATION

4 years

STARTS

Autumn (February)

Location

Wollongong

UAC

757626

CRICOS

052459A

This degree targets the emerging field of nanomaterials, molecular machines and nanoscience, and draws on the internationally recognised strengths of the University’s materials-based research institutes. It has a materials chemistry focus with possible electives in physics, engineering and biology to tailor the qualification to your areas of interest.

WHAT YOU STUDY You will be able to choose from all the fields fundamental to nanotechnology: chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and materials science. You will explore the advantages of technologies built in the nano-dimension. Through case studies in areas including biomimetics and nanostructured materials you’ll learn the importance of design, synthesis and characterisation in the realisation of the end-products.

CAREERS Many nanotechnology scientists are employed by research institutes, either in universities or for private industry. The number of nanotechnology jobs in private industry will rise dramatically in coming years as new technologies are developed from research in this field. In private industry, their work is particularly valuable in materials development and microelectronics. There are a rapidly growing number of opportunities for commercial development of medical and micro-robotic technologies currently being researched. The field of nanotechnology is characterised by collaboration between different fields of science and engineering, especially in applied research and development.

SCIENCE

25


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The University of Wollongong attempts to ensure the information contained in this publication is correct at the time of production (May 2012); however, sections may be amended without notice by the University in response to changing circumstances or for any other reason. Check with the University at the time of application/enrolment for any updated information. UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG CRICOS: 00102E

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