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Five reasons to study Science at UOW

1. Learn from world leading researchers

2. Perfectly positioned to get your hands dirty

When you study science at UOW you learn the most current knowledge there is, direct from the people creating that knowledge. Even in your first year, the person standing at the front of the lecture theatre will be one of those ground-breaking researchers: leading researchers who are keen to instil their passion for science into each and every student, right from day one.

We know how important it is to apply theoretical knowledge to real life practical situations. That’s why when you study science at UOW you’ll spend close to half your course hours out in the field or doing practical work in our labs, working with the same equipment as our researchers use.

One of our passionate teachers, and a leading researcher in biopolymers and advanced materials, is Marc in het Panhuis, find out why he is so passionate about teaching on page 9.

Our campus, nestled between the rainforest and the sea, is perfectly positioned so that we can take students out of the classroom and into a wide range of coastal, freshwater, bushland, and geologically diverse environments, right on our doorstep. For UOW alumni Eva Goesch, field work trips were the highlight of her degree. Find out more about Eva on page 7.


3. Help make new discoveries Our scientists are engaged in world-first interdisciplinary research in areas such as medical biotechnology, nanotechnology, climate change, coastal management, anti-cancer drugs and protecting our biodiversity and ecosystems. Research is naturally at the heart of what we do, and as a UOW student you could join a research team by taking part in our Advanced Science Research Assistantships. UOW Student Sandra Spremo did just that, joining researchers working with dementia sufferers, find out how the experience assisted in her Honours research project on page 24.

4. Brand new facilities make learning easy We understand that classrooms need to be equipped with the best in technology, that’s why at UOW we are constantly investing in the latest equipment. In our new Sciences building, students have purpose built computers embedded into laboratory desks where data can be analysed as it’s being collected—just like the labs in UOW’s Illawarra Health & Medical Research Institute (IHMRI).

5. Join a community of students determined to make positive change Throughout your degree you’ll join other students to organise and attend educational and professional events, build ties with industry, go on trips around the world, and socialise. UOW’s student clubs—like Bionet for Biologists and Biotechnologists, UOW Groundswell for Geologists and ChemSoc for Chemists— are incubators for new ideas and connections. You’ll meet new friends and new contacts: the people who will change the world. Thomas Griffiths is Treasurer of Chemistry Society (ChemSoc), read about how these connections have inspired him on page 20.

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learn. your way. degrees overview BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Our classic three-year degree. Complete one or two major studies in the fields of your choice. Choose a flexible major if you want the freedom to explore different subject areas or choose a prescribed major which has the structure to help you master a specific discipline.

Bachelor of Science Advanced A four-year program for high-achievers, the Bachelor of Science Advanced offers direct entry into the fourthyear Honours program. For those seeking a challenge, the advanced degree will give you opportunities to go beyond the classroom and to take your studies as far as you want them to go. Check study areas on pages 10-24 to find out which degrees have an advanced option.

Specialist degrees Our specialist degrees are designed to give students a high level of mastery and specific skills and knowledge in their chosen study area. Each of these degrees also have advanced options, which give high performing students even more research opportunities. ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

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

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

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DEGREE OPTIONS AND STUDY AREAS Study areas

Flexible

3 years

4 years

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science Advanced

Specialist

Specialist Advanced

International Bachelor of Science

Biological Sciences

Chemistry

Geology

Geosciences

Human Geography

Physical Geography

Prescribed Conservation Biology

Environment/ Environmental Science

Land and Heritage Management

Marine Science

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Medical Biotechnology

Medicinal Chemistry

Nanotechnology

▲ The Bachelor of Marine Science is a specialist 3 year degree. The Bachelor of Marine Science Advanced is a 4-year degree. * Students studying the International Bachelor of Science can also choose a Health Sciences (Exercise Science or Nutrition) major, plus a range of minors. See page 8 for more information.

DEGREE OPTIONS

DURATION

ATAR

Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) / Adv

3 yrs / 4 yrs

75 / 95

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) / Adv

3 yrs / 4 yrs

75 / 95

Bachelor of Science (Conservation Biology)

3 yrs

75

Bachelor of Science (Environment)

3 yrs

75

Bachelor of Science (Geology) / Adv

3 yrs / 4 yrs

75 / 95

Bachelor of Science (Geosciences) / Adv

3 yrs / 4 yrs

75 / 95

Bachelor of Science (Human Geography) / Adv

3 yrs / 4 yrs

75 / 95

Bachelor of Science (Land and Heritage Management) / Adv

3 yrs / 4 yrs

75 / 95

Bachelor of Science (Medical Biotechnology)

3 yrs

75

Bachelor of Science (Medicinal Chemistry)

3 yrs

75

Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)

3 yrs

75

Bachelor of Science (Physical Geography) / Adv

3 yrs / 4 yrs

75 / 95

Bachelor of Conservation Biology / Adv

4 yrs

85 / 95

Bachelor of Environmental Science / Adv

4 yrs

85 / 95

Bachelor of Marine Science / Adv

3 yrs / 4 yrs

85 / 95

Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology / Adv

4 yrs

85 / 95

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry / Adv

4 yrs

85 / 95

Bachelor of Nanotechnology / Adv

4 yrs

85 / 95

4 yrs

95+ «

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Science Advanced

Specialist degrees

International International Bachelor of Science « Separate application required, see page 8 for details. Adv Advanced degrees. Science

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Bachelor of Science ATAR DURATION STARTS Location UAC CRICOS

75 3 years Autumn (February) Wollongong 757621 003283D

The Bachelor of Science is an incredibly flexible program that allows students to design their study program to meet individual interests and abilities. In the Bachelor of Science you are able to choose between a flexible or prescribed major.

FLEXIBLE MAJORS Flexible majors give the freedom to find new directions for your study. 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. In addition, 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 Prescribed majors give you a set course structure, which will help you master your discipline. Conservation Biology Environment Land and Heritage Management Medical Biotechnology Medicinal Chemistry Nanotechnology

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Specialist degrees

Bachelor of Conservation Biology

Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology

go.uow.edu.au/bconsbiol ATAR 85 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757627 CRICOS 075254B

go.uow.edu.au/bmedbiot ATAR 85 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757611 CRICOS 068720F

Bachelor of Environmental Science

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry

go.uow.edu.au/benvsci ATAR 85 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757612 CRICOS 002256D

go.uow.edu.au/bmedchem ATAR 85 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757613 CRICOS 016113D

Bachelor of Marine Science

Bachelor of Nanotechnology

go.uow.edu.au/bmarsci ATAR 85 DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757622 CRICOS 039553A

go.uow.edu.au/bnano ATAR 85 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757625 CRICOS 051709G

Our specialist degrees are highly prescribed and tend to be longer to give you the best possible coverage of all areas in that specialised area. They provide less flexibility for you to tailor your program of study, but offer a higher level of mastery for that given specialist study area. These degrees are often necessary for specialised professional careers, and suitable for anyone who wishes to pursue their interest to the highest level. For these reasons, specialist degrees are often looked on more favourably by employers and present more employment opportunities.

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advanced degrees

Bachelor of Science Advanced go.uow.edu.au/bsci-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757601 CRICOS 052463E Choose from the following flexible majors: Biological Sciences page 17 Chemistry page 21 Geology page 12 Geosciences page 13 Human Geography page 14 Physical Geography page 16

Bachelor of Conservation Biology Advanced go.uow.edu.au/bconsbiol-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757628 CRICOS 075255A

Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced go.uow.edu.au/benvsci-adv ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757618 CRICOS 071454D

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Bachelor of Marine Science Advanced go.uow.edu.au/bmarsci-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757623 CRICOS 059835C

Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology Advanced go.uow.edu.au/bmedbiot-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757617 CRICOS 068721E

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Advanced go.uow.edu.au/bmedchem-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757619 CRICOS 071455C

Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced go.uow.edu.au/bnano-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757626 CRICOS 052459A


If you want a challenge, an advanced program will give you freedom to push yourself as far as you want to go. The Bachelor of Science Advanced and Advanced specialist degrees are for high-achieving students who want to take their studies further. The Advanced degrees include an Honours year with automatic entry into Honours without having to apply. In addition to the scientific training, you’ll have access to a number of special benefits and opportunities including: ƒƒ Research Assistantships, where you will work alongside leading researchers on their research grants ƒƒ Vacation scholarships (get paid to work over Summer) ƒƒ Access to internships and research only subjects ƒƒ Work experience, networking, mentoring and professional development activities

HONOURS Honours are available as an additional year of study after completing a Bachelor degree, usually focused on a significant research project. Honours distinguish a graduate as a highachiever 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. Unless you choose an Advanced degree (automatic Honours entry), you can apply for Honours at the end of your degree—you don’t have to do anything now except think of the possibilities.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES Advanced and Honours degrees offer you the chance to undertake a significant research project. This is serious research where you can make a real contribution to scientific knowledge. Science students have worked in teams on research including: ƒƒ D esigning new antibiotics and cancer treatments ƒƒ Development of new materials for chemical and biological sensors ƒƒ U V-radiation and protective pigments in Antarctic moss species ƒƒ Signatures of global environmental change, landscape evolution and the impact of our population on Australia Of course, there’s always new research taking place, with new projects to join—or start. Our research programs are clustered around themes: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Archaeological Dating Atmospheric Chemistry Earth Processes (Geology and Physical Geography) Ecology and Conservation Biology Materials Chemistry Medicinal and Biological Chemistry Medical Biotechnology and Biochemistry

Our academics are experts in these fields, so most new research will occur in these or related areas.

Eva Goesch Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) (Geosciences & Biological Sciences) Exploration Geologist, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines

Eva is a Graduate Exploration Geologist for Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM). 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. The geoscience and biological science majors at UOW allowed Eva to combine her interests in biology and geography. Eva’s favourite part of her UOW degree was the field work. “I got to map habitats up on the escarpment, nocturnal animal spotting and trapping at Jervis Bay, and we went out to Orange, where we visited the Cadia Gold and Copper mine.” These experiences promoted an inclusive and fun atmosphere back in the classroom. “That really made a big difference to my time at uni.”

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INTERNATIONAL BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

International Bachelor of Science

The International Bachelor of Science is a standout four-year degree offered by UOW in conjunction with the University of Colorado in the USA and Dublin City University in Ireland.

go.uow.edu.au/intbsci ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) ENTRY ATAR and special application form and interview UAC 757600 CRICOS 072610M ENTRY Details on page 8

The International Bachelor of Science degree is distinctive in its design. The integration of international, social science and/or technology components, our strong links with research partner institutions, in addition to a core science and/or health degree makes this degree very unique at UOW. Students undertake at least one semester of overseas study at a partner university, and complete a major Honours-level research project in the final year of the program.

ENTRY Entry into the program is very competitive. The following criteria will be used in the selection of students for this degree: 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 available at uow.edu.au/future/apply

DEGREE STRUCTURE A Science or Health major Biological Sciences Chemistry Geology Geosciences Health Sciences (Exercise Science or Nutrition) Human Geography Nanotechnology 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 and Technology. Exchange component At least one semester of the degree is to be completed at one of the partner institutions. Successful applicants will receive a $6000 International Bachelor of Science Exchange Scholarship. An Honours Research Project Undertaken in the area of your specialisation during the final year of the program.

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OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS Through your degree, you’ll go and study at one or both of our international science partners as well as share video-linked virtual classes with students on the other side of the world. University of Colorado (Boulder) Operating since 1877 and 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 snow and ski resorts. It is also one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region. To find out more about the University of Colorado – Boulder, please visit: www.colorado.edu Dublin City University Founded in 1980 the university is located on 35 hectares within Dublin City, Ireland. The university has a strong reputation for research and academic excellence recognised internationally and like UOW is ranked among the top 50 Universities worldwide (QS ‘Top 50 under 50’ 2012). To find out more about Dublin City University, please visit: www.dcu.ie

Marc in het Panhuis Uow lecturer and associate dean (international) Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and Chief Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Materials and Bionics programs

Marc’s desire to understand how nature and the physical world functions led him into a career in science, and it was this passion that led him to teaching, “Science helps me satisfy my natural curiosity about nature, and what is around us. Knowledge is only useful if you have a way of distributing it. I find that teaching is the best way of distributing it.” “I love watching my students share my passion for knowledge, and it gives me a thrill to take students on a journey of learning. I work closely with my students, and truly believe that this creates a two-way learning process. I always tell my students: ‘don’t be afraid to learn, and don’t ever stop learning. Don’t be afraid to speak to your lecturers because everybody starts at the beginning’. Science is not simply a collection of facts. Rather, it is a path to understanding, and all of your teachers at UOW are excited that you’ve begun following that path.”

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CHOOSE YOUR INTEREST AREAS Finding your passion in science is the key to your success. Find yours at UOW by choosing from one of our 13 major study areas.

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EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Environment Bachelor of Science (Environment) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-env ATAR 75 Duration 3 years Starts Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Environment) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-adv ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757601 CRICOS 052463E

Bachelor of Environmental Science go.uow.edu.au/benvsci ATAR 85 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757612 CRICOS 002256D

Environmental science is the study of the interaction between 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. UOW is ideally located for environmental science studies as students are exposed firsthand to a wide range of urban, rural and ecological issues. UOW students venture out on field work trips which take advantage of the superb local marine life, coastal landscapes, nearby rainforest escarpment and freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

WHAT YOU STUDY Some of the subjects you may take are: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Biogeography and environmental change Evolution, biodiversity and environment Human geography: sustainability, cities and cultures Landscape change and climatology Principles of ecology Soils, landscapes and hydrology

CAREERS A science-based environment degree is ideal if you wish to work in environmental monitoring and management in the government, industry or environmental consultancy sectors. You’ll have the knowledge to work alongside engineers, lawyers and other professionals in environmental education, protection and research. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Animal Biologist Animal Research Scientist Bushland Assessment Officer Environmental Scientist National Parks Ranger Scientific Policy Officer Science Teacher

Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced go.uow.edu.au/benvsci-adv ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757618 CRICOS 071454D

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GEOLOGY Bachelor of Science (Geology) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-geol ATAR 75 Duration 3 years Starts Autumn (February) Spring (July) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Geology) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-adv ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Spring (July) Location Wollongong UAC 757601 CRICOS 052463E

International Bachelor of Science go.uow.edu.au/intbsci ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757600 CRICOS 072610M ENTRY Details on page 8

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 dangers associated with the mobile forces of the dynamic Earth. Geologists can locate materials and minerals and advise on extraction, environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining. Studying geology at UOW means you have access to our Spatial Analysis Laboratory, world-first dating techniques, drilling and coring equipment and X-ray laboratory. The Wollongong area has an active mining industry and is surrounded by a vast range of landscapes to ensure you get the best possible field work experience.

WHAT YOU STUDY You will study how planet Earth functions, its composition and origin. Our students consider geological time, the Solar System, the interior of Earth, tectonics and structural geology, crystals, minerals, volcanoes and volcanic processes, characteristics of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Areas of specialised study in the Geology major include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Economic geology (minerals, metals, petroleum) Geochemistry Igneous and metamorphic petrology Palaeontology Sedimentology Stratigraphy Structural geology Tectonics Volcanology

CAREERS Geologists find careers in mining and natural resources exploration, and environmental consulting agencies, construction and government agencies and departments who advise on earth and environmental monitoring, emergency disasters. Geologists can also help further our scientific understanding of the earth in research organisations and universities. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

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Geologist Geoscience Technician Exploration Geologist Oceanographer Land Management Specialist Water Resource Manager


Geosciences Bachelor of Science (Geosciences) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-geos ATAR 75 Duration 3 years Starts Autumn (February) Spring (July) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Geosciences) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-adv ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Spring (July) Location Wollongong UAC 757601 CRICOS 052463E

International Bachelor of Science go.uow.edu.au/intbsci ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757600 CRICOS 072610M ENTRY Details on page 8

Geoscience 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 flexible program that provides students with an understanding of the major concepts and technologies 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 be able to choose from 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. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Conservationist Environmental Geographer Environmental Scientist Environmental Planner Land Economist Social Planner Geography Teacher Social Scientist

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Human Geography Bachelor of Science (Human Geography) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-humgeog ATAR 75 Duration 3 years Starts Autumn (February) Spring (July) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Human Geography) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-adv ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Spring (July) Location Wollongong UAC 757601 CRICOS 052463E

International Bachelor of Science go.uow.edu.au/intbsci ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757600 CRICOS 072610M ENTRY Details on page 8

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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, geography, 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. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Community Liaison Cultural Development / Cultural Heritage Foreign Affairs and Trade International Aid / Development Market Research Analyst Native Title Consultant Park Ranger Policy Officer / Analyst Research Officer Secondary Teacher Social Researcher Social Scientist Urban Designer


Land and Heritage Management Bachelor of Science (Land and Heritage Management) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-lhmgmt ATAR 75 Duration 3 years Starts Autumn (February) Spring (July) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Land and Heritage Management) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-adv 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 and Heritage Management scientists work with government bodies, industry engaged in environmental monitoring, and Indigenous groups. 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. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Environmental Planner Geographical Systems Officers GIS analyst GIS officer Research Associate Spatial Product Compiler Sustainability projects and Indigenous land management Tourism, heritage assessment and management

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Physical Geography Bachelor of Science (Physical Geography) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-physgeog ATAR 75 Duration 3 years Starts Autumn (February) Spring (July) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Physical Geography) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-adv ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Spring (July) Location Wollongong UAC 757601 CRICOS 052463E

International Bachelor of Science go.uow.edu.au/intbsci ATAR 95 Duration 4 years Starts Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757600 CRICOS 072610M ENTRY Details on page 8

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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. Subjects that you may study include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Climate Change Coastal Environments: Process and Management Dung, Death and Decay: Modern scientific methods in archaeology Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology Human Geography: Sustainability, Cities and Cultures Introductory Spatial Science Landscape Change and Climatology Planet Earth

CAREERS Physical Geographers apply the latest technologies in spatial analysis and satellite imagery within the context of environmental management, and coastal and fluvial geomorphology. They are employed across a broad range of sectors including government bodies, industry and consultancy companies. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Biogeographer Environmental Planner Land Economist Mapping Scientist Mitigation Officer Park Ranger Planning Officer Transport Geographer


LIFE SCIENCES

Biological Sciences Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-biol ATAR 75 DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Biological Sciences) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757601 CRICOS 052463E

International Bachelor of Science go.uow.edu.au/intbsci ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757600 CRICOS 072610M ENTRY Details on page 8

Biology is the study of living things from organic molecules to cells, individual organisms, populations and communities.

WHAT YOU STUDY You will study the major concepts and technologies of modern Biology including: ƒƒ Ecology of populations and communities ƒƒ Evolutionary biology and the origin of species ƒƒ Organisms, their classification and lifestyles You will be able to choose to focus on: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Biochemistry Molecular biology Cell biology Immunology Comparative physiology Terrestrial ecology Marine biology Evolutionary biology Environmental biology

Field and laboratory studies take advantage of the superb local marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments on the South Coast and inland regions.

CAREERS The applications of biological science—and therefore career options—are diverse. Advances in biology affect thinking, research and work in conservation, biodiversity, evolution, ecology, genetics, molecular biology and medical research. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Animal Biologist Biological Oceanographer Forensic Biologist Medical Scientist Microbiologist Research Scientist

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LIFE SCIENCES

Conservation Biology Bachelor of Science (Conservation Biology) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-consbiol ATAR 75 DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

Bachelor of Conservation Biology go.uow.edu.au/bconsbiol ATAR 85 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757627 CRICOS 075254B

Bachelor of Conservation Biology Advanced go.uow.edu.au/bconsbiol-adv 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. Conservation Biology at UOW is a practical degree that provides: ƒƒ The knowledge and skills to develop strategies to minimise the impact of humans on their environment. ƒƒ The opportunity to explore the important interaction of scientific research with policy and management through contact with practising conservation biologists in government and non-government agencies. ƒƒ Significant research training and experience, taking advantage of the superb local marine life, coastal landscapes, nearby rainforest escarpment, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. The Institute for Conservation Biology and Environmental Management is a key research centre based at UOW. Our students benefit from the research intensity of this group of conservation biologists.

WHAT YOU STUDY Students enrolled in this degree will focus on: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Biology and biodiversity Evolutionary physiology Conservation biology Ecology (both marine and terrestrial ecosystems)

There is a strong focus on developing high quality research skills, which can lead to an Honours year where students may develop connections with practising conservation biologists in conservation agencies, CSIRO, councils and consultants.

CAREERS Collaborations with industry and government researchers will provide you with real world experience in land management and conservation, leading to valuable links with potential employers. You will be 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. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

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Biological Sciences Technician Conservationist Ecological Biologist Environmental Scientist Animal Biologist Animal Research Scientist


Marine Science Bachelor of Marine Science go.uow.edu.au/bmarsci ATAR 85 DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757622 CRICOS 039553A

Bachelor of Marine Science Advanced go.uow.edu.au/bmarsci-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757623 CRICOS 059835C

Marine Science is 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 coastal environment near UOW is the ideal location to combine specialist marine training with a broad background in biology and geosciences, and provides plenty of fieldwork opportunities. Some of the subjects you may study are: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms Oceanography Marine and Terrestrial Ecology Fisheries and Aquaculture

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 coastal processes, biodiversity and climate change. Marine scientists find careers in government, industry and environment-related companies providing analysis, advice and scientific evidence to direct practice. In addition, an Honours degree in Marine Science opens up opportunities in state fisheries, CSIRO, museums, local councils and environmental consultancies. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Biological Oceanographer Biological Sciences Technician Coastal Management Engineer Marine Biologist Science Teacher

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Thomas Griffiths PhD Chemistry, Treasurer, Chemistry Society (CHEMSOC)

Thomas has always held a curiosity to how the world works. This passion for uncovering the unknown has driven him to complete his PhD in Chemistry at UOW. “As a scientist, I am continuously forming collaborations with other students and teachers, sharing knowledge and building on research as a group. All of these incredibly interesting people sharing their ideas and knowledge make the learning environment really motivating. You are constantly saying, ‘oh, that’s really cool, I wonder if I can use that piece of information in my research?’. “Studying in an environment like this makes it really easy to make friends. The hours we spent studying, eating Noodle Box, and revving ourselves up with caffeine for 8:30am chemistry labs turned my peers into my best friends. The people you meet during your studies at UOW are the people who will change the world, and you can be a part of that. It’s a really exciting thought.”

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MOLECULAR SCIENCES

Chemistry Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Chemistry is the study of the molecular nature of all matter and its interactions. The relationship between molecular structures, its properties and reactivity, give chemistry a central position in science and technology.

go.uow.edu.au/bsci-chem ATAR 75 DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

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.

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Chemistry) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757601 CRICOS 052463E

International Bachelor of Science go.uow.edu.au/intbsci ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757600 CRICOS 072610M ENTRY Details on page 8

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: ƒƒ Instrumental analysis ƒƒ Nanotechnology ƒƒ Spectroscopy

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. In research and development, chemists can work on projects from basic molecular research to development of nanomaterials in multidisciplinary teams, like the teams found in UOW’s Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM). In the industrial and commercial setting, chemists can work on anything from synthesising pigments to manufacturing microelectronics, or advanced materials. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Biochemist Environmental Chemist Forensic Chemist Forensic Scientist Geochemist Research Scientist

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MOLECULAR SCIENCES

Nanotechnology Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-nano ATAR 75 DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

Bachelor of Nanotechnology go.uow.edu.au/bnano ATAR 85 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757625 CRICOS 051709G

Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced go.uow.edu.au/bnano-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757626 CRICOS 052459A

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Nanotechnology is the manipulation or engineering of matter on an atomic or molecular scale. This degree draws on the internationally recognised strengths of the University’s materials-based research institutes such as the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, the BlueScope Steel Metallurgy Centre and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.

WHAT YOU STUDY 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 endproducts. Some of the subjects you will study are: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Mechanical Behaviour of Materials Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Polymeric Materials

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. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Laboratory Analyst Product Development Manager Research Scientist Science Teacher Scientific Policy Officer Scientific Writer


Medical Biotechnology Bachelor of Science (Medical Biotechnology)

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).

go.uow.edu.au/bsci-medbio ATAR 75 DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

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.

Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology

You will study:

go.uow.edu.au/bmedbiot ATAR 85 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757611 CRICOS 068720F

Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology Advanced go.uow.edu.au/bmedbiot-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757617 CRICOS 068721E

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.

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Biochemistry Bioinformatics Cellular and molecular biology Genetics Human anatomy and physiology Infection and immunology

CAREERS Graduates are employed in a variety of fields around the world, including environmental research, patent consultancy and medical research. Many graduates continue into Doctoral degrees or Pharmacy and Medical degrees. Example careers include: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Clinical Research Coordinator Laboratory Analyst Medical Technician Pathology Scientist Research Scientist

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MOLECULAR SCIENCES

Medicinal Chemistry Bachelor of Science (Medicinal Chemistry) go.uow.edu.au/bsci-medchem ATAR 75 DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757621 CRICOS 003283D

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry go.uow.edu.au/bmedchem ATAR 85 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757613 CRICOS 016113D

Medicinal Chemistry covers all elements of the development of new medicines for human use, including the isolation of new medicinal agents from natural sources, the design and synthesis of new drugs, and understanding the cause of diseases at the molecular level.

WHAT YOU STUDY The degree provides excellent training in the modern techniques of chemical science applied to medicine. This includes specialised courses in: ƒƒ Drug discovery and design, using both rational, computer-aided and bioprospecting approaches ƒƒ Pharmacology ƒƒ Physiology, biochemistry and cell biology ƒƒ The effects of the disease state on the human body and the role of drugs

CAREERS Medicinal chemists often work in the pharmaceutical industry, focusing on the synthetic route of pharmaceutical compounds and drug discovery. 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. Typically, medicinal chemists will find employment in:

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Advanced

ƒƒ Government agencies – in health, agriculture, food and drug administration ƒƒ Industrial pharmaceutical manufacturing organisations ƒƒ Private pharmaceutical companies – often in research and development

go.uow.edu.au/bmedchem-adv ATAR 95 DURATION 4 years STARTS Autumn (February) Location Wollongong UAC 757619 CRICOS 071455C

Sandra Spremo Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Advanced

Sandra was offered a Research Assistantship as part of her degree, “My research assistantship allowed me to work alongside a team of scientists investigating the molecular basis of various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The lab experience and skills I gained during that time have been largely applicable to the research I am currently working on for my Honours project, which involves determining the cellular mode of action of potential new anticancer drugs for colon cancer. “I would definitely say that Science is a rewarding career path. Research in Medicinal Chemistry aims to improve medicine and the ways in which we treat various disease states and, ultimately, seeks to improve quality of life. It is exciting to be a part of that.”

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MEDICINE Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) go.uow.edu.au/mbbs ATAR Not applicable. Graduate Entry only. DURATION 4 years STARTS Late January – early February CRICOS 054941G ENTRY A recognised three-year (as a minimum) Bachelor degree (any area of study) with minimum weighted GPA 5 on 7-point scale. Applicants must have completed this degree or be in their final year of completion at time of application. GAMSAT exam with minimum 50 in all sections or MCAT exam with overall score 24 and ‘M’ in written sample (international students only); portfolio and interview. NB: Bachelor degrees must have been awarded within 10 years of application to MBBS. GAMSAT and MCAT exam results must not be over two years old at time of application.

UOW’s Graduate School of Medicine offers a four-year program of study available to high performing graduates from UOW and all other ratified universities across Australia. We encourage applications from high performing students from a diverse range of backgrounds. No preference is given to any particular undergraduate degrees. Medicine is potentially one of the most exciting and challenging of all professions. The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery aims to produce knowledgeable, caring and competent graduates, well prepared to practise medicine under supervision as interns, and subsequently to commence vocational training in any area of medicine. The School of Medicine curriculum reflects the latest approach to medical education, and incorporates extensive use of existing and emerging medical education and information technologies. A combination of teaching approaches is used to deliver the curriculum including: ƒƒ Clinical teaching in hospitals, clinics, and general practice surgeries ƒƒ Large and small group clinical presentations ƒƒ Seminars, tutorials and small group work In addition, the curriculum includes activities directed at the personal and professional development of Medicine students.

Planning on applying for the MBBS in the future? When selecting subjects for the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or tertiary studies you should undertake subjects which will help to develop important communication and reasoning skills. You may also wish to consider chemistry, physics or biology to help you achieve a reasonable level of scientific understanding which will be required for the GAMSAT. It is also important for you to undertake HSC or secondary studies subjects which meet the requirements for entry into your desired undergraduate degree.

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The University of Wollongong attempts to ensure the information contained in this publication is correct at the time of production (April 2014); 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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