Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
This four year Honours degree is specially designed to offer students of exceptional academic ability an enhanced program of studies. This course offers opportunities for students to extend their study of science, and embark upon research training and project work in every year of the course. This challenging material will provide high-achieving students with the opportunity to maximise their intellectual growth and potential. The course combines technical knowledge and practical training specific to a chosen science specialisation with research training and opportunities to join established research teams, where students will be able to work on research projects alongside research staff, and Honours and PhD students. The course will provide the strongest possible foundation for a science-based career. Graduates will be equipped not just to find their first job in their chosen field, but to explore new options in later years as science - and their own interests - change and develop. The course will provide a broad range of technical workplace skills such as problem solving, communication, critical analysis, written and oral presentation, teamwork and computing; and additionally, research skills including investigative design and project management. Students will also be challenged to consider the role of science in society.
In first year students enrol in a range of subjects to prepare them for the area(s) of science in which they will specialise in later years and are provided with an introduction to research methodologies and techniques. In the second and third years students focus their studies in one or more areas by developing a tailored science program in consultation with their course coordinator. A research project driven by student choice is also undertaken at each of these year levels. In the fourth (Honours) year, each student undertakes a specialised course and an individually supervised extended research project in the area of sciences they have been specialising in presenting the results of their research in the form of a thesis and seminars.
- Animal biology
- Aquatic biology
- Biodiversity and conservation
- Biochemistry and molecular biology
- Coasts and oceans
- Clean technology
- Cognitive science
- Computer science
- Ecology and evolutionary biology
- Environmental geology
- Environmental hydrology and water resources
- Environmental management
- Environmental science
- Forensic and analytical science
- Marine bology
- Ocean and climate sciences
- Plant biology
- Vertebrate palaeontology
Standard entry requirements
- Year 12 or equivalent qualifications
- Or mature age entry (STAT)
- Or TAFE/VET qualifications
- Or higher education transfers
- Or completion of a foundation studies program
- Prerequisites: At least three of the following SACE stage two subjects or equivalent: biology, mathematical methods, specialist mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology.
The chemistry major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. The physics major is accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics.
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Students can combine this degree with any other bachelor degree within the College of Science and Engineering, subject to meeting entry requirements.