Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science

Reason, logic, observation, analysis, resourcefulness, creativity, imagination, experimentation and synthesis – these are the essence of science.

22:1
STUDENT-TO-STAFF RATIO
50+
Postgraduate courses
$48k
MEDIAN STARTING SALARY
93%
POSITIVE OUTCOMES

Majors available

Agricultural Science

Australia's agricultural industry is a key part of the world's food supply system. Agricultural Science provides the technology and research for sustainable, profitable and ethical food production worldwide.

Anatomy and Human Biology

The Anatomy and Human Biology major lets you discover how your body works, why it works that way, where people come from and how we are related to one another.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemists and molecular biologists are interested in the molecular functions of all living organisms, from the smallest bacterium to the largest whale.

Botany

Almost all life on Earth depends on plants.

Chemistry

Chemistry is central to all areas of modern science and technology, providing a foundation for fields such as biochemistry, green chemistry, chemical engineering, food science, materials science, geology, nanotechnology and pharmacology.

Computer Science

From search engines to smartphones, computer science involves the theory and design behind the intelligent systems and computers that transform the way we live, work and communicate.

Conservation Biology

Human activity and population growth are increasing the pressure on natural ecosystems and many biologists believe we are currently experiencing the sixth global mass extinction.

Data Science

As one of the most rapidly growing fields in information technology, Data Science unearths value and meaning from data to help businesses and organisations across the globe.

Engineering Science

Engineering is the creative application of science and mathematics to solve complex problems. At UWA, our goal is to produce independent graduate engineers who are empowered to change the world and seek solutions to humanity’s greatest challenges.

Environmental Science

Provides the research basis for solving environmental problems.

Exercise and Health

Are you passionate about exercise and health? Do you want to spread the word and educate others about keeping fit and being healthy? This major develops your knowledge and skills in the exercise and health domain, with relevant training for careers in the health education, exercise rehabilitation, health service delivery, and fitness industries

Genetics

Genetics is the study of biologically inherited traits as diverse as those that cause human disease, allow a rare plant to live in a single isolated location or result in a desirable characteristic of a domestic animal used in agriculture.

Geographical Sciences

Geography is the study of the Earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments.

Geology

Geology is the science of the Earth, aiming to understand how our planet works.

Marine Science

If you’re fascinated by our amazing marine and coastal environments – Marine Science is the major for you.

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics is humanity's most powerful tool for comprehending the universe and is essential for many fields of modern endeavours such as science, technology, engineering and finance.

Microbiology and Immunology

Microbes are organisms too small to be seen without a microscope and Microbiology is the study of these organisms and the role they play in health, disease and the environment.

Natural Resource Management

Natural resource managers guide sustainable development to protect environmental and community assets.

Neuroscience

How do medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, deafness, dementia and depression afflict the brain and nervous system? A Neuoroscience major will give you the answers.

Physics

Physics examines the world around us at the most fundamental level, from the origin and fate of the universe to the behaviour of matter on subatomic length scales – and everything in between.

Physiology

Are you any different from a robot? How does your nervous system respond to the world around you? What happens to your body in stressful environments? The Physiology major will teach you how the human body works.

Psychological Science

Are you interested in how we learn, remember and think? Have you ever wondered how we control our movements? Psychologists are interested in how and why people behave the way they do.

Psychology (double major)

Psychology is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches upon many aspects of daily life, seeking to answer questions about how and why people behave the way they do.

Psychology in Society

Psychology is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches on many aspects of daily life – seeking to answer questions about how and why people behave the way they do.

Science Communication

If you are creative, love science and want to work with people, Science Communication is an ideal major for you. Science communicators work to facilitate public engagement with scientific issues.

Sport Science

Do you want to work with elite athletes or the general public in the health and fitness sector? The Sport Science major will prepare you thoroughly for a successful career in the sport and recreation industries. <br />

Sport Science, Exercise and Health (double major)

You can complete the Bachelor of Science double major in Sport Science, Exercise and Health. This course provides a sound basis in sport and exercise science theory combined with practical, technical and communication skills.<br />

Zoology

Zoology focuses on the diversity of animals and how they survive, thrive and persist.

The learning experience

UWA's excellent facilities enable students to achieve high-quality research. These facilities include:

Barry J Marshall science library

CELLCentral

Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis

SymbioticA

Centre for Sleep Science

Nathan's day at UWA

Follow Nathan, a first year Science student, through a typical day and discover the many advantages of studying at UWA.

Careers and further study

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Average salaries

UWA graduate starting salaries

$63,000

WA STARTING SALARIES

$55,000

national STARTING SALARIES

$33,000

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Alumni Testimonial

Tegan Box – Marine Science/Zoology

While studying at UWA, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, majoring in Zoology, and later did an honours thesis studying temperature-dependent sex determination in the flatback turtle. I then started working for Woodside Energy as an Environmental Adviser. My current role involves developing and coordinating various marine studies within areas Woodside is looking to develop, including marine turtle monitoring studies at Scott Reef and the Lanceped Islands. Woodside has also given me opportunities to extend my career further through leadership and auditor training courses. My UWA degree has been incredibly valuable in the marine monitoring and marine quarantine sections of my career.
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Merise Hocking – Conservation Biology

At UWA, we learnt about plants in Perth’s metropolitan area and how to choose plants for water conservation. I’m now part of a team of botanists who conduct vegetation surveys all over Western Australia. This job has given me the opportunity to travel from as far as Albany on the South Coast all the way to Karratha in the Pilbara. UWA has excellent science and communication courses that help ensure that you leave university with impeccable report writing skills. I knew I had a passion for the environment but it wasn’t until I delved into my degree that I unveiled my true passions.
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Related careers

A UWA science degree opens the door to a huge range of careers. We challenge our students to think critically and push boundaries. The skills you learn will prepare you for positions in the professions, research and in areas where your skills will be highly sought after in an ever-changing workforce environment. See the Faculty of Science website for more about your career options.
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Entry requirements

Admission requirements

To be considered for this course you need to: 

  • achieve the University’s minimum entry score (ATAR of 80 or equivalent)
  • demonstrate English language competence
  • satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)

View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.

Direct Pathway information

If you have a professional career in mind, take advantage of one of our Direct Pathways. A Direct Pathway gives you an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses (such as Law, Engineering or Medicine) from the start of your studies with us. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.

Alternative entry to UWA 

We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our alternative entry pathways.

About the Bachelor of Science

A key focus of the Bachelor of Science is understanding, reasoning and improving the natural world through systematic observation, experimentation, modelling and calculation. A quality education in science from UWA will equip you with attributes that are highly valued and sought after by a diverse range of employers around the globe. The Bachelor of Science gives you the opportunity to harness the skills and knowledge necessary to make a real contribution to the global challenges facing humanity. Discipline areas range from cutting-edge pure and applied science to new multidisciplinary fields of science. Acquiring the communication and research skills embedded throughout each major, you will be well prepared for many diverse and exciting careers.

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Why study Science?

Scientists study the nature of the universe, its properties, the life that exists within it, and the laws that govern the behaviour of all matter. As a student you will investigate the big issues confronting our planet including climate change, diagnosis and treatment of disease, healthy lifestyles, food sustainability, and conserving biodiversity. The importance of science in determining the wellbeing of our society is recognised by industry, business and government. UWA is ranked first in Australia for Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and Marine/Ocean Engineering by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2018. We boast staff who are among the world’s leading teachers and researchers. Their research will form an integral part of your learning experience.
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Quick details

Degree specific majors
  • 28
Minimum ATAR
  • 80 (75 for Broadway schools)
Intake months
  • February and July
Student to staff ratio
  • 22 : 1
Full time completion
  • 3 years full-time
Associated postgraduate courses
  • 50
ADMISSION TO UWA

Alternative entry pathways

UWA offers a number of alternative entry pathways for domestic and internationals students to be able to study with us. If your results do not qualify you for standard entry into the University, check our Alternative entry pathways for one that suits you.

 

ADMISSION TO UWA
Bachelor of Science

5000+ students

including 23 per cent from overseas.
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Bachelor of Science

Degree structure

The Bachelor of Science offers 28 majors that cover the traditional science disciplines as well as applied and interdisciplinary fields of study. You will have the opportunity to choose a second major from the Bachelor of Science or from the majors available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science or Bachelor of Commerce degrees. You do not need to choose your final major(s) until your second year, so you can try out two or three different subjects to see which interests you most.

 

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Duncan Barton – Physics

I ended up doing a PhD in experimental Atomic and Molecular Physics and I always knew I did not fit the academic mould. I began my ‘real’ working life with a small technology company whose clients included Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and a number of air forces internationally. I now work for Rio Tinto and have had varying roles from helping optimise its Pilbara supply chain, to now building the business case for the multi-use railway which forms part of what will be Africa’s largest integrated infrastructure and mine project to date. Find something you enjoy and the rest will generally follow.
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Top 40

UWA is ranked in the world's top 40 institutions for Agriculture, Psychology and Earth and Marine Sciences, according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016
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Popular majors available

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First in Australia

for Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and Marine/Ocean Engineering by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2018. 
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10 highly cited scientists

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