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

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.

Marine Science

Marine Science focuses on the understanding and protection of the marine environment and the organisms that live there.

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine can be considered the basis of modern scientific medical knowledge and plays a critical role in evidence-based medicine. This major allows you to understand the causes and mechanisms of human disease, as well as how they are investigated in the laboratory.

Neuroscience

A major in Neuroscience allows you to explore how nervous systems work and how nervous system function can be restored after disease and injury to the brain.

Natural Resource Management

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

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.

Medical Sciences

Medical Sciences integrates knowledge of how the human body functions, how it reacts to disease and pharmacological treatment for disease, with the skills needed to enter a range of clinical and academic health professions.

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.

Pharmacology

Pharmacology provides a modern understanding of how medicines produce their effects on the body and how such knowledge is used to alleviate suffering caused by disease.

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.

Sport Science

Ever wondered about the science behind elite performance? A Sport Science major provides you with expertise in sport sciences and trains you for a career in the sporting industry. We have excellent links with industry for practicum placements and world-class facilities and teachers to support your learning.<br /> <br />

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.

Quantitative Methods

Quantitative methods is the range of mathematical and statistical techniques used to analyse data in a variety of subject areas such as science, economics, marketing, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, education and sport.

Psychology (double major)

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour.

Psychological Science

Psychological Science is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour, and is a challenging and wide-ranging discipline.

Population Health

Studying Population Health will allow you to examine patterns of health and disease in society, the application of medical research and evidence based medicine to populations and to consider what we can do to improve the health of the community.

Physiology

Learn about the molecular and cellular machinery that makes up your body, as well as how it works in everyday life and what causes disease.

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&#8217;s greatest challenges.

Environmental Science

Provides the research basis for solving environmental problems.

Exercise and Health

Exercise is vital for lifelong health. If you are passionate about exercise and health and understanding the science behind this, then this major is for you.

Geology

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

Geographical Sciences

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

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.

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.

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

Understanding the origins and strategies for more equitable health and wellbeing for Aboriginal communities is the leading health issue in Australia.<br />

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.

Conservation Biology

Conservation Biology is the science that studies the living world and its biological diversity in order to manage and protect it. At UWA, we envision to empower you with the skills and enthusiasm necessary to preserve species and ecosystems for future generations.

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.

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.

Botany

Almost all life on Earth depends upon plants.

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.

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 must: 

  • 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)

Go to admission requirements for more 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 at UWA. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.

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 second in Australia (Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2016) in Life and Agricultural Sciences and boasts 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
  • 32
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
Postgraduate majors
  • 50+
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500+ students

including 23 per cent from overseas.
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Bachelor of Science

Degree structure

The Bachelor of Science offers 21 majors that cover the traditional science disciplines as well as applied and interdisciplinary fields of study. You will also 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 Commerce or Bachelor of Design degrees.

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UWA's four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree comprises 32 units.

The units you study must include:

  • a degree-specific major
  • at least four units which satisfy the broadening requirements of your course (including GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership and a Language Other Than English (LOTE) unit
  • an honours program the equivalent of eight Level 4 units (including a dissertation equal to four Level 4 units)
  • a research project and studies in research methods and project management in your second and third academic years
  • an appropriate assessment to demonstrate outstanding skills in both spoken and written communication in your second, third and fourth academic years
  • an approved period of student exchange/study abroad

There are some limits you need to be aware of, you :

  • can include no more than 12 units at Level 1 second item
  • must pass at least four units at Level 3
  • must maintain a weighted average mark (WAM) of 75 or above

Beyond this, you have great freedom to craft a degree that best suits your personal interests and career goals.

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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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Bachelor of Science

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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2nd in Australia and 24th in the world

for Life and Agricultural Sciences, according to Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016
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10 highly cited scientists

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Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science contains a number of accreditations depending upon the area of specialty you choose to undertake. Check the specific page of the course in which you’re interested for further accreditation details.
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