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Why study Science at UOW

When you study science at UOW we encourage you to follow your inquisitive nature and ask the important questions. Here you will be fully supported in the search for the answers that will advance our world and protect our natural environment.

A forecasted growth in jobs in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services reflects the ongoing strength and demand for services of qualified and highly educated science graduates. Employment in these areas is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 - 2023. Source: Employment Projections.   

  • Modern, purpose built facilities: Our $35 million Sciences Teaching Facility is equipped with the latest technologies to assist your learning including purpose built laboratories and touch screen devices built into laboratory desks where data can be analysed as its being collected.
  • Get hands-on: You’ll spend close to half your course hours out in the field or doing practical work in our modern labs.
  • The right environment: Our Wollongong campus offers a wide range of coastal, freshwater, bushland and geologically diverse environments, right on our doorstep.
  • Learn from the best: You'll be taught the most current knowledge direct from leading researchers who are keen to instil their passion for science into every student. 
  • Undergraduate research opportunities: Help make ground-breaking discoveries working alongside our scientists in areas such as medical biotechnology, climate change, anti-cancer drugs and biodiversity.


Our Degrees

The Bachelor of Science is a flexible three year degree which allows you to choose from a variety of majors. In addition to these majors, opportunities exist for you to select additional minors to explore other areas of study. You can also choose to specialise with our range of Honours degrees. 


Global Challenges in Science is a first year subject with a focus on developing highly sought after and transferable skills in problem solving, communication and critical thinking. Develop your scientific professional identity, establish supportive relationships and take control of your future.

Specialisation Areas

All specialisation degrees are available as Dean's Scholar.

The best in NSW/ACT

  • The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW 2nd in NSW/ACT for the Quality of Educational Experience for undergraduate Science and Mathematics.
  • UOW also ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Materials Science, top 150 for Earth and Marine Sciences and top 200 for Chemistry in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2019.
Overview of careers

Whether you study earth and environmental science, life science, molecular science or international science, an exciting and meaningful career awaits.

  • Agricultural Adviser
  • Biochemist
  • Cartographer (Mapping)
  • Chemist
  • Coastal or Estuarine Management Officer
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Drug Regulation Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Food Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geologist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Marine or Fisheries Biologist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Biotechnologist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Oceanographer
  • Science Teacher
  • Veterinary Researcher

UOW is consistently rated in the top 200 universities in the world for the quality of our graduates (QS 2020)


Brooke Conroy - Testimonial

Throughout this degree, I have enjoyed my major (Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences) as I have been able to go onto the field and gain hands-on skills.The capstone EESC course allowed us to get in the field for a week and put all our skills together to create a major research project.In this industry, it is important to learn field based skills, as it will likely be a significant aspect of future employment.

Brooke Conroy
International Bachelor of Science (Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences)

Ryan North

I have always been passionate about geology and earth science and learning about nature. With the Bachelor of Science at UOW, half the degree is practical work. One of the best experiences I’ve had throughout my degree was going out to the Flinders Ranges for two weeks to map, hike and identify rocks and their relationships within the environment. That was a fantastic, once in a lifetime experience. Practical learning experiences like this are vital for geology especially because you need to see the rocks in the field as they are. It helps to solidify that knowledge and it’s an experience that you can’t get in a classroom.

Ryan North
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar)

Robert Bruckner

I chose to study Geology because I have had a passion for it since I was a child as I had a love for how the world works and always wanted to know more. The study of Geology is so important, especially now as we are running through our resources at an incredible rate and they can't be reproduced in a quick manner. We need to understand these formations better and find new economic opportunities to better understand the world.

Robert Bruckner
Bachelor of Science

CF Testimonial - Science Aug 2017

Study abroad was part of my degree because science isn’t just restricted to a country, it’s everywhere. I did one semester in Colorado, and one semester in Ireland. Studying overseas has allowed me to form connections in two very different places and hopefully that can be a stepping-stone. I want to combine my passion and knowledge of immunology to create a vaccine.

Ailish Cleary
International Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)


When it came to choosing a university, Wollongong’s diverse natural environments and the quality of the science program at UOW were too much to ignore. The various field trips and practicals were invaluable. My role at Gnaraloo means I’m on the beach most days and some nights undertaking digital mapping, spatial analysis and monitoring the turtles.

Andrew Leach
Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) Scientific Intern, Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program


On graduating, Catherine earned one of only 12 places in the Sydney Water Graduate Program. “I intend to take full advantage of the flexibility of the Graduate Program and try policy, infrastructure planning and human resources. I've come to realise that of all the things I learned at UOW, the ability to communicate is perhaps the most important.

Catherine Rout
International Bachelor of Science, Graduate Production Officer, Sydney Water Corporation