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Science above all is about doing. This is why UOW science students are very well trained in practical methods and skills, spending about half their time in laboratories or on fieldwork. Our degrees will develop your communication and teamwork skills as well as your critical and analytical thinking. These skills are all in high demand, which is why our graduates enjoy some excellent career destinations and outcomes.

Transcript of UOW Science Undergraduate Booklet


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    WeLcomeI would like to extend a warm welcome to you from the UOW Faculty of Science. If youre like me, youre interested in science and technology and curious about the world around us.

    This makes you the perfect candidate for a degree in science.

    Science above all is about doing. This is why UOW science students are very well trained in practical methods and skills, spending about half their time in laboratories or on fieldwork.

    Our degrees will develop your communication and teamwork skills as well as your critical and analytical thinking. These skills are all in high demand, which is why our graduates enjoy some excellent career destinations and outcomes.

    A UOW science degree provides excellent training and a pathway to many different career options. It will not only give you in-depth knowledge of a scientific discipline, but will also develop your practical and fieldwork skills as well as research training.

    If you have a passion for science, if you want to make a difference to some major world issues and enjoy a really rewarding career, if you want to learn and understandconsider a science degree at UOW.

    Best wishes

    PRoF WIllIAM e. PRIce Dean, Faculty oF Science


    WHAt We Doconnect: oUR FAcULtY


    We are looking for curious students who see whats in front of them and want to know more. Science is a way to understand the world. By understanding how the natural world works, we can learn why things happen the way they do.You may already have firm ideas as to where a science degree will lead you, and many of our graduates have successfully pursued their dreams from day one. Their degrees have led them into a wide range of careers including environmental management, exploration geology, medical research and postgraduate medicine.

    Alternatively, you may not have a fixed career or area in mind, but do have particular interests and passions in science that you want to pursue. Science degrees at UOW satisfy both these desires.

    Our flexible degrees allow you to build a study program to meet your developing interests, while our more prescribed degrees provide you with the range of skills and experience employers want.

    With about half of your course hours made up of practical classes and field activities, our degrees will develop your skills and abilities as a practising Scientist.



    ReSeARcHResearch is about finding out new things. its at the centre of all scientific endeavours. it can result in major leaps in technology and improvement to the quality of life and preservation of our environment. At UOW, our researchers are engaged in world-first interdisciplinary research in areas such as nanomaterials for biomedical devices, adaptation to climate change and coastal management, anti-cancer drugs and protecting our biodiversity and ecosystems. Research is naturally at the very heart of what we do. This is normal for an international university.

    Whats not normal is that you could work on some of these research projectswhile you are still in your undergraduate degree.

    WHAt IS A ReSeARcH ScIentISt?Many trained scientists find careers in scientific research. Regardless of the field, there is always new research being conducted all over the world, with international collaborations common.

    Many research scientists will find work in higher education, government or private research organisations where the purpose of research is to further scientific knowledge, leading to outcomes that over time may lead to direct application.

    Basic research is an exploration into the fundamental rules of the worldhow things work, how they interact, what makes things happen the way they do. You could also work in applied research, where you take what was learned in basic research and use that knowledge to solve a specific problem. Development is the final stage when these applications are refined into useful products or tools.

    Traditionally, most pure research occurs in government or academic institutions, and the bulk of development work is done by private industry. However, companies still fund basic research, and academic institutions will sometimes create application and development centres, such as UOWs AIIM Processing and Devices facility.


    ReSeARcH At UoWWere engaged in a wide range of research projects including new materials, environmental science, and medical bioscience. this research is concentrated in research centres, comprising groups of scientists focusing their efforts in a particular area. It is common for students in their second or third year of study to carry out individual research projects, as part of one of our internationally renowned research teams.

    You could be working in well equipped labs on many exciting projects: helping design a new drug to combat childhood leukaemia, making new material to keep diseased heart valves open, dating a recently discovered archaeological artefact from Indonesia or looking at the ecological effects of bushfires in Australia and how to manage them. Research skills and training are also great for your CV, as they develop skills that are in high demand by employers.


    ReSeARcH centReSSome of our research centres and their areas of expertise are detailed below:

    Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI)

    IPRI is a world renowned research group focused on advanced materials and their applications. IPRI is also part of The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. The Centre is made up of six research organisations, whose common goal is to make new advanced electromaterials for application in biomedical science, photovoltaics and energy storage.

    See ipri.uow.edu.au for more information.

    centre for Archaeological Science (cAS)

    CAS is engaged in a range of field and laboratory programs. Its aim is to develop, integrate and apply modern scientific techniques to answer fundamental questions about human evolution and the analysis of material remains of past human life and activities.

    See cas.uow.edu.au for more information.

    centre for Medical Bioscience (cMB)

    CMB is a multidisciplinary team of chemists and biologists with a common interest in the molecular basis of disease and disease prevention. CMB researchers collaborate closely on exciting research programs focused primarily in three key areas: Anti-microbial agents; age-related diseases such as the investigation of cataract, neurodegenerative and inflammatory disorders; and new therapeutics for breast and prostate cancer. CMB is a regional centre of expertise in biotechnology and forms the hub of molecular biology research in the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.

    See uow.edu.au/science/research/cmb for more information.

    centre for Medicinal chemistry (cMc)

    CMC is a medically focused research group investigating a diverse range of disease states which aims to develop new pharmaceutical agents targeting novel molecular mechanisms. Current research is specifically targeting a number of infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease and the development of anti-cancer agents.

    See uow.edu.au/science/research/cmc for more information.


    GeoQuEST conducts highly innovative research in the earth and environmental sciences. It brings together researchers from the disciplines of geography, geology and environmental science with interdisciplinary research interests in Earth processes, environmental change and human interactions. GeoQuEST undertakes fundamental research across the geosciences, at a range of time scales, linking past Earth history, present process studies, and sustainability of future environments.

    GeoQuEST incorporates the Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry (CAC). CAC is dedicated to the investigation of atmospheric composition and chemistry, which is vital to understanding global climate change. The group is internationally renowned for its expertise in atmospheric measurements.

    See uow.edu.au/science/eesc/geoquest for more information.

    Institute for conservation Biology and environmental Management (IcBeM)

    ICBEM combines expertise in conservation law and policy with strong research in evolutionary and environmental biology. It incorporates research in three major themes: Environmental Biology, including the impact of humans and climate change on both marine and terrestrial plants and animals; Evolutionary Biology, including forensic entomology and population genetics and adaptation to climate change; and Conservation Law and Policy, where the core biological research used to inform the decisions of policy makers. ICBEM incorporates two other research centres, namely the Centre for the Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires (CERMB) and the Shoalhaven Marine and Freshwater Centre (SMFC).

    See the below for more information: ICBEM - uow.edu.au/science/biol/icbCERMB - uow.edu.au/science/biol/icb/cermbSMFC - uow.edu.au/science/research/smfc

    the Australian centre for cultural environmental Research (AUScceR)

    AUSCCER brings together a strong combination of research expertise and skills to the study of cultural environmental research. Cultural environmental research explores how humans interact with and understand the environment using cultural research methods and concepts. AUSCCERs research explores two main areas: understanding the cultural environment and advancing cultural research for environmental sustainability.

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