Bachelor of Science
Reason, logic, observation, analysis, resourcefulness, creativity, imagination, experimentation and synthesis – these are the essence of 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.
Almost all life on Earth depends on plants. Botany is an ideal major if you're enthusiastic about Western Australia's unique native flora or agricultural crops.
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.
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.
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.
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 is the creative application of science and mathematics to solve complex problems. Engineers with qualifications from UWA are empowered to change the world and seek solutions to humanity's greatest challenges.
Studying Environmental Science will provide you with a strong 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 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.
Geography is the study of the Earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments.
Geology is the science of the Earth, aiming to understand how our planet works.
If you're fascinated by our amazing marine and coastal environments, Marine Science could be 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Barry J Marshall science library incorporates the latest technology to promote student learning and world-class scientific research. There are soundproof study rooms with electronic white boards, specialist multimedia suites and an Access Grid classroom that allows classes to be shared in remote areas and overseas over high speed networks.
CELLCentral, within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, offers an Australian-first combination of state-of-the-art histology, biological preparation, imaging and analysis equipment and services for both research and student use.
Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis
Through the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, UWA enables research excellence by providing world-class microscopy and microanalysis facilities, including our unique pair of ion probes, the IMS 1280 and NanoSIMS 50, which offer world-exclusive analytical capabilities to Australian and international researchers.
SymbioticA is the first research laboratory of its kind, enabling artists and researchers to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department.
Centre for Sleep Science
Headed by Winthrop Professor Peter Eastwood, the Centre has undergone a $1 million upgrade and boasts three bedrooms equipped with state-of-the-art sleep recording and analysis equipment. It also contains consulting rooms, a range of training and seminar rooms, and upgraded offices for staff and students.
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
Tegan Box – Marine Science/Zoology
Merise Hocking – Conservation Biology
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.
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 informationIf 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.
Admission 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 admission 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.
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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First in Australia
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.
85% student resources satisfaction
Top 100 in the world
UWA is ranked in the world's top 100 institutions for:
- public health
- human biological sciences
- mining and mineral engineering
- water resources
- atmospheric science
- geography and earth sciences
(QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
Popular majors available
10 highly cited scientists
Admission entry pathways
UWA offers a number of admission 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 Admission entry pathways for one that suits you.