1. There’s more to science than the white coat.
When people say “scientist”, most of us picture someone in a lab wearing a white coat and goggles. OK that’s definitely part of being a scientist, but there’s also Geology, where you get to work in the field, digging up mineral samples all over the world, and Zoology, where you might find yourself camping out at night in the bush to observe nocturnal animals. There’s also Marine and Antarctic science, where you could even find yourself in the frozen splendour of Antarctica, gathering samples of ice for analysis, or tracking penguins’ movements. There’s a whole range of awesome areas to study.
2. One word. Drones.
Our Spatial Sciences and Surveying offerings are at the cutting edge of technology, which means you have the chance to play with drones as part of your studies! These amazing machines can go where we can’t, like underneath Antarctica, and do what we would rather not, like survey every square inch of a desert. And we have leading expert Associate Professor Arko Lucieer here to teach you about all of the amazing things drones can do for scientific research.
3. Our undergrads get the chance to do real research
Lachlan Dick is just 18 years old and in the first year of his Bachelor of Science. He represented Australia as the only Tasmanian competing in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. His project, Salinity Solutions, investigates the remediation of salt-affected soil.
And Geology student Rhiannan Mundana got the chance to go on a real research voyage to gather samples expelled from underwater volcanoes from the sea floor. She got to do all of the work a fully-fledged member of the science team did, and now the work will inform her Honours project.
4. Your classroom is Tasmania's incredible wilderness
At the University of Tasmania, you study in one of the most beautiful states in the country. (Maybe even the world!) The stunning wilderness of Tassie serves as a living laboratory for those studying and researching Plant Science, Biology, Marine and Antarctic Science, and a whole range of other areas.
When you need a break from the library or the lab, just head outdoors for a bushwalk, a bike ride, or a stroll to one of our hip coffee shops. A short drive, and you’re in some of the world’s most pristine wilderness. How’s that for a study break?
5. You might just change the world
If you decide to go on and study Honours, and beyond, you could make research discoveries that change the world.
Biological Sciences Professor Steven Smith has developed a new kind of rice that’s not just healthier to eat, scientists can influence how much yield it has, a project that could have a massive impact on current and future populations.
And some discoveries come purely from scientific speculation and sheer, beautiful imagination. Like our two Chemistry researchers who realised they could use an old coffee machine to effectively extract chemical compounds in the lab.
A Science degree from the University of Tasmania will give you the skills to use your knowledge, your imagination, and your vision to change your future… and maybe even the world. Apply now.