Welcome to the School of Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences are the fundamental sciences of the University of Tasmania, driving research and teaching at the undergraduate and Ph.D. levels, and helping to grow new industries for the State.
Our graduates become leaders in technical and scientific fields because of their mastery of the foundations of knowledge through theoretical and experimental training.
Physical sciences and Biological sciences staff and students work closely together with Mathematicians, and our colleagues in the Central Science Laboratory and across the College of Science and Engineering, to carry out world-class research in dozens of specialty areas.
Our research infrastructure is some of the best in Australia, from the most powerful lasers to the most sensitive gas-chromatograph-mass-spectrometers, to the largest array of radio telescopes in the southern hemisphere. Our biology and geology students do field work in Tasmania’s unique natural environment, as well as at important sites in other states and around the world.
Science, technology, and mathematics are the future of Australia. The School of Natural Sciences trains the next generation of leaders in these fundamental subjects.
Chemistry is the study of chemical and physical properties of substances. The discipline provides training in analytical and industrial chemistry as well as areas of biological chemistry. It also provides a solid foundation for anyone needing chemistry to support specialist studies in other disciplines, such as biotechnology, biochemistry and microbiology.
Geology is the study of the Earth. It includes studies of tectonic processes leading to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and the generation of mineral, petroleum and water in the Earth's crust. Areas of study can include Geophysics, Environmental Geology, Geochemistry, Petroleum Geology and Economic Geology.
Ecology is the study of interactions among organisms and their environment, including biotic processes such as competition, predation and disease, along with responses to abiotic factors such as rainfall, temperature and soil nutrients. This discipline investigates questions that are locally significant, and globally relevant.
Genetics is the study of genes, genetic variation, and heritability in living organisms. It includes studies of inheritance of characteristics between generations, and investigations of the entire DNA sequence within a species’ genome.
In addition to traditional roles in the physical sciences, mathematics is a key component in the analysis of financial markets, coding and cryptography, the design of computer networks and weather and climate modelling. Mathematics can be used to solve problems in fields that range from psychology and chemistry to engineering, biology, commerce, and information technology.
Regardless of your educational background, work history, or life experience, if you have a passion for studying the natural sciences and need a pathway into University study, we have options available for you at the University College.
Physics extends and enhances our understanding of the other science disciplines. It is the foundation of engineering and technology, contributing to the technological infrastructure and provides a basis for an understanding of biology, chemistry, geology and other physical and biomedical sciences.
This is a truly life-enhancing science, exploring all aspects of plants and their impact on life around the world. Study how plants are intrinsic to shaping the world by feeding the global population, creating fibre for clothing, wood for furniture, shelter and fuel, paper for books, spices for flavour, drugs for medicines, and of course, the oxygen we breathe.
Research Institutes and Centres
Find out more about the research centres and institutes affiliated with the School of Natural Sciences.