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 Sciences 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.
Biology is the study of life and living organisms. Students and researchers within this discipline seek to expand the frontiers of knowledge of the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of organisms. Within the Discipline of Biological Sciences, knowledge is created and disseminated through majors in zoology, plant science, genetics, and ecology.
Chemistry is the study of chemical and physical properties of substances. The discipline provides training in analytical and synthetic chemistry as well as areas of environmental, materials and 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.
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.
Research Institutes and Centres
Find out more about the research centres and institutes affiliated with the School of Natural Sciences.
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