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Science

If you’re curious about the world around you, then studying science is for you.

Our degree provides flexibility in how you structure your learning. If you know what you want to do, we have a study option ready to go. Or, if you want to follow a passion wherever it may lead, you can do that too.

We’ll give you a wealth of practical experience regardless of your areas of study. You’ll have unparalleled access to facilities used by researchers and industry partners, and you can immerse yourself in Tasmania’s living laboratory, with opportunities to connect with the science community.

Course Options

Bachelor of Science

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 002059J

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Bachelor of Science with Honours

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 030420J

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Associate Degree in Applied Science

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years
Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast CRICOS 099493M

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Undergraduate Certificate in Science

Min. 6 months, up to a max. 2 years.
Fully online

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Tasmania is a living laboratory. You’ll be immersed in our pristine environments and a range of terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Get globally connected with lecturers who collaborate with partners like NASA, SpaceX, and the WHO.

Go beyond the classroom and get genuine experience with summer research projects, overseas educational experiences, field trips and field-based units.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees

Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Study options

Associate Degree in Applied Science

In this industry-focused program, you can choose between two specialised streams depending on your interest area. Learn how to use science to build a career in the food and beverage industry with our Fermentation and Separation. Or, if you’d love to work in Tasmania’s booming aquaculture industry, our hands-on Sustainable Aquaculture stream is for you.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of things at the molecular level. It allows for a deeper knowledge of the world around us, the development of methods to identify chemicals in our environment, and the creation of ways to make useful materials. You’ll learn analytical and synthetic chemistry, as well as areas related to biological and industrial chemistry. You’ll also receive a solid foundation to support specialist studies in pharmacy, biotechnology, biochemistry and microbiology.

Available in Hobart only.

Computer Science

Computer Science encompasses a range of foundational technologies that support almost every modern human endeavour. You’ll learn a range of computing techniques, preparing you to develop technical solutions for different needs. This includes skills in programming, database design and deployment, networking, artificial intelligence, mobile applications, and web design, as well as gaining experience with real clients to produce quality software.

Data Science

Big Data is a core function within government, commerce, and science. This major provides an opportunity to explore new kinds of data, the tools for processing it, and to learn how to capture, manipulate and process huge volumes of digital data and transform it into usable information.

Earth Sciences

This major is for students interested in the study of the earth and geoscience. There is no better place to study the Earth than Tasmania, as our state packs 1,400 million years of history into an amazingly small space, with more diversity and better coastal and mountain rock exposures than anywhere else in Australia.

Available in Hobart only.

Ecology

The ecology major is for those who want to explore and develop strategies to understand, support and conserve animal and plant populations. You’ll study interactions among organisms and their environment, including processes such as competition, predation and disease, along with responses to factors such as rainfall, temperature and soil nutrients.

Available in Hobart only.

Environmental Remediation

As we learn more about the impacts of past, present and future developments on our environment, there is a growing need to not only understand the changes that have occurred, but create practical, multidisciplinary solutions. Gain knowledge and skills in land-based environmental monitoring and chemistry associated with industrial and agricultural enterprises.

Available in Launceston only.

Food Innovation and Safety

This major focuses on post-farm gate value adding (e.g. fermentation science), as well as the quality of food products. It takes advantage of our close links with the thriving food industry sector in Tasmania. Graduate with practical skills in food analysis, production, new product development and processing technologies.

Available in Launceston only.

Geography and Environment

Understanding the interactions between diverse environments, places, and societies is fundamental to addressing climate change, economic inequality, biodiversity loss, resource scarcity and landscape vulnerability. From your first year, we combine diverse environments with student-led and problem-based fieldwork. Graduate able to work in a wide variety of environmental and social professions.

Geospatial Science

Learn how to utilise a variety of cutting-edge technologies, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and remotely-sensed data (e.g. from satellites and drones). From planning major infrastructure developments to understanding the macro effects of climate change, geospatial skills are highly relevant across many disciplines.

Available in Hobart only.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Logistics and international trade keep the world moving. As an island state, Tasmania relies on efficient supply chain management to move freight and passengers, as well as facilitate growth. This major gives you a practical education in international logistics and supply chain management.

Available in Launceston only.

Marine Biology

Learn the role that marine plants and animals play in the world’s ecosystems. Offered through our Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, your classroom can include everything from Tasmania’s giant kelp forests and thriving aquaculture industry to the entire Southern Ocean.

Available in Hobart only.

Mathematics

Mathematics underpins technology and describes all aspects of the natural world. It’s at the core of emerging industries all over the world, and is key to all technological innovation. Through industry partners such as NASA and Google, our graduates learn how to apply their skills to applied problems.

Available in Hobart only.

Microbiology

From bacteria and viruses to fungi, single-celled animals and algae, microorganisms are fundamental to the cycles that underpin life on Earth. Cover topics like investigating infectious diseases to the production of foods and chemicals to gain practical skills that are applicable around the world.

Available in Hobart only.

Molecular Bioscience

Explore how living organisms function from both a molecular and cellular perspective. Focus on the role these molecules have in health and disease, and cover issues that are globally relevant. You’ll apply your knowledge and skills to real-world problems in collaboration with business, natural science, and medicine.

Available in Hobart only.

Ocean Conservation and Industries

This major responds to the need for innovative and real-time monitoring of diverse and challenging marine environments. It draws on the industry collaborations and specialist research of our Australian Maritime College and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to explore challenges in the rapidly expanding aquaculture industry.

Available in Launceston only.

Physics

Physics is the study of the fundamental laws that govern the world around us. It’s the foundation of engineering and technology, providing a basis for understanding biology, chemistry, geology and biomedical sciences. You’ll be exposed to real-world challenges with global industry partners including the Australian Antarctic Division, NASA and CSIRO.

Available in Hobart only.

Plant Science

Investigate all aspects of plants and their impact on human life. You’ll study how plants function and develop, and how they’ve evolved through time. With pristine ecosystems accessible directly from campus, we offer not only unparalleled access but also a distinctive breadth and depth of flora and fauna to give you a truly holistic education.

Available in Hobart only.

Psychological Science

Studying psychology, you’ll understand the science behind human behaviour, and learn how this can solve problems in all sorts of situations. This major can pave the way for a range of careers. We provide insight into how psychological science benefits Antarctic expeditions, remote communities, the recovery of brain injuries, addiction, and more.

Statistics and Decision Science

The interpretation and application of data is an important science. Our research and industry connections will connect your studies to real-world applications. Your lecturers bring examples from live projects such as improving patient flow through hospitals, implementing maintenance schedules for infrastructure – even using machine learning to identify bird species from bush recordings.

Available in Hobart only.

Zoology

Zoology looks at the relationships between the structure and function in animals, and how these traits evolved over time. There is no better place to immerse yourself in the study of animals than Tasmania’s living laboratory. We offer unparalleled access to our distinctive range of ecosystems, flora and fauna, coastal landscapes, and the Southern Ocean.

Available in Hobart only.

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Science

Science Major (100 credit points)

You’ll complete eight units that focus on a particular science discipline. There are 20 exciting major options in the Bachelor of Science, covering physical, biological, agricultural, mathematical, health, and environmental sciences, and information technology.

Discipline Study (100 credit points)

Eight units of your choice to broaden your knowledge of science and complement your major. You may choose units from within the science majors or focus your choices and choose to study a second science major.

Elective Units (100 credit points)

These units will broaden your learning experience and complement your major area of study with other discipline-specific studies. You may choose from any units offered from the College of Sciences and Engineering, or other areas of the University that are available as electives.

You can also use this space in your degree to complete a second major or diploma from either the science disciplines or somewhere else in the University.

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Stream Units (50 credit points)

You’ll complete four units that focus on your chosen Applied Science Stream: Sustainable Aquaculture OR Fermentation and Separation.

Discipline Core Units (100 credit points)

Eight units to broaden your knowledge of science that can also complement your chosen stream within Applied Science.

Elective Units (50 credit points)

You will complete four Elective Units in the Associate Degree in Applied Science. Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University in areas such as Arts, Business, Design, Science, and Information Communication Technologies . Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline field.

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Science, you may receive some credit towards a Bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania. The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion.

Career outcomes

STEM star discovers the art in science

"In biology, not just chemistry, you’re drawing dissected animals, you’re drawing things under the microscope in terms of plant science and zoology, which is what I did for the first two years of my degree, and that was all really fun."

Bianca Deans, Bachelor of Science graduate, Chemistry major.

Read more about Bianca

Careers in Science

Science gives you the opportunity to focus on one or more study areas, with career options typically falling into three main categories:

Specialist application of knowledge

Careers include geologists, marine biologists, plant scientists, forensic scientists, meteorologists and more.

Broad application of knowledge

In careers such as biosecurity, STEM teachers and environmental policy advisors, a broad understanding of science is essential.

Generalist core skills

Careers using core skills obtained during your degree include public relations and marketing, as well as government and local council roles.

*ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Environmental Scientist roles

12.5%

increase projected by 2024*

Professional, scientific and technical service roles

14.7%

increase projected by 2024*

Market research and statistical service roles

16.5%

increase projected by 2024*

Study Experiences

Passion for animals takes alumnus around the world

"My biggest passions are both conservation and behaviour welfare. They’re my two biggest goals in life. Improving the behaviour welfare for any animal."

Jade Fountain, Bachelor of Science graduate, Zoology major.

Read more about Jade

Summer Research Projects

This is a great way to set yourself apart for your future career. You apply to conduct a six-to-eight-week research program on a topic of your choice, typically between your second and third year. There are also scholarships available to provide financial assistance for your living costs while you conduct your research.

You’ll work in specialist facilities, locations or ecosystems where our world-class researchers collaborate with industry partners in whatever field of study you're interested in. This may become a pre-cursor to an honours year, or just a great experience to add to your CV.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.