Physical and Natural Science

If you ask the important questions, a degree in science provides paths of discovery to answers that will advance society and protect our natural world.

A science degree gives you skills and training to tackle the global challenges that confront us in this century and beyond. Reducing the impacts of climate change, curing illnesses, developing new technology, protecting the environment, and deciphering the universe – all require a strong base of scientific knowledge.

Yours Science Pathways in Physical and Natural Science include electives in Chemistry, Quantitative Skills with Applications, Introduction to Statistical Modelling, Geology and the Environment, Applied Physics, Principles of Zoology, Biology, Introductory Human Physiology.

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Further Course options in Physical and Natural Science

Bachelor of Science

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. The extensive range of majors available in established and emerging, generalist and specialist sciences, are all underpinned by cutting edge research.

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Bachelor of Environmental Science

This degree provides for high quality graduates with a strong scientific understanding of local to global environmental issues and their management. The program offers a wide range of flexible and learning opportunities to develop advanced scientific knowledge and field and laboratory skills related to ecological conservation, air, land, water, plant and wildlife management and protection while providing opportunities for hands on experience in local and international environments.

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Bachelor of Zoology

Zoology is the study of the diversity and ecology of animals – their evolution, form, function, behaviour and interactions within the natural world. Zoology can be considered at the level of the whole animal, down to the level of cell biology and biochemical processes and their genetic control.  At a larger scale animals are an integral part of natural systems but also have a major impact on humans as parasites and as pests competing for our food. In this degree you will investigate the interactions of between animals with plants, and microbes, which help many animals to effectively utilise plants as food.

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Where can you go with a pathway in Physical and Natural Science?

A science qualification opens the doors to a selection of occupations you may have not considered. 75% of growing employment areas in Australia require scientific training a solid science background can lead you on a journey of almost endless and flexible career paths.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is a priority for the Australian Government, with the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry expected to grow by over 150,000 jobs by 2020.


Exciting career options are possible in private business, industry, government, teaching and research for graduates, with just a taste of possibilities including:

  • Computing
  • Consulting
  • Electronics
  • Mining and oil
  • Biochemical, chemical, and clinical, engineering
  • Forensic, medical, microbiological, physiological and physics laboratories

Specific to graduates of environmental science and zoology:

  • Botanical and zoological gardens and museums
  • National parks and wildlife management
  • Forestry
  • Water and soil conservation
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Government planning departments