Why study the Bachelors of Mathematics/Science

The dual four-year program allows students to combine the versatility and breadth of a science degree, with the in-depth knowledge of a mathematics degree. This innovative program has been designed to develop graduates with the key practical skills and interdisciplinary knowledge required to address today's global challenges.

In the Science component of the dual you will choose from a broad range of available majors. In the Mathematics component you will develop a comprehensive specialised knowledge in a field of mathematics or a high level of sophistication in the applications of mathematics. Modern computation, advances in scientific technology and the increasing production of data have all increased the scope for applications of mathematics well beyond the traditional areas of engineering and the physical sciences, to include fields such as finance, economics, information technology and molecular biology. There is increasing recognition that graduates with interdisciplinary knowledge combined with high-level quantitative and analytic skills, will play a key role at the forefront of new developments in these and other fields.

Summary

  • Program code
    2394
  • 714901
  • Component degrees
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (27 Feb, 2017)
    Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2017)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    64
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English and Mathematics B plus one of Chemistry or Physics.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Mathematics/Science is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Mathematics/Science has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Mathematics/Science.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Animal and Veterinary Bioscience

Companion animals, production animals and wildlife play important ecological, economic and social roles, and it is increasingly recognised that animals are important for human health and wellbeing. In order to feed a growing world population and to raise global living standards, you will seek to find greater efficiencies in animal production while also maintaining animal wellbeing. You will work with global collaborators to create farming systems which maintain sustainable ecosystems, and conserve wildlife populations to enhance diversity and sustainability.

More information about the Animal and Veterinary Bioscience Major.

Applied Mathematics

The applied mathematics major focuses on the derivation and evaluation of models in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. Advanced techniques for solving differential equations using advanced mathematics are studied in the second and third year of the major. Computation plays an increasingly large role in the solution of problems in applied mathematics, and the algorithms and ideas which allow their efficient solution form an important part of the field. Courses in the major provide students with the skills to implement and develop these methods.

More information about the Applied Mathematics Major.

Archaeological Science / Extended

Archaeology is increasingly using scientific approaches to revolutionise research in areas such as human evolution and dispersals, the development of civilisation and the history of human-environment relationships. As a student in the Archaeological Science major, you'll study core archaeology courses in combination with electives that examine areas like geography, earth sciences, biology, and psychology. You'll develop skills in scientific reasoning and have the opportunity to apply them in the laboratory and in field settings, including on excavations and survey projects in Australia and overseas.

More information about the Archaeological Science Major.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and molecular biology is the study of the chemical basis of life and underpins all disciplines of biology. A major in this area will provide you with a detailed understanding of the molecular events that control growth and development of all living things. In addition, you will develop an understanding of how such events go wrong in certain disease states and also how they can be exploited in the development of new drugs and improved agricultural processes.

Undertaking a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will inform you on current issues in medicine, the environment, agriculture and industry. Biochemistry and molecular biology also forms the basis of the biotechnology industry.

More information about the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major.

Bioinformatics (Dual major)

Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary science which applies computers to enhance our understanding of biology. Computational biology is changing the way we manage our health and the environment and how research in biological science is conducted. Biologists everywhere will increasingly require a working knowledge of this area as industries move more deeply into genetic technologies and the use of computing to simulate biological processes.

More information about the Bioinformatics Dual Major.

Biomedical Science / Extended

The biomedical sciences encompass study areas relevant to the understanding of health and treatment of disease. Biomedical research receives, both nationally and internationally, around half the total research dollars available to all of science. This high representation underscores the relevance of basic biomedical research to health care and the natural curiosity shared by all humans about understanding the mechanisms of our own bodies. Breakthroughs in understanding human disease or its control (vaccines for polio, measles, influenza, antibiotics, cancer genetics) have been, and continue to be, dependent on fundamental research into biological mechanisms at the cellular and molecular level.

More information about the Biomedical Science Major.

Biophysics (Dual major)

Biophysics is a scientific discipline at the crossroads of biology, physics, and chemistry. Biophysicists study structure and function of biological molecules, cells and organisms using the principles and methods of physics. Biophysicists not only study biological systems, they also develop and build new instruments and tools for research and biomedical applications.

Following on from the publication of the human genome at the turn of the century, a growing number of biophysicists are needed to decipher the structures of all the gene products and the complex interactions between them. Biophysicists are also at the forefront of the research in bio-inspired functional materials, bio-mimetics and nanotechnology.

More information about the Biophysics Dual Major.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the central science. Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life. This involves an understanding of the mechanisms of reactions and processes that occur at the molecular level. An understanding of the principles of chemistry underlines disciplines such as biochemistry, engineering, food science, materials science, nanotechnology and pharmacy.

More information about the Chemistry Major.

Computational Science and Biomedical Science (Dual major)

Would you like to model how disease states affect living things at the molecular level? Or simulate how new drugs or agricultural processes will work? What if you could contribute to the new and exciting disciplines of proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics and genetic engineering?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is the study of the chemical basis of life. Studies in this field contribute to medicine, the environment, agriculture and industry, providing a thorough understanding of the molecular events that control growth and development of all living things.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in biochemistry and molecular biology.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Biomedical Science (Dual major)

Would you like to model how diseases spread in real-time? Or simulate the immune system's response to an infection? What if you could find better candidates for drug development?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Biomedical Science is a highly funded field which receives approximately half the total research dollars available to all of science, both nationally and internationally. The ability to process large amounts of data and create accurate models is essential to understanding the mechanisms of human health and disease.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in the biomedical sciences.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Chemistry (Dual major)

Would you like to understand and predict the structures and reactivities of molecules using powerful supercomputers? Or simulate the use of new polymers in electronic devices? What if you could find better candidates for drug development?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life. The ability to process large amounts of data, and accurately model complex reactions, is essential to this diverse field.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in the chemical sciences.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Computer Science (Dual major)

Computational science applies skills from information technology and mathematics to solve problems that can only be tackled through computation. Such problems occur increasingly in all areas of the physical and biological sciences, and engineering. Recent advances in technology give scientists the ability to collect and process vast amounts of data and build sophisticated models that would previously have been impossible.

Computational science is a dual major that builds on any single major, and is specifically designed to provide all science students with cutting-edge computational and quantitative skills that are relevant to their own particular needs.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Ecology (Dual major)

Would you like to model how the biosphere will respond to human pressures? Or simulate the effects of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide? What if you could create programs to aid better environmental management?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Ecology is the scientific study of how organisms interact with each other and their environments. Accurately modelling these interactions is essential for solving the environmental problems that face us in a new millennium.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in ecology.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Genetics (Dual major)

Would you like to unravel the genetic basis of disease? Or simulate how our environment affects the expression of our genes? What if you could create an interactive map of the human genome?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Genetics is transforming our understanding of life through knowledge of inheritance, gene structure and expression, the genetic basis of traits, and the interaction between genes and the environment. Computational analysis of genome sequences is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in genetics.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Geographical Sciences (Dual major)

Would you like to model how climate change has affected a region in the past and simulate how it may be affected in the future? What if you could predict the growth of cities and the movements of populations?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Geographical Science investigates the spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales. It uses advanced technology to model and analyse patterns and processes in the physical world, and track human movements and land use.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve the big issues of climate change and its impacts, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, and planning for sustainable futures for the natural and built environments.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Geological Sciences (Dual major)

Would you like to simulate how certain land uses will affect a region? What if you could develop more accurate methods of mineral discovery?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Geology is the study of the interacting systems of the solid Earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere as they evolve through time. Geologists use advanced modelling techniques to ensure the sustainability and responsible use of natural resources, and tackle environmental challenges.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in the geological sciences.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Marine Science (Dual major)

Would you like simulate how climate change will affect our ocean environments? Or demonstrate how our marine ecosystems are changing over time? What if you could create programs to aid sustainable marine management?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Marine science investigates our oceans and coastal habitats to understand the complex interactions that occur in marine ecosystems. UQ has the largest marine research facilities of any Australian tertiary institution, equipped with the most up-to-date technology to explore the unique marine environments on the doorstep of our research stations.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in the marine sciences.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Marine Science (Dual major)

Would you like simulate how climate change will affect our ocean environments? Or demonstrate how our marine ecosystems are changing over time? What if you could create programs to aid sustainable marine management?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Marine science investigates our oceans and coastal habitats to understand the complex interactions that occur in marine ecosystems. UQ has the largest marine research facilities of any Australian tertiary institution, equipped with the most up-to-date technology to explore the unique marine environments on the doorstep of our research stations.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in the marine sciences.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Mathematics (Dual major)

Would you like to predict the behaviour of financial markets? Or simulate the origins of our universe? What if you could model how a pandemic disease would spread?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Mathematics underpins an expanding number of disciplines and professions and gives graduates skills which are essential to many fields.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in a range of fields which rely on mathematics.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Microbiology (Dual major)

Would you like to model how viruses such as HIV interact with the human body? Or simulate the spread of an infectious agent? What if you could track and prevent outbreaks of disease?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Microbiology is the study of microscopic living organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa. Understanding these organisms is directly linked to the control and prevention of infectious diseases, and requires the ability to analyse large amounts of data and build models.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in microbiology.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Physics (Dual major)

Would you like to model how sub-nuclear particles interact? Or simulate the earliest moments of the universe? What if you could contribute to the fields of nanotechnology, quantum technology and biophotonics?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Physics asks the big questions which have always intrigued humankind and uses computation, data analysis, simulations and models to find the answers.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in physics.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Plant Science (Dual major)

Would you like to model how biofuels can be effectively produced? Or simulate how specific plants will cope with drought, salinity or increased temperatures? What if you could produce healthier sugars, anti-cancer drugs and biodegradable plastics?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Plant sciences address some of the greatest challenges facing humankind, contributing to a sustainable food supply, global warming reduction, and fossil-fuel alternatives. Plants are also being developed to produce industrial products, designer molecules, biopharmaceuticals and energy, and to decontaminate land and air.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in the plant sciences.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Psychology (Dual major)

Would you like to model the creation and retrieval of memories? Or simulate how certain drugs interact with the body and brain? What if you could monitor social behaviours across the population and over time?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave, think and feel. Processing data and creating complex models is essential to understanding brain function, memory, higher cognition, social behaviour and many other areas of this broad discipline.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in psychology.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Statistics (Dual major)

Would you like to improve medical treatments through better experimental design? Or model historical and future droughts using meteorological data? What if you could make principled predictions and decisions about the stock market?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Statistics provides the mathematical language and techniques necessary for understanding and dealing with chance and uncertainty in nature. It involves the design, collection, analysis and interpretation of numerical data, with the aim of extracting patterns and other useful information

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in statistics.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science and Zoology (Dual major)

Would you like to model how environmental changes will affect animal evolution and diversity? Or simulate the development of an evolutionary lineage over time? What if you could create ways to efficiently categorise newly discovered organisms?

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field which uses skills from mathematics and information technology to tackle real-world scientific problems which can only be solved through computation.

Zoology is a branch of biology that deals with the scientific study of animals. Understanding animal evolution and diversity is fundamental to the field, and computational analysis provides insight into aspects including morphology, genetics, behaviour, ecology and biochemistry.

In this dual major, you will learn to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in zoology.

More information about the Computational Science Dual Major.

Computational Science, Biochemistry and Molecular (Dual major)

Chemistry is a discipline that interfaces with many other disciplines; particularly biology, materials science, and nanotechnology. This creates some of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding areas of research both within UQ and world wide.

Biological Chemistry Stream: A clearer and more precise understanding of the molecular processes that occur in biological systems is empowering researchers in the biological fields. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the core chemical principles and how they can be applied to and enrich biological research. In addition, you will have a profound knowledge of the structure and functions of complex biological systems which is essential in modern pharmaceutical and medical research.

Nanotechnology Stream: An understanding of the underlying chemical principles in nanotechnology enables preparation of advanced materials and the exploration of their properties. With the striking rate of recent advances in this area, nanotechnology is having a major impact on the life sciences, biotechnology, the electronics industry and materials science.

More information about the Chemical Sciences Dual Major.

Computer Science / Extended

Computer science is the science of problem solving, computation and information. Computer scientists work to advance our fundamental understanding of computing, develop new and improved problem solving techniques and design more efficient and powerful computing devices and technology. In the Computer Science major, you will study a core set of computing courses with the added flexibility of combining this with courses from other areas of science and across the University.

More information about the Computer Science Major.

Data Analytics and Operations Research

Data analytics and operations research are rapidly growing disciplines that use a range of mathematical, statistical and computational approaches to extract information and make decisions in areas from pure science research to applied business management.

This major will provide students with skills in analysing large and complex data sets and making effective decisions using optimisation techniques.

More information about the Data Analytics and Operations Research Major.

Ecology

Ecology is the scientific study of how organisms interact with each other and their environments. Ecological knowledge underpins our capacity to use Australia's natural wealth sustainably and is essential for solving the environmental problems that face us in a new millennium.

Studies include: behavioural ecology, physiological ecology, population and community ecology, conservation ecology, landscape ecology, evolutionary ecology and mathematics.

Field courses are a key feature of the study of ecology at UQ. Students gain first-hand practical experience in solving ecological problems in the rainforest at Lamington National Park, Queensland outback, on the Great Barrier Reef at Heron Island, and on Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay.

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Food Science / Extended

Food science is a highly interdisciplinary science incorporating many different fields including microbiology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry. It deals with issues such as food safety, product development, the industrial processes used to manufacture food, food preservation, food technology, packaging, molecular gastronomy and sensory analysis. As one of the life sciences it is quite distinct from the field of nutrition.

You will learn the processes involved in developing, producing and evaluating new foods; examine the causes and prevention of foodborne illnesses; acquire the methodologies for microbiological and chemical testing of food; discover the causes and prevention of quality degradation; study the physics and physical chemistry of food and apply your knowledge to industry based problems.

As a food scientist you will examine all of the technical aspects of foods from 'field to fork' including the development of new foods, designing the processes to produce these foods, choosing the packaging materials for optimal storage and transport, conduct shelf-life studies and sensory evaluation of products with consumer panels as well as the microbiological and chemical testing of products for consumer safety.

Food Science and Nutrition (Dual major)

Food and nutrition covers all aspects of the food system from farm to fork. The food system is not only concerned with on-farm production, off-farm food processing, and distribution of produce for sale, but also the selection and consumption of the food by the consumer including the effects of food on their health.

Food science covers the physical nature and chemical composition of food to enable us to understand how and why food behaves under different conditions of processing and storage. We use this information to improve the safety and quality of food as well as extend the range of products available.

The science of nutrition studies the effects of dietary nutrients on growth, development, health and well-being in the population. It also examines the psychological, sociological and cultural factors which influence food choice, with a particular focus on the consequences for health.

More information about the Food Science and Nutrition Dual Major.

Genetics

Genetics, more than any other discipline, is transforming modern biology. Genetics is the study of inheritance: the structure and expression of genes, the genetic basis of traits, and the interaction between genes and the environment at the population and species level. The growing availability of completely sequenced genomes, computational analysis and molecular analytic tools is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology.

The analysis of vast collections of genomic data has spawned the new discipline of bioinformatics that has required the development of new analytical and programming tools.

Genetics is an appropriate major to be taken on its own or in combination with any other biological major or Computer Science.

More information about the Genetics Major.

Geographical Sciences

Geographical Science investigates the spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales. It examines the patterns and processes of natural and built environments and human activity, how they change over time and how they interact.

Physical Geography is concerned with the patterns and processes in climate, landforms, soils, plants, animals as well as the impact of human activities on these systems.

Human Geography examines how people interact with the environment and about applying physical geography elements to human ends. Human geography involves applied studies in urban and rural settlement, location and land-use, human spatial behaviour and demography.

Geographical Information Science is the study of geographic information systems and remote-sensing for modelling, managing, analysing and applying geo-referenced information in a variety of contexts. It is concerned with the interpretation and analysis of geographical information obtained from airborne and satellite images, land surveying, field observation and data systems. It has applications in earth, biological and environmental sciences, built environments, human settlements, planning and natural resources.

Geological Sciences / Extended

Geology is the study of the interacting systems of the solid Earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere as they evolve through time. Geologists discover, develop, and responsibly manage minerals, energy, and other Earth resources. Geological knowledge underpins our capacity to ensure a sustainable supply of natural resources and the use of these resources responsibly, and it is essential for solving environmental challenges such as global climate change.

More information about the Geological Sciences Major.

Marine Biology (Extended major)

This major will allow you to focus on the biology of marine organisms rather than on the physical aspects of marine science such as currents, waves and physical processes of marine environments. It draws on disciplines such as marine ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to study life in the oceans and other salt water environments such as estuaries and wetlands.

You will develop a breadth of specialized knowledge of marine biological systems and the application of ecological and environmental strategies to protect these systems. With one of the largest marine research groups in Australia, your studies will be enriched by the input of researchers at the forefront of this dynamic discipline.

More information about the Marine Biology Extended Major.

Marine Science

Marine science is the scientific study of our oceans and coastal habitats, and includes a wide range of disciplines in the biological, chemical, physical and Earth sciences. Students can pursue a general study plan or a more specialised plan in an area such as marine biology or marine geology. With an increasing focus on the role of our oceans to provide food and resources for our growing populations, the next generation of UQ marine scientists will play a major role in ensuring that we protect and profit from our oceans.

More information about the Marine Science Major.

Mathematical Physics

The field of mathematical physics focuses on the mathematical foundations of modern physical theories. It provides the mathematical understanding and tools underpinning a broad range of contemporary science including statistical mechanics, relativity and the quantum theory of many body systems.

Students who undertake a major in mathematical physics will gain the mathematical background required to understand and describe nature at its most fundamental levels. The major will not only prepare students for research in mathematical physics and related disciplines; it will foster creativity and develop high-level skills in critical and analytical thinking, paramount in problem solving.

More information about the Mathematical Physics Major.

Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of microscopic living organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa. These organisms have a major impact on all aspects of life. Diseases caused by microbes are well-known and can involve viruses (e.g. influenza and HIV), bacteria (e.g. meningococcus, Staphylococcus, E. coli) and protozoa (e.g. malaria). Our understanding of these organisms is directly linked to the control and prevention of infectious diseases. Immunology plays a key role in understanding how humans and animals respond to the challenge of these disease-causing organisms.

In recent years, research in microbiology has been revolutionized by new and exciting technologies such as proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics and genetic engineering. Thus, Microbiology is a discipline of enormous importance in basic and applied science.

More information about the Microbiology Major.

Physics / Extended

Physics is one of the fundamental sciences and involves solving the big questions that have always intrigued humankind: where did we come from and where are we headed?

Physics embraces the study of the most basic natural laws and is about explaining how and why things work on scales ranging from the sub-nuclear to the entire cosmos. Physicists explore and identify basic principles governing the structure and behaviour of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interaction of matter and energy. Some physicists use these principles in theoretical or experimental studies on topics such as the nature of time and the origin of the Universe; others apply their physics knowledge to practical areas, developing advanced materials, electronic and optical devices, and equipment for a wide range of fields such as medicine, mining, astronomy and geophysics.

Physics is also at the heart of new interdisciplinary areas such as information technology, nanotechnology, quantum technology and biophotonics. In newly developing areas in the biosciences, an understanding of basic physical principles is one of the keys to advancing knowledge.

More information about the Physics Major.

Plant Science

Plant sciences are among the most relevant scientific disciplines today. Think about two of the most important problems facing humankind: global warming and dependency on fossil fuels. Using a variety of approaches, plant scientists are addressing both problems - from the production of biofuels from plant origin to the use of plants in carbon sequestration.

Animals and humans depend utterly on plants, and not only for food. Today, plant science has demolished the classic barriers of being confined to farm and food production. With the advent of modern biotechnology, plants are being used to decontaminate land and air, produce industrial products, designer molecules, biopharmaceuticals and energy (biofuels). In addition, designer plants are producing biodegradable plastics, new healthier sugars and anti-cancer drugs.

Plant scientists need to understand how plants work, from molecules to ecosystems to improve the production of food, pharmaceuticals and timber, to control diseases, pests and noxious weeds, to allow them to cope with drought, salinity and pollutants and to design new plants for innovative purposes such as biofactories.

More information about the Plant Science Major.

Psychology / Extended

Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave, think and feel. It is a broad ranging discipline that spans topics including brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development, social behaviour and the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviour. Undergraduate students will gain an understanding of how to apply the scientific perspective to psychological phenomena in the laboratory and in the real world.

More information about the Psychology Major.

Public Health

Public health focuses on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health. It is founded upon a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and well-being by considering the vagaries of human behaviour, the physical environment, the socio-economic and cultural determinants of health, and the systems of health care management.

The Public Health major will provide a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. You will learn how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health in communities.

To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health including: epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

More information about the Public Health Major.

Pure Mathematics

The pure mathematics major develops foundations and theory in a broad range of mathematical fields. Students study mathematical concepts in terms of their intrinsic nature and fundamental properties, gaining an appreciation of the ubiquity, universality and beauty of mathematics.

Courses in the major develop high-level skills in critical, analytical and abstract thinking, and provide frameworks for deeper understanding of other areas of mathematics such as applied mathematics, mathematical physics and statistics. The major offers the opportunity to acquire a solid grounding in the key areas of pure mathematics, as well to undertake focused study in advanced courses. Our pure mathematics courses cover areas such as algebra, analysis, combinatorics, geometry, number theory and topology.

More information about the Pure Mathematics Major.

Statistics

Statistics is an essential part of science, providing the mathematical language and techniques necessary for understanding and dealing with chance and uncertainty in nature.

Statistics involves the design, collection, analysis and interpretation of numerical data, with the aim of extracting patterns and other useful information. Examples include the analysis of DNA and protein sequences, the construction of evolutionary trees from genetic data, the improvement of medical treatments via experimental designs, and the assessment of drought conditions through meteorological data. A main feature of statistics is the development and use of statistical and probabilistic models for random phenomena, which can be analysed and used to make principled predictions and decisions. Examples of such models can be found in biology (genetics, population modelling), finance (stock market fluctuations, insurance claims), physics (quantum mechanics/computing), medicine (epidemiology, spread of HIV/AIDS), telecommunications (internet traffic, mobile phone calls), and reliability (safety of oil rigs, aircraft failure), to name but a few.

More information about the Statistics Major.

Statistics

Statistics provides the mathematics and techniques necessary for understanding and dealing with chance and uncertainty. It involves the design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data, with the aim of extracting patterns and other useful relationships. A key feature of statistics is the development and use of probabilistic models for random phenomena, which can be analysed and used to make predictions and decisions.

More information about the Statistics Major.

Zoology

Zoology is a branch of biology that deals with the scientific study of animals. Fundamental to this science is an appreciation and understanding of animal evolution and diversity, gained through research into aspects of the morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of animals.

Zoologists explore the relationships and interactions of animals with their physical and biological environments at individual, population, community and ecosystem levels, and utilise modern comparative and experimental approaches to investigate the evolution and diversity of animals. The study of Australia's unique fauna provides exciting and rewarding opportunities for zoologists to understand and appreciate animal life.

More information about the Zoology Major.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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UQ Study Guides

Download our UQ guides for more information on programs, events, scholarships, upcoming important dates and much more.

Undergraduate Study Guide 2017

Undergraduate Study Guide 2017

An introduction to studying at UQ as an undergraduate student, including information about our programs, entry requirements, how to apply, living costs, accommodation and much more.

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Entry Options Guide 2017

Entry Options Guide 2017

Find the best pathway to gain entry to the UQ program that's right for you. This guide includes explanations of different application processes and ways to upgrade your skills and qualifications.

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