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Bachelors of Information Technology / Science

Overview

Develop the specialised abilities and understanding needed for success in highly competitive business and technology environments, while gaining interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills in your preferred scientific passion.

This dual program lets you combine study in advanced information technology with a wide range of majors from the world of science.

UQ's Bachelor of Information Technology will set you up for any number of career options working with computers and information, where you can apply your technical skills to solve problems, support innovation and improve communication between people.

Topics covered include accounting, economics, law, marketing, business and strategy, and you'll also learn about software engineering, design, mathematics and information systems.

The science program offers one of the broadest selections of disciplines in Australia, enabling you to develop your interdisciplinary scientific knowledge and practical skills while pursuing studies that suit your interests and ambitions.

You'll also have the chance to gain relevant, real-world experience through employability and work-integrated learning. You'll graduate with highly developed knowledge in your specialist area, superior technical abilities, and advanced independent thinking and communication skills.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
733301
Program Code
2495
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$44720 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
733301
Program Code
2495
CRICOS Code
042119D
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Undertake a flexible project-focused degree that will provide you with the talent and expertise to shape the future of information communication technology.
  • Use courseware developed in close collaboration with UQ's industry partners for a solid foundation in concepts relevant across the business world and technology-based industry.
  • Choose from an array of science majors that teach you how to work independently, perform critical experiments, analyse data and communicate results.

1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Archaeological Science
  • Archaeological Science

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Software developer
  • Systems engineer
  • Environmental adviser
  • Medical scientist
  • Data scientist
  • Marine biologist
  • Mine geologist
  • Senior project chemist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Research officer

Graduate salary

Computing and information systems (undergraduate)

$58K–$62K

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Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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Next steps after graduation

82.5% of graduates are in full-time employment
(Computer and Information Systems Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, 2019).

100,000 new jobs in the tech sector, but only 49,5000 graduating students to fill them.

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

BInfTech: Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C).

BSc: Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

BInfTech: Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C).

BSc: Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
78732

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our ATAR guarantee threshold (PDF, 208.58 KB) you could be guaranteed an offer for your preferred program.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Students undertaking the BSc (Computer Science) may not enrol in the BInfTech/BSc dual program.

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Information Tech/B Science for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest<5 / <5<5 / <5
Median<5 / <5<5 / <5
Lowest<5 / <5<5 / <5

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

00%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
<5<5
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
00%

International students

00%

Total

<5100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Information Technology / Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors and minors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Applied Mathematics

Did you know that mathematical modelling is used to create disease models that enable scientists to better understand infectious diseases?

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Build your foundational knowledge in core topics such as applied mathematical analysis, mathematical modelling and the numerical methods used in computer programming.

You'll develop your critical thinking skills and learn advanced mathematical techniques for approaching problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your expertise in areas of interest such as natural resources mathematics, or operations research and mathematical planning.

With practical experience gained through work placements, you'll be prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities in sectors such as financial services, engineering, technology and sciences.

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Archaeological Science

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

In this major, you’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, and educational and research institutions.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this major, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Majoring in bioinformatics will kickstart your career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Science

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology – then apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research and test the effectiveness of treatments.

Studying biomedical science can prepare you for a research-based honours program, or employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Cell Biology

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments, or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Study cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying cell biology will equip you for a range of career opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as medicine, technology and environmental 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.

Learn the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, and gain the practical skills to work in a range of different labs.

Apply your foundational knowledge and skills to specialise in synthetic chemistry, nanoscience or computational chemistry.

Undertake an extended major in chemistry to gain advanced-level knowledge and technical capabilities, which you can apply to deepen your understanding of nanoscience, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or synthetic chemistry.

Studying chemistry will strengthen your problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking capabilities, which are essential skills for future work.

You will be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a research scientist, pharmaceutical scientist, laboratory manager, toxicologist, quality-assurance specialist, environmental chemist, forensic chemist, science communicator or teacher.

Alternatively, continue into an honours degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.

Our Chemistry major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Society.

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Coastal and Ocean Science

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this major, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation. 

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a minor in a broad range of complementary fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or computational science.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. You’ll find opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.

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Earth Science

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to study electives in coastal and ocean science to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Ecology and Conservation Biology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts, and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

Gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years, with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry or environmental organisations.

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Food Science and Nutrition

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system from farming, processing and distribution, to how food is selected and consumed, and how it affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, and research and development.

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Food Technology

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. Learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy, or sales and marketing.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Science

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Marine Biology

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You'll be prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Mathematics

Choose from more than 30 different courses in mathematics and statistics to suit your interests and career goals.

This major will challenge and expand your problem-solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability. You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials and specialised lectures.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher degree by research and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this major, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections, and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

This major can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, and medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Microbiology, Infection and Immunity (Extended Major)

Dive deep into the complexities of the human immune system to transform the way we treat and prevent disease.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how our immune systems can be harnessed to prevent, treat and cure diseases.

Investigate the role of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites in disease; the molecular basis of immune recognition; and the regulation of immune response in a range of infectious diseases.

Learn immunological techniques for developing vaccines and immunotherapies, as well as practical applications in biotechnology, microbiology, genetics, and cell and molecular biology.

You’ll be taught by leading researchers working in laboratories where current medical breakthroughs are taking place. You'll apply your theoretical knowledge and build your technical skills through practical laboratory sessions and small group tutorials.

You’ll be equipped for a range of opportunities in hospitals, research institutions, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies or universities.

Studying immunity and infectious disease will prepare you for further study in the field of medicine or to progress into a research-based honours program.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

You'll be able to combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher degree by research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this major, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Psychology

Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this major, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health in communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

The Public Health major provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. 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.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

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Software Design

This major is aimed at students who wish to follow a career in the creation and management of software applications.

Courses in this major focus on programming, software engineering, project management, requirements analysis, specification, and the software process, as well as software applications involving Internet design, human-computer interaction, algorithms, data structures, and concurrency.

Graduates of the Software Design major typically work in a broad range of roles, from software engineer and software developer, to software development manager.

Join a growing industry

  • Join a thriving sector of the global IT industry that develops applications such as games, apps for mobile devices, or tools and systems used by individuals, government and companies.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • 6 of the 10 most valuable brands in the world are tech companies (Forbes, 2019).

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Software Information Systems

This major is for students who want to pursue a career in developing and managing databases.

Learn about cutting-edge approaches to large-scale database design, including systems that span multiple organisations.

Graduates of the Software Information Systems major typically work in software development companies, or in companies with information systems, which includes almost every medium to large-scale business or organisation in the world.

Join a growing industry

  • Information systems are integral to almost every business and government organisation.
  • Design and build the information systems that are used everywhere in our modern life: in retail, banking, healthcare, transport, education, entertainment, science and engineering.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision-making and solve real-world problems.

In this major, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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User Experience Design

Courses in this major focus on design skills and creativity, programming and prototyping in different media.

This major is intended for students who want to take up careers in the multi-skilled and interdisciplinary field of human-centred design.

UX designers are increasingly sought-after across all technology sectors, where their combination of people skills, creativity and technical ability allows them to work in the rapidly changing field of technology design.

Career paths can lead to roles as user interface developers, user experience designers, usability specialists, human factors analysts, user researchers and human interface developers.

Graduate in demand

  • User experience (UX) designers are the people who ensure the design of software, websites or technologies meets their intended use – from commercial software to personal fitness apps to games, and everything in between.
  • Future-proof your career when you graduate with a combination of people skills, creativity and technical abilities.
  • Design-first thinking is in demand. Service designer was the #13 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this major, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Applied Mathematics

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Learn advanced mathematical techniques to solve problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

Build your foundational knowledge in core topics such as calculus and linear algebra, multivariate calculus and ordinary differential equations, and applied mathematical analysis.

You'll gain practical mathematical skills that can be applied to any field.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your expertise in areas of interest such as natural resources mathematics, or operations research and mathematical planning.

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Archaeological Science

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

In this minor, you’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning.

Combine the core archaeology course with electives and expand your knowledge of past human-animal relationships, our long-term history of plant use, or managing our cultural heritage.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, and educational and research institutions.

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Astrophysics

Deepen your understanding of the universe and our place in it.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll explore theories behind the creation of the Universe to understand the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars and planets.

Examine the fundamental laws of physics behind how particles and radiation were created, how galaxies and planetary systems form, and how environments for life develop.

You’ll study the physical processes behind the structure of the Milky Way, star formation, stellar atmospheres, gravitational waves, the creation of matter and the cosmic microwave background.

Learn to build computer simulations of the Universe to investigate some of the big questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology, including:

  • What are dark energy and dark matter?
  • How did the Universe begin and how did it end?
  • Where did the contents of the Universe come from?
  • How and when do galaxies form?

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art computing facilities as well as specialised tools and instruments used in astrophysics research.

A minor in astrophysics will prepare you for a research career in astrophysics or other scientific fields. You’ll be well placed to continue into a research-based honours degree.

Studying physics courses can also lead to working as a data scientist, banking or financial analyst, management consultant, or careers in the space industry, medical physics, mining or the environment.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this minor, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Majoring in bioinformatics will kick start your career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biophysics

Be at the forefront of new biological knowledge that revolutionises the way we cure disease, develop new technologies or create new renewable energy sources.

Biophysics sits at the crossroads of biology, physics and chemistry. You’ll apply core principles from physics and chemistry to deepen your understanding of how complex biological systems work.

Study computer modelling techniques and key methods of mathematical analysis to examine the relationships between the physical properties and how molecules, cells and core systems within the human body function.

Deepen your understanding of how nerve cells communicate, and use scientific techniques to examine the structures of proteins, viruses and other complex molecules.

Studying biophysics gives you interdisciplinary training, meaning you can adapt to a variety of working environments from universities and research centres to industry and government.

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Cell Biology

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Investigate how cellular, genetic and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information, and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying a minor in cell biology will add depth to your scientific knowledge and enhance your employability for a wide range of opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemical Biology

Develop specialist knowledge at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Gain chemical knowledge about cellular processes and biomolecular interactions, and explore the chemical, computational and imaging techniques used to analyse them.

You'll apply the principles of inorganic and organic chemistry to investigate the nature of chemical reactions in biological systems at the molecular level.

Studying chemical biology will complement courses in biochemistry and molecular biology, genetics, biological and biomedical sciences.

You'll be well-placed to progress into a research-based honours degree.

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Chemistry

An understanding of chemistry provides a foundation for fields such as education, technology and our environment.

Study a minor in chemistry to learn the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. Gain the experimental practical skills to support your chosen major or teaching area.

You will develop your problem-solving, analytical and critical-thinking capabilities which are essential skills for future work.

Fundamental knowledge and skills in chemistry through a minor will lead to a diverse range of career opportunities across science and education.

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Coastal and Ocean Science

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this minor, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Studying a minor in coastal and ocean science will add depth to broad range of complementary fields including ecology and conversation biology, earth science or zoology.

You’ll be equipped for a broad range of opportunities in areas such as:

  • natural resource management
  • conservation
  • environmental management
  • education
  • government departments.

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Computational Science

Apply your technical skills and mathematical knowledge to translate complex data into meaningful insights that help shape our future.

Recent advances in technology give scientists the ability to collect and process more data than ever before.

Computational science combines fundamental principles from computer science, mathematics and statistics to solve scientific problems across any specialist field.

Develop your skills in computational thinking and apply computational problem-solving strategies to design algorithms for collecting, processing and analysing vast amounts of data from various sources.

Apply your programming skills to construct large-scale mathematical models and simulations to analyse and interpret real-world data and generate meaningful insights.

You’ll learn to create a range of data visualisations and graphics to communicate your findings to scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Skills in computational science are essential for all scientific disciplines and any career where computational techniques are required for problem-solving, forecasting, data analysis or data visualisation.

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Computer Systems

Develop skills in programming, computer architecture, computer networks, networks programming and operating systems with a minor in computer systems.

This is a highly technical minor which requires strong conceptual and programming skills.

Learn how software is controlled on one or many computers, including security, networking and operating systems.

Graduates work in security, design of new cutting-edge computer systems and integration of large-scale systems based on networked machines.

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Developmental Biology

Be at the forefront of advances in modern medicine. Study developmental biology and learn how organisms are formed from a single cell.

Understanding human and animal development is fundamental to medicine and biomedicine.

State-of-the-art medical therapeutic strategies are built on innovative discoveries from developmental biology, including stem cells, cell engineering, artificial organs, 3D printing and tissue regeneration.

Developmental biology is key to understanding health and disease. It consolidates knowledge from anatomy, physiology, genetics, molecular biology and pharmacology to provide students with an integrated understanding of human development.

Learn from leading researchers and apply your theoretical knowledge in the laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You'll be prepared for a range of career opportunities within health, science, research or academia. You’ll have the specialist knowledge and skills required to progress into further study in the field medicine or a research-based honours program.

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Earth Science

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, sedimentology magmas and deformed rocks. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to combine your minor with courses in coastal and ocean science or marine biology to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Ecology and Conservation Biology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

Gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years, with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry and environmental organisations.

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Entomology

Help protect our natural world to enhance the quality of life for humans, animals and plants.

Insects have an enormous impact on the environment, human health and world economies. They play a significant role in spreading disease and reducing global food shortages, and are vital indicators of environmental change.

Examine how insects interact with and adapt to their environments, and understand their vital role within ecosystems. You’ll combine theory and practice to explore topics relating to pest management, insect physiology, insect identification and taxonomy.

Learn from leading researchers who are actively involved with a wide variety of projects. Apply your knowledge to understand the impacts of climate change, inform conservation strategies, or apply eco-friendly pest management strategies to protect crops and livestock.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Information Science

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Human Anatomy

Demystify the complexities of the human body and contribute to enhancing human health.

Having a holistic understanding of how the human body works is fundamental for detecting disease and developing new or improved treatments.

Study a minor in human anatomy to acquire in-depth knowledge of cell, tissue and organ systems within the human body. You’ll gain practical skills in dissection and examine prosected cadavers to deepen your knowledge of gross human anatomy.

Apply your anatomical data analysis skills to investigate how systems contribute to human growth and development, as well as how they're linked to diseases and disorders.

Strengthen your knowledge of the complex relationship between the body, mind and disease by combining your Human Anatomy minor with related courses in human physiology, neuroscience or pharmacology.

Knowledge in human anatomy underpins a wide range of careers opportunities in the health sector, including those with a biomedical science focus.

You’ll be equipped with the anatomical knowledge required to apply for further study in the field of medicine or allied health. Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours program.

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Human Physiology

Deepen your understanding of the human body to lead positive change in human health.

Examine how cell, tissue and organ systems function within the human body.

Learn the vital roles played by our brain, nerves and hormones in controlling cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive and metabolic processes important to our survival.

Apply scientific methods to investigate how the failure of these systems can result in disease or disorders.

Study physiological functions at a molecular and cellular level to examine how the body’s core processes are altered in diseased states.

Develop a holistic understanding of the complex links between the body, mind and disease by combining your Human Physiology minor with related courses in human anatomy, neuroscience, pharmacology, or food science and nutrition.

In-depth knowledge of human physiology is essential if you are considering further study in the field of medicine, biomedical science or allied health. It can also lead to a range of career opportunities across the health, science or pharmaceutical sectors.

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Immunology

Dive deep into the complexities of the human immune system to transform the way we treat and prevent disease.

Study immunology to gain a comprehensive understanding of the human immune system and how it can be used to prevent, treat and cure diseases such as cancer.

You’ll investigate the role of microorganisms in disease, the molecular basis of immune recognition, and the regulation of immune response in a range of infectious diseases.

Learn immunological techniques for developing vaccines and immunotherapies as well as practical applications in biotechnology, microbiology, genetics, and cell and molecular biology.

You’ll be taught by leading researchers who are working in the laboratories where current medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll be equipped for a range of opportunities in hospitals, research institutions, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies or universities.

This minor will prepare you for further study in the field of medicine or to continue onto a research-based honours program.

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Marine Biology

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You'll be prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Mathematics

Challenge and expand your problem-solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability.

You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a strong foundation of knowledge across calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and number theory.

Our mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also equips you to continue into a higher degree by research and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this minor, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

This minor will add depth to your biological sciences knowledge and equip you with essential technical skills to enhance your employability or prepare you for a career in research.

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Neuroscience

Reimagine how we develop new treatments and drive technological advances that shape our world’s future.

Study neuroscience to deepen your understanding of how the human brain and nervous system function.

Examine the complexities of the brain and nervous system to explore how neural systems develop, process sensory information, control our movement, form memories, react to stress, respond to disease and store vital information about the world around us.

Combine your minor in neuroscience with courses across anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, molecular biology and cellular biology to prepare yourself for further study in the field of medicine, or to continue into a research-based honours degree in science or biomedical science.

You may choose to apply your neuroscience knowledge to help power artificial intelligence by studying courses across mathematics, statistics, computer science or physics.

Studying neuroscience will equip you to enter the workforce in fields as diverse as business, biotechnology, health, science or the pharmaceutical industry.

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Pharmacology

Revolutionise the way we use existing drugs and develop new medicines to help prevent and combat disease.

Study pharmacology to learn the science behind how drugs work to treat and cure diseases.

You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge on how drugs work in the human body at the molecular cellular and whole-body level, and discover why many drugs do not work in every patient.

You'll learn how active chemical agents in medicines affect our cells, tissue or organs to examine their benefits, side effects and interactions on human health. And you'll be taught the latest techniques to test drug effects and how to evaluate their benefits and risks in treating human diseases.

Gain vital research experience while you study by contributing to projects that could lead to new medical breakthroughs.

A minor in pharmacology will prepare you for employment and research opportunities within healthcare organisations, medical research institutions, pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies, universities and hospitals.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

You'll be able to combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher degree by research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this minor, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Psychology

Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this minor, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision making and solve real-world problems.

In this minor, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this minor, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Applied Mathematics

Did you know that mathematical modelling is used to create disease models that enable scientists to better understand infectious diseases?

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Build your foundational knowledge in core topics such as applied mathematical analysis, mathematical modelling and the numerical methods used in computer programming.

You'll develop your critical thinking skills and learn advanced mathematical techniques for approaching problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your expertise in areas of interest such as natural resources mathematics, or operations research and mathematical planning.

With practical experience gained through work placements, you'll be prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities in sectors such as financial services, engineering, technology and sciences.

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Archaeological Science

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

In this major, you’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, and educational and research institutions.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this major, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Majoring in bioinformatics will kickstart your career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Science

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology – then apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research and test the effectiveness of treatments.

Studying biomedical science can prepare you for a research-based honours program, or employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Cell Biology

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments, or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Study cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying cell biology will equip you for a range of career opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as medicine, technology and environmental 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.

Learn the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, and gain the practical skills to work in a range of different labs.

Apply your foundational knowledge and skills to specialise in synthetic chemistry, nanoscience or computational chemistry.

Undertake an extended major in chemistry to gain advanced-level knowledge and technical capabilities, which you can apply to deepen your understanding of nanoscience, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or synthetic chemistry.

Studying chemistry will strengthen your problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking capabilities, which are essential skills for future work.

You will be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a research scientist, pharmaceutical scientist, laboratory manager, toxicologist, quality-assurance specialist, environmental chemist, forensic chemist, science communicator or teacher.

Alternatively, continue into an honours degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.

Our Chemistry major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Society.

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Coastal and Ocean Science

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this major, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation. 

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a minor in a broad range of complementary fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or computational science.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. You’ll find opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.

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Earth Science

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to study electives in coastal and ocean science to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Ecology and Conservation Biology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts, and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

Gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years, with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry or environmental organisations.

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Food Science and Nutrition

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system from farming, processing and distribution, to how food is selected and consumed, and how it affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, and research and development.

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Food Technology

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. Learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy, or sales and marketing.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Science

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Marine Biology

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You'll be prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Mathematics

Choose from more than 30 different courses in mathematics and statistics to suit your interests and career goals.

This major will challenge and expand your problem-solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability. You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials and specialised lectures.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher degree by research and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this major, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections, and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

This major can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, and medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Microbiology, Infection and Immunity (Extended Major)

Dive deep into the complexities of the human immune system to transform the way we treat and prevent disease.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how our immune systems can be harnessed to prevent, treat and cure diseases.

Investigate the role of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites in disease; the molecular basis of immune recognition; and the regulation of immune response in a range of infectious diseases.

Learn immunological techniques for developing vaccines and immunotherapies, as well as practical applications in biotechnology, microbiology, genetics, and cell and molecular biology.

You’ll be taught by leading researchers working in laboratories where current medical breakthroughs are taking place. You'll apply your theoretical knowledge and build your technical skills through practical laboratory sessions and small group tutorials.

You’ll be equipped for a range of opportunities in hospitals, research institutions, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies or universities.

Studying immunity and infectious disease will prepare you for further study in the field of medicine or to progress into a research-based honours program.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

You'll be able to combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher degree by research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this major, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Psychology

Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this major, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health in communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

The Public Health major provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. 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.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

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Software Design

This major is aimed at students who wish to follow a career in the creation and management of software applications.

Courses in this major focus on programming, software engineering, project management, requirements analysis, specification, and the software process, as well as software applications involving Internet design, human-computer interaction, algorithms, data structures, and concurrency.

Graduates of the Software Design major typically work in a broad range of roles, from software engineer and software developer, to software development manager.

Join a growing industry

  • Join a thriving sector of the global IT industry that develops applications such as games, apps for mobile devices, or tools and systems used by individuals, government and companies.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • 6 of the 10 most valuable brands in the world are tech companies (Forbes, 2019).

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Software Information Systems

This major is for students who want to pursue a career in developing and managing databases.

Learn about cutting-edge approaches to large-scale database design, including systems that span multiple organisations.

Graduates of the Software Information Systems major typically work in software development companies, or in companies with information systems, which includes almost every medium to large-scale business or organisation in the world.

Join a growing industry

  • Information systems are integral to almost every business and government organisation.
  • Design and build the information systems that are used everywhere in our modern life: in retail, banking, healthcare, transport, education, entertainment, science and engineering.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision-making and solve real-world problems.

In this major, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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User Experience Design

Courses in this major focus on design skills and creativity, programming and prototyping in different media.

This major is intended for students who want to take up careers in the multi-skilled and interdisciplinary field of human-centred design.

UX designers are increasingly sought-after across all technology sectors, where their combination of people skills, creativity and technical ability allows them to work in the rapidly changing field of technology design.

Career paths can lead to roles as user interface developers, user experience designers, usability specialists, human factors analysts, user researchers and human interface developers.

Graduate in demand

  • User experience (UX) designers are the people who ensure the design of software, websites or technologies meets their intended use – from commercial software to personal fitness apps to games, and everything in between.
  • Future-proof your career when you graduate with a combination of people skills, creativity and technical abilities.
  • Design-first thinking is in demand. Service designer was the #13 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this major, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Applied Mathematics

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Learn advanced mathematical techniques to solve problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

Build your foundational knowledge in core topics such as calculus and linear algebra, multivariate calculus and ordinary differential equations, and applied mathematical analysis.

You'll gain practical mathematical skills that can be applied to any field.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your expertise in areas of interest such as natural resources mathematics, or operations research and mathematical planning.

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Archaeological Science

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

In this minor, you’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning.

Combine the core archaeology course with electives and expand your knowledge of past human-animal relationships, our long-term history of plant use, or managing our cultural heritage.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, and educational and research institutions.

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Astrophysics

Deepen your understanding of the universe and our place in it.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll explore theories behind the creation of the Universe to understand the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars and planets.

Examine the fundamental laws of physics behind how particles and radiation were created, how galaxies and planetary systems form, and how environments for life develop.

You’ll study the physical processes behind the structure of the Milky Way, star formation, stellar atmospheres, gravitational waves, the creation of matter and the cosmic microwave background.

Learn to build computer simulations of the Universe to investigate some of the big questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology, including:

  • What are dark energy and dark matter?
  • How did the Universe begin and how did it end?
  • Where did the contents of the Universe come from?
  • How and when do galaxies form?

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art computing facilities as well as specialised tools and instruments used in astrophysics research.

A minor in astrophysics will prepare you for a research career in astrophysics or other scientific fields. You’ll be well placed to continue into a research-based honours degree.

Studying physics courses can also lead to working as a data scientist, banking or financial analyst, management consultant, or careers in the space industry, medical physics, mining or the environment.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this minor, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Majoring in bioinformatics will kick start your career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biophysics

Be at the forefront of new biological knowledge that revolutionises the way we cure disease, develop new technologies or create new renewable energy sources.

Biophysics sits at the crossroads of biology, physics and chemistry. You’ll apply core principles from physics and chemistry to deepen your understanding of how complex biological systems work.

Study computer modelling techniques and key methods of mathematical analysis to examine the relationships between the physical properties and how molecules, cells and core systems within the human body function.

Deepen your understanding of how nerve cells communicate, and use scientific techniques to examine the structures of proteins, viruses and other complex molecules.

Studying biophysics gives you interdisciplinary training, meaning you can adapt to a variety of working environments from universities and research centres to industry and government.

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Cell Biology

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Investigate how cellular, genetic and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information, and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying a minor in cell biology will add depth to your scientific knowledge and enhance your employability for a wide range of opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemical Biology

Develop specialist knowledge at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Gain chemical knowledge about cellular processes and biomolecular interactions, and explore the chemical, computational and imaging techniques used to analyse them.

You'll apply the principles of inorganic and organic chemistry to investigate the nature of chemical reactions in biological systems at the molecular level.

Studying chemical biology will complement courses in biochemistry and molecular biology, genetics, biological and biomedical sciences.

You'll be well-placed to progress into a research-based honours degree.

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Chemistry

An understanding of chemistry provides a foundation for fields such as education, technology and our environment.

Study a minor in chemistry to learn the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. Gain the experimental practical skills to support your chosen major or teaching area.

You will develop your problem-solving, analytical and critical-thinking capabilities which are essential skills for future work.

Fundamental knowledge and skills in chemistry through a minor will lead to a diverse range of career opportunities across science and education.

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Coastal and Ocean Science

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this minor, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Studying a minor in coastal and ocean science will add depth to broad range of complementary fields including ecology and conversation biology, earth science or zoology.

You’ll be equipped for a broad range of opportunities in areas such as:

  • natural resource management
  • conservation
  • environmental management
  • education
  • government departments.

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Computational Science

Apply your technical skills and mathematical knowledge to translate complex data into meaningful insights that help shape our future.

Recent advances in technology give scientists the ability to collect and process more data than ever before.

Computational science combines fundamental principles from computer science, mathematics and statistics to solve scientific problems across any specialist field.

Develop your skills in computational thinking and apply computational problem-solving strategies to design algorithms for collecting, processing and analysing vast amounts of data from various sources.

Apply your programming skills to construct large-scale mathematical models and simulations to analyse and interpret real-world data and generate meaningful insights.

You’ll learn to create a range of data visualisations and graphics to communicate your findings to scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Skills in computational science are essential for all scientific disciplines and any career where computational techniques are required for problem-solving, forecasting, data analysis or data visualisation.

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Computer Systems

Develop skills in programming, computer architecture, computer networks, networks programming and operating systems with a minor in computer systems.

This is a highly technical minor which requires strong conceptual and programming skills.

Learn how software is controlled on one or many computers, including security, networking and operating systems.

Graduates work in security, design of new cutting-edge computer systems and integration of large-scale systems based on networked machines.

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Developmental Biology

Be at the forefront of advances in modern medicine. Study developmental biology and learn how organisms are formed from a single cell.

Understanding human and animal development is fundamental to medicine and biomedicine.

State-of-the-art medical therapeutic strategies are built on innovative discoveries from developmental biology, including stem cells, cell engineering, artificial organs, 3D printing and tissue regeneration.

Developmental biology is key to understanding health and disease. It consolidates knowledge from anatomy, physiology, genetics, molecular biology and pharmacology to provide students with an integrated understanding of human development.

Learn from leading researchers and apply your theoretical knowledge in the laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You'll be prepared for a range of career opportunities within health, science, research or academia. You’ll have the specialist knowledge and skills required to progress into further study in the field medicine or a research-based honours program.

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Earth Science

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, sedimentology magmas and deformed rocks. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to combine your minor with courses in coastal and ocean science or marine biology to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Ecology and Conservation Biology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

Gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years, with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry and environmental organisations.

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Entomology

Help protect our natural world to enhance the quality of life for humans, animals and plants.

Insects have an enormous impact on the environment, human health and world economies. They play a significant role in spreading disease and reducing global food shortages, and are vital indicators of environmental change.

Examine how insects interact with and adapt to their environments, and understand their vital role within ecosystems. You’ll combine theory and practice to explore topics relating to pest management, insect physiology, insect identification and taxonomy.

Learn from leading researchers who are actively involved with a wide variety of projects. Apply your knowledge to understand the impacts of climate change, inform conservation strategies, or apply eco-friendly pest management strategies to protect crops and livestock.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Information Science

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Human Anatomy

Demystify the complexities of the human body and contribute to enhancing human health.

Having a holistic understanding of how the human body works is fundamental for detecting disease and developing new or improved treatments.

Study a minor in human anatomy to acquire in-depth knowledge of cell, tissue and organ systems within the human body. You’ll gain practical skills in dissection and examine prosected cadavers to deepen your knowledge of gross human anatomy.

Apply your anatomical data analysis skills to investigate how systems contribute to human growth and development, as well as how they're linked to diseases and disorders.

Strengthen your knowledge of the complex relationship between the body, mind and disease by combining your Human Anatomy minor with related courses in human physiology, neuroscience or pharmacology.

Knowledge in human anatomy underpins a wide range of careers opportunities in the health sector, including those with a biomedical science focus.

You’ll be equipped with the anatomical knowledge required to apply for further study in the field of medicine or allied health. Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours program.

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Human Physiology

Deepen your understanding of the human body to lead positive change in human health.

Examine how cell, tissue and organ systems function within the human body.

Learn the vital roles played by our brain, nerves and hormones in controlling cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive and metabolic processes important to our survival.

Apply scientific methods to investigate how the failure of these systems can result in disease or disorders.

Study physiological functions at a molecular and cellular level to examine how the body’s core processes are altered in diseased states.

Develop a holistic understanding of the complex links between the body, mind and disease by combining your Human Physiology minor with related courses in human anatomy, neuroscience, pharmacology, or food science and nutrition.

In-depth knowledge of human physiology is essential if you are considering further study in the field of medicine, biomedical science or allied health. It can also lead to a range of career opportunities across the health, science or pharmaceutical sectors.

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Immunology

Dive deep into the complexities of the human immune system to transform the way we treat and prevent disease.

Study immunology to gain a comprehensive understanding of the human immune system and how it can be used to prevent, treat and cure diseases such as cancer.

You’ll investigate the role of microorganisms in disease, the molecular basis of immune recognition, and the regulation of immune response in a range of infectious diseases.

Learn immunological techniques for developing vaccines and immunotherapies as well as practical applications in biotechnology, microbiology, genetics, and cell and molecular biology.

You’ll be taught by leading researchers who are working in the laboratories where current medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll be equipped for a range of opportunities in hospitals, research institutions, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies or universities.

This minor will prepare you for further study in the field of medicine or to continue onto a research-based honours program.

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Marine Biology

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You'll be prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Mathematics

Challenge and expand your problem-solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability.

You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a strong foundation of knowledge across calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and number theory.

Our mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also equips you to continue into a higher degree by research and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this minor, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

This minor will add depth to your biological sciences knowledge and equip you with essential technical skills to enhance your employability or prepare you for a career in research.

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Neuroscience

Reimagine how we develop new treatments and drive technological advances that shape our world’s future.

Study neuroscience to deepen your understanding of how the human brain and nervous system function.

Examine the complexities of the brain and nervous system to explore how neural systems develop, process sensory information, control our movement, form memories, react to stress, respond to disease and store vital information about the world around us.

Combine your minor in neuroscience with courses across anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, molecular biology and cellular biology to prepare yourself for further study in the field of medicine, or to continue into a research-based honours degree in science or biomedical science.

You may choose to apply your neuroscience knowledge to help power artificial intelligence by studying courses across mathematics, statistics, computer science or physics.

Studying neuroscience will equip you to enter the workforce in fields as diverse as business, biotechnology, health, science or the pharmaceutical industry.

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Pharmacology

Revolutionise the way we use existing drugs and develop new medicines to help prevent and combat disease.

Study pharmacology to learn the science behind how drugs work to treat and cure diseases.

You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge on how drugs work in the human body at the molecular cellular and whole-body level, and discover why many drugs do not work in every patient.

You'll learn how active chemical agents in medicines affect our cells, tissue or organs to examine their benefits, side effects and interactions on human health. And you'll be taught the latest techniques to test drug effects and how to evaluate their benefits and risks in treating human diseases.

Gain vital research experience while you study by contributing to projects that could lead to new medical breakthroughs.

A minor in pharmacology will prepare you for employment and research opportunities within healthcare organisations, medical research institutions, pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies, universities and hospitals.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

You'll be able to combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher degree by research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this minor, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Psychology

Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this minor, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision making and solve real-world problems.

In this minor, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this minor, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Fees and Scholarships

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,720

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Information Technology / Science for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

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Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelors of Information Technology / Science for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelors of Information Technology / Science is 733301.

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All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelors of Information Technology / Science is 2495.

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Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

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Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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