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Science is in everything.
Without science, you wouldn’t be reading this on your tablet or smartphone. A tablet would still be a flat piece of rock, and we wouldn’t have been smart enough to invent a phone.
Science is in everything at ECU too.
You can study a Science degree and specialise in areas as diverse as Conservation Biology, Cyber Security or Physics. Or how about Marine and Freshwater Science, Mathematics or Counter Terrorism?
You can see why Science graduates have a wide range of work choices. And with the world facing increasing environmental and other challenges, we need scientists more than ever.
If you already have something in mind, you can choose an Science discipline to explore course options.
Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching
ECU is Australia's top public university for teaching quality and skills development in the Science & Maths discipline.
QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching), is an annual government survey that measures a range of student experience factors across all Australian higher education institutions.
ECU is also rated the top public university in Australia for overall student experience in 2018.
ECU students at the Great Wall of China.
Study tours are a great way to develop your knowledge and practical skills while receiving credit towards your ECU degree.
They're also a great way to enhance your resume and stand out from the competition!
Our study tours are group programs led by an academic staff member and can run from 1 - 6 weeks in length (usually between semesters).
Computing and Security students also have an opportunity to study abroad and work with our international partners while completing their course.
This includes being hosted by our partner in China, Nanchang University, or living and working in Dubai through our partnership with Emirates.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has announced that ECU will share $1.9M as one of just two Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia, and the only one in WA.
The funding will help ECU train the thousands of cyber security professionals required to fill a global skills shortage in the industry.
And in other cyber security news, ECU, along with the WA State Government, has been announced as a lead partner in a new $50M Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), bringing together 25 industry, research and government partners.
The CRC is expected to position Western Australia as the nation’s new centre for cyber research and capacity building.
More about Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence.
More about the Cooperative Research Centre.
Students wishing to undertake studies in environmental management, marine and freshwater biology, conservation biology or general science (with majors in a relevant discipline) are invited to apply for internship programs with organisations in the natural science and management sectors.
And if you’re a high achieving student in a Computing and Security course, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a local work placement through our Work Integrated Learning program (WIL). WIL includes practicum, work experience, professional practice/placement, field experience and internships.
Both programs will give you invaluable experience in your chosen field and an edge over others in a competitive employment market.
Are you eligible for a scholarship?
High performing high school students can now apply for an ECU Science Excellence Scholarship valued at $15,000.
These scholarships are available if you undertake a Science or Computing & Security course at ECU, and they’re based on your ATAR.
If you’re successful, you’ll receive $5000 per year over 3 years, once you become an enrolled student.
For further details and conditions please visit the Science Excellence Scholarships web page.
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Our School of Science teaches a wide range of scientific disciplines.
You can select a traditional science subject like Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, or Physics. Or choose from courses in Computing & Security or Natural Sciences where you'll study emerging disciplines like Counter Terrorism, Sustainability, Cyber Security, or Environmental Management.
At ECU, we group similar fields of work into study areas – Science is one of them.
Within each study area you can choose a degree. For example, in Science this could be a Bachelor of Computer Science or a Bachelor of Sustainability.
For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Software Engineering, Conservation Biology or Physics.
Postgraduate degrees involve coursework or research. For example, you can study our Master of Science (Computer Science) by research, or a Master of Environmental Management (by coursework).
Combining degrees from across ECU schools can increase your employability opportunities. We offer combinations of Science or Computer Science with an Engineering or Business degree.
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Our Science students and researchers have access to excellent facilities and equipment, some of which is housed in the University's award-winning, state-of-the-art Science facilities.
The building includes environmentally friendly features to reduce energy consumption – by maximising the use of rainwater, solar energy and natural light.
As a Science student, you'll have access to all kinds of specialist laboratories and outdoor equipment. Computing students can also access specialist facilities online.
As a Science student specialising in Environmental or Biological Sciences, you'll have access to specialist laboratories for plant ecology, analytical and environmental chemistry, molecular biology, freshwater and marine science, and geographic information systems.
Not to mention computer and aquarium rooms, outdoor experimental aquatic facilities, glasshouses, shade houses, two large boats, several dinghies and a fleet of 4WD and 2WD vehicles!
There’s a growing demand across the world for Cyber Security trained staff.
As ECU has the most advanced cyber security research and education function of any university in Australia, and is one of the top ten in the world, it’s little wonder our students are being snapped up to fill cyber security jobs.
Read more in this West Australian article.
ECU Cyber Security students are in demand for jobs in the industry.
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For the 11th year in a row, ECU graduates have given a 5-star rating for teaching quality in the 2018 Good Universities Guide.
This record is unmatched by all but two other Australian universities.
ECU has been rated Australia's top public university for student experience in the 2018 Australian Government QILT survey.
More than 85% of our students rated their overall university experience positively.
Our Science students share their ‘hands on’ ECU experiences.
Conservation & Wildlife Biology
Environmental Science & Marine & Freshwater Biology
Applied & Analytical Chemistry
"I got real-world experience with dolphins in Monkey Mia."
"I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to work outdoors. I chose the ECU course because of how practical it was. The facilities were great, the lecturers were really helpful and I made life‑long friends. I was also able to get real-world work experience with the Department of Environment and Conservation in Monkey Mia at the dolphin reserve. It was one of my favourite experiences throughout uni."
Conservation and Wildlife Biology graduate
"My studies earned me a promotion at work."
"Before starting my course, I didn’t realise the work opportunities that were available to us as students. If you studied hard and performed well, the lecturers even helped you get your name out there to potential employers. Thanks to the skills I gained by studying at ECU, I was promoted at work to a position that is in-line with what I studied. The experience was fantastic."
Information Technology graduate
"ECU’s facilities and course offerings are amongst the best in Australia."
"I found the ECU facilities, lecture rooms and labs to be modern and well laid out. Walking around the campuses I get a very positive feeling – I think it’s the mix of shiny modern architecture, nice park and water features and the relaxed atmosphere between the students and staff. All the lecturers have been friendly, helpful and very approachable. Studying at ECU has helped me find my passion and what I believe I will be doing to contribute to our society."
Cyber Security student
"My course gave me lots of hands-on experience."
"I’ve always been passionate about wildlife and the environment, so I chose to study Biological Sciences at ECU. Before starting my studies, I didn’t know how hands‑on my course would be. I’ve participated in a lot of lab work, been able to use modern equipment and even gone on camps as well. The lecturers have been amazing. They are so enthusiastic about the subjects they teach and are extremely knowledgeable. "
Biological Sciences student
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