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Science

The world is facing increasing environmental and security challenges. More than ever, we need people like you to become a scientist. Our flexible, world-class courses allow you to specialise in globally-relevant areas as diverse as Conservation Biology, Cyber Security, Physics, Biology, Data Science or Counter Terrorism Security.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    Top public uni for Science in WA

    ECU has been ranked top public university in Western Australia for learner engagement, teaching quality, skills development and overall educational experience in undergraduate Agriculture and Environmental Studies, Computing and Information Systems and Science and Mathematics. Source: QILT Student Experience Survey 2020.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    ECU’s 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has been achieved for 16 straight years! Five-star ratings were also achieved for undergraduate skills development, learner engagement, learning resources, student support and overall experience. All ratings are the best for a public university in Western Australia.

    Read more.

  • THE Impact Rankings

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the top 50 for Gender Equality (24th), Good Health and Wellbeing (24th) and Quality Education (41st) in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact rankings, showing how universities are working towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings. View rankings.

Courses

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.

Science

If you already know what you're interested in, choose a discipline.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

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  • Environmental Science and Marine and Biology student Holly Winkle talks about having the flexibility to study across disciplines.

  • Applied and Analytical Chemistry student Samantha Ridgway talks about the ease of returning to study as a mature age student.

  • "Thanks to the practical elements of my degree, I was able to enter my career with a strong understanding of cyber security and was able to apply my knowledge to my job straightaway."

  • Dr Stacey Reinke's research looks at data as the driving force behind understanding biology and disease.

  • Cyber security and digital forensics lecturer Dr Patryk Szewczyk says personal information should not be stored on devices you're disposing of.

  • ECU is one of the leading cyber security research groups in the world.

  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) student Melissa talks about her experiences completing a Work Integrated Learning placement in a government agency, giving her an opportunity to travel and to clarify her career goals.

  • If you’re thinking about studying Science at university but aren't sure what to specialise in, check out ECU’s Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Conservation and Wildlife Biology student Shanaaz Badat talks about her ECU experience.

  • Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland introduces ECU's impressive computing and cyber security training facilities.

  • Bachelor of Computer Science student Mason learnt a lot during his Work Integrated Learning placement and was made to feel like he was part of the team right from the start.

  • Luke Brook, PhD (Computer Science) talks about how he's able to study, help raise 4 kids and hold down a job.

  • Our School of Science is a great place to learn – we've got awards to prove it! You can choose from a variety of disciplines for your Science degree. Check out the video to find out more.

  • "During my studies, I completed practical assessments that gave me first-hand experience completing tasks I’d need to when employed."

Student stories

  • Kendra Campbell

    Kendra Campbell

    ECU Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology) student

    I've always had an interest in the environment and chose ECU because it offers hands-on, job-ready degrees

    I have learnt so much from being out in the field and putting lecture content into practice. I've been lucky enough to get the opportunity to go on a two-week study tour in the Gascoyne region of WA.

    I have also been involved in a number of volunteering opportunities, with Fisheries and Parks and Wildlife and these have been valuable learning experiences. My lecturers are passionate and knowledgeable about their study area too.

  • Abbie Milne

    Abbie Milne

    ECU Conservation and Wildlife Biology graduate

    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.

  • Samuel Bettison

    Samuel Bettison

    ECU Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence student

    The lecturers at ECU are lifelong professionals who have extensive experience in the subjects they are teaching

    During my study I've found that the lecturers at ECU are lifelong professionals who have extensive experience in the subjects they are teaching, rather than just an academic background. This makes the lectures very interesting, as we get to learn about real world issues and solutions. There are many opportunities for developing important contacts within the industry. Representing the university at two major industry conferences allowed me to develop critical networks in Federal and State law enforcement, and private industry.

The Important Things

Things you should know about if you're thinking about studying here.

Course Entry

There's more than one admission pathway into an ECU course. It depends on what you've studied already, or your work or life experience.

Fees & Scholarships

Course tuition fees can change, but we can give you an estimate of your costs. If you’re eligible, a scholarship or student loan can help too.

Applying

Applying for a course is a fairly simple process, especially if you have scanned copies of qualifications, your resume or other paperwork, ready to upload.

ECU Experience

Starting a course is an exciting and sometimes daunting time, so we make a massive effort to ensure you get all the support you need to have a positive experience.